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7 Night Isle of Wight Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided walking
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £919pp £483pp

As Queen Victoria’s favourite place to escape to, the Isle of Wight tempts with golden sand beaches, rolling green hills, dramatic white cliffs, ancient woodland, and charming seaside resorts. A fabulous introduction to the island, this guided walking holiday is perfect for those keen to enjoy breathtaking scenery, big-name historic attractions, and the choice of up to three different-grade daily guided walks.

What you’ll love

  • Discovering the gorgeous landscape of the Isle of Wight on foot   
  • Soaking up panoramic views of the dramatic coastline 
  • Visiting golden sand beaches and picturesque villages 
  • Spending time with like-minded people in the great outdoors   
  • Finding new routes and places to explore with your HF Holidays Leader   
  • Staying at Freshwater Bay House, just a skip from Tennyson Down

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Cream tea on arrival day
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning
  • Daily packed lunches
  • Three-course evening meals, plus tea & coffee
  • Guided walking with experienced HF Holidays Leaders
  • Choice of up to three different-grade daily walks
  • All transport to and from walks where necessary
  • Easy-to-follow routes, maps, and information in our Discovery Point if you want to explore independently

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

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You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Over Tennyson Down

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In summary: A fabulous walk over the chalk cliffs of Tennyson Down to the Needles and the Alum Bay; one of England's finest coastal walks.

Highlight: The commanding view over the Western Solent from the Tennyson Monument. You'll also discover the once secret rocket testing range, and the area's role in the space race.

Option 2 - Headon Warren & Needles

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In summary: Head to the coast at Totland Bay then soak up glorious sea view as you round the Needles headland and return over Tennyson Down.

Highlight: The heather-clad headland of Headon Warren is a real delight, and offers the best views of the Needles.

Option 3 - West Wight Circuit

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

In summary: A circuit of the western tip of the island. We’ll follow the Yar Valley to Yarmouth, then follow the coastal path to Alum Bay, before a glorious finale over Tennyson Down.

Highlight: The final section atop the chalk cliffs of Tennyson Down is a fitting conclusion to this splendid walk.


Option 1 - Through the Undercliff

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In summary: Follow the coast along the Undercliff from St Catherine's Point to Ventnor’s Botanic Gardens.

Highlight: Walking through the lush vegetation of this natural suntrap

Option 2 - Godshill to Ventnor

Distance: 9 miles (14 km)

Ascent: 1300 feet (400m)

In summary: Starting in Godshill we work our way towards Wroxall, passing the grand ruins of Appuldurcombe House and its surrounding parkland. We then head up over the Downs before we make our way into Ventnor.

Highlight: Enjoy great views out to sea from the highest point on the Island, St Boniface Down.

Option 3 - Woods & Downland

Distance: 10½ miles (16.5 km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In summary: Walk through the woods near Sandown, then admire the widespread views as we cross the downs to Ventnor.

Highlight: Our path through Borthwood Copse and America Wood take us to one of the best places in England to spot Red Squirrels.


Discover more about Freshwater Bay House and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day. 


Option 1 - To Carisbrooke Castle

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

Ascent: 700ft (220m)

In summary: Cross the island's central hills from the picturesque village of Shorwell to the impressive castle at Carisbrooke.

Highlight: Take time to explore this well-preserved castle. Walk around the walls, and watch the donkeys turn the treadmill to raise water from the well.

Option 2 - Shorwell & Carisbrooke

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In summary: Walk from the south coast to Shorwell village, then continue over the downs to Carisbrooke Castle.

Highlight: Explore picturesque Shorwell with its thatched cottages and historic church. There's also plenty of time to visit Carisbrooke Castle.

Option 3 - The Three Trails

Distance: 12½ miles (20.5km)

Ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)  

In summary: Challenge yourself to this fantastic walk along the spine of the island from Carisbrooke Castle to Freshwater Bay. We’ll cross the hills to Shorwell then pick up the Tennyson Trail which runs along the top of the chalk downs. 

Highlight: This is one of our most popular walks. After several ups and downs, your celebratory pint at the end of the walk will be well deserved!


Option 1 - Historic Brading and Culver Cliff

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)
Ascent: 600 feet (180m)
In Summary: A scenic walk along the coastal paths of the Isle of Wight as you walk from the historic Brading to Yaverland.
Highlight: Brading is home to the Church of St Mary. Although not mentioned in the Domesday Book, it is believed to be the oldest church and the most interesting on the island.

