Bembridge, Isle of Wight
Starts at Bembridge Fort Car Park [SZ625860]
2 hours 30 minutes | 5.0miles 8.1km | Leisurely
ID: 0.10554 | Developed by: Dave Hamilton |
This gentle circular walk takes you around a beautiful stretch of coast on the Isle of Wight and past some of the island’s most historic monuments, including the iconic Bembridge Windmill.
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Starts at

Bembridge Fort Car Park [SZ625860]

Ends at

Bembridge Fort Car Park [SZ625860]

Getting there

Wightlink Ferries (, Newport to Bembridge via Hale, Winford and Sandown Southern Vectis (0330 0539 182,

Route instructions

[1] START at Bembridge Fort Car Park. Walk along the lane towards the fort, taking time to explore its exterior defences. From the fort, head west on the lane in the direction of Brading. From this vantage point the village of Bembridge resembles an alpine village or perhaps a small coastal settlement in the Scottish Highlands. Turn left and walk for approx. 25m/80ft until you see a footpath on the right over the road. Follow footpath north across the edge of the field.

[2] At kissing gate go right into Nature Reserve for about half a mile and then bear right following the Bembridge Trail. The path takes you through Britain’s answer to a mangrove swamp; here there are lichen covered trees, wild garlic, bluebells and miniature moss-covered islands. Go left onto footpath still following Bembridge Trail/Yar River Trail towards the windmill. Path opens up here, looking out over Brading Marsh with St Helens to left and Bembridge Fort to the right. As you walk on, huge ships out to sea will come into view and you will start to see the windmill ahead on top of the hill. Remain on path to windmill.

[3] Take path E of windmill and follow it S (right at T-junction). Head down into woods and take left fork. Cross Sandown Road (B3395) and remain on path. left onto Hillway Road, right onto footpath; you will be directed around the buildings. There is an interesting noticeboard about Bembridge School.

[4] Once past the buildings, turn right onto coast path, with views of the rising white cliffs and crashing sea below. Keep to the coast side of the headland as best you can; if you lose sight of the path, look for a dilapidated hut and continue west on footpath here. Keeping caravan park on the right, continue until you come to Wonky Café on the left. The café is open March to October offering fairly standard teas, coffees and snacks; however access to the beach here makes it well worth a visit. Return to path, head up steps through trees.

[5] Enter Culver Down through gate. You will come across the remains of Culver Down Battery, built between 1904 and 1906 and operational during both World Wars. Follow the road west towards the Culver Inn, selling ice-creams, tea and coffee. Pass the impressive granite obelisk, a monument to the Earl of Yarborough, first Commodore of the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes. Walk back up towards Bembridge Fort to return to your starting point.


This route was first published in the spring 2018 issue of walk magazine (Walk 58). 

Developed by: Dave Hamilton
Bembridge WindmillBembridge Windmill
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