The walk that connects Ryde and Cowes is one for the history buffs amongst you as it passes historic landmark after historic landmark. This is a route with plenty to see along the way and – if you do a little research before you get started – some interesting facts to bring the journey to life.
Leave plenty of time for this one, as the journey between the two famous resorts will take you past Osborne House (Queen Victoria’s former summer residence), Ryde Pier, the ruins of an abbey and a vineyard.
The walk starts at the entrance to Ryde Pier, and at half a mile long this is Britain’s second longest accessible pier. Look out for Binstead Church which was built on the remains of a Norman church used by the workers who once quarried stone for cathedrals such as Winchester and Chichester. The only remaining evidence of the church’s Norman roots is a doorway with an effigy on it.