Surely the ultimate Wight walk has got to be covering a section of it from north to south, and that’s exactly what the Hamstead Trail does. This popular Isle of Wight walk covers the west of the island from the north tip to the south and the trail is part of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path. The walk is seven miles long and there are some landmarks to look out for along the way.
Garibaldi planted an oak tree at Brook House, and Brook Hill House was once home to the author J.B.Priestley. You’ll also pass Hanover Point, which is notable for the remains of a petrified forest which can be seen when the tide goes out. This walk is seven miles.
If you start at the north section close to Newton Creek you’ll pass through a section of woodland which is home to the island’s infamous Red Squirrels so keep your eyes peeled for them, as you go. The views from Brook Downs will take your breath away, and you’ll be able to see all the way from The Needles to the west to St Catherine’s Point to the south – so if it’s views you’re after walk this trail.