Public Rights of Way

Current Closures

Public Rights of Way Path Temporary Closure Notice

Details of roads (tarmacked carriageway and footways/pavements) closed temporarily for repair/maintenance can be found on the Islands Roads website.

Service Update - COVID-19

No public Rights of Way are closed because of concerns for COVID-19 contamination or transfer.

How to temporarily close a public right of way

If you wish to apply to temporarily close a public right of way in order to undertake works on or near the path you will need to contact the Public Rights of Way service to discuss the closure.  Please contact the service by email rightsofway@iow.gov.uk or if it is an immediate emergency due to unforeseen safety reasons call 01983 821000 (9am to 5pm weekdays). 

There is a process to follow which will includes:

  • The completion of a formal application form;
  • Payment of a fee;
  • You or your contractor will need to install and maintain the on site notices, closure signs and  / or barriers for the duration of the works.     

The Tennyson Trail - Byways permanently closed to motor vehicles

This is a series of Byways that are permanently closed to vehicles from Carisbrooke to Freshwater Bay (Public Byways N123, N128, N136A, N139, BS4, BS10, BS44, S26, BS53, F33).  They are permanently closed to vehicles pursuant to The Isle of Wight Council (Tennyson Trail, IW (Prohibition of Driving) Order No 1 2006.)   View a map of the closed route (PDF, 3.47MB, 1page)

Permit scheme for blue badge holders

A permit scheme is available to blue badge holders, licensed hackney carriages (taxis) and community vehicles between 1 April and 30 September annually. 

Application Process

  • To apply for a permit please download and complete the application form. (PDF, 4 pages, 33KB). 
  • Please include a photocopy of your blue badge permit with your completed application form.
  • Send the completed application form to: Public Rights of Way, County Hall, High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD or email a copy of the completed form to rightsofway@iow.gov.uk

For further information or guidance please contact Public Rights of Way by completing the online send a message to service form, alternatively find our contact details in the 'Contact' tab above 

Closures effecting walkers, horse riders and cyclists

Atherfield / Brighstone

Coastal Path closure at Brighstone  A section of permissive public access along the coastal path between Isle of Wight Pearl and Brighstone Holiday Centre has been closed for reasons of public safety and site security.  We are looking to resolve the issue at the earliest opportunity.  Current diverted access from the west is via the verge on the Military Road to re-join a link path on the eastern side of Brighstone Holiday Centre to then reconnect to the coastal path and Grange Chine.  Please keep to the signposted diverted route.  Map of closed section 

Chale

Public Footpath C34 (path/steps in Whale Chine to the beach) is permanently closed pursuant to a Traffic Regulation Order due to ongoing landslips. No alternative route.  View a map of the closed section (PDF, 98.8MB, 1 page). 

Newchurch

Part of Public Footpaths NC24 and NC26 at Branstone Farm will be closed from Monday 4 January 2021 due to the redevelopment of the Branstone Farm site.  However, there will be bypasses put in place so a through route will still be able to be walked.  Closure map

Niton & Whitwell

The following Footpaths NT47,48,49,50 & 51 are permanently closed under a Traffic Regulation Order because they are unsafe to use because of land slippage.  The paths will remain on the definitive map and will be periodically inspected in case of any changes to the land which would allow reinstatement.  

Public Footpath NT47 (Reeth Bay): closed between its junctions with Public Footpath NT42 and NT49.  No alternative route.  Please view a map of the closed section .(PDF, 2.43MB, 1 page).

Public Footpath NT48 (Puckaster): closed from a point 233 metres south of St. Catherine’s Road to its junction with Public Footpath NT49.  No alternative route.  Please view a map of the closed section .(PDF, 2.43MB, 1 page).

Public Footpath NT49 (Puckaster): closed between its junctions with Public Footpaths NT47 and NT50.  No alternative route  Please view a map of the closed section .(PDF, 2.35MB, 1 page).

Public Footpath NT50 (Puckaster): closed between its junctions with A3055 Undercliff Drive and Public Footpath NT51.  No alternative route.  Please view a map of the closed section .(PDF, 2.35MB, 1 page).

Public Footpath NT51 (Binnel Bay): closed between its junctions with Public Footpaths V99 and NT49.  No alternative route.  Please view a map of the closed section .(PDF, 2.27MB, 1 page).

Shanklin / Luccombe

Public Footpath SS3 (Luccombe Chine) is permanently closed pursuant to a Traffic Regulation Order from its junction with Public Footpath SS2 to the beach. This is because of land slippage. The path will remain on the definitive map and will be periodically inspected in case of any changes to the land which would allow reinstatement. Please view a map of the closed section .(PDF, 2.07MB, 1 page). 

