Walking on the Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight is a true walker’s paradise. As one of the UK’s most beautiful places to enjoy the outdoors, we welcome thousands of walkers to the Island year after year as they explore our 68-mile-long coastal path and our criss-cross network of footpaths and trails.
The Needles chalk stack is one of the most photogenic and iconic landmarks on the Isle of Wight that walkers won’t want to miss. These tall, jagged rocks mark the very western tip of the Island and can be spotted emerging from the rolling hills of Tennyson Downs on the south west coast. The Freshwater Bay to the Needles circular route is the perfect hike for ramblers looking for a challenge.
More than half of our Island is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which offers breath-taking scenery everywhere you look. Our southern beaches provide not only a great place to rest but also an exciting and fascinating insight into the prehistoric reality of dinosaur life on the island.
Whether you’re after a short stroll for all the family or a challenging stomp, the Isle of Wight has a walk for you. The Island’s popular Walking Festival is held in May every year where you’ll be tempted by a large range of guided walks from historic trails to scenic hikes.