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Nunwell Trail: Sandown to Ryde is a 12.6 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Sandown, Isle of Wight, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 12.6 km Elevation Gain: 217 m Route Type: Point to Point


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A linear walk from Sandown rail station on the Isle of Wight. This well-known route, known as The Nunwell Trail, walks from coast to coast in the eastern part of the island, passing over a high chalk ridge. There is plenty of interest along the way, including a heritage steam rail line and a wetland nature reserve where you will have chance to see plenty of birds and maybe even a red squirrel or two. From the top of Brading Down the panoramic views are superb, encompassing the whole of the eastern half of the island. The return leg can be completed with a single 15-minute train journey. The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a fairly steep section to the top of Brading Down. Some sections of the downs can be very muddy and slippery after wet weather so good boots are a must. There are no stiles on route, but you will need to negotiate some kissing gates and steps. Whilst most of the paths are fenced away from livestock, you will need to cross four grass pastures. There are several sections of walking along the edge of roads that need particular care (including one stretch across a busy bridge) so this walk is not recommended for children. There is one rail crossing at an official but unsignalled crossing point, so look and listen carefully for trains before you proceed. There are no facilities along the way, but plenty of options in both Ryde and Sandown. Allow 4 hours.

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Can't seem to get this app to function properly. Features look really good but on selecting a 12 km walk and touching start it will then only show the first section of the walk, no good at all.

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