Isle of Wight Walking Guidebooks and Maps
Welcome to our Isle of Wight walking guidebooks and maps page. Half the beautiful Isle of Wight is protected as an AONB in separate areas which include the principal landscape features of the interior’s central and southern downlands and also much of its famous coastline.
The AONB is dominated by chalk in the sharp upfold which forms both the island’s east-west backbone and southern expanse of wide green downs, and its most famous landmark, the bright white stacks of the Needles. On the north coast, the AONB protects the low clay cliffs, salt-marsh and mud-flats of the Hamstead Heritage Coast. In the south, the complex landscapes bounded by the Tennyson Heritage Coast range from sandy bays to high unstable sandstone and chalk cliffs, cut by wooded ‘chines’. This complexity gives rise to chalk downland, arable farmland, wooded dairy pasture, small areas of heathland and hay meadows, sea cliffs and creeks.
“This guidebook describes 34 graded day walks, from 4 to 16 miles long, on the beautiful Isle of Wight. Visit the towns of Yarmouth, Ventnor and Cowes, the hidden gem of Newtown Harbour, the chalky Needles and the splendour of Osborne House and Carisbrooke Castle. Also described is the spectacular Isle of Wight Coastal Path, in two sections, both taking you in the most scenically attractive direction east to west around the north of the island and then around the south. Illustrated with OS map extracts and colour photography, and filled with information on the many historical sites on the island. All abilities are catered for, with some of the easier walks being appropriate for children. At the other end of the scale, the interconnectedness of many walks may lead hardy walkers to do two or three in one day.”
– Walking on the Isle of Wight, by Paul Curtis.
“A guidebook to 33 walking routes on the beautiful Isle of Wight, including the 70 mile Coastal Path – a complete circuit of the island’s spectacular coast. Ranging from 4 to 18 miles long, the walks explore clifftops, beaches, forest trails and downland, and visit picturesque villages and the towns of Yarmouth, Cowes and Ventnor. Graded easy to moderate, they are suitable for all abilities and are accessible all year round. The guide contains clear step-by-step route descriptions for each walk, accompanied by an extract from 1:50,000 OS mapping. There is information about refreshment and accommodation options along the route and plenty of details about the island’s history and the interesting places encountered. Options for accessing the start and finish using the island excellent public transport are also given for each walk. With an incredible 326 miles of footpaths in a compact area, there is a huge choice of where to walk, which means that walkers can experience all the diversity the island has to offer – jaw-dropping views such as those from the magnificent coastline of West Wight, St Catherine’s Point and the Needles, sweeping downland, as well as 2000 or so listed buildings.”
– Walking on the Isle of Wight: The Isle of Wight Coastal Path and 24 Coastal and Countryside Walks, by Paul Curtis.
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