Route: Isle of Wight Coastal Path (UK)

United Kingdom
71 mi
Vertical Gain
6,150 ft

The official way marked coastal path around the Isle of Wight which is  about 70 miles long, and mostly trail, path & downland.  You do not have to close the loop by crossing the River Medina.


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Myself and three friends will attempt this FKT in the category of mixed team, self supported. Commencing the morning of 3rd July 2021.


Wish us luck!

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Be aware there are several diversions and route closures due to landslips as at 27 Dec 2021

The steps at Shanklin Chine are closed and barricaded at both ends, so take a road route to the A3055 and back down to Luccombe Village.

There are also signed diversions on The Landslip at Dunnose, at Bonchurch, and a major diversion away from Brightstone Holiday Complex.…

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Planing a possible double lap of this on the 15/16/17 July 2022.

I did submit a route with info for the double lap but did not have a response. Providing I complete the double lap will I just need to submit my report and state it is a double lap for it to be added to this page?

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Hi all, a friend and I will attempt this around the island route next week. We will be fully self-supported and hope to pick up food and water en route at cafes etc. We'll be using this GPX (Garmins) and OS Maps on our phones. I'm sure diversions will be signposted but if not, we'll work it out. We hope to cross the first floating bridge from West Cowes to East at 5am and then run clockwise, until we reach Cowes. Any tips are hugely appreciated.  Are there any sections without resupply or that are very technical that we should be aware of? What's it like underfoot? I imagine varied. Thank you. Helen

East Cowes - Seaview is 95% paved, some on main roads, lanes...through towns, not a great start, and nowhere near the actual coast until Ryde, it does get better....

Bembridge and Culver Down is a mixture of tight bendy bridleways, good fun.

Sandown - Ventnor - Paved....

Ventnor/Undercliff area you may encounter a diversion, not 100% sure of how big it is at the moment.

From Whitwell - Freshwater - stunning cliff edge grass path, soft under foot, there has been a big cliff fall near Whale Chine though which you may be diverted onto the road (the road is very popular and a national speed limit so be aware). The downs on the west coast will provide unwelcome hills, but nothing hardcore.

Headen Warren - Gurnard - can get boggy around Hamstead, Porchfield. In between those villages is a mixture of lanes/main road sadly.

Gurnard - Cowes - Paved......


Nothing technical on any of the path to be honest, you will get a mixture of terrain but nothing that will worry you.

The resupply issue will come between St.Lawrence (small store that 'SHOULD' be open) then nothing until you reach Yarmouth, at a guess I'm going to say about 35/40 miles between those two stops.

Thank you this is a huge help. With regards to the resupply I think there is a National Trust Cafe at the Needles which may be slightly off route but only by a couple of 100m or so. I will make sure I stock up at Yarmouth just in case. I think we will run anticlockwise so we end in the dark/when we're tired with the easiest part underfoot and also to navigate (Ryde to East Cowes) but still haven't decided on direction. 

My friend is taking two pairs of shoes (road and trail) as her trail shoes have deep lugs but I'm going to take a pair of low/med-cushioned trail shoes with a cushioned insole for those paved sections. Thanks once again, wish us luck!