The Isle of Wight contains some of the finest countryside walking in the whole of the UK, with much to offer, whatever your ability. The Island's concentration of diverse landscapes, historical sites, Victorian seaside resorts and sleepy villages, in an area measuring only 13 miles (21 km) by 23 miles (37km) at its widest point, means that although distances are large enough to provide a challenge, even short routes never lack variety. This manageable scale combined with a good infrastructure of footpaths and bridleways make it a ramblers paradise - not to mention the island's enviable sunshine record. These walks have been specially devised to take advantage of the island's most outstanding scenery and amenities. This book contains 32 walks of varying standards, comprising "Ten of the Best Island Walks", "The Official Trails", "The Coastal Path", "The Vectis 8 Trail" and "12 Short Walks", plus useful addresses.
Martin Collins is a freelance author, photo- journalist and cartographer, as well as a regular contributor to the UK outdoor media. First walking the GR5 in 1981 kindled a passion for the French Alps that remains as strong as ever. He has since written over twenty books for walkers embracing the coast, mountains and countryside of the UK and parts of Europe. He has three children, and lives in north Wales on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.