Isle of Wight Self-Guided Walking Holiday

Explore the Isle of Wight at your own pace

Code: FWPOA

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Meadows & hills

Level

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £235.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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David Knockton:
Walks & Walking blogger

Stepping away from mainland England, enjoy more relaxed and peaceful walks in the Isle of Wight. Soak up the breath taking views as you stride out, invigorated by the sea air. The island boasts an 85-mile coastline filled with sandy beaches and dramatic white cliffs - the size of the island makes it an ideal week's walking and exploration. Once you're ready to return back from your self-guided walk, enjoy hearty local food in our 4-star country house which is superbly located beneath the chalk cliffs of Tennyson Down; geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. 

In pictures...

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Freshwater Bay House in Isle of Wight

Freshwater Bay House boasts a beautiful cliff-top location overlooking the bay. Enjoy dramatic chalk cliffs, sandy beaches, picture-postcard villages and more from this wonderful island gem.

Freshwater Bay House has 48 bedrooms located in the main building and a cottage in the grounds. Many of the rooms have sea views, whilst others overlook the gardens and downs.

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £20 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • Welcoming bar with local beer
  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Three lounges with view across the bay
  • Dining room
  • Bar
  • Multi-purpose activity room with a Nintendo Wii
  • Free WiFi is available in some public rooms
  • Range of broad games and books
  • Heated outdoor swimming pool
    (Open Easter to September)
  • Extensive gardens
  • Putting green and croquet lawn
  • Table football
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Outdoor playground for children
  • Outdoor games
  • Mini-golf

Dining

An example of Freshwater Bay evening mealAll holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our option evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

More details on Freshwater Bay accessibility

Additional information

  • The fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance with an evacuation are identified at this point and alternative door hangers are issued to help the team members identify them
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • All team members have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for and specialist food can be arranged with prior notice
  • Hired equipment can be arranged for your stay with prior notice
  • Fridges can be supplied for medication with prior notice.

Self-Guided Walks

To make the most of your break use the Discovery Point at Freshwater Bay House - the starting point for your outdoor adventure. 

You'll find our recommended walking and cycling routes - detailed route notes for you to borrow contain route maps, and information about the places of interest on the walk. There's also a comprehensive library of local maps and guidebooks.

When you're not walking, there's plenty to do locally. Why not explore the island by bike, visit Queen Victoria's Osborne House, or just spend the day at the beach. See the 'Local Area' tab for further ideas.


During your stay at Freshwater Bay you can enjoy the following recommended routes:

Thatched cottages and church in Godshill villageLaid back walks 

HF Holidays walks level 1 easier 

  • Alum Bay to the Needles - 2 miles
  • Tennyson Monument - 3 miles
  • St Catherine's Down - 3 miles
  • Yarmouth to Freshwater Bay - 3 miles
  • Freshwater Bay to Yarmouth - 3 miles
  • Alum Bay to Freshwater Bay via the Needles - 3 miles

 


Medieval lighthouse on St Catherines DownLeg stretcher walks 

HF Holidays walks level 1 easier HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy 

Some longer walks on inland and coastal paths. Experience a true flavour of the island as you follow these varied routes.


Walkers on the chalk cliffs of Compton DownFull on walks 

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy HF Holidays walks level 3 medium 

For those who love to stride out with some longer routes following the coastal path and inland trails.

  • Shorwell to Freshwater Bay - 8 miles
  • Shorwell to Freshwater Bay via the Coast - 10 miles
  • Tennyson Trail - 10 miles
  • West Wight Circuit - 12 miles
  • Brighstone and SW Coast - 13 miles
  • Wight's Highest Hills - 15 miles

Image supplied by vistisleofwight.co.uk

Local area

Discover the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a delightful haven away from the bustle of the mainland, easily reached by ferry. Broadly diamond shaped, the island is 25 miles long and 15 miles wide. This makes it ideally sized for a week’s walking and exploration.

Freshwater Bay
Freshwater Bay is a small semi-circular cove at the foot of the garden of Freshwater Bay House. There is a pebble beach here, or better sandy beaches approximately 3 miles away at Totland Bay or Colwell Bay. Shops and banks are located in Freshwater village, about 30 minutes’ walk away.

Sailing boats and ferry in Yarmouth harbourYarmouth
The small harbour town of Yarmouth is located 3 miles north of Freshwater Bay; either a 10 minutes drive, a pleasant 1 hour walk, or reached using the 'Needles Breezer' open-top bus. Yarmouth has a selection of small shops and pubs, and there's always a bustle of activity around the harbour. Yarmouth's Tudor castle is also worth a visit. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/yarmouth-castle/ 

Impressive frontage of Osborne HouseOsborne House
Queen Victoria’s island residence, managed by English Heritage, is located near East Cowes at the north of the island. Enjoy the lavish interiors and take time to explore the extensive grounds which slope down to the Solent. Osborne House is about 40 minutes drive from Freshwater Bay. During the main season (May to Sept) we offer an excursion to Osborne on most Wednesdays. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/osborne/

Entrance to Carisbrooke CastleCarisbrooke Castle
A fine medieval castle situated near Newport in the heart of the island. The castle's most famous 'resident' was King Charles I, who was imprisoned here after the English Civil War. Walk around the impressive walls and visit the castle's famous well where donkeys are used to raise the water using a large treadmill. The castle is around 20 minutes' drive from freshwater Bay, and can also be reached direct using the number 12 bus. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/carisbrooke-castle/ 

