A walk from Shanklin to Ventnor is enriching. The first part is a bit of an uphill beast, but once you leave the town behind, the views and the natural environment of the landslip make it worth the effort.
Some up and down hills, with steep areas, uneven paths and rickety steps.
There’s a couple of cream tea opportunities on the way, the oldest church on the Island, and the sea by your side all the way from Bonchurch to the beach, cafes and pubs of Ventnor. The No. 3 bus runs every half an hour back to Shanklin, but do check timetables.
A really nice walk from Shanklin to Ventnor.
Approximately 2-hour coastal walk
Shanklin to Luccombe, 30 minutes
Take a left out of Isle of Yoga down to the traffic lights cross over, you can either walk straight ahead along the A3055 and up through the town to the Old Village or up the hill, and all the way along Queens Road (past houses, hotels & the church ‘Saint Savior on the Cliff’) turning right at the end on to chine Avenue and make your way to Shanklin Old Village.
Once there, take a left by the Crab Inn, which will lead you down a cobbled lane to the top of Shanklin Chine, cross over the stream and then head up the steps to your left into Rylstone Gardens, carry on up through and out of the gardens cross over and walk up the long uphill of Luccombe Road, this will take you up and out of Shanklin past large houses and hotels and gradually into nature
Luccombe to the Landslip, 15 minutes
Stay on the road straight ahead, now marked as the coastal path, and you’ll see a house called ‘EASTCLIFF’ follow the windy path straight ahead (you are entering the AONB)
*look out for Luccombe Jam Man’s Jam table on the way.
You’ll pass some nice houses, and the path opens out where you can see more of the downs surrounding the Luccombe village area.
Carry on through on the coastal path, and if it’s time for tea (and it’s between May and September, and it’s Mon-Thurs and it’s a sunny day!), you may find *Dunnose cottage open for cream teas! They have a beautiful garden and make excellent homemade scones, very nice indeed.
Having passed Dunnose cottage, carry on up the coastal path where you have a choice to either head up some steep steps (soon on your right) to the Culver Haven tea rooms at the top (from where you can enter back down into the Landslip via the Devils Chimney~ a steep stepped dark path through a fissure in the rocks)
Or carry on straight ahead, where you’ll find a gate at the entrance to the Landslip.
Through the Landslip to Bonchurch 25 minutes
Wend your way through this AONB. First, the landslip, look out for Wishing Seat about halfway through; many paths are leading off the main one, but watch out for any leading towards steep drops, the main path through is fairly obvious. However, you can follow a route up towards the Devils Chimney, and this can be hard to recognise at first as it leads you up through rock.
So heading through and then down towards Bonchurch with the sea on your left. You’ll come to Monks Bay, and you’re in Bonchurch. To visit Bonchurch Church, follow the path along and up a lane for a few minutes.
Parts of this church date back to the 11th Century, fairly often, the door is open, and you can go inside.
Back down at Monks Bay, this shingly beach is quite remote. You can often be the only people there.
Bonchurch to Ventnor, 25 minutes
With the sea on your left, you can walk along the concrete sea wall to the seaside Victorian town of Ventnor with cafes and pubs along the seafront and various shops and restaurants in the small town. The bus back to Shanklin is approx every half an hour from outside of ‘Boots’, the chemist.