Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight: Scenic Walks

It may be small, but it’s certainly scenic. The Isle of Wight tends to get overlooked by Londoner’s looking for a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of the capital, as they get drawn to alternative seaside spots such as Bournemouth and Brighton that don’t require a ferry crossing. But nipping over that small stretch of water only takes a mere 15/20 minutes on the catamaran from Portsmouth or Southampton, and the journey’s end point is worth every wave dutifully sailed over. The definite draw for the Isle of Wight is its extensive walks – it’s a haven for avid hikers and Sunday afternoon post-pub-roast amblers alike. A good bus service, and even a little train from the Pier to some of the bigger towns, means that getting around on your own is easy even if you don’t have a car during your stay. Clear your head and enjoy some ‘me time’ while wandering along my favourite routes (all under 3hrs) on this pretty little British isle:

STEEPHILL COVE TO BONCHURCH

Steephill Cove on the Isle of Wight
Steephill Cove – stop and rest a moment, and maybe even have some crab!
On the way to Bonchurch, Isle of Wight
On the way to Bonchurch

CULVER DOWN TO SHANKLIN

Culver down in the distance, Isle of Wight
Culver Down in the distance
Windsurfing at Shanklin on the Isle of Wight
Shanklin – if you’re feeling sporty why not do some windsurfing?

FRESHWATER BAY TO TENNYSON DOWN

Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight
Freshwater Bay – a haven for surfers and sunbathers alike
Tennyson Monument on Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight
At the top of Tennyson Down…is that an oxymoron?

ST. CATHERINE’S LIGHTHOUSE

St Catherine's Lighthouse from a distance
The walk down to St.Catherine’s
St. Catherine's Lighthouse on the Isle of Wight
St Catherine’s lighthouse
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