The walk between Yarmouth and Freshwater isn’t only an easy one to wander but it’s one of the most beautiful walks on the Wight. Covering a distance of less than 4 miles, the route should take between an hour and a half and two hours and it takes those who follow it on a gentle journey through the island’s pretty countryside.
This circular walk starts and finishes at Yarmouth’s historic harbour and takes its walkers alongside the river Yar and inland to the neighbouring town of Freshwater. The walk follows the disused railway line for a stretch too, and it once connected Freshwater, Yarmouth and Newport so it’s a chance to see a key piece of the island’s history along the way.
The coastal landscape this walk passes stands out from the rest of the island, so this walk offers a unique experience for walkers determined to see the island. The tidal estuary is something of a haven for local wildlife and as this is a rural route there are few busy roads or cars to contend with along the way. The island is one of the few places that red squirrels call home, so keep your eyes peeled for them on this walk.