Walking on the Isle of Wight
The beautiful Isle of Wight is a fantastic destination for walkers, boasting a varied landscape from pretty rivers and creeks to dramatic coastline and rolling countryside, with over half the Island designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. This walker’s paradise has over 500 miles of well maintained footpaths that wind through the Island’s fields and forests and 64 miles following the spectacular Heritage Coastline.
The varied terrain makes walking on the Isle of Wight accessible to people of all abilities, from those looking to take a stroll through beautiful scenery with young children, to seasoned hikers looking for a real challenge.
As well as being a fantastic destination all year round, the Island is home to two great walking festivals; The Isle of Wight Walking Festival, which takes place in May and is the largest walking festival in the UK, and the Autumn Walking Weekend in October. Both festivals offer something for everyone with everything from food tasting walks to speed dating for the casual walker or Walk the Wight, a challenging 26.5 mile walk around the Island for the more experienced hiker.
Free walking maps are available to download from Isle of Wight Specialist Red Funnel’s website and detail some of the best walks on the Island, including the famous Tennyson Trail; a long and challenging walk climbing across the downs through forests, past ancient burial sites, the Tennyson Monument and The Needles across to Alum Bay with stunning views in every direction.
Isle of Wight Specialist Red Funnel offer walkers a selection of Isle of Wight hotels and self catering accommodation in which to rest their weary feet, with a discount of up to 50% on ferry travel when accommodation is also booked through them.