A walking holiday round the Coastal Path starting from the seaside town of Sandown we walk anti clockwise along the cliff tops to Bembridge point, easy walking with fine views, continuing round to the hovercraft & ferry port of Ryde, here we move inland to pass the 12c Quarr Abbey and the estate of Osborne House, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s home, to descend into the port of Cowes, cross the estuary by the small ferry to pass the Royal Yacht Squadron where the races start. We stay on the coast over the tops to Thorness Bay where the P.L.U.T.O oil line came to the island during WW2. Here again we move inland through Newton nature reserve before gaining the coast again to Yarmouth, a fishing & ferry town, with long views across to the mainland at Lymington and the New Forest, we descend to the beach at Alum Bay for the towering coloured sandstone cliffs before visiting the Black Knight missile testing station on the Needles. fantastic views of the Needles lighthouse. We are now on the edge of the cliff tops for Tennyson Down & the monument, here we descend to Freshwater Bay before climbing again to be on the cliff top for the series of chines, coastal gullies, all along this south coast Whale Chine being the largest, fossil beach and forest, Shepherd’s Chine and the eroded theme park of Blackgang Chine are amongst the others.
Following the cliffs past St Catherine’s Point lighthouse to Ventnor with the tropical gardens & once home of Keats, over the cliff tops to visit Shanklin Chine & again the P.L.U.T.O oil line before the last section of the walk on the sea shore to Sandown. A walking holiday of 64 miles of a moderate grade.
For the week we will be staying in self catering holiday houses with twin bedded rooms and all facilities, bed linen and towels provided as is the food for breakfasts & packed lunches
The cost of the week is £580.00 with transport pick up & ferry can be included for an extra £40.00
Day 1 Meet at accommodation
Day 2 Sandown to Ryde – 10 miles
Day 3 Ryde to Gurnard Bay – 10 miles
Day 4 Gurnard Bay to Bouldnor – 12 miles
Day 5 Bouldnor to Freshwater – 10 miles
Day 6 Freshwater to Chale – 11 miles
Day 7 Chale to Sandown – 11 miles
Day 8 Depart for home
What’s included - Bed and breakfast for 7 nights, 6 packed lunches, transport to walks, walk leader / guide
Extra’s - Evening meals, holiday insurance, transport to start and home [ the ferry can be arranged