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Sandown to Ryde

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  • Sandown beach and Culver Cliff.
    / Sandown beach and Culver Cliff.
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  • / West Cliff, Sandown.
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  • / Sandown Bay from Culver Cliff.
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  • / Bembridge Down Memorial.
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  • / Bembridge Harbour.
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Leaving Sandown the route ascends up and over Bembridge Down with great views in every direction, then down into Bembridge itself. From here the path goes around the harbour and along the coast to the pretty resort of Seaview and on into Ryde, to finish back at the pier.
Distance 19.8 km
5:00 h
139 m
169 m
From Sandown the coastal path heads north eastwards, towards Culver Cliff and up and over Bembridge Down. From here there are commanding views in every direction. Descending from the Down, the route follows the coast around Whitecliff Bay and past Bembridge Lifeboat Station before heading inland to arrive at the harbour. Crossing the causeway the path continues through fields to arrive at the pretty resort of Seaview. Hugging the coast the final stretch of the walk rounds Puckpool Point and continues along the Esplanade and back to the original start at Ryde pier.

Author’s recommendation

Great views are afforded from Bembridge Down in every direction, over the eastern approaches to the Solent and the busy waterway of the Channel. There are lovely coastal sections around Whitecliff Bay and Bembridge Harbour to enjoy. The small coastal village of Seaview is a delight before returning to the more workman like ferry port of Ryde. There is a great sense of achievement knowing you have completed the circuit of the island.

After Bembridge at St Helens you might be tempted to walk through Priory Woods, we would strongly advise  against this as the path through here can be filled with very deep, slippy mud. 

The coastal path is well signposted so look out for the prominent way markers and your route finding will be easier.


Highest point
100 m
Lowest point
-2 m
Best time of year

Safety information

This section is a gentle walk with few hazards. However, some sections cross roads or follow the pavements alongside.   These can be busy at times, especially in peak season, so care is needed. Along the coastal section the cliffs take care not to go near the edge. At Bembridge, Seaview and around Puckpool Point the coastal path is very close to the sea. Care is needed during high tides or rough weather.


Tips and hints

Sandown is a small resort town with a full range of facilities. There are also opportunities for refreshments on the route at Culver Cliff, Bembridge and Seaview.


Points of Interest

Culver Cliff

This is a 300 foot chalk cliff with splendid view over Sandown Bay and a popular nesting site for many sea birds. It is topped with the impressive Yarborough Monument which for many years was an important landmark for local shipping.


This is a popular sailing centre and a quiet resort. It is home to a maritime museum located in the craft centre, which has the largest collection of its kind in the UK. Items range from gold and relics from Spanish galleons, ship wrecks and wartime submarines. The windmill at Bembridge is the only surviving mill on the island. Built around 1700 it was given to the National Trust in 1961.


This is a small unspoilt Edwardian seaside resort overlooking the Solent. The Saltern’s Cottages allude to the salt panning that once took place here, and Rope Walk Street where long sections of ships rigging were laid out.




Sandown Pier. (17 m)
OS Grid
SZ 59775 84038
50.652967, -1.155808
50°39'10.7"N 1°09'20.9"W
30U 630364 5612857


Tourist Information Office, Ryde Pier.

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km – Standing with your back to the pier, TURN RIGHT and continue STRAIGHT ON along the seafront for 500 metres. At the end of the seafront TURN LEFT the immediately TURN RIGHT onto Culver Parade. Continue STRAIGHT ON to Yaverland and past the zoo.

1.80 km – At the end of the car park by the sailing club, continue STRAIGHT ON up the signposted coastal path onto Bembridge Down. Aim for the monument on the skyline with the cliffs to the right.

4.00 km – At the cattle grid, TURN RIGHT onto the tarmac road and continue STRAIGHT ON past the monument and pub to Culver Battery car park.

4.50 km – At the car park TURN LEFT onto a narrow path, then in 100 metres TURN RIGHT, back onto the coastal path. Continue STRAIGHT ON for approx 3 kms, down the slope, past the Holiday Park at Whitecliff Bay and Bembridge School.

7.30 km – Emerging at Forelands Beach, continue STRAIGHT ON past the pub and Coastguard Station.

7.50 km – At the wooden barrier TURN LEFT up Howgate road, and continue STRAIGHT ON to Foreland Farm Lane. TURN LEFT onto the gravel track signposted the coastal path.

8.00 km – Half way along the track at the signpost, TURN RIGHT onto the footpath and continue STRAIGHT ON to the shore.

8.30 km – At the shore line TURN LEFT and continue STRAIGHT ON, past the lifeboat Station and along the pebble path above the beach.

8.90 km – At the stone steps TURN LEFT, up onto the signposted coastal path and continue STRAIGHT ON heading inland.

9.10 km – At the track crossroads TURN RIGHT onto the path signposted to Love Lane and continue STRAIGHT ON.

9.70 km – On the bend in the lane, TURN RIGHT onto the signed coastal path and continue STRAIGHT ON, through the suburbs of Bembridge and down to the harbour.

10.1 km – At the main road BEAR RIGHT and continue STRAIGHT ON around the harbour to St Helens.

11.7 km – Just past Bembridge Marina, TURN RIGHT onto Latimer Road and continue STRAIGHT ON to North Quay. Follow the coastal path signs around the quay and on over the stone causeway.

12.5 km – At the end of the causeway continue STRAIGHT ON, over St Helens Dulver and the TURN LEFT onto the tarmac road.

13.0 km – At the junction continue STRAIGHT ON through the gate onto the path over the field. Cross the footbridge and BEAR RIGHT up through another field to an iron gate.

13.5 km – At the gate, TURN RIGHT onto the tarmac road past the Holiday Park. Continue STRAIGHT ON following the coastal path and bridleway signs.

14.1 km – At the footpath junction TURN RIGHT onto the path signposted to Seagrove Bay and continue STRAIGHT ON down to the shore.

14.7 km – At Seagrove Bay, TURN LEFT and continue STRAIGHT ON along the tarmac path following the prominent coastal path signs to the sea wall.

15.1 km – From the bay, continue STRAIGHT ON up the tarmac road to the cross roads. TURN RIGHT down High Street into Seaview. Continue STRAIGHT ON along the sea front with views of the Solent and Portsmouth to the right.

16.1 km – At the end of the sea front, continue STRAIGHT ON along Salterns Road with the sea wall to the right.

17.1 km – On the bend in the road by the pub, BEAR RIGHT along the promenade path and continue STRAIGHT ON for approx 2.5 kms, around Puckpool Point, past the lake and Marina and into Ryde.

19.8 km – Arriving at the Tourist Information Office by the pier, you have reached the end of your walk, and the circuit of the island.






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OS Grid
SZ 59775 84038
50.652967, -1.155808
50°39'10.7"N 1°09'20.9"W
30U 630364 5612857
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Comfortable boots or walking shoes are recommended. The terrain is not particularly rough but it may be muddy in places, especially after rain.  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)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • 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.

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BRUNO Herbst
March 29, 2019 · Community
Eine schöne, abwechslungsreiche und einfache Strecke. Viel Meerblick, Steigungen und man kann meist wählen, ob man am Strand oder auf befestigten wegen gehen möchte. Ich bin die Tour entgegengesetzt gewandert, ein schöner Wandertag :) Allerdings wird sie mir beim tracken mit 23.9km angezeigt, >4km Abweichung. Außerdem führt die Route durch ein Hafenbecken, das nur bei starker Ebbe durchwandert werden kann. Der „Umweg“ ist aber nicht groß (deutlich weniger als die 4km Abweichung oben)
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