This walk has a bit of everything. There are cliff top sections with great views above St Catherine’s Point and over Sandown Bay towards Culver Cliff. Meandering paths through the undercliff and Luccombe Landslip with its unique vegetarian and micro climate. Then finally shoreline coastal stretches through the classic seaside resorts of Ventnor, Shanklin and Sandown.
The coastal path is well signposted so look out for the prominent way markers and your route finding will be easier.
This section of the coastal path has few hazards. However, some parts can be muddy especially in wet conditions. Take care on the ascents and descents from and up to the cliffs. In some places the cliffs are high so take care not to go too near the edge.
Tips and hints
Chale is a small village with few facilities. There is a pub, petrol station and shop. However, there are plenty of opportunities for refreshments on the route at Ventnor and Shanklin.
Points of Interest
This is a site of Special Scientific Interest right on the coast path. Here the underlying softer clays have failed to support the harder Cretaceous rocks above. Major landslides in 1810 & 1818 resulted in this now wooded undercliff, with natural features such as the Devil’s Chimney, the Chink and the Wishing Seat.
Shanklin Heritage Centre
Situated on the esplanade the centre contains an exhibition entitled “The Island, then and now”, a pictorial history of the Isle of Wight. There are specific sections on the Georgian Period, Admiral Nelson and his island connections and the role of the island in WW2.
Sandown Geological Museum
The museum is housed in the town’s library. Fossils, dinosaurs, turtles, shellfish and insects are displayed, giving clues to the original natural environments that existed in this area.
Comfortable boots or walking shoes are recommended. The terrain is not particularly rough but it may be muddy in places, especially after rain. Walking poles may be an advantage on the descent from the cliff tops, if preferred. The weather is changeable at the coast so waterproofs should be carried, especially as the cliff top sections are fairly exposed.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.