Black steam locomotiveIsle of Wight Steam Railway
Step back in time and ride this vintage steam railway from Wootton to Smallbrook Junction. The railway has a particularly historic collection of locomotives and rolling stock, including many wooden 4-wheeled carriages dating from the the 19th Century. The main station is at Havenstreet where you'll also find a museum and the line's workshops. The steam railway is about 45 minutes' drive away, but can also be reached by local bus, via Newport. www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

Blackgang Chine
This fantasy theme park is a big hit with children of all ages. Attractions include Cowboy village, 'Fantasyland', maze and the giant snakes and ladders. Adults may also enjoy the maritime exhibition and working sawmill. Blackgang is 20 minutes' drive from Freshwater Bay and in Summer can be reached using the 'Island Coaster' bus. www.blackgangchine.com

Ventnor Botanical Gardens
The island's rich climate enables Mediterranean plants to prosper. Enjoy magnificent floral displays and relaxing gardens. Ventnor is 30 minutes' drive from Freshwater Bay and in Summer can be reached using the 'Island Coaster' bus. www.botanic.co.uk

Travel

Travel to Freshwater Bay

Our address is: Freshwater Bay House, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight PO40 9RB

 Ferry

By ferry & transfer - great value!

We offer a reduced price ferry and transfer ticket - just £22 return for adults and £12 for children. This includes a foot passenger ticket for the Lymington to Yarmouth ferry, plus a connecting transfer to Freshwater Bay.

Our transfers operate every Saturday and Wednesday (Friday and Monday in the low season). These connect with the 1500 or 1600 ferries from Lymington. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Yarmouth in time to catch the 0845 or 1005 ferries to the mainland.

Book your tickets at least 7 days in advance by calling our Reservations team on 0345 470 7558.

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is Lymington Pier on the mainland. This is immediately adjacent to the ferry terminal. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

 Ferry

By ferry:

The Lymington to Yarmouth ferry is the most convenient for Freshwater Bay - see www.wightlink.co.uk

Alternatively the Southampton to East Cowes ferry is often the cheapest option if you want to take your car to the Isle of Wight - see www.redfunnel.co.uk

Driving to us

By car:

From Yarmouth turn right out of the ferry terminal onto the A3054 and over the bridge across the River Yar. After 1 mile turn left down Pixley Hill, signposted to Freshwater Bay. At the double roundabout by the Co-op turn left onto the A3055 and follow this road to the seafront at Freshwater Bay. Turn right passing the Albion Hotel on the left. The entrance to Freshwater Bay House is beyond on your left.

Alternatively leave your car on the mainland and travel to the Isle of Wight as a foot passenger. There is a pay and display car park at Lymington Pier - price £8.20 per day. 

Travel by plane 

Travelling from overseas

If you're travelling from Europe the most convenient airport is at Southampton. From Southampton Airport Parkway station (adjacent to the airport terminal) there are regular trains to Lymington Pier - journey time 40 minutes). See www.nationalrail.co.uk for details.

For most guests, travelling to either London Heathrow or London Gatwick airport is the best option. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for onward connections by train to Lymington Pier.

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15 Mar 2019 FWPOA - Self-guided Walking - Freshwater Bay 3 £285.00 £235.00 Save £50 Per Person Book Now
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27 Sep 2019 FWPOA - Self-guided Walking - Freshwater Bay 7 £689.00 £589.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Booking OFFER Book Now
30 Sep 2019 FWPOA - Self-guided Walking - Freshwater Bay 4 £409.00 £334.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
11 Oct 2019 FWPOA - Self-guided Walking - Freshwater Bay 7 £689.00 £689.00 Book Now
11 Oct 2019 FWPOA - Self-guided Walking - Freshwater Bay 3 £299.00 £249.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
14 Oct 2019 FWPOA - Self-guided Walking - Freshwater Bay 4 £409.00 £334.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
18 Oct 2019 FWPOA - Self-guided Walking - Freshwater Bay 7 £689.00 £589.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Autumn Booking OFFER Book Now
18 Oct 2019 FWPOA - Self-guided Walking - Freshwater Bay 3 £299.00 £249.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
21 Oct 2019 FWPOA - Self-guided Walking - Freshwater Bay 4 £409.00 £334.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
25 Oct 2019 FWPOA - Self-guided Walking - Freshwater Bay 3 £285.00 £235.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
25 Oct 2019 FWPOA - Self-guided Walking - Freshwater Bay 7 £625.00 £525.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Autumn Booking OFFER Book Now
28 Oct 2019 FWPOA - Self-guided Walking - Freshwater Bay 4 £345.00 £270.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
1 Nov 2019 FWPOA - Self-guided Walking - Freshwater Bay 7 £625.00 £525.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Autumn Booking OFFER Book Now
1 Nov 2019 FWPOA - Self-guided Walking - Freshwater Bay 3 £285.00 £235.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
4 Nov 2019 FWPOA - Self-guided Walking - Freshwater Bay 4 £345.00 £270.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
8 Nov 2019 FWPOA - Self-guided Walking - Freshwater Bay 7 £625.00 £525.00 Save £100 off pp - Special Early Autumn Booking OFFER Book Now
8 Nov 2019 FWPOA - Self-guided Walking - Freshwater Bay 3 £285.00 £235.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
11 Nov 2019 FWPOA - Self-guided Walking - Freshwater Bay 4 £345.00 £270.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
15 Nov 2019 FWPOA - Self-guided Walking - Freshwater Bay 3 £285.00 £235.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now

Prices are per person

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We like to reward early bookers with our best rooms so book early to avoid disappointment.
Please note that we aren't able to take room number requests as we are unable to guarantee them. 

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