Option 2 - Ryde to Sandown

Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m)

In summary: Soak up the sea air and as we follow the coastal path from the outskirts of Ryde to St Helens, then on over Culver Cliff to Sandown.

Highlight: The Yarborough Monument on top of Culver Down commands a wonderful view over the Solent and English Channel.

Option 3 - Havenstreet to Sandown

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

In summary: Enjoy panoramic views on our walk from Havenstreet over Brading Down. We'll pass Bembridge Windmill and Culver Down, then along the coastal path to Sandown.

Highlight: Views over the Solent where vessels ranging from hovercraft to huge container ships complete this bustling scene.


Option 1 - Tennyson, Hamstead Trails and South Coast Path

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 900 feet (280m)

In summary: A gentle climb through the golf course on the Tennyson Trail to cross the Downs. The walk drops down to the farms around the Hamstead trail that lead to the south side of the island with some impressive views on the Coast Path that returns to Freshwater.

Highlight: Stunning panoramic views from 'The Downs', the site is famous for the Bronze Age burial mounds and endangered flora and fauna. 

Option 2 - The Downs and Mottistone

Distance: 10 miles (16.5km)

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

In summary: Traverse Compton and Brook Downs to ‘The Longstone’ before passing through the charming village of Mottistone and onto the South Coast path to return to the House.

Highlight: 'The Longstone' is a 10 ton 13 foot high megalith of iron sandstone of archaeological interest, plus the views from the coast path are spectacular.

Option 3 - Longstone, Brighstone and the South Coast Path

Distance: 13 miles (20.5km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In summary: Enjoy the uninterrupted views of the Solent and Channel as you cross Compton and Brook Down. The route passes the impressive ‘Longstone’ and through a mixture of woodland and countryside to reach the charming village of Brighstone before reaching the South Coast path following this back to Freshwater.

Highlight: The Downs, the Longstone and a walk full of variety with spectacular coastal scenery.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


See Dates, Prices & Trip Note tab to check which itinerary is running

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Over Tennyson Down

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In summaryA fabulous walk over the chalk cliffs of Tennyson Down to the Needles and the Alum Bay; one of England's finest coastal walks.

Highlight: The commanding view over the Western Solent from the Tennyson Monument. You'll also discover the once secret rocket testing range, and the area's role in the space race.

Option 2 - Headon Warren & The Needles

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In summary: We start by head to the coast at Totland Bay then soak up glorious sea view as you round the Needles headland and return over Tennyson Down.

Highlight: The heather-clad headland of Headon Warren is a real delight, and offers the best views of the Needles.

Option 3 - West Wight Circuit

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

In summaryA repeat from earlier in the week for 7 nIght guests. A circuit of the western tip of the island. We’ll follow the Yar Valley to Yarmouth, then follow the coastal path to Alum Bay, before a glorious finale over Tennyson Down.

Highlight: The final section atop the chalk cliffs of Tennyson Down is a fitting conclusion to this splendid walk.


Option 1 - Godshill to Appuldurcombe via the Donkey Sanctuary

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Ascent: 750 feet (220m)

In summary: A delightful figure of eight walk from the village of Godshill taking us passed the Donkey Sanctury and the ruined shell of Appuldurcombe House.

Highlight: There's plenty of time to explore Godshill and admire its quintessential thatched cottages and historic church.

Option 2 - Over the Downs

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In summary: Walk from the charming village of Godshill onto the Stenbury and St Boniface Downs.

Highlight: The grand ruins of Appuldurcombe House and its surrounding parkland laid out by ‘Capability’ Brown.

Option 3 - Eight Downs Horseshoe

Distance: 10½ miles (16.5km)

Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

In summary: Our 'eight Downs horseshoe' is a grand circuit that takes in the tops of Stenbury Down and St Boniface Down; the highest point on the island.

Highlight: Walking on top of the Downs is a real delight, with great views across the island, and across the Solent to the mainland.


Discover more about Freshwater Bay House and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day. 


Option 1 - To Carisbrooke Castle

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

Ascent: 700ft (220m)

In summary: Cross the island's central hills from the picturesque village of Shorwell to the impressive castle at Carisbrooke.

