Holidays on the Isle of Wight are all about putting on your walking boots, checking the weather and walking for miles and miles along the coastal path – and the section between Shanklin and Ventnor is one of the most popular.
It should take anywhere between one to two hours, and with a difficulty grading of moderate due to some steep areas this walk enjoys panoramic coastal views and the chance to see some of the Wight’s beauty spots. Start your journey at Shanklin Beach and head south, keeping the sea to your left. You’ll soon reach a flight of steps that take you up the cliff and if you follow the path at the top inland you’ll be able to pick up the signs for the coast path.
You’ll pass several little tea shops (and a tea garden at the top of the cliffs) during this walk so there’s plenty of opportunity to pause for awhile and take in the views (catch your breath!). When you make the descent from the cliff tops you’ll find yourself in the pretty village of Bonchurch, noted for its pretty little church and pond. Cross the road when you reach the pond and follow Shore Road along the coast to Ventnor. You can either retrace your steps back to Shanklin or catch a bus back.