A Walk Along St Helen’s Duver Causeway

I do like walking. I must walk, because if I don’t walk I get cabin fever. If you’ve been sat at a computer all day it’s a must. And when you visit the Isle of Wight it is the absolute best place to explore and really find out why it is such a wonderful place. 

One of my favourite walks is a circular walk around St Helen’s that incorporates a walk along the causeway that stretches over the marshes. The light levels are wonderful and suddenly you find yourself marooned halfway between town and sea, on the causeway where you can look all around at the seabirds and little boats marooned in the mud at low tide.

In places the causeway becomes narrow and only allows one or two people past but it is a chance to say hello and pass the time of day with a stranger or fellow dog walker. And if you have a dog it is a wonderful place to take your best friend for a walk. Dogs love to run across the causeway but perhaps keep them on a lead if they are prone to jumping into water!  

What I love about a walk around St Helen’s and the Duver is the variety of terrain you encounter - springy grass, sandy dunes, concrete promenade, pebbly beaches, muddy paths, ancient woodland, and then Victorian and older architecture of the houses in and around St Helen’s green. 

At this time of year, as summer makes way for autumn the colours are wonderful and even the colour of the saltmarsh turns from green to show oranges, yellows and reds. The sky is so wonderful still, and especially near sun set when I go for a walk.

I guarantee a ST Helen’s Duver walk will blow out the cobwebs. The National Trust, who look after the Duver have a great walk here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/st-helens-duver/trails/down-on-the-duver

Philip Bell Author Photo by Chris Cowley

19 October 2018

By Philip Bell in The locals' blogs

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