Current closures

  • Please take care when using the off road rights of way network during and after bad weather.
  • There may be unreported incidences of things like fallen trees, gullied out surfaces and bridges washed out of alignment.
  • Please report any safety problems you come across to row@iow.gov.uk. To help us find the site, a precise location (The what3words website is excellent for plotting the location), as well as a photo is really helpful to enable us to find the site.

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

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:

  • completing 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 - Tennyson Trail, Byways (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

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' section. 

Footpaths and Bridleways - pedestrians, equestrians and cyclist closures 

Brighstone

  • Public Footpath BS59/BS69 coastal path rear of the Brighstone Holiday Centre remains closed due to landslips. The alternative route will be either the Military Road verge or the footpaths BS61/62, Chilton Lane and footpath BS68 on the opposite side of the Military Road.
  • Public Footpath BS72 beach access steps at Chilton Chine have been closed due to damage.
  • Public Footpath BS1 (part of the coastal path) has been closed, November 2023, between its junction with SW25 at Shepherd Chine and its junction with path BS2 behind the old Atherfield holiday camp due to landslips and the loss of the beach access steps. The alternative route during the period of closure will be path BS2, Military Road and path SW25.
  • Public Footpath BS58 bridge east of Grange Chine (part of the coastal path) has been closed, November 2023, between its junction with path BS17 and its junction with path BS57 at Grange Farm due to the loss of a bridge. The alternative route during the period of closure will be path BS17, Military Road and path BS57.
  • Public Footpath BS103 beach access steps at Brook Chine has been closed, November 2023, because the steps are damaged.

Bembridge

  • Part of Public Footpath BB10 (coastal path) has been closed due to a landslip. The close section is behind the Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park area. The diversion route will be Footpath BB15 (Jenny Streets Lane), Hillway Road and Footpath BB16.

Chale

Freshwater

  • Public Footpath F13 beach access steps at Brambles Chine have been closed, November 2023. As the beach steps have been damaged. During the period of closure the alternative route will be Path F10, Colwell Road and Madeira Lane / path F13a and the beach.
  • Part of Public Footpath F35 (coastal path) has been closed at Afton Down, this is because of a void that has opened up next to the path at a very narrow steep point. The diversion will be on the opposite side of the Military Road using byway F33 and bridleway F34.

Godshill

  • Part of Public Footpath GL62 - (Bats Wing path) between the steps to the Church and Church Hill (the part between the garden hedges) has been closed because of a damaged retaining wall.  The alternative route will be via Church Hollow & Church Hill or the Church.

Gurnard and Thorness

  • Public Footpaths CB24 / CS17 / CS16 (part of the coastal path) have been closed, November 2023, between its junction with Rew Street and its junction with path CB29 due to landslips. During the period of closure the alternative route will be Rew Street and then Public Footpaths CS3, CB23, CB1.

Lake

  • Public Footpath SS20 between Newport Road and Ninham Farm is closed due to flooding / unsafe (boggy) ground conditions. During the closure the alternative route will be Bridleway SS18a, Byway SS18 and Newport Road.

Newport

  • Public Bridleway N109 between Whitcombe Road and the Shepherds Trail has been closed 8 January 2024 because of a landslip. The alterative route will be Whitcombe Road, Sandy Lane, Rectory Lane and Public Bridleways G10, G6 & N108 (Shepherds Trail)
  • Public Footpath N30 the section of this path adjacent to the Dodnor Mill Pond along the top of the mill pond wall, has been closed due to the wall being damaged. The alternative route will be the Newport to Cowes cycle track.
  • Public Bridleway N138 Bowcombe located between Bridleway N142 off Bowcombe Road and Bridleway N137 has been close due to surface damage. The alternative route will be N142, Bowcombe Road and N137
  • Public Bridleway N203 at Rowridge has been closed between Rowridge Lane and paths CB21/BS6, this closure is required because of surface damage. The alterative route will be rights of way N198, N136a, N139, BS4 & BS6

Niton and Whitwell

Ryde

  • Public Bridleways R3 & R4a will be closed to allow tree works to take place. Works will be Monday to Friday so the paths will be open at weekends and after the contractors have finished for the day. The works is in 3 phases: Part of R3 will be closed between Monday 22 to Friday 26 January 2024. R4a will be closed Monday 29 January to Friday 9 February 2024. The Quarr Abbey woodland walk will be closed Monday 12 to Friday 23 February 2024.
  • Public Footpath R88 between Duver Road / St Helens Common and the National Trusts Duver has been closed, November 2023. As the footbridge and path have been damaged and undermined. During the period of closure the alternative route will be National Trust land at the Duver, Bridleway R87 and Duver Road.

