The Latest Trail Opens
The trail has been developed by IW Ramblers to suit walkers of all abilities. Stiles have been replaced with gates and information boards describe the heritage and wildlife in the area. The 6.5 mile trail is fairly level and starts at the Causeway, Freshwater and leads to Tapnell Farm, The Hamstead Trail and returns along the lower Downs path. A leaflet is available with a map, waypoints and local information and also there is a more detailed map,both of which can be downloaded.
The trail links with the Easy Access trail around the Yar estuary, so producing a 10.5 mile circuit around West Wight. The Sandown to Alverstone reserves trail was developed in 2011. Over 15 miles of accessible trails have been developed since 2009.
David Howarth, IW Ramblers Area Chairman said "The West Wight is fast becoming a walkers paradise. Many stiles have been replaced with gates and we now have many miles of footpaths without stiles. Our charity is keen to see more people, of all ages and abilities, take up walking. It is a healthy pursuit and reduces the reliance on motor vehicles.
It has been the aspiration of West Wight Landscape Partnership to produce a West Wight walk passing through this scenic area surrounded by the Downs and Heritage Coast. Much of the project costs have been provided by the Landscape Partnership.
The three trails are:
Western Yar - 4 miles around the estuary- suitable for electric wheelchairs and motorised scooters in dry conditions. Mainly a level walk
Alverstone - Two nature reserves with a red squirrel hide. 4.4 miles but with a few steps. Mainly a level walk.
Tapnell - 6.5 mile across open farmland. One or two gentle slopes