Walks And Walking – Isle of Wight Walks Bembridge Trail
The Bembridge Trail is an 11 mile linear walking route across the Isle of Wight from Shide in Newport to Bembridge Point. The weather was glorious and I was tweeting my walking route as I was going along using #TheBembridgeTrail
I got dropped off on the A3020 Blackwater Road where it joins St Georges Way to Newport on the Isle of Wight by Shide Quarry. I then walked right up St Georges Lane and followed the wide track all the way across St Georges Down with amazing views across the island to my right hand side.
This is a really easy walking route to follow as there are plenty of signposts and waymarkers for the Bembridge Trail so I kept walking until I reached Downend Road where I then walked straight across the road to the A3056 to Arreton with the old lifeboat right in front of me. I then walked down this road with Arreton Barns on my left hand side and then passing by The White Lion pub before walking left at the Bembridge Trail signpost. As I continued my walk I came across fields of harvested cauliflowers where the farmers had let out sheep to chew up the remains of the cauliflower leaves, it was quite an unusual sight!
I continued my walk on the Bembridge Trail to Shepherd’s Lane, with more glorious views of the island on my right hand side, until I reached Knighton Farm and Knighton Lane and Knighton Shute up to Brading Down Road. I then took the first footpath on my left hand side at the wooden gate across fields to Nunwell Farm walking left at the lane and then right following the signposts all the way to Brading.
I walked down to the Church where I then walked left all the way to the end of the lane keeping straight ahead through the big metal gate and in to Brading Marshes Nature Reserve where I then joined the Yar River Trail. I continued to follow the main track through the nature reserve where I had a great view of Bembridge Fort on my right hand side before seeing Bembridge Windmill ahead of me at the top of the final hill of the walk.
As I was staying in Bembridge I ended my walk here but the official Bembridge Trail ends at Bembridge Point which was another mile or so away. This walk took me a leisurely 4 hours 30 minutes to complete and now means I have walked across the entire width of the Isle of Wight after previously walking in the other direction from Newport to the Needles along the Tennyson Trail.