Shalfleet

  • Public Footpath S3 (part of the coastal path) has been closed due to damage to the wooden boardwalks. During the closure the alternative route will be Lower Hamstead / S28, Hamstead Drive / S27 and paths S30 & S32

Shanklin and Luccombe

  • Public Footpaths SS1, part of SS2 & SS6 are all closed due to the landslip at Bonchurch – there is no access to or from Leeson Road. There is no diversion available.
  • Part of Public Footpath SS2 (Coastal Path) has been closed in January 2023 due to a landslip near the Luccombe Village end.  During the closure the alternative route will be Footpath SS88 (part), signposted route over national Trust land and Footpath SS4.
  • 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 - SS3 .(PDF, 2.07MB, 1 page)

Totland and Colwell

  • Part of the Footpath T34 (coastal path) has been closed 15/11/23 due to a void under the seawall structure. The closed section is on the Colwell side of the landslip beyond the beach huts. It will not be possible to walk between Totland pier and Colwell Chine Road using the seawall path at the present time and the alternative route will be path T1.
  • The beach access steps at Public Footpath T22 at Alum Bay (The Needles) have been closed.

Ventnor and Wroxall

  • Public Bridleway V24 at St Martins Down has been closed, November 2023. This is due to a landslip. During the period of closure the alternative route will be bridleways V23, V22, V21 Middle Barn Lane, and bridleways V27 and V26/V25.
  • Public Footpath V30 off Castle Road, Wroxall has been closed, November 2023. This is due to a landslip. During the period of closure the alternative route will be paths V31, V32 and V33.
  • Public Footpaths V65, V65c, SS1, SS2, SS6, V65a, V66, V65d, V65b, V67 all part of the Bonchurch Landslip site and coastal path have been closed, November 2023. This is due to landslips (the path called Devils Chimney V65c was already closed prior to this). There is no diversion available.
  • Paths V109 , V123 and SS6 have their entrances at Leeson Road closed, because at the current time there is no pedestrian access in this section of the closed Leeson Road.
  • Public Footpath V93a beach access steps at Orchard Bay have been closed, November 2023. As the beach steps have been damaged.
  • 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 - Public Footpath V124; (PDF, 1.91MB, 1 page).
  • Public Footpath V65c (Devils Chimney) has been closed March 2023 due to landslip. No diversion available.
  • Public Footpath V75 has been closed due to damage to the pedestrian hand railings – the alternative route will be Bridleway V73, Inglewood Park and Footpath V76.
  • Public Footpaths V110 and V111 at St Boniface Down, Ventnor will be closed 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday between Monday 26 February to Friday 8 March 2024 this is to allow tree work to take place within the woods.

Island wide winter byway closure (motor vehicles only)

From Thursday 19 October 2023, anticipated to be required for 6 months. The following byway closures (motor vehicles only) is to try and protect the soft unsealed surfaces from damage over the wet winter months. The closure doesn’t prevent landowners driving to their land or property situated adjacent to the byways.

Arreton:

  • A25 (Great East Standen Lane) between its junctions with Burnt House Lane and 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

Bembridge:

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

Brading:

  • B13 (Galleyhorn Lane) between its junction with Byway B14 to its junction with Byway R63 (Attrills Lane)
  • B14 (Galleyhorn Lane) between its junction with Byway B15 / B15A to its junction with Byway B13
  • B21 (Ricketts Hill) between its junction with West Lane to its junction with Rowborough Lane
  • B33 (Kern) between its junction with Kern Lane to its junction with Brading Down Road
  • B35 between its junctions with Kern Lane and Byway NC45A

Brighstone:

  • BS76 (Hulverstone Lane) between its junction with Military Road to a point approx 110 metres south of Brighstone Road
  • BS86 between its junction with Byway BS89 to its junction with Dunsbury Farm Lane
  • BS89 between its junction with Byway F55 to its junction with Byway BS53
  • BS100 (Riget Lane) between its junction with Military Road to a point approx 140 metres south of Brighstone Road
  • BS101 (Blind Lane) between its junction with Hoxall Lane to its junction with Brook Road
  • BS104 (Pitt Place Lane) between 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

Chale:

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

Godshill:

  • GL30 (Bobbestone Farm) between its junctions with Lessland Lane and Byway NC33
  • GL48 (Part) between its junction with Byway V57 until its junction with Bridleway GL51 (at car parking area)

Freshwater:

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

Newchurch:

  • NC33 (Bobberstone Farm) between its junctions with Canteen Road and Byway GL30
  • NC45A (Lower Knighton Lane) between its junctions with Byway B35 and its junction with Knighton Shute / Knighton Lane

Ryde:

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

Shanklin:

  • SS17 (Lower Hyde Estate) between its junction with Byway SS87 (Upper Hyde Lane) to its junction with Bridleways SS18A / SS89 at New Barn Lane
  • SS18 between its junction with Bridleways SS18A / SS89 at New Barn Lane to its junction with A3056 Newport Road, Lake
  • SS87 (Upper Hyde Lane) between its junction with Cliff Bridge, on the A3020 Godshill Road / Victoria Avenue to its junction with Byway SS17

Shorwell:

  • SW41 (Ashbridge Lane) between its junctions with Emmett Hill and Byway C32A
  • SW56 (Dungewood Lane) between its junctions with Kingston Road and its junction with Atherfield Road

Ventnor:

  • V57 between its junction with Byway V62 and its junction with Byway GL48
  • V62 between its junction with Byway V60 at Week Farm Lane to its junction with Byway V57