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Guidebook to 33 walking routes on the beautiful Isle of Wight, from 4 to 18 miles long. The routes are suitable for all abilities and are accessible all year round. Includes a complete circuit of the island's spectacular coast as well as walks exploring forest trails and downland, and visiting the towns of Yarmouth, Cowes and Ventnor.
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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.
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|Geography and landscape|
|A potted history|
|When to go|
|Getting to the island|
|What to take|
|Walking in groups|
|Walking with children|
|Using this guide|
|Walk 1 Sandown to Ventnor|
|Walk 2 Ventnor to Chale|
|Walk 3 Chale to Brook|
|Walk 4 Brook to Alum Bay|
|Walk 5 Alum Bay to Yarmouth|
|Walk 6 Yarmouth to Shalfleet|
|Walk 7 Shalfleet to East Cowes|
|Walk 8 East Cowes to Ryde|
|Walk 9 Ryde to Sandown|
|Walk 10 Shorwell circular|
|Walk 11 Shorwell to Niton|
|Walk 12 Brighstone circular|
|Walk 13 Brighstone to Yarmouth|
|Walk 14 Best of eastern Freshwater (circular)|
|Walk 15 Best of western Freshwater (circular)|
|Walk 16 Shalfleet and Newtown circular|
|Walk 17 Shalfleet to Newport|
|Walk 18 Gatcombe to Newport|
|Walk 19 Tennyson Trail|
|Walk 20 Shanklin circular via Nettlecombe|
|Walk 21 Shanklin circular via Bonchurch|
|Walk 22 Shanklin circular via America Wood|
|Walk 23 Shanklin to Godshill|
|Walk 24 Niton circular (the two lighthouses walk)|
|Walk 25 Ashey Station circular|
|Walk 26 Ryde to Ventnor|
|Walk 27 Seaview circular|
|Walk 28 Wootton Bridge circular|
|Walk 29 Wootton Bridge to Newport|
|Walk 30 Bembridge Trail|
|Walk 31 Worsley Trail|
|Walk 32 Shorwell to Brading|
|Walk 33 Godshill to Ventnor|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B Useful contacts|