Highlight: Take time to explore this well-preserved castle. Walk around the walls, and watch the donkeys turn the treadmill to raise water from the well.

Option 2 - Shorwell & Carisbrooke

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In summary: Walk from Brightstone to the village of Shorwell village, then continue over the downs to Carisbrooke Castle.

Highlight: Explore picturesque Shorwell with its thatched cottages and historic church.

Option 3 - The Three Trails

Distance: 12½ miles (20.5km)

Ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)  

In summary: Challenge yourself to this fantastic walk along the spine of the island from Carisbrooke Castle to Freshwater Bay. We’ll cross the hills to Shorwell then pick up the Tennyson Trail which runs along the top of the chalk downs. 

Highlight: This is one of our most popular walks. After several ups and downs, your celebratory pint at the end of the walk will be well deserved!


Option 1 - Ventnor to Shanklin

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Ascent: 900 feet (280m)

In summary: Walk through the lush Undercliff. Our walk takes us from Ventnor's Botanic Gardens along the coastal path to Shanklin Old Village.

Highlight: Discover the Undercliff; a natural sun trap, rich with verdant vegetation, created by a series of landslips over the centuries.

Option 2 - Niton to Shanklin

Distance:  8 miles (13km) 

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In summary: Soak up the sea air and views of the English Channel on a walk through the Undercliff from Niton to Shanklin Old Village.

Highlight: Stop to explore the Victorian resort of Ventnor midway through the walk, and see the 11th Century St Boniface Church in nearby Bonchurch.

Option 3 - Chale Green to Shanklin

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

In summary: A journey along the length of Undercliff. We head over St Catherine's Down from Chale Green, with fantastic views down to the coast, where we join the coast path all the way to Shanklin.

Highlight: The cliff-top section above St Catherine's Point is particularly impressive, with views down to the lighthouse far below.


Option 1 - Yar Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 350 feet (120m)

In summary: Walk beside the tidal River Yar to the historic town of Yarmouth with its bustling harbour and Tudor castle. We’ll return on the opposite side of the river back to Freshwater Bay.

Highlight: The salt marsh, reedbeds and mud flats of the Yar Estuary are a great place to see wildfowl and waders.

Option 2 - Yarmouth and the Three Forts

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 550 feet (180m)

In summary: Walk through Golden Hill Country Park to the coast at Fort Victoria with uninterrupted views across the Solent to Hurst Castle on the mainland. Continue on the Coastal Path into the old port of Yarmouth and return to Freshwater beside the River Yar.

Highlight: A walk full of history from the Victorian forts at Golden Hill & Fort Victoria to the remains of Henry Vlll’s castle at Yarmouth.

Option 3 - The Hamstead Trail, Bouldnor Forest and Yarmouth

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In summary: Enjoy the rolling countryside of the Hamstead trail, crossing the Island from south to north, before joining the Coastal path to the west of Hamstead.  The walk continues through Bouldnor Forest into the historic port of Yarmouth with its associated yachting activities. The return to Freshwater is by the River Yar and Afton Nature reserve.

Highlight: A variety of landscapes from the open countryside of the Hamstead trail to the beauty of Bouldnor Forest and the bustling little port of Yarmouth.  Opportunities to see wading birds by the River Yar.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


See Dates, Prices & Trip Note tab to check which itinerary is running

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival.


Option 1 - To Carisbrooke Castle

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

Ascent: 700ft (220m)

In summary: We start in the village of Shorwell before venturing over the downs and entering the village of Carisbrooke, home of Carisbrooke Castle. 

Highlight: Snapping shots of picturesque Shorwell with its thatched cottages and historic church.

Option 2 - Shorwell & Carisbrooke

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In summary: Walk from Brightstone to the village of Shorwell village, then continue over the downs to Carisbrooke Castle.

Highlight: Explore picturesque Shorwell with its thatched cottages and historic church.

Option 3 - The Three Trails

Distance: 12½ miles (20.5km)

Ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)  

In summary: Challenge yourself to this fantastic walk along the spine of the island from Carisbrooke Castle to Freshwater Bay. We’ll cross the hills to Shorwell then pick up the Tennyson Trail which runs along the top of the chalk downs. 

Highlight: This is one of our most popular walks. After several ups and downs, your celebratory pint at the end of the walk will be well deserved!


