Winter waggy (tail) walks 13 Dec 2023
As winter blankets the Isle of Wight, there’s no better way to embrace the magic of the season than heading outside for a bracing dog walk across the picturesque coast and countryside. From Bembridge to Ventnor, each area on the Isle of Wight offers you and your furry friend a refreshing retreat.
Let’s leash up and discover the delights of winter dog walks on the Isle of Wight…
Bembridge: Coastal Serenity
The Bembridge Trail, part of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path, weaves along the eastern shores, offering breathtaking views of the Solent. The winter air is crisp, and the low sun casts long shadows over the glistening sea. Your furry companion can scamper along the shores of Bembridge Beach, enjoying the solitude of the winter shoreline. Reward yourselves with a pit stop at The Harbour View cafe, a dog-friendly café with panoramic views, where you can savour a steaming cup of something hot while your pup enjoys a well-deserved treat.
Shanklin: Chine Charm
Shanklin, with its famous Shanklin Chine, transforms into a winter wonderland during the colder months. The ravine, adorned with twinkling lights, creates a magical ambience for a winter dog walk. Follow the meandering paths through the chine, heading towards Shanklin Beach for a bracing walk along the shoreline, and be sure to stop by The Steamer Inn – a dog-friendly pub, for a hearty meal by the fire. The cosy atmosphere makes it a perfect refuge after a walk.
Newport: Riverside Bliss
Newport, the island’s capital, offers a different perspective with its riverside walks along the Medina River. The Newport Riverside Walk provides a tranquil setting for a stroll. Explore the meandering paths along the river. After your walk, pop into The Bargeman’s Rest, a dog-friendly pub housed in a historic building, where you can enjoy traditional pub fare whilst you warm up beside a roaring fire.
Freshwater: Cliffside Adventures
Freshwater’s rugged beauty makes for a winter exploration along the last few miles of the Tennyson Trail. This coastal path, named after the famed poet laureate Lord Tennyson, offers panoramic views of the western coastline. Pop-up cafe The Bike Box provides a warm respite, serving hot drinks and snacks. Make sure to pause and admire the breathtaking views of The Needles, a row of chalk stacks rising dramatically from the sea, before reaching the Needles Landmark attraction where, if your legs are tired, you can hop aboard a bus into Freshwater or Yarmouth.
Cowes: Maritime Marvels
Cowes, known for its maritime history and lively atmosphere, offers a mix of town and country for winter dog walks. Explore Cowes Green and the Esplanade, where your furry friend can run riot against the backdrop of bobbing sailboats. Head towards Northwood Park, a spacious area with wooded sections and open fields, perfect for letting your dog roam and play. After your walk, venture into Cowes town to The Anchor Inn, a dog-friendly pub where you might also catch some local live music.
Ventnor: Garden Retreat
A firm favourite, Ventnor Botanic Garden provides a unique dog-friendly setting. Explore the sheltered paths lined with exotic plants, protected by the Island’s unique and mild microclimate. Head down to Ventnor Esplanade where you can cap off your adventure with a visit to The Spyglass Inn, a dog-welcoming pub with stunning views over the English Channel. The laid-back atmosphere, sea-faring memorabilia and hearty fare make it a fitting end to your winter wanderings.