Around Bembridge

Varied and attractive shorelines, with views across Spithead, are teamed with rural and village interest. A lifeboat station, Nelsonian naval connections, and a rare telephone box are also featured.

Technical sheet
No. 9848020
A Bembridge walk posted on 28/05/21 by Beer and Buses - Isle of Wight. Update : 28/05/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h45[?]
Distance Distance : 3.67mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 75ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 69ft
Highest point Highest point : 89ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 3ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Bembridge
Starting point Starting point : N 50.681806° / W 1.075038°
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Description

(D/A) Take footpath down steps by the cafe to the sea wall. Turn left along the sea wall (or beach if low tide), below Crab and Lobster, turning left up the slipway to follow Paddock Drive to its end. Turn right.

(1) Turn left along Foreland Farm Road, a rough track, following the Coast Path and turn right at a foot­path crossing. At the road which leads to the Warners Hotel, turn left along the cliff top to the lifeboat station pier.
Continue on along the sea wall. Pass "Beach House" and turn left up steps to reach Swains Road, rejoining the Coast Path.

(2) At crossways turn right on the footpath, bearing right onto the Coastal Path at a junction of paths. Turn right on footpath BB5 where the metalled road turns left. On reaching broad track (Ducie Ave) turn right and then left opposite a tall tree stump onto an unmarked footpath between houses. Go past the house on right to find a three-sided overgrown area bordering the path. This is where Nelson's Navy used a well to get "sweet" water.

(3) Continue on along Pump Lane, turning right at the end onto Beach Road to reach the shore again. Turn left along the shore, noting remains of St. Helens church across harbour mouth, where Nelson's Navy acquired "holystones" to clean the decks of ships. Continue round shore to reach the road on the left of Toll Gate Cafe.

(4) Turn right along the road. Cross road where you see baulk of timber (reputedly from the "Victory"). Behind this, find steps leading down through trees and over a boardwalk.

(5) At "T" junction of paths turn right, then immediately left up the path to the road. Cross road and turn right, passing end of Ducie Ave, turning right at cor­ner past "Coop", to pass a rare 1929 telephone box. Cross Foreland Road to enter High Street, noting Rose Cottage on the left where David Niven was born.

(6) Turn left down Dennett Road, then right and left at the end to enter Mitten Road. At the end cross Steyne Road, and take the path to the left past the Windmill lnn. Turn first right along Walls Road, continuing straight on along footpath when the road turns left to reach Howgate Road. Cross road, bear left and turn right down Foreland Fields Road to find your starting point at the car park.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 30ft - Foreland Fields Road Car Park
1 : mi 0.44 - alt. 30ft - Foreland Farm Road
2 : mi 1.21 - alt. 52ft - Crossways
3 : mi 1.84 - alt. 26ft - Pump Lane
4 : mi 2.14 - alt. 10ft - Embankment Road
5 : mi 2.28 - alt. 16ft - T junction
6 : mi 2.61 - alt. 85ft - Dennett Road
D/A : mi 3.67 - alt. 30ft - Foreland Fields Road Car Park

Useful Information

Start: Foreland Fields Road Car Park, off Howgate Road.
Access Information: Fairly level, but not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Rough tracks and shingle beach.
Refreshments: Lung Lt(ùgt) Cafo, Crab & Lobster Pub, Life Boat Cafe, Toi! Gate Cafe, Windmill Inn plus more in village centre.
Toilets: By lifeboat station car park Opposite Pilot Boat Inn, Bembridge Harbour (closed Winter).
High Street near 1929 telephone box.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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