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Heritage Lottery funding helps launch new series of walks

A series of walks during the 2020 Isle of Wight Walking Festival will celebrate the wonderful rivers and wetlands of the Eastern Wight. Thanks to Heritage Lottery funding, the Festival sees the publication of three new leaflets and trails and these can be experienced as a series of guided walks.

The guided walks  will encompass the whole of the Yar River Trail (but as four circular walks) as well as Wroxall Stream and Scotchells Brook (also circular). For the intrepid people who complete the whole of the Yar River Trail, free limited edition t-shirt and certificate will be awarded – booking for this is essential.

The Yar River Trail starts at Niton and the young river – a small stream trickles through the villages of Whitwell and Roud,  before it starts to gain strength at Godshill. From there the trail uses the former railway track where the river weaves its way along the valley. Approaching Sandown, the Trail cuts across the river valley and makes its way past the Roman Villa, and the once mysterious Brading Marshes and Centurions Copse before reaching Bembridge Windmill and finishing at the old church on the shore at St Helens. The trail is a treat for bird watchers, with Kingfishers frequently buzzing along the riverbank, as well as the nationally important RSPB reserve of Brading Marshes.

You can view the full trail here: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

The Wroxall Stream Link – is a linear walk, starting at Ventnor High Street and finishing at Godshill. Not for the fainthearted, it climbs to Ventnor Radio Station and over the Downs to Wroxall, with extensive views across the Island. Passing through the Donkey Sanctuary for a spot of cuteness, it then follows the stream along the Arreton valley fertile area and skirts the marshland draining into the Stream.

Scotchells Brook is a circular walk from Shanklin Railway Station. It follows the line of Scotchells Brook to join the Yar River Trail near Alverstone before returning through a golf course and woodlands.

All the guided walks are suitable for dogs, as long as they are on leads. If you are unable to join the guided walks, the leaflets can all be downloaded using the following link: http://www.islandrivers.org.uk/explore/walks/yar-trail/