The Isle of Wight Coastal Path is a circular long-distance footpath of 70 miles around the Isle of Wight, UK. It follows public footpaths and minor lanes, with some sections along roads. We took 72 miles!
After completing the South Downs Way, it became clear that we needed another challenge, because all our supporters wanted to know where we would go next! The IOW Coastal Path was a brilliant idea because it was all achievable by public transport and it would give us some nice flat walks by the sea…….
There were indeed a few sections like this but the IOW Tourist Board was economical with the truth in calling the path coastal in some places, such as the housing estates on the north side and the fast roads with no pavements. Other sections provided challenging terrain, with serious mud after rain, the usual steps for people with longer legs and diversions due to the coastal erosion.
But there were some wonderful stretches with panoramic sea views, white cliffs and easy walking. These are the places that we will go back to and undertake our very own triathlon (train, ferry, bus) plus a few miles of walking and always, an ice cream at the end.