Totland

Public Footpath T16 (part) has been closed since January 2020 because of a landslip in the section between Cliff Road and its junction with T17.  The diversion route will be Cliff Road and Public Footpath T17.  The landslip is being monitored and if this stabilises we will then be able to see a new path can be created around it.  View a map of the closed section. (PDF 1  page, 1.69Mb)

Wootton

Public Footpath N216 from the end of Woodside Road to the shore is anticipated to be closed in May 2022 (exact dates still to be advised) in order that works can be carried out under planning application 21/00435/FUL

Ventnor / Wroxall

Public Footpath V65a (part) at Bonchurch Landslip is closed between Paths V65d and path V65c due to a landslip.  Map of the closed section.

Public Footpath V99 is closed between Binnel Bay and Public Footpath V97/V96 due to landslips.  Map of the closed section

Public Footpath V98 beach access steps are closed at Woody Bay as they need to be repaired.  Map of closed section

Public Footpath V124 has been closed between its junctions with Undercliff Drive and Public Footpaths NT51 and V99 at Binnel Bay because of a landslip. Please view a map of the closed section  (PDF, 1.91MB, 1 page).

 

Closures Effecting Motor Vehicles Only (Winter Byways Closure)

From 1st October 2021 the Islands unsealed rural byway network is closed to leisure motor vehicle use, this is to try and protected the unsealed surfaces from damage over the wet winter months.  The closed byways are:

A25 (Great East Standen Lane) between its junctions with Burnt House Lane and Public Byway A28.

A28 (St George’s Down) between its junctions with Arreton Cross and approximately the entrance into Newport Golf Club off St Georges Lane.

B13 (Galleyhorn Lane) from its junction with Byway B14 to its junction with byway R63 (Attrills Lane)

B14 (Galleyhorn Lane) from its junction with Byway B15 / B15A to its junction with Byway B13

B21 (Ricketts Hill) from its junction with West Lane to its junction with Rowborough Lane

B33 (Kern) from its junction with Kern Lane to its junction with Brading Down Road

B35 between its junctions with Kern Lane and Public Byway NC45A

BB37 (Peacock Hill) from its junction with the B3395 Sandown / Bembridge Road to a point approx 400 metres south of Hillway Road

BS76 (Hulverstone Lane) from its junction with Military Road to a point approx 110 metres south of Brighstone Road

BS86 from its junction with Byway BS89 to its junction with Dunsbury Farm Lane.

BS89 from its junction with Byway F55 to its junction with Byway BS53

BS100 (Riget Lane) from its junction with Military Road to a point approx 140 metres south of Brighstone Road

BS101 (Blind Lane) from its junction with Hoxall Lane to its junction with Brook Road

BS104 (Pitt Place Lane) from its junction with Hoxall Lane to a point approx 260 metres south of Brook Road

BS106 (Sheep Lane) between its junctions with Brook Farm Close and the Military Road.

C32A (Ashbridge Lane) between its junctions with Appleford Road and Public Byway SW41.

GL30 (Bobbestone Farm) between its junctions with Lessland Lane and Public Byway NC33.

GL48 (Part) from its junction with Byway V57 until its junction with Bridleway GL51 (at car parking area)

F55 from a point approx 530 metres east of its junction with Military Road to its junction with Byway BS89.

NC33 (Bobberstone Farm) between its junctions with Canteen Road and Public Byway GL30.

NC45A (Lower Knighton Lane) between its junctions with Public Byway B35 and its junction with Knighton Shute / Knighton Lane.

R63 (Attrills Lane) from its junction with Byway B13 for a distance of approx 200 metres.

SS17 (Lower Hyde Estate) from its junction with byway SS87 (Upper Hyde Lane) to its junction with Bridleways SS18A / SS89 at New Barn Lane

SS18 from its junction with Bridleways SS18A / SS89 at New Barn Lane to its junction with A3056 Newport Road, Lake

SS87 (Upper Hyde Lane) from its junction with Cliff Bridge, on the A3020 Godshill Road / Victoria Avenue to its junction with byway SS17

SW41 (Ashbridge Lane) between its junctions with Emmett Hill and Public Byway C32A.

SW56 (Dungewood Lane) between its junctions with Kingston Road and its junction with Atherfield Road.

V62 for its whole length from its junction with Byway V60 at Week Farm Lane to its junction with Byway V57.

V57 for its whole length from its junction with Byway V62 to its junction with Byway GL48