Westgate Cottage – Self Catering holiday cottage, Isle of Wight

Set in St Lawrence, a recognised area of outstanding natural beauty near the south point of the Isle of Wight

My favourite walk from Westgate Cottage

Elvis (on the left) and Max.

Elvis (on the left) and Max.

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This is my favorite walk from Westgate Cottage. It usually takes between an hour and 2 hours depending on how quickly I walk, how much time I spend on the beaches and how long I sit on the bench on the cliffs above Woody Bay looking at the view

To say that this walk provides stunning scenery and spectacular views doesn’t do it justice – there is so much more!

Sunday 17th April 2011 morning I went out with Max, Elvis and my camera to document the route so that you can do the walk too

Please note, this walk isn’t for the fait hearted! Some of the paths are very steep and the cliff edges very close to the path with no railings:

  • Dogs may need to be kept on a lead at some points
  • Children will need to be very closely supervised at all times especially on the cliff edges
  • If you struggle with uneven ground or steep paths – this walk isn’t for you!
  • If you suffer from vertigo – this walk definitely isn’t for you!
  • It can be a bit exposed and windy on the tops, I’d recommend that you take an extra layer

If you’re still with me, let’s go – I promise you it will be worth it!

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Turn left out of the cottage gates and walk up to the road. Cross the road into Pelham Woods

1. Turn left out of the cottage gates and walk up to the road. Cross the road into Pelham Woods

Follow the path as it snakes up the hill. It's sometimes very overgrown in the summer

2. Follow the path as it snakes up the hill. It's sometimes very overgrown in the summer but just keep heading upwards

When the you get to the cross-roads in the path, go straight on (although, left is a short-cut if you want)

3. When the you get to the first cross-roads in the path, go straight on. (If you take the left-hand path over the stile at this junction, it's a short-cut to number 14)

4. The path finally reaches Inglewood Park Road. Turn sharp left and carry on walking up the hill

Carry on up the hill

5. Carry on up the hill

6. Through what used to be a bridge for the old railway line

At the next junction, take the left path

7. At the next junction, take the left path

...over the stile...

8. ...over the stile...

Up the steps

9. Up the steps

...these steps can be a bit tricky...

10. ...these steps can be a bit tricky...

Follow the path along underneath the cliff edge

11. Follow the path along underneath the cliff edge

...carry on along the path...

12. ...carry on along the path...

Watch out for the drop on the left!

13. Watch out for the drop on the left!

Over the Stile and follow the steps up to the top

14. Over the Stile and follow the steps up to the top

Finally you reach the top coastal path. Turn left. The day I was there, they were having some sort of tractor convention!?!

15. Finally you reach the top coastal path. Turn left. The day I was there, they were having some sort of tractor convention!?!

Yep. Lots of tractors :/

16. Yep. Lots of tractors :/

Looking out through the trees you get a glimpse of what is to come

17. Looking out through the trees you get a glimpse of what is to come

Hawthorn in full bloom in mid-April

18. Hawthorn in full bloom in mid-April

Skunk Cabbage left by rabbits

19. Skunk Cabbage left by rabbits

Primula in full bloom

20. Primula in full bloom

Follow the path as it bears right the take the stile on the left

21. Follow the path as it bears right the take the stile on the left

ross St Lawrence Chute up the steps on the other side of the road

22. Cross St Lawrence Chute up the steps on the other side of the road

Follow the path as it turn left towards the sea

23. Follow the path as it turn left towards the sea

This is where the really stunning view start. This is looking over towards Woody Point

24. This is where the really stunning views start. This is looking over towards Woody Point

This is looking over Westgate Cottage towards Ventnor

25. This is looking over Westgate Cottage towards Ventnor

A White Tail bee

26. A White Tail bee

Glanville Fritillary caterpillar

27. A Glanville Fritillary caterpillar (Hecate from Sheffield Forum for identifying this caterpillar for me)

Follow the path to where it meets the Whitwell path

28. Follow the path to where it meets the Whitwell path

Elvis having a little rest

29. Elvis having a little rest

Max exhausted

30. Max exhausted

Gorse in bloom

31. Gorse in bloom

Turn left at the crossroads where the top coastal path meets the Whitwell path.

