Isle of Wight Coast Path

Chale-Freshwater

Chale-Freshwater
This is a copy of the gpx track of the route walked on 05 July 2012.
However - several landslips have occurred since, while the route is still open it may have moved inland by several metres.


Diversions:
This walk includes two minor diversions:

1) The descent into Shepherds Chine was too soon - follow the edge of the field until a maker takes you down some steep steps.

2) A short across IoW Pearl grass -THIS LAND HAS NOW SLIPPED AND IS NO LONGER PASSABLE..

Chale-Freshwater

A multi coloured and dynamic coastline

This page describes the coastal walk from Chale to Freshwater on the Isle of Wight, part of the Isle of Wight Coast Path. This spectacular section of coast is constantly being attacked by the sea and erosion is both frequent and rapid. The different rock types also contribute to a blaze of colours: orange, yellow,red, grey and the white chalk cliffs at Freshwater.

June 2014 Chale Church - click the right arrow to see more images of the stage in this album.

This page describes a clockwise passage - but the stage can be walked in either direction.

Description of the stage

On a clear day the bay at Freshwater is in sight as you leave Chale and the colourful coastline is laid out before you. Every time you walk this section of coast is unique since erosion is cutting away at the soft rocks all along the route.

Several sections walked in 2010 have since slipped down the slope; a bench at Atherfield Point was 2-3m from the cliff edge in 2012 was literally on the edge in 2013 - that land has also now gone.

Isle of Wight Coast Path

Island walking

This page describes the Isle of Wight Coastal Path. The island has a unique character and the people are more friendly and relaxed than their south coast counterparts.

2014: Compton Bay - a geological timeline - this is one of many Isle of Wight Coastal Path images in this album.

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