Isle of Wight Guided Tours

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Wonders of the West

A Walk On The Wild Side


This tour will appeal to both your spirit and senses! Something totally different – a ‘walk & ride’ combo of the stunning south and west coasts with some of the best scenery the Island has to offer.

See dinosaur footprints, both north and south coasts of the Island simultaneously and the famous Needles landmark. And if conditions are right, we might even be able to show you some caves. It truly doesn’t come much better than this!

Paul WindridgeWe hope you might see quite a selection of wildlife – although no guarantees. You may see red squirrels in wooded areas or even red deer! And if you are very lucky, a badger or a fox. All this in the very capable hands and excellent company of multi-disciplinary artist Paul Windridge.

And speaking of foxes – Paul is an expert on them and has some fascinating tales to tell about their behaviour, having spent much time in their company. He has also written some lovely books on the subject.

This said, foxes and badgers don’t generally appear until evening time. It is much more likely you will see the two resident ravens around The Needles area and other birds of prey such as red kites, buzzards and kestrels hovering overhead. Who knows, you may even catch sight of the newly introduced sea eagles!

With two routes to choose from – you are spoilt for choice! Both adaptable – as are all our tours.


TOUR 1:

Walk from near Chale to St.Catherine’s Oratory (1328) We can then take a short drive to hopefully spot some red deer.

Along the Atherfield coast via the Dinosaur Farm Museum near Brighstone. Stop 30-40 minutes at the museum. On to Compton Bay where, tide permitting, we will walk to see some dinosaur footprints and a distant view of Freshwater Bay and Tennyson Down.

Then a short drive to Freshwater Bay for a walk along the clifftop, a spectacular view over the cove, then a walk down to the Bay.

A quick drive on to Totland and a walk up Headon Warren with its spectacular views over both sides of the Island and of The Needles (take a walk out there for a closer look if you like). Down to The Needles Park and a walk either to The Battery (include a visit to The Battery if you wish) OR walk down the 180 steps and along Alum Bay to see the amazing multi-coloured sandstone cliffs.

There are also short boat trips around The Needles from the dock at Alum Bay. These run every 40 minutes and last about 20 minutes.

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TOUR 2:

Start near Chale with a walk to St. Catherine’s Oratory (1328). We can then take a short drive to hopefully spot some red deer.

From there we go slightly inland, then another shortish drive via Shorewell and Brighstone to visit Mottistone Gardens (National Trust) with its 14th century Manor. Stay at Mottistone Gardens for a visit if you wish.

From the car park at Mottistone, a gentle climb up to The Longstone (a megolithic monument).

After this, a quick drive to Chessell past Afton Down (where the famous 1970 Isle of Wight Festival attracted over 600,000 people) for a walk up Brook Down to see Five Barrows (Bronze Age burial mounds).

Quick drive on to Totland and a walk up Headon Warren with its spectacular views over both sides of the Island and of The Needles down to The Needles Park. Now walk either to The Battery (making a stop to visit it if you wish) and The Needles OR walk down the 180 steps and along Alum Bay to see the amazing multi-coloured sandstone cliffs.

There are also short boat trips around The Needles from the dock at Alum Bay. These run every 40 minutes and last about 20 minutes.

The walks are unsuitable if you are not sure-footed. All walks are up and down hills, although not extremely difficult. However, it is essential to wear adequately supportive footwear with a decent grip.

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