Isle of Wight Coastal Path

Isle of Wight Coastal Path

A circular walking holiday circumnavigating the spectacular Isle of Wight.

3 to 8 nights
33-71 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £365 per person

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About the trail

We offer full-route and short break walking options along the Isle of Wight Coastal Path. The variety of coastal scenery on this stunning walking holiday spans towering white cliffs, the spectacular chalk stacks of ‘The Needles', the multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay and many more sights of natural beauty. There are plenty of wonderful settlements to explore, including thatched villages, lively seaside resorts and bustling harbours.

Other features of interest include a fossil forest, Yarmouth Castle, Palmerston-era forts and Osbourne House, among many others. By circumnavigating the entire island, the Isle of Wight Coastal Path successfully showcases everything this fabulous region has to offer. It's a stunning section of the England Coast Path.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Choose your route

  • Isle of Wight Coastal Path
  • Isle of Wight Short Break

About this route

3 to 4 nights
33 miles
Moderate to Demanding
2nd January to 24th December

From £365 per person

Isle of Wight Short Break

This short break option begins in Yarmouth and explores the southern coast of the island before reaching Shanklin. This introduction to the Isle of Wight is ideal for those with less time. This walk sets off from the natural harbour in Yarmouth and passes the cliffs of Alum Bay, the Needles and the Lighthouse.

The trail then follows a series of ‘chines’ and clifftop paths before visiting the town of Ventnor. The final leg of this journey then leads to Shanklin, where the cottages and tea rooms of the Old Town provide an idyllic place to celebrate the completion of your walk.


Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
IOWSB1 From Yarmouth(L) to Shanklin 3 nights, 2 days walking Demanding £365
IOWSB2 From Yarmouth(L) to Shanklin 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate £485

Short breaks

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
IOWSB1 From Yarmouth(L) to Shanklin 3 nights, 2 days walking Demanding £365
IOWSB2 From Yarmouth(L) to Shanklin 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate £485

Isle of Wight Short Break 3 nights, 2 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

NB: There has been a lot of damage and landslips on the coastal path recently and you may encounter temporary diversions in place on this walk.  These may alter throughout the season as paths get diverted and or repaired.  All diversions will be clearly signposted. For more information please see here 


Travel to Yarmouth(L) where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Yarmouth(L) to Brighstone(L). 16.5 miles (26.5km) / 1699 ft (518 m) ascent

Day 2

Brighstone(L) to Shanklin. 16 miles (25.5km) / 1683 ft (513 m) ascent


Depart from Shanklin after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
© Contours Walking Holidays Isle of Wight Short Break map
Yarmouth to Shanklin
33 miles (52 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Admiring the amazing views from Tennyson Down, named after the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Visiting the many picturesque towns and villages, including Ventnor, with its Mediterranean feel.

Arriving in Yarmouth and enjoying the coastal scenery and relaxing atmosphere.

What's included?

  • 3 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night gives you the perfect opportunity to spend some more time exploring the sights and sounds of the Isle of Wight.

Yarmouth is a good choice for a rest day. It is a delightful village port with narrow lanes, stone quays, a timber pier and historic castle.

If you fancy somewhere quieter, consider Brighstone. It is a beautiful little village set amid flower-strewn fields between forest and sea.

If you would like to enjoy one of the finest beaches in the south of England consider Shanklin for an extra night.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 32.5 miles (52 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 16 miles (25.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 16.5 miles (26.5 km)
Code: IOWSB1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Yarmouth(L)
End of holiday: Shanklin

Route Profile

Isle of Wight Short Break Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air

The most convenient major cities and international airports are Southampton and Bournemouth.

By Rail

There is a choice of rail stations at Lymington - Lymington Pier or Lymington Town, but Lymington Pier will be more convenient if travelling as a foot passenger.

By Bus

Various bus services run to and from Lymington.

By Ferry

Ferries run between Lymington and Yarmouth (suitable for both passengers and cars). To avoid disappointment, we advise that you book in advance. See website:

From London

Trains run from London Paddington and Waterloo stations to Lymington Pier. From there a ferry will be required to Yarmouth.

Return to Start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi from Shanklin to Yarmouth (the public transport option involves catching two buses and takes much longer). From there, take the ferry to Lymington.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Customer reviews from the Isle of Wight Short Break

“Great experience.”
Mr Bleus, Belgium
“An interesting, varied and scenic route that exceeded all our expectations.”
Mr Saxton, UK
“Wonderful Island. A well-marked coastal path. Helpful people.”
Mrs Taylor, Norway
“We had a great time, good directions, beautiful walking, met lots of nice people, Thank you!”
Mrs Hood, UK
“The dog friendly nature of your holidays is probably one of the things that ensures you have repeat customers. All of it was nice, with good variety.”
Ms Thomas, UK
“The whole holiday went off without a hitch. The local folks involved in looking after us went above and beyond. They really added positively to the experience. We even had good walking weather!”
Mr Nield, UK
“It was our first time visiting the Isle of Wight. We benefitted from good weather and as we were following the coast, navigation was easy. We were surprised to only meet one other person doing the coastal walk in July. In many parts, we had the trail to ourselves. There were lovely views over the water and the island. We also managed to find some good swimming spots. I loved the swimming at Freshwater Bay and Shanklin. The countryside around Ventnor was beautiful. Our luggage was always there waiting for us at the end of the day. Can’t wait to book another holiday with you ????”
Mrs Ezekial, UK
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