32. Turn left at the crossroads where the top coastal path meets the Whitwell path.

A handy map showing the route down

33. A handy map showing the route down

Follow the path down towards the sea

34. Follow the path down towards the sea

...not forgetting to take a moment to look at the stunning views. This is over towards St Catherine's Lighthouse and the Needles

35. ...not forgetting to take a moment to look at the stunning views. This is over towards St Catherine's Lighthouse and the Needles

Looking over St Lawrence and Westgate Cottage towards Ventnor and Shanklin

36. Looking over St Lawrence and Westgate Cottage towards Ventnor and Shanklin

Information about St Rhadagunds Trail and the geography. Westgate Cottage is next to St Lawrence Well which is number 7 on the map

37. Information about St Rhadagunds Trail and the geography. Westgate Cottage is next to St Lawrence Well which is number 7 on the map

Follow the path down as we start heading for the lower coastal path

38. Follow the path down as we start heading for the lower coastal path

As you meet the road, turn left along the road

39. As you meet the road, turn left along the road

40. Turn right down Spindlers Road and walk down past St Lawrence Post Office

40. Turn right down Spindlers Road and walk down past St Lawrence Post Office

41. Information about the local wildlife in St Lawrence

41. Information about the local wildlife in St Lawrence

42. St Lawrence Cottage

42. St Lawrence Cottage

43. St Lawrence Cottage

43. St Lawrence Cottage

44. At the bottom of Spindlers Road take the road opposite sign-posted Isle of Wight Glass

44. At the bottom of Spindlers Road take Old Park Road which is opposite Spindlers Road - sign-posted Isle of Wight Glass and the Old Park Hotel

45. Follow Old Park Road down

45. Follow Old Park Road down

46. Carry on down Old Park Road

46. Carry on down Old Park Road following the Isle of Wight Glass directions

47. Turn left onto Wolverton Road

47. Turn left onto Wolverton Road

48. Woolverton Road

48. Woolverton Road

49. Just one of the many stunning houses in St Lawrence

49. Just one of the many stunning houses in St Lawrence

50. After a few yards, take the gate on the right onto the lower coastal path

50. After a few yards, take the gate on the right onto the lower coastal path

51. The gate on the right

51. The gate on the right

52. St Lawrence Churches proving refreshments

52. St Lawrence Churches proving refreshments

53. Follow the path down the the lower coastal path

53. Follow the path down the the lower coastal path

54. Up ahead, you'll see Woody Point

54. Up ahead, you'll see Woody Point

55. Looking back up towards the cliffs

55. Looking back up towards the cliffs

56. Turn left when you meet the lower coastal path towards Woody Cottages (if they've not fallen into the sea yet!)

56. Turn left when you meet the lower coastal path towards Woody Cottages (if they've not fallen into the sea yet!)

57. Through the gate and turn right following the path

57. Through the gate and turn right following the path

58. Follow the path past Woody Cottages

58. Follow the path past Woody Cottages

59. The view over the cliffs from the coastal path

59. The view over the cliffs from the coastal path. It's a long way down!

60. Looking back towards Woody Bay, St Catherine's Lighthouse and the Needles in the distance

60. Looking back towards Woody Bay, St Catherine's Lighthouse and the Needles in the distance

61. Views from the path

61. Views from the path

62. Views from the path

62. Views from the path

63. The view looking towards Steephill Cove and Ventnor

63. The view looking towards Steephill Cove and Ventnor

64. Another view from the path looking towards Steephill Cove and Ventnor

64. Another view from the path looking towards Steephill Cove and Ventnor

65. I've forgotten what this beach is called :(

65. the view looking back towards Woody Point over Mount Bay

66. Eventually you'll reach the little path that bears off to Orchard Bay

66. Eventually you'll reach the little path that bears off to Orchard Bay

67. Orchard Bay is the closest beach to Westgate Cottage. It's a nice place to stop off on the walk

67. Orchard Bay is the closest beach to Westgate Cottage. It's a nice place to stop off on the walk

68. The view from the other end of Orchard Bay beach

68. The view from the other end of Orchard Bay beach. You can see Orchard Bay House on the right (which used to belong to Errol Flynn, I think)

69. After a little break at Orchard Bay, carry on the coastal path for a few more yards and take the path to the left before the big field

69. After a little break at Orchard Bay, carry on the coastal path for a few more yards and take the path to the left before the big field

70. Site of Special Scientific Interest

70. Site of Special Scientific Interest

71. Follow the path up past Old Bank farm. The Botanical gardens are on the right if you fancy a cup of tea

71. Follow the path up past Old Bank farm. The Botanical gardens are on the right if you fancy a cup of tea

72. Follow the path up to the road

72. Follow the path up to the road

73. When you get to the top, cross over onto the grassy bit opposite

73. When you get to the top, cross over onto the grassy bit opposite and carry on ahead

74. Turn right up Inglewood Park

74. Turn right up Inglewood Park

75. After a few yards, when you get to the woods, take the path on the left

75. After a few yards, when you get to the woods, take the path on the left

76. Take the immediate right into the woods down the steps

76. Take the immediate right into the woods down the steps

77. Follow the path through the woods, parallel to the road

77. Follow the path through the woods, parallel to the road

78. ...until you get back to where you entered the woods

78. ...until you get back to where you entered the woods

79. Cross the road, down the track and your home. Just in time for a lovely Gin and Tonic :)

79. Cross the road, down the track and you're home. Just in time for a lovely Gin and Tonic 🙂

Let me know how you get on!

 

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