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The Isle of Wight is paradise for walkers

Tue 4 Dec 2012

The Isle of Wight is paradise for walkers

With so much natural beauty and numerous points of interest, the Isle of Wight is the perfect destination for walkers.

Tony Tutton - property manager at the National Trust for the Isle of Wight - believes the island has plenty of fascinating places for ramblers to explore.

He suggested the contrast between coastal and inland walks adds to the intrigue of the island and this diverse scenery has inspired the work of creative figures such as poet laureate Lord Alfred Tennyson.

"One of the most popular and spectacular walks on the island starts from Freshwater Bay and rises up to the top of Tennyson Down where you can enjoy panoramic views across the island and over the Solent to the mainland," Mr Tutton remarked.

A little further along you come to the famous Needles rocks, which are always worth a visit.

Mr Tutton also indicated that some of the very best walking routes can be found throughout the sprawling Mottistone Estate, which is protected by the National Trust.

Another option for adventurous walkers is the Ventnor Downs, where you can take in the highest point on the island - St Boniface Down.

The National Trust owns and safeguards around ten per cent of the island, as well as 17 miles of coastline.

"So there is plenty of beautiful unspoilt countryside to explore and enjoy," Mr Tutton added.

Isle of Wight tourism chiefs are always keen to stress how many fantastic walking trails can be found on the island.

Indeed, it is reputed to have more footpaths per square mile than any other county in England - an impressive statistic.

With more than 500 miles of well maintained paths and walkways, it is hardly surprising that people are desperate to stay on the island for as long as possible, as there is just so much to see.

Tourism officials believe the Coastal Path - which boasts striking chalk cliffs and picturesque estuaries - can be completed at a leisurely pace inside four days.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801500293-ADNFCR

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