If you want to walk the Wight without too much exertion (you’re on holiday after all) the Freshwater Way is an easy route that takes in some of the best views on the island. This walk follows the estuary alongside the River Yar, and you can choose which way to end it as it splits partway through.
Whether you decide to follow the path along the flat river valley or climb Afton Down which leads to the cliffs at beautiful Compton Bay, this is a fairly level walk for much of the route and it starts in Yarmouth. Pick up the trail just to the left of Yarmouth Bridge and follow the signs along Gasworks Lane.
The Freshwater Way is a popular walking route so you’ll see quite a few fellow walkers, especially on a sunny day. The views of the coastline are perfect for those standout holiday photos and there are plenty of spots that make great picnic places along the way.
The walk is four miles long so it’s a nice one for the whole family to tackle and take at a leisurely pace. For the longer version of the walk don’t take a right turn at All Saints’ Church, instead follow the footpath to your left before you reach the church. This will take you another mile or so towards Freshwater Bay.