|16 km/10 mi
|230 m/755 ft||Easy|
|Red Jet||Various Sites||Newport/Gurnard|
This route is best followed using
1. Cowes to Gurnard Marsh
Leave the Ferry terminal via the archway, and turn right into the High Street, and continue for 250 metres towards the Union Inn. Turn right town the alley way called Watchouse Lane, then left along the Parade. Keep to the sea wall for about 2.5 kilometres, until you reach the outskirts of Gurnard. Walk alongside the beach huts towards the Watersedge Restaurant. Continue up Shore Road, to a cut-through, called Winding Way. Then join Worsley Road. Take the first right down Solent View Road which turns into Marsh Road. Continue along the road, over the River Luck bridge.
2. Gurnard Marsh to Parkhurst Forest
At the road, turn left and then right on to the CB4 which takes you into the wood. Continue until you reach the track with the farm house on the left, At the front of the house turn right, into the field. The path is not obvious here . Keep to the left hand edge of the field until you reach the stile. After the stile, and a small wooded section; you reach the farm house, where you bear left on to the tarmac road. Officially the footpath is through the Geese pen, we'll give that a miss!
Turning right on the road you will come to a wide opening into Parkhurst Forest.
3. Parkhurst Forest to Carisbrooke
There are no sign posts in the forest, and it is surprisingly easy to get lost. You will always be close to the Western Edge of the Forest, and you should always be heading in a Southerly direction.
Leave the forest at the South West edge to join the busy main road. Cross over the road, and join Poleclose Lane N68
Continue past Poleclose Farm for 220 metres, turn right at the meeting of the fields on to the N51 to Alvington Manor Farm, where you bear right on the to join the end of Alvington Road
You are now entering Carisbrooke on the outskirts of Newport.
4. Carisbrooke to Newport
At the T-junction, turn left downhill, and over the roundabout. On the raised mall section at the end of the church yard, turn left through the graveyard to join the end of Priory Farm Lane. Turn right and follow the N58. After you pass the school grounds and reach Wellington Road, cross over and continue on the foot path until you reach Recreation Ground Road, then turn right to meet the busy main road.
You now are in Newport town.
Turn left onto the main Carisbrooke Road, and continue on the raised mall, till you reach the Traffic lights.
Keep going over the crossroads in to the High Street until the next set of traffic lights, then turn right into St. James Square.
As you reach McDonalds, cross over to the Bus Station - where you catch the Number 1 service back to Cowes.
This will be the only linear route on this site. With buses as regular as every 15 minutes between Newport, and Cowes, it would be a shame not to start at Cowes, as the town is worth a visit.
The walk has an urban element to it, as you walk through the main thoroughfares in both Cowes, and Newport. There's still plenty of off-road sections, combining marshland, and the Isle of Wight's largest woodland area: Parkhurst Forest.
The route starts at the Red Funnel, Red Jet terminal in Cowes (West Cowes), and ends at the Bus Station in Newport. From Newport, you catch the the No. 1 bus back to Cowes.
Starting in the centre of Cowes, you follow the sea wall to Gurnard.
After Gurnard, you go off road towards Thorness Bay on the Coastal Path.
After Thorness, you turn into Parkhurst Forest, where you make your way into Newport. You then return by No 1 bus to our start point in Cowes. The bus service is every 15 minutes during the day.
If you're coming by car, there's Plenty of parking in the town
The route starts at the Red Jet terminal in Cowes, and ends at the Bus Station in Newport. The Bus service that returns you to the ferry terminal is the Southern Vectis No: 1 Service.
There no viable escape routes.