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The Isle of Wight is about 70 miles all the way around.  Walking stages can be broken into various lengths.  We took 4 1/2 days to walk it and our longest day was 18 miles.  The path is very well sign-posted and can be walked in either direction, starting at Cowes, Ryde or Yarmouth.  We started at Cowes and kept the sea on our right.  It was generally easy walking with varied terrain and lovely views.  (And that was just on the first day!)  There is a mixture of footpaths, chalk downs, promenades and pavements.  Yes, there are a few hills but none of them were either long or difficult.  There were particularly good views across the Solent, of various harbours and of the Needles.  Some of the towns had an "oldie-worldy"feel about them.  As it was October half-term, other than dog-walkers, we met very few trekkers.  We booked accommodation prior to arriving on the island and there was plenty of it, apart from one place.  Being a short trip we carried all our belongings with us, which made the logistics easier.  We ended the expedition with a visit to Osborne House - well worth it!

Nicki and John

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