Merstone – Sandown

Through the wetlands to the beach

5.5 miles

Following the course of the old railway line on well surfaced, flat paths, this section follows the East Yar river for a large section. You’ll enjoy a variety of landscapes form the patchwork of agricultural fields in the fertile Arreton Valley to the stunning wetlands as you approach Sandown. There are various visitor attractions near the route if you fancy a detour along the way.


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Wildlife on this section

kingfisher_carol_fluxThis section of the route passes Alverstone Mead Nature Reserve, which is one of the best locations on the Isle of Wight for Red Squirrel spotting. Leave your bike and take a stroll up to the bird hide. Even if you don’t manage to spot any of our elusive Red Squirrel’s you’re bound to see plenty of other fascinating wildlife.

Also along this section you can see all manner of wetland wildlife including Kingfishers, Water Voles and some amazing wildlfowers.

Gift to Nature Sites

Next to the Longwood Lane junction you’ll find a carved arch leading you into Gift to Nature’s wetland walk and community orchard site. Follow the boardwalk to our pond (great for dragonflies) and then follow the path into the picnic area and orchard. You can help yourself to fruit in the autumn.