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Niton to St Lawrence to Whitwell

A leisurely walk (coast) in Isle of Wight, England, about 7.49km (4.65 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:00. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 98m (321ft)
Loss 110m (360ft)
Max. Elevation 150m (492ft)
Elevation (total) 208m (681ft)
Start & End
Niton High Street
Distance 7.49km
(4.65mi)
Duration ~2:00
Difficulty  
Leisurely
Ordnance Survey Map
10Created by Pudsk on 21 Jan 2010
This walk starts in the village of Niton (pronounced Nigh-ton), descends down the undercliff into St Lawrence with its warming microclimate, taking in two interesting churches, climbs back up the cliff, proceeds to the village of Whitwell, with a pub to eat in, then returns to Niton via a track through a field. It follows much of the Pilgrim Way, signposted, between the wells at St Lawrence and Whitwell. Bus No16 serves Ventnor, Shanklin and St Lawrence. No6 serves Niton, Ventnor and Newport.

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Waypoints

OS Grid SZ505767
Start of the walk
White Lion pub About 0.21 km (~0.13 miles) from
OS Grid SZ507767
The bus drops you off around the corner from the pub. Take the path opposite the pub, signposted St Lawrence. The path meanders through backyards and gardens then crosses a bridleway.
Coastal path About 0.34 km (~0.21 miles) from
OS Grid SZ510764
Head SE up the hill through open fields. Go over the style and across another field until you reach the cliff. Head E along the coastal path for 1.5km.
Descend cliff About 2.08 km (~1.29 miles) from
OS Grid SZ530762
Shortly after the radio tower (NB the OS map shows a crop of towers, but we could only see one) take the steep winding path S down the cliff. NB There is a bench at the top with stunning views - a good point to stop for a snack.
St Lawrence outskirts About 0.22 km (~0.14 miles) from
OS Grid SZ532763
The cliff descent brings you out on a road. Continue S through the housing estate until you hit the main road.
St Lawrence new church About 0.43 km (~0.27 miles) from
OS Grid SZ537765
The church is on the right-hand side as you head SW along the main road. It has impressive stained glass windows designed by Pre-Raphaelite artists. On leaving the church, turn back on yourself and follow the road W for 100 yards.
St Lawrence old church About 0.20 km (~0.12 miles) from
OS Grid SZ535766
Take the marked path N to St Lawrence old church, fondly known as the smallest parish church in England. On leaving the church, bear W along the B road until you return to the path up the cliff. At the top, bear NNW along St Rhadegund's path, which is marked, across the fields
Whitwell well About 1.65 km (~1.03 miles) from
OS Grid SZ522775
Take bridleway SW over the brook (don't cross over the sty). Just before the main road note the putative holy well on the left.
White Horse Inn About 0.54 km (~0.34 miles) from
OS Grid SZ521781
Bear right along the main road, past the church, then stop for a pint in the pub, which also does food. Then retrace you steps to Whitwell church, and take the footpath across the field to return to Niton village.
Niton high street About 1.82 km (~1.13 miles) from
OS Grid SZ509767
The track along the fields brings you out in Niton village.

3 comments... join the discussion!

18 Sep 2016
Pub Closed

Sadly it looks like the pub is now closed: www.iwcp.co.uk/news/news/white-lion-in-niton-closes-93734.aspx

18 Sep 2016
Pub Name

Thanks Spike, we've corrected that now (waypoint 9 as well).


Spike
14 Sep 2016
Correction

Waypoint 2. I believe this should read: the White Lion pub.

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