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Walking the Island: The Tapnell Trail

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Mackrill

The Tapnell Trail runs through the middle of Tapnell Farm, on the outskirts of Yarmouth. It’s an incredibly scenic circular walk, which can be completed in sections, or in full at 6.5 miles.

Walkers can enjoy the open countryside and the views over the iconic 1970 Isle of Wight Festival site, which hosted the incredible Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, The Who and many more.

From 26th-31st August 1970, Afton Down, saw up to 700,000 music lovers descend on the farmland. It was one of the largest festivals of its time.

The walk is mostly flat, with no stiles or steps, but you will pass through a couple of gates and may come across some muddy ground, so wear wellies if you can. It’s perfect for all ages and abilities, so makes a great family walk, with plenty of wildlife along the way.

Start at Tapnell Farm. You’ll head in the direction of The Causeway and down towards Freshwater Bay, before looping back on yourself in the direction of Wellow Down, until you return to where you started.

Once you’ve finished your walk, there’s the added bonus of stopping off at The Cow at the end for a bite to eat or a much deserved cuppa or glass of wine. Booking advised.

The walk was developed by IW Ramblers in 2013.

Distance: 6.5 miles
Walk Time: 3 hours

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