This page describes a walk along the chalk ridge of the Isle of Wight.
Having walked the Isle of Wight Coast Path several times - this walk is a change. It traverses the island along the chalk ridge from the Needles in the extreme west to Culver Down in the extreme east, enjoying views of the Solent to the north and the English Channel to the south.
Freshwater: - the Isle of Wight - the walk leaves Freshwater via Afton Down.
Description of the path
Although there does not appear to be a formal named path across the island - there are many public paths on the island and it is easy to join these up. The western section is coincident with the Tennyson Way as far as Newport.
Quite often when walking there are places that attract attention but the available time means that they have to be noted and left for another time. So this walk actively combines a visit on or near the route - with a shorter leg.
The challenge, as always when walking the island as a day visitor, is to break it into sections that are serviced by public transport. Buses reach most places but a high level walk walk like this inevitably means a walk out to a nearby village to reach a bus service.
Three stages have been competed so far - walking west to east from the Needles. It has been a pleasant walk so far with visits to the Old and New Needles Batteries as well as the Dimbola Museum in Freshwater.
The views north to The Solent and south to the English Channel are often spectacular.
Isle of Wight - Ridge Walk Stats
|Terminus||The Needles||Old Battery|
|Total Distance||tba 0.0||km|
|Lowest point||Freshwater||3m [amsl]|
|Highest point||Brighstone Down||210m [amsl]|
2. Stages Completed
The stages below are stages completed to date and follow a west to east direction. The distance is taken from digital track data.
|The Needles - Freshwater||5.7 km||hilly|
|Freshwater - Lynch Lane (pass)||8.3 km||hilly|
|Lynch Lane (pass) - Newport||10.8 km||moderate|
3. Percent and total distance walked to date
|tba completed||KM & HM||20.8 km||2014-ongoing||west to east|
This walk will be completed.
Points of Interest
Getting there - access
Public transport is used for all stages of the walk. There is an excellent bus service on the island though you may have to walk up to 3km from this particular path to reach a bus stop eg at Calbourne.
There are frequent ferry links with the island at Yarmouth, Cowes, Fishbourne and Ryde.
Start: 03 September 2014
References & Links:
|Date||Reference or link|
|20140615||Isle of Wight [Wikipedia]|
|20140615||Isle of Wight paths [IoW Tourist info Site]|
|20140615||Isle of Wight path closures [IoW Council]|
|20140615||Southern Vectis bus services|
|20140615||Red Funnel & RedJet ferry|
|20140615||Geology of the Isle of Wight [Ian West]|
Updated KM 07 December 2014