Option 1 - Coastal Path from Gore Down to Ventnor

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 750 feet (240m)

In summary: This walk takes the coast path past St Catherine's Point, before passing through Niton Village, and then rejoining the coast path through the undercliff and into Ventnor.

Highlight: Discover the Undercliff; a natural sun trap, rich with verdant vegetation, created by a series of landslips over the centuries.

Option 2 - Chale Church to Ventnor via Whitewell

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 1100 feet (320m)

In summary: This walk starts along the coast path, before diverting inland to Whitwell, before rejoining the coast path at the undercliff and continuing to Ventnor

Highlight: Enjoy great coastal views of St Catherine's Point.

Option 3 - Chale Green to Ventnor

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1400 feet (440m)

In summary: This walks starts inland before reaching the coast path at St Catherine's point, then taking in Whitwell and the undercliff into Ventnor

Highlight: A great variety of inland and coastal walking, offering great views.


Discover more about Freshwater Bay House and the local area for ideas on how to fill your free day. 


Option 1 - Over Tennyson Down

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In summaryA fabulous walk over the chalk cliffs of Tennyson Down to the Needles and the Alum Bay; one of England's finest coastal walks.

Highlight: The commanding view over the Western Solent from the Tennyson Monument. You'll also discover the once secret rocket testing range, and the area's role in the space race.

Option 2 - Headon Warren & The Needles

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In summary: We start by head to the coast at Totland Bay then soak up glorious sea view as you round the Needles headland and return over Tennyson Down.

Highlight: The heather-clad headland of Headon Warren is a real delight, and offers the best views of the Needles.

Option 3 - West Wight Circuit

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

In summaryA repeat from earlier in the week for 7 nIght guests. A circuit of the western tip of the island. We’ll follow the Yar Valley to Yarmouth, then follow the coastal path to Alum Bay, before a glorious finale over Tennyson Down.

Highlight: The final section atop the chalk cliffs of Tennyson Down is a fitting conclusion to this splendid walk.


Option 1 - Wooded Trails & Grassy Downs

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 750 feet (240m)

In summary: Starting from Calbourne, the prettiest village on the island, we follow the footpath passing Winkle Street, and then ascending on to Westover Down before crossing countryside following the Tennyson Trail back to Freshwater Bay.

Highlight: Visiting the postcard village of Calbourne and enjoying breathtaking views of land and sea while walking along the Downs.

Option 2 - Over the Downs

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In summary: Walk from the charming village of Godshill onto the Stenbury and St Boniface Downs.

Highlight: The grand ruins of Appuldurcombe House and its surrounding parkland laid out by ‘Capability’ Brown.

Option 3 - Eight Downs Horseshoe

Distance: 10½ miles (16.5km)

Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

In summary: Our 'eight Downs horseshoe' is a grand circuit that takes in the tops of Stenbury Down and St Boniface Down; the highest point on the island.

Highlight: Walking on top of the Downs is a real delight, with great views across the island, and across the Solent to the mainland.


Option 1 - Yar Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 350 feet (120m)

In summary: Walk beside the tidal River Yar to the historic town of Yarmouth with its bustling harbour and Tudor castle. We’ll return on the opposite side of the river back to Freshwater Bay.

Highlight: The salt marsh, reedbeds and mud flats of the Yar Estuary are a great place to see wildfowl and waders.

Option 2 - Yarmouth and the Three Forts

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 550 feet (180m)

In summary: Walk through Golden Hill Country Park to the coast at Fort Victoria with uninterrupted views across the Solent to Hurst Castle on the mainland. Continue on the Coastal Path into the old port of Yarmouth and return to Freshwater beside the River Yar.

Highlight: A walk full of history from the Victorian forts at Golden Hill & Fort Victoria to the remains of Henry Vlll’s castle at Yarmouth.

Option 3 - The Hamstead Trail, Bouldnor Forest and Yarmouth

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In summary: Enjoy the rolling countryside of the Hamstead trail, crossing the Island from south to north, before joining the Coastal path to the west of Hamstead.  The walk continues through Bouldnor Forest into the historic port of Yarmouth with its associated yachting activities. The return to Freshwater is by the River Yar and Afton Nature reserve.

