The Barnsley Trail – a beautiful Isle of Wight walk

The Barnsley Trail – a beautiful Isle of Wight walk you didn’t even know was there!

view of fields, clouds and the Solent - beautiful Isle of Wight walkWe love a family Isle of Wight walk at Goodleaf  and like to share some of our favourites with you. We have loads of beautiful walks on the Isle of Wight, but some of them are definitely hidden gems.

signOne of our favourites is the Barnsley Trail, Nettlestone. It’s perfect any time of the year, but there’s no better time to experience the gorgeousness of the scenery around Nettlestone than in late summer. This Isle of Wight walk is about 10 minutes drive or 20 minutes walk from our tree. It’s also close to Seaview, a small yachting village just along the coast on the east side of the Island.

Well worth a visit in itself, Seaview has a historic yacht club, a lovely hotel and a pebbly beach (great for rock-pooling, exploring and swimming). It’s a little bit different from the golden sands of Ryde and you can swim at Quay Rocks even when the tide is out.  There’s a nature reserve and bird hide along the seafront (The Duver) and The Boathouse provides refreshment if you’re walking along from Ryde itself.

The Barnsley Trail circles Seaview and the neighbouring – and much older – village of Nettlestone. The best thing about it is you cut across lots of fields as you follow the bridleways and we love the feeling of being right out in the very centre of nature.

You’ll follow bridleways alongside fields that are full of sheep, cows and horses, depending on the time of year. You’ll walk through fields full of crops and find yourself in a glorious meadow full of wildflowers. There is woodland, a stream to cross, kissing gates and stiles – everything to make a countryside walk just perfect.

countrysideYou also get some stunning views of the Solent, particularly from Nettlestone Hill and the fields surrounding the villages. It’s a dog friendly walk and has been tidied up and maintained by the Isle of Wight Rambler’s Association – do keep your dogs on leads through the fields though as any dogs loose near livestock are not advised.

Butterflies, dragonflies, birds, bees and everything else can be enjoyed on this gorgeous walk and it’s fairly easy access with only a few steep parts. It’s around four miles long and is a loop you can split in two if you prefer. If you decide to do the whole walk, we recommend dropping into the Seaview Hotel for a pint and a bite to eat in the Back Bar to help you on your way.

For detailed directions and information on how to best to access The Barnsley Trail have a look here. Don’t forget to share photos of your Isle of Wight walks on our Facebook or Twitter – we’re always on the lookout for new walks!