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Isle of Wight Coast Path

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Tour Highlights

  • Exploring the varied trail, from high chalk cliffs, fossil rich coves and quiet estuaries to The Needles near Alum Bay.
  • Admiring the expansive views near Sandown and the cliffs of Culver Down, with rich bird and plant life.
  • Spotting the many species of wildlife along the coastline, including the Glanville fritillary butterfly, not found anywhere else in Britain.
  • The sense of achievement having circumnavigated the Isle of Wight.

Circumnavigating an island is always a rewarding experience and the path around the Isle of Wight's spectacular coastline is especially satisfying. The variety of the coastal scenery is amazing, with towering stark white cliffs, the spectacular chalk stacks of 'The Needles', the multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay, wooded 'chines', golden beaches, dramatic landslipped bluffs, sheltered undercliffs, tidal creeks, estuaries, mudflats and salt marsh.


Along the trail you'll find sleepy thatched villages, lively seaside resorts and bustling harbours. Other features of interest include a fossil forest; Appley Tower, built to celebrate the sailing of the First Fleet to Botany Bay in 1787; Yarmouth Castle, built by Henry VIII to defend the port from attacks by the French; Palmerston-era forts like the spectacularly sited Needles Old Battery, built in 1862 in response to the threat of a French invasion; St Catherine's Oratory and 'Pepper Pot' lighthouse, built as an act of contrition by a wrecker who unwisely stole a quantity of religious wine from a local shipwreck in 1313; Quarr Abbey, the remains of the island's earliest Christian relics; and Osborne House which was built in the 1840's by Prince Albert and Thomas Cubitt as a summer retreat for the Royal Family. Following Albert's death, the desolate Queen Victoria spent much of her time here until her death in 1901. Since then, the house has remained virtually unaltered, offering a unique insight into Victoria's family life.


Additional Tour Details

Meals Breakfast.
Tour Starts Ryde. London airports, then train from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour (1.5 hours), then Wightlink ferry to Ryde (crossing time 15 minutes).
Tour Ends Ferry from Ryde to Portsmouth Harbour, then train to London Waterloo.
Rail Options Inquire for rail schedules
Rail Supplement Inquire for rail prices
Singles Add $52 per night for a single room; solo traveler add $72 per night
Other details Extra rest days: Can be added at any of the overnight stops. Add $103 per person per night, based on 2 people sharing a double room.
Hotels Accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available)in selected hotels, inns or guesthouses

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