Highlight: A variety of landscapes from the open countryside of the Hamstead trail to the beauty of Bouldnor Forest and the bustling little port of Yarmouth.  Opportunities to see wading birds by the River Yar.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Freshwater Bay House

Chalky white cliffs and eyebrow-arching sea views set the tone for the delights that follow at this county house on the Isle of Wight - Queen Victoria's favourite island that’s just a ferry hop from the South Coast. The location is as gorgeous as it gets; to the south of the village of Freshwater, within pebble-throwing distance of its namesake bay, and just a skip from Tennyson Down. You’ll also be within easy reach of the area’s showstoppers, including the imposing Stag and Mermaid rocks, the multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay, the remarkable Ventnor Botanic Gardens, and the 125-million-year-old dinosaur footprints at Compton Bay. And then, of course, there’s the Needles Old Battery for the ubiquitous photo opportunity and the best views of The Needles.

 

Rooms

Designed with your comfort in mind, Freshwater Bay House has 43 well-appointed guest rooms available in three categories: Classic, Premium, and Superior. 

Classic Rooms are comfortable en-suite guest rooms, ideal for a peaceful night's sleep. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, and shower gel), and a TV. 

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

Superior Rooms are even more spacious en-suite guest rooms offering upgraded views of the surrounds. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

We love: Rooms 19 and 20 on the first floor for their lovely sea views. Rooms 18 and 22 are both corner rooms overlooking the bay and Tennyson Downs. The more spacious Room 24 has five large windows overlooking the gardens and bay as well as a private sitting room. Room 39 on the second floor is a corner room with a bathtub. 

The Choose Your Room service is available at our UK country houses, allowing you the option of choosing and confirming a specific room for an extra charge of £30 per room. This is subject to availability. Upgrade supplements apply. 

Check in & check out
You are welcome to check in from 4:00pm at the earliest. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a complimentary cream tea and get to meet your fellow guests, our HF Holidays Leaders, and the rest of the friendly team.  

On the day of departure, we kindly ask all guests to check out by 10:00am. You’ll be asked to settle your bill prior to leaving. You may, of course, make a charitable donation to our HF Holidays Pathways Fund if you wish. Please note that we only accept card payments.  

Room supplements

Superior Premium single Premium double/twin Choose your room
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About your stay

A warm welcome
We want you to feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. You’ll find a welcome pack in your room with guest registration forms, menus, order forms for dinners and picnic lunches, the Wi-Fi password, and the front door code. Our houses are locked at night, so we recommend noting the Duty Manager’s number on arrival in case of an emergency (or getting locked out). 

Evening entertainment
While evening entertainment varies from house to house, the HF Holidays Big Pub Quiz held after dinner on Wednesdays is a weekly staple. Your HF Holidays Leader may be around for tips on guided and self-guided walking routes as well as visit-worthy local attractions. 

Walks talks 
Our HF Holidays Leaders host guided walking information briefings before dinner on arrival days. This is followed by a group Walks Talk for information on the following day’s walking delights (held before dinner every evening). Self-guided walking guests are, of course, welcome.  

The walking day
Prior to setting off on walks, your HF Holidays Leader will run you through a short safety briefing. There’s also an up-to-date weather forecast on display at the house to ensure you have appropriate clothing and footwear. If you choose to do your own walks or are on a self-guided walking holiday, we ask that you please complete an Independent Walker Card each day. These can be found near the Discovery Point in the house. 

Food & drink

Led by experienced chefs, we serve a wide range of dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. We always aim to source the best produce available and use home-grown herbs and vegetables from our own gardens whenever possible. Additionally, we have a licensed bar with beers, soft drinks, and a superb selection of spirits. Full-board comes as standard and includes a cream tea on arrival and a hearty breakfast on departure day.

HF Holidays understands the importance of managing allergens effectively to ensure food is safe for guests with food allergies. Whilst we are always able to confidently inform guests which allergens are present in our ingredients and dishes, we are unable to guarantee absolute freedom from the 14 main allergens in our kitchens. Vegetarian and vegan menu choices are available. If you have allergies, food intolerances, or any special dietary requirements, please inform our reservation team at the time of booking.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Freshwater Bay House

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Getting to Freshwater Bay House

Find out more about this location including travel details and room types.

More Information

Address

Freshwater Bay House
Freshwater Bay
Isle of Wight PO40 9RB

Tel: +44 (0)1983 753854

By taxi

From Yarmouth ferry port it’s a five-mile taxi journey that takes approximately 15 minutes. We recommend booking your taxi at least seven days in advance as availability may be limited. 

