If you are feeling particularly active and also want to take in the beautiful coastline, go for one of the coastal walks. There are plenty to choose from so it all depends on how far you want to walk and the places you'd be interested to see. The coastal path between Cowes and Yarmouth is sixteen miles long and will take you around seven hours so don't take it on if you're after a quick stroll. This route will take you along the sea front and if you time it right, you can watch the sunset at Cowes.
For a slightly shorter, tamer route, go for the path that takes you between Ryde and Cowes. This journey is only eight miles long so will take you a much more manageable four hours to complete. Ryde has the second longest accessible pier in Britain so it's a good place to start your journey. Alternatively, start in Cowes and finish at the pier, hopping onto the catamaran back to the mainland.
If you'd rather explore more of the island and are not too bothered about the coastal routes, there are several walking trails that are further inland. The Tennyson Trail is a fourteen-mile route that takes in a number of iconic locations on the Isle of Wight. Starting at Carisbrooke near Newport, the trail takes you past Carisbrooke Castle, famous for in the imprisonment of King Charles I before he was executed in 1649. The trail then takes you through Brighstone Forest, past ancient burial mounds and over Tennyson Down. You'll pass the Tennyson Monument and will end up at the Needles. Here you'll find spectacular views that will make the walk completely worth it.
The Alverstone Walk is around four miles long and is great if you want to take in some nature on your walk. The route itself crosses through two nature reserves as well as going past a red squirrel hide. These squirrels have a minute presence on the mainland due to the population explosion of the greys so the Isle of Wight is a great place to go to see the considerably rarer reds. The nature reserves will offer you the chance to see several species of wildlife including badgers, foxes, dormice and various different breeds of bat.
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