Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path Self Guided Holiday | Load off Your Back
Walk the Isle of Wight
A quieter pace of life in England's island county
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About the Trail:

Facts: From over 500 miles of well-maintained footpaths, we have collected the most stunning views and accommodations to bring you the Ryde to Ryde Circular Coastal path on the Isle of Wight. Just a quick ferry trip on either the Wightlink or the Red Funnel, and you will be on your way to discovering all the hidden secrets this popular island has to offer. Starting with your first night spent in Ryde, your next morning sets you on your path to hike the entire island, at your own pace of course.

Highlights: Choose from our four routes, from most difficult in 4 days to an easier pace for 7 days. And why not take an extra rest stop day to visit the Isle of Wight Ice Cream Company in Shalfleet? Or visit the Ventnor Botanic Gardens midway through your hike? With hundreds of various attractions, the Isle of Wight is ideal for a holiday at any pace. This 65 mile National Trail is not to be missed, and neither are the sights you will see. Become one with nature on the path that is known to make stretches and turns in areas where you will witness breathtaking scenes. From the historic Yarmouth Castle, to the coastal views in beach towns such as Sandown and Freshwater Bay, it is impossible to list all the incredible experiences you will have on this holiday.

The nature of the Trail:

The walking is steady with only gentle climbs and descents to be encountered during the holiday, though some are steeper than others. On the northern part of the island you will spend more time away from the coast itself, but this tends to be necessitate by the lay of the land and it only happens occasionally considering the rest of the route. The maximum height on this trail is 165 meters (541 ft).

You might also be interested in the Isle of Wight organised group holiday as part of our Ramblers Walking Holidays programme.

Ryde to Ryde - 4 days

4 days walking
5 nights accommodation
65 miles /104km
From:
£365  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£30  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Ryde area
Day 1 - Ryde to Shalfleet (16 miles / 25½ km)
Day 2 - Shalfleet to Freshwater Bay (15 miles / 24 km)
Day 3 - Freshwater Bay to Ventnor (17½ miles / 28 km)
Day 4 - Ventnor to Ryde (16½ miles / 26½ km)
Departure - Departure from Ryde after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Ryde to Ryde - 5 days

5 days walking
6 nights accommodation
65 miles /104km
From:
£419  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£30  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Ryde area
Day 1 - Ryde to Cowes (8 miles / 13 km)
Day 2 - Cowes to Yarmouth (15 miles / 24 km)
Day 3 - Yarmouth to Brighstone (13½ miles / 21½ km)
Day 4 - Brighstone to Shanklin (15 miles / 24 km)
Day 5 - Shanklin to Ryde (13½ miles / 21½ km)
Departure - Departure from Ryde after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Ryde to Ryde - 6 days

6 days walking
7 nights accommodation
65 miles /104km
From:
£500  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£30  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Ryde area
Day 1 - Ryde to Cowes (8 miles / 13 km)
Day 2 - Cowes to Yarmouth (15 miles / 24 km)
Day 3 - Yarmouth to Freshwater Bay (8 miles / 13 km)
Day 4 - Freshwater Bay to Chale (11 miles / 17½ km)
Day 5 - Chale to Sandown (11½ miles / 18½ km)
Day 6 - Sandown to Ryde (11½ miles / 18½ km)
Departure - Departure from Ryde after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Ryde to Ryde - 7 days

7 days walking
8 nights accommodation
65 miles /104km
From:
£550  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£30  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Ryde area
Day 1 - Ryde to Cowes (8 miles / 13 km)
Day 2 - Cowes to Shalfleet (8 miles / 13 km)
Day 3 - Shalfleet to Totland (10 miles / 16 km)
Day 4 - Totland to Brighstone (10 miles / 16 km)
Day 5 - Brighstone to Chale (8 miles / 13 km)
Day 6 - Chale to Sandown (9½ miles / 15 km)
Day 7 - Sandown to Ryde (11½ miles / 18½ km)
Departure - Departure from Ryde after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

ACCOMMODATION ON THE ROUTE

Accommodation:

Depending on where you are on the trail you’re following, your overnight accommodation can vary from a B&B, guest house or hotel, which is all part of enjoying the countryside. Here are examples of the type of accommodation you can expect on The Isle of Wight. Wherever possible, we will reserve rooms with ensuite or private bathrooms. There may be locations or times of the year when accommodation with only shared facilities are available.

If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

How it Works


Included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • Accommodation in B&Bs, guest houses, inns and small hotels on, or close by, the route
  • Breakfast daily
  • Daily baggage transfer - one bag per person up to 20kg (44lbs)
  • If you are booked off route for the evening, we will provide any necessary transportation between the route and your accommodation and back to the path again the next morning
  • A detailed map and/or guidebook of the long distance path chosen per room
  • Support and planning in implementing your trip
  • Information pack with full contact and location details on your overnight accommodation and baggage transfer company
  • Assistance of a 24/7 Duty Officer who will do everything to help you in case of an emergency.

  • Not included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • Transportation to the start of your holiday or from the final night’s accommodation
  • Any parking costs for the duration of your holiday
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches or dinners (or any travel costs in getting to nearby pubs or restaurants)

  • Arrival and Departure:

    Return transport back to your car at the end of the holiday is not included, however is often available by public transport or taxi.

    Portsmouth has two railway stations Portsmouth & Southsea railway station and Portsmouth Harbour railway station. From Portsmouth, you can take one of the ferries to Ryde. Please remeber to pre-book your tickets to avoid dissapointment. Rail timetables, fare and route information can be found at www.nationalrail.co.uk or by calling National Rail Enquiries on 03457 484 950. Information about ferries can be found at www.wightlink.co.uk or www.redfunnel.co.uk

    Coach travel information is available at www.nationalexpress.com or by calling National Express on 0871 781 8181

    Route Planning: The Traveline and Rome2Rio both offer free and detailed online route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find your way to and from your holiday location. Details can be found at: www.traveline.info and www.rome2rio.com


    Rest Days and Extra Nights:

    If you wish to add rest days into your itinerary or add extra nights, please contact us.


    'Accommodation Only' package:

    Some walkers travel very light or want to carry all their belongings with them. We understand that, so why not choose our 'accommodation only' package. We will book your overnight stays in an eclectic mix of accommodations along the route and provide you with location maps for each property, so you won't struggle to find it at the end of a walking day. Please contact us for details.

    "We did enjoy the holiday and found all the accommodation good or very good (...). We will definitely be taking another Load Off Your Back holiday next year." Hilarie B.

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