Isle of Wight 100,000 Step Challenge

Freshwater Bay at Sundown
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Adventure Walks
Walking Grade: 5
from £529pp £499pp

Looking for a real leg stretcher to push yourself and give yourself a true challenge? Try our Isle of Wight Step Challenge. We’ve two distances to choose from – for the hardcore we have the epic 100,000 steps, or, still a good leg stretcher, we’ve got our 50,000 step challenge. We’ll aim to cover these distances in 3 days of walks on the beautiful Isle of Wight. If you choose the ultimate challenge of 100,000 steps, you’ll be completing 15-20 miles (25-32km) each day. If you’re tackling 50,000 steps, you’re looking at 8-9 miles (13-14km) each day.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on a real challenge with an experienced leader to discover the varied beauty of the Isle of Wight on foot. 
  • Some absolutely breath-taking scenery along the route
  • Admire panoramic views from dramatic cliff-top coastal paths or along the lush Undercliff. 
  • Complete a real stepping challenge in just 3 days!
  • Evenings in our country house where you can share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

Trip Notes

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You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.

Meet your leader and get ready for the challenge ahead.

Freshwater Bay House

Holidaying on the picturesque Isle of Wight doesn’t get any better than at Freshwater Bay House. Stood stop the island’s classic white cliffs and dominating the bay that it is named after, Freshwater Bay House has a gorgeous location. As well as 43 bedrooms, many decked out in blue and white printed wallpaper featuring foam-tipped waves breaking softly across the walls that act as a promise of the coastal scenery to come, there are three lounges and a friendly bar. Extensive gardens give on to the coast path, with a staircase that drops to the beach one way, while a path leads away across Tennyson Down towards the Needles in the other direction. If you’re experiencing some of the island’s plentiful sunshine (it averages around 2,000 hours a year), head to Alum Bay for coloured sands or Compton Bay for dinosaur footprints. Explore Carisbrooke Castle, stroll through Ventnor Botanic Gardens and keep an eye out for red squirrels in Borthwood Copse and America Wood.


Distance: 14½ miles (23.5km)

Total Ascent: 1,700 feet (520m) 

We have an early start this morning to get the challenge underway. As with the 50,000 steppers, we begin with the perfect photo opportunity, at the viewpoint for the iconic Needles. We follow the 50,000 route, but at a much quicker pace and continue from Freshwater Bay, east along the Tennyson Trail, crossing Compton, Mottistone and Brighstone Down, and joining the Worsley Trail to end our day at Shorwell. A long day, but fantastic walking, and we’ve knocked off 30,000 steps!!! Definitely a cause for celebration.

 


Distance: 17 miles (27.5km)

Total Ascent: 2,350 feet (720m)

An early start for us again today, from Shorwell, where we left the trail yesterday, we continue on the Worsley Trail east, passing Godshill and Appuldurcombe Park, all the way to the east coast of the island and Shanklin. We then follow the coast path south to end our day at Ventnor with another 35,000 steps towards our target – a running total of 65,000 steps so far!

 


Distance: 19 miles (30.5km)

Total Ascent: 2,500 feet (760m)

Today is the big push – we’ve got our biggest distance to cover, but all the motivation to do it too. We stride out, traversing almost all of the south coast of the island, including some of the most spectacular sections of the coast path. We return full circle to complete our challenge, topping off 100,000 steps at The Needles. Time to celebrate one heck of an achievement – 100,000 steps in only 3 walking days! Many couldn’t achieve that in a month!

 


Enjoy a final breakfast before making your way home.


Freshwater Bay House

Holidaying on the picturesque Isle of Wight doesn’t get any better than at Freshwater Bay House. Stood stop the island’s classic white cliffs and dominating the bay that it is named after, Freshwater Bay House has a gorgeous location. As well as 43 bedrooms, many decked out in blue and white printed wallpaper featuring foam-tipped waves breaking softly across the walls that act as a promise of the coastal scenery to come, there are three lounges and a friendly bar. Extensive gardens give on to the coast path, with a staircase that drops to the beach one way, while a path leads away across Tennyson Down towards the Needles in the other direction. If you’re experiencing some of the island’s plentiful sunshine (it averages around 2,000 hours a year), head to Alum Bay for coloured sands or Compton Bay for dinosaur footprints. Explore Carisbrooke Castle, stroll through Ventnor Botanic Gardens and keep an eye out for red squirrels in Borthwood Copse and America Wood.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s bright, beautifully presented rooms, many that come with sea views. They’re mostly spacious and chic, styled to acknowledge the house’s nautical connections but with a modern twist of dove greys, clean whites and contemporary furniture. With 43 bedrooms, Freshwater Bay House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: Rooms 19 and 20 on the first floor come with spectacular sea views out over the English Channel; Rooms 18 and 22 are sumptuous corner rooms with expansive views over both the bay and Tennyson Downs. If it’s a room with a view you’re after, ask for Room 24, a superb, spacious corner space with five large windows all overlooking the gardens and bay, with its own private sitting room to relax in. Request Room 39 on the second floor and you’ll get an attractive corner room complete with a bath to soak in after a day of coastal walking.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day walking on the coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the extensive gardens or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet. If you’re visiting with children, turn them loose in the outdoor playground area or watch them splash in the large heated alfresco pool – there’s seating with sea views for you to enjoy a drink in too on a hot English summer’s day. For something less strenuous, snag a comfy chair in one of the three cosy lounges to read a book, play a board game or just hideaway; there’s a grand piano in one if you’re feeling musical. Head to the bar before dinner to perch on a tall stool with a perfect gin and tonic made with the Isle of Wight’s very own Mermaids Gin and a chance to catch up with your companions.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Freshwater Bay House is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the light-filled dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of local flavours.

Accessibility

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Getting to Freshwater Bay House

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

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Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
26 Oct - 30 Oct 2019 Itinerary - 100,000 Steps £529 £499 Save £30 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Adventure Walks
Walking Grade:
5

4 nights from £529pp £499pp

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