Weekends are made for walking and if that means to or from a pub, well then, that’s our kind of walk! Here are a selection of walks that we have enjoyed and hope you will too (if you have any suggestions, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!)
Wroxall is a village that doesn’t often feature on our tourist guides, it lies just north of Ventnor and it’s where you’ll find Appuldurcombe House. The Star Inn sits in the heart of the village and makes a good start and finish point for a circular walk that is guaranteed to build an appetite. From the pub car park head south along the High Street until the road forks. Take Stenbury View to the right and shortly you will pick up the bridleway that leads up to Wroxall Down, be prepared as there’s a steep section of path that takes you up to the top of the down, so this route should be avoided if you prefer a flatter ramble. When the bridleway forks, this time take a left turn and the path links up with the small road that goes up to St Boniface Down. Continue left for around 300m then take a left hand turn and follow this bridleway towards Wroxall Manor Farm. The path goes through a small copse before gently drifting down to the farm which is positioned at the top of Manor Road. Follow the road down and straight back to The Star Inn and enjoy your well deserved meal (and drink!)
The Pointer Inn, Newchurch is another great place to enjoy a circular walk and one that can be easily extended if you want to walk an extra mile or two. From the car park walk to the church and find the path that starts in the graveyard on the north wall, through a small gate and down some stone steps. Turn left and start your descent of the Shute, you will emerge half way down. You then have a short section on the road so be careful as it’s quite narrow and turn right onto the old railway line just after you cross the Yar River bridge. The track is a well maintained cycle path that goes all the way to Cowes in one direction, but you are on the part that goes towards Sandown via Alverstone. Just before you reach Alverstone Village there will be a footpath on the right hand side, it’s just after you cross over the river again on an old iron bridge. From this path you can start your walk back towards Newchurch and there is more than one route so you can follow your nose taking the signs towards Newchurch where you see them. You might use the permitted path that goes through Martin’s Wood, a former piece of arable land that was planted in 2001 and is already home to Red Squirrels and Dormice and recognised as a nature reserve in its own right. If you choose this path then you arrive right into the beer garden of The Pointer Inn. Perfect.
Here’s two great walks that are flat as a pancake and will fill your lungs with fresh sea air. First park you car outside The Steamer Inn on Shanklin Esplanade and then decide if you’d like to walk on the beach or along the revetment. If you understand how the tides work then this is a great place to take a walk along the sand to Luccombe beach which is no longer accessible from the land side and can only be reached along the beach at low tide. There’s no need for any directions you can just walk past the Chine and the Fisherman’s Cottage and out around Horse Ledge, that sits under the big red cliffs at the southern end of Sandown Bay. From here there’s another kilometre of sand to enjoy on your way to Luccombe Bay. Keep your eye on the tide at all times and if you are not confident about how the tides work then try this equally enjoyable alternative. From The Steamer head towards Sandown and the white cliffs of Culver following the road at first past Shanklin Seafront and then on the beach path that stretches all the way to Sandown and Yaverland beyond. Again walk as far as you like and turn around when you think you’ve done enough. If you’re looking for a pit stop in Sandown we can recommend The Bandstand for some awesome views, before heading back to The Steamer and a warming drink.
Have you walked up to the Tennyson Monument before? Well here’s a good option for combining a winter walk with a visit to the monument and a characterful pub; The Highdown Inn, Totland which is nestled under Tennyson Down at the bottom of Moons Hill. Starting from the pub’s car park start walking further up the lane until you get to an old chalk quarry, this is where you get a couple of options: around to the left, around to the right or straight at it! Turn left or right and you have a circular walk that goes around the Down via the Tennyson Monument (the left hand versions is quite a bit longer than the right). Or you can take the steep path ahead that goes straight up via some quite tricky steps, so sensible footwear is essential. The latter is a real lung-buster but it gets you right up to the highest point in the shortest possible time. For the record we like to go on the right hand path and come back down the tricky steps! You’re then just 3 minutes from a pint of real ale and a home cooked lunch at The Highdown Inn.