The Yar Estuary walk is the kind of Yarmouth walk that pretty much any age group or fitness level can do, and, more to the point, enjoy. The walk starts by Yarmouth’s harbour and at just under 4 miles it should take between an hour and a half and two hours to complete. The route takes its walkers through the scenery of the Western Yar, and not only is it popular with all kinds of wildlife but it’s also beautiful.
Scenery along the way includes sun-dappled woodland, quiet farms and winding country roads, so this is perfect for those who fancy leaving the world behind for awhile and enjoying the sounds of the countryside. The route stays close to the sea for most of the way with only the occasional drift from the shore, and one section follows the railway line that once connected Newport and Freshwater.
The walk passes part of the Isle of Wight’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Western Yar, and even on a winter’s day it bustles with estuary birds keen to feast on the creatures that call its mudflats home. Once a powerful river, the years have shaped the Western Yar into a far smaller one with a large estuary, so it makes just the setting for a relaxed stroll on a summer’s day.