Beach or forest….why not both

Beach or forest….why not both

Being in love with the sea I have always been slightly disappointed that my dog clearly enjoys a good forest walk more so than the beach. Luckily since moving to the Isle of Wight, we have been spoilt with beautiful woodlands meeting the beach that we’ve reached the perfect compromise.

My favourite forest/beach walk is the stretch of coast between Fort Victoria and Fort Albert, just west of Yarmouth .

The best route to take is to park up at the planetarium at Fort Victoria, stroll behind the fort and turn left up into the forest. Signposted as the coastal path, you will see a well trodden path to follow.

If you would like a flat path to walk on follow that path up until you reach a yellow shingled path that runs straight through the forest, or you can do what I do and turn right before this and follow the less well trodden path through the beautiful woodland.

It is stunning, with sea views on your right it is the perfect place to explore with children or dogs.

When the tide is out the beach is a fantastic site, littered with drift wood that even determined Tyler cannot budge, it’s quite happily stuck in the sand being eroded away by the sea.

You can follow the coast for just less than a mile to Fort Albert. Unfortunately the sea does not allow you to walk around to Colwell Bay so you will have to head up through the wood, via the holiday park and back down onto Colwell Beach.

The Coastal path takes you all the way to Alum Bay if you wished, about a 5 mile trek. There are lots of café’s in Colwell and Totland to stop at; Barefoot on the Beach and the Waterfront being on my list. Or you could turn back and head to the Boat House at Fort Victoria for a well deserved coffee.

Either way a lovely energising walk for all.