Explore The Delights Of The Isle Of Wight's South Coast On The Bonchurch Walk
The Bonchurch Walk Of South Coast
The scenic charm of the southern coast of the Isle of Wight is one that is much admired by holiday makers and hikers. Many walks of varying length can be enjoyed through the villages and cost paths. Some are made for the avid trekker full of perseverance and need to explore; others are more leisurely, with as much time given to the stopping points and distractions as the route.
For anyone staying in Ventnor, the nearby village of Bonchurch is a must-see destination thanks to its attractive architecture, history, and great dining opportunities. It is easy to head over for the afternoon on the bus, but it is much more rewarding to spend the day enjoying the different sights and locations on the Bonchurch walk.
Exploring Bonchurch On Foot Opens Up New Discoveries.
This circular walk takes travelers out of Ventnor on