Isle of Wight Ramblers and the Tapnell Trail

A new trail to suit all abilities was launched today.

Tapnell Farm:

Thanks to Isle of Wight Ramblers for this report from today’s event at Tapnell Farm. Ed

The Tapnell Trail was opened by Chair of West Wight Landscape Partnership, Sue Poston, at 10.30am on 15th May at Tapnell Farm. This took place during the walking festival on a walk led by David Howarth.

The trail has been developed by IW Ramblers to suit walkers of all abilities. Stiles have been replaced with gates and information boards describe the heritage and wildlife in the area.

Six and a half mile trail
The 6.5 mile trail is fairly level and starts at the Causeway, Freshwater and leads to Tapnell Farm, The Hamstead Trail and returns along the lower downs path. A leaflet is available with a map and shows local information.

Links with the Yar Estuary Trail
This is the third accessible trail that has been developed by The Ramblers. This walk links with the Yar estuary trail. The Sandown to Alverstone reserves trail was developed in 2011. Over 15 miles of accessible trails have been developed since 2009.

It has been the aspiration of West Wight Landscape Partnership to produce a West Wight walk passing through this scenic area surrounded by the downs, and heritage coast. Much of the project cost has been provided by the landscape partnership.

David Howarth, IW Ramblers Area Chairman said,

“The West Wight is fast becoming a walker’s paradise. Many stiles have been replaced with gates and we now have many miles of footpaths without stiles. Our charity is keen to see more people, of all ages and abilities, take up walking. It is a healthy pursuit and reduces the reliance on motor vehicles.”

The leaflet can also be downloaded from

Wednesday, 15th May, 2013 4:21pm



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3 Comments on "Isle of Wight Ramblers and the Tapnell Trail"

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Quietly and diligently the IoW Ramblers help to maintain paths, sponsor gates and make the Island attractive to visitors.
4,000 people visit the Island for the May Walking Festival.
Good for the economy and good for us all.
Delivered by volunteers !

Davy Jones

I fully agree. They are one of those community groups who do great work that the rest of us benefit from.

Thank you to the IW Ramblers from someone who’s not a member but loves walking on the Wight.

Mike Vallender

This sounds another great walk and a good opportunity to get out and explore the countryside. Keep encouraging people please.