For pricing, please contact the taxi company directly.

Taxi companies in the area include:

Bay Taxi  
Tel: +44 (0)7475 662350
Email: info@baytaxi.co.uk (Please provide your phone number when emailing)

Rayner’s Taxis
Tel: +44 (0)1983 752784

I Cabs 
Tel: +44 (0)7553 567567

A return journey can be arranged on your behalf by the HF Holidays House Manager at Freshwater Bay.

*HF Holidays does not own or manage any of the above taxi companies.

By train

The nearest station is Lymington Pier on the mainland which is adjacent to the ferry terminal.  

Check National Rail for train times and routes. 

By ferry

You have two ferry options. The Wightlink Lymington to Yarmouth ferry is the most convenient for Freshwater Bay. Alternatively, the Red Funnel Southampton to East Cowes ferry is often the cheapest option if you want to take your car to the Isle of Wight. 

HF Holidays member discount 
If you’re a member, you can get  15% off car travel and 20% off foot travel with Wightlink Ferry. For full details visit www.wightlink.co.uk/HFHolidays

By car

From Yarmouth
Turn right out of the ferry terminal onto the A3054 and cross the bridge. After one mile, turn left down Pixley Hill, signposted Freshwater Bay. Turn left at Freshwater Garage and continue along Afton Road. At the lifeboat station turn right and follow the road round. Freshwater Bay House is on your left. 

From East Cowes
Follow signs for Newport, taking the A3021 and then A3054. Continue through Newport and Carisbrooke. Turn left onto the B3401 through Calbourne. At the junction with Afton Road (A3055), turn left and then right by the lifeboat station, and follow the road round to Freshwater Bay House. 

Or you can leave your car on the mainland (there’s a pay and display car park at Lymington Pier) and travel on the ferry as a foot passenger. 

By air

The nearest airport is Southampton Airport. 

From Southampton Airport Parkway station (adjacent to the airport terminal) there are regular trains to Lymington Pier, taking about 40 minutes. From here, you’ll need to catch the ferry over to the Isle of Wight. 

Otherwise, the best options are London Heathrow or London Gatwick airports for connecting trains to Lymington Pier.  

Check National Rail for the best routes and train times. 

The UK has a famously unpredictable climate so it's best to be prepared for weather that’s sunny one minute and raining the next.  To make it easier, here’s a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof walking boots that provide ankle support and good grip  
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket 
  • Comfortable clothing (jeans & waterproof capes are not suitable)  
  • Mid-layer(s) to keep you warm. Fleeces make a good choice
  • Waterproof overtrousers  
  • Gloves and a warm hat  
  • Rucksack with waterproof liner 
  • Spotting scope and/or binoculars 
  • Flask for hot drinks   
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)  
  • Sunscreen  
  • UV sunglasses  

Recommended  

  • Several base layers (long-sleeve or short-sleeve)  
  • Cushioned walking socks to avoid blisters  
  • First aid kit, including plasters and insect repellent 
  • Sit mat   
  • Waterproof pouch for valuables  
  • Rubbish bag (remember to always leave no trace)  
  • Wallet/purse  
  • Camera 
  • First-aid kit 

Freshwater Bay House Calendar

  • Guided Walking
  • Self-Guided Walking
  • Special Interests
  • Unavailable to Book

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All holidays are subject to availability. Supplements may apply.

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All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take an alternative route, or vary the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.


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2024

27 Apr - 04 May 2024

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04 May - 11 May 2024

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18 May - 25 May 2024

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25 May - 01 Jun 2024

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08 Jun - 15 Jun 2024

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22 Jun - 29 Jun 2024

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29 Jun - 06 Jul 2024

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13 Jul - 20 Jul 2024

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20 Jul - 27 Jul 2024

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03 Aug - 10 Aug 2024

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24 Aug - 31 Aug 2024

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31 Aug - 07 Sep 2024

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07 Sep - 14 Sep 2024

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21 Sep - 28 Sep 2024

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05 Oct - 12 Oct 2024

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19 Oct - 26 Oct 2024

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09 Nov - 16 Nov 2024

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01 Mar - 08 Mar 2025

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15 Mar - 22 Mar 2025

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29 Mar - 05 Apr 2025

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Duration:
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Type:
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Walking Grade:
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