Walks And Walking – Hampshire Isle of Wight Walks Bembridge Fort Walking Route
This walking route took us from Bembridge Lifeboat by walking along the Hampshire Isle of Wight Coastal Path to Sandown, by Whitecliff Bay and Bembridge Fort. This is one of the most pleasant walks we did on the island as it was beautiful clear day with the vibrant green of the countryside against the striking bright blue sea below us.
Strapping up Tedi in the child carrier it was definitely walking shorts and t-shirts weather today. With coastal path erosion and steep climbs ahead walking boots with plenty of ankle support were laced up tightly as we set off early in the morning.
From Bembridge Lifeboat station we walked up the road to the signpost turning left and along the coastal path route to the car park by the Crab and Lobster pub just passed the Coastguard building where we turned left on to a path where we then turned right at a small car park continuing to follow the coastal path sign posts.
Here the coastal path was closed so we followed the diversion signs (although at low tide you can walk on the beach to Whitecliff Bay) with the path now joining Howgate Road where we turned left by the signpost for the Public Footpath BB14 where we turned left on the coastal path to Culver Down and in to woodland, crossing a wooden footbridge heading right uphill after the next bridge to keep right where the path forks passed the Kingswood Activity Centre to follow the green and yellow sign posts to cross in to the caravan park and left down the steep concrete path to the beach at Whitecliff Bay.
We then turned right after the cafe to walk steeply uphill and then turned left to rejoin the coastal path over a wooden footbridge to open fields where we followed the signpost taking us left only to rejoin the same field a few steps later! We then turned left at the next signpost and a steep climb to a stile to a wide chalky path and Culver Down. We then headed right at a sign post and up to the monument and then right at the kissing gate to walk up to and around Bembridge Fort.
We then walked back down to rejoin our route at the signpost on our right Public Footpath BB41 Coastal Path to Yaverland heading down the wide grassy slopes of the downs to Yaverland which now offers splendid views of Sandown.Continuing down we walked between two metal posts to a kissing gate and with views of Bembridge Fort on our right hand side to a National Trust sign for Bembridge Downs to pass a caravan park and then down to the Yaverland Sailing Club.
We then walked along the sea wall passed the Isle of Wight Zoo to Sandown Pier for ice cream after an enjoyable 8 miles which took us just under 3 hours.
For more photos please click here: Bembridge Fort Photos