Isle of Wight Accessible Countryside
Disabled Access, Wheelchair walks, Easy Access, Access for All, Mobility, Walks on Wheels, Miles without Stiles - whatever the term the following is all about accessibility to the countryside and green spaces of the Isle of Wight.
Walks Greenspaces and Countryside
Alverstone Easy Access Trail (Archived PDF download) - "It is suggested that the walk is started at Sandown station car park. This extends the walk to 4.4miles. This is a fairly level walk with no stiles to cross."
Appley Park - Ryde - "The site caters well for disabled users. particularly the provision of a tarmac coastal footpath that runs along the northern border"
- Download a leaflet from our archive
Bembridge and Culver Downs - Fine Fortifications Trail - (NT) - "Follow this easy and fairly flat walk along the top of the downs to gain a fascinating insight into the Isle of Wight’s role in wartime defence and intelligence. You can inspect the fort from the outside, as it is not open to the public. The walk is suitable for most wheelchairs and offers spectacular views over Sandown Bay, Whitecliff Bay and Brading Haven." - from the National Trust website
Bouldnor Forest Nature Reserve - 38 hectares - "Wider forest tracks suitable for all terrain buggies / wheelchairs. The coastal footpath and the reserve are not suitable." - from the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust website
Fine Fortifications Trail - Bembridge Fort - "The walk is suitable for most wheelchairs and offers spectacular views over Sandown Bay, Whitecliff Bay and Brading Haven." - from the National Trust website
Newtown Harbour - NNR - (NT) - "Nature reserve: Fairly level paths, muddy if wet. Path suitable for wheel chairs through Town Copse. Path suitable for wheel chairs to Seabroke bird hide.
Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve - Most of the paths are surfaced and have benches every 200m or less. There are slopes (10-20% for up to 50m) into the pits, but the paths are flat elsewhere - from the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust website
- Download the trail leaflet
Tapnell Easy Access Trail (Archived PDF Download) - “An accessible walk in open countryside and the lower slopes of the downs with panoramic views of much of West Wight. - 6.5 miles - Fairly flat terrain, no stiles or steps. Farmland which can be muddy and rutted in parts”
Western Yar Easy Access Ramble - (Archived PDF download) - "The Western Yar Estuary Circular Walk is approximately 3.8 miles / 6.1 km long and at a fairly brisk pace takes about 1.5 hours.." "The Western Yar Estuary Circular Walk follows public footpaths, bridleway and roadside pavement. There are also a few short stretches of road between Freshwater Causeway and All Saints church and on Gasworks Lane near Saltern Wood that have no pavement"