It was a lovely day and a real coastal path, the chilly wind of the last few days had gone and in places it was very warm. Some parts were rather challenging but we were spurred on when the hotel appeared in the distance. A considerable chunk of the path had disappeared through subsidence and had been re-routed and it was good to get to the top, from where it really was downhill all the way. There just remained the return journey to Fishbourne for the car ferry and the worse than usual traffic problems in Newport.

 The HF Hotel overlooking the bay with the view from Room 44!

A typical Johnson/Price false

start today. We caught the
No 12 Bus to Brighstone, got off
at the first stop in the village,
walked to the pub, couldn’t find
the lane we wanted, but a very
helpful old lady and dog offered
to show us the way (the dog
was particularly helpful).
The lane was actually almost
opposite our original bus stop! By the time we reached the IOW Pearl shop we had already done 2 miles, but at least we were now on the path.

This was the return home day of our HF break, so we decided to make the most of the opportunity to cross off a few more miles of the path.

5. Freshwater Bay to Brighstone  ... or vice versa!


Ryde to East Cowes

Sat 19 May 2018

8 miles


West Cowes to Shalfleet

Sun 2 Jun 2018

9 miles


Shalfleet to Yarmouth

Sun 10 Jun 2018

8 miles


Yarmouth to Freshwater Bay

Thu 11 Apr 2019

9 miles


Freshwater Bay to Brighstone

Fri 12 Apr 2019

6 miles


Brighstone to  St Catherine’s Point

Sat 6 Jul 2019

8 miles


St Catherine’s Point to Ventnor

Wed 10 Apr 2019

6 miles


Ventnor to Sandown

Sun 12 May 2019

6 miles


Sandown to Bembridge

Sun 23 Jun 2019

6 miles


Bembridge to Ryde

Sun 21 Jul 2019

6 miles

The Isle of Wight Coastal Path