Walking at West Bay

With over 500 miles of award winning pathways criss-crossing the Island you could never discover every secluded bay and panoramic vista… but you can try!

West Bay is the perfect place to base yourself if you want to explore the Island on two feet. Based in the beautiful open expanses of the West Wight, hundreds of miles of pathways are right on your doorstep. And when you’ve finished for the day, relax at the Island Wellness Spa with a massage or pedicure to treat those hard-working feet and legs.

Whether you prefer a country walk with a pub at the end, a circular walk with the perfect picnic spot to take in our beautiful scenery, to retrace the footsteps of dinosaurs, or a guided walk that unveils the history of one of our historic Island towns; we can recommend the perfect walks for you.

No matter your level of fitness, ability, accessibility requirements, or ages, our team at the Country Club can point you in the right direction with mapped out walking routes and some top tips. Plus you can download route maps to take with you below.

A few of our favourite walking routes

We have picked some of our favourite walks and made them available to download by PDF below with thanks to Visit Isle of Wight. You can also pick up a printed copy from the West Bay Reception or Country Club Reception when you’re on site.

Discover the River Yar

Make the most of the warm summer sun and take a leisurely stroll along the estuary of the River Yar. This walk offers two alternative routes as the river splits into two: one continuing along the flat river valley and the other rising up over Afton Down. Both routes will take you to the top of the cliffs at Compton Bay – the perfect place for a picnic as you take in the simply breathtaking surroundings and gaze out to sea and try to spot the suffers catching the waves.

Distance: 5 miles   Duration: 2 hours  Level of difficulty (1-5): 2-3

Instructions: Click here to view and print directions to take with you to make life simple.

A Ramble with Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Start at the Freshwater Bay car park and take an invigorating climb up to the Tennyson Monument, where you can stop for a cup of tea, to take pictures of the beautiful surroundings or for a quick rest break. Then take a relaxing stroll back down and along the base of the Downs to St Agnes church and past Dimbola Lodge to the Bay, following in the footsteps of the Victorian Poet Laureate himself.

Distance: 4 miles   Duration: 2.5 hours   Level of difficulty (1-5): 2

Instructions: This is a simple to follow walking route from the base of Tennyson Down up to Monument and back with a little exploring around the Freshwater Bay area at the end.

The Hamstead Trail

Take in the unspoilt West Wight with this walk stretching from north to south. En route you will pass by salt water marshes and ancient burial sites, head over downland and catch glimpses of a fossilised forest at low tide. Starting on the coastal path at Hamstead Cliffs it leads you through some of our most rugged and stunningly picturesque countryside with views across the Island and far out to sea.

Distance: 7 miles   Duration: 3 hours   Level of difficulty (1-5): 2

Instructions: Click here to view and print directions to take with you to make life simple.

The Nunwell Trail

Gaze across scenic meadows whilst spotting sand martins and our famous red squirrels along the way. Starting in Sandown, this walk encompasses most of the eastern Wight, featuring an unforgettable panoramic view from Brading down – the perfect spot to stop for a picnic and take in the picturesque scenery.

Distance: 8 miles   Duration: 3 hours   Level of difficulty (1-5): 2-3

Instructions: Click here to view and print directions to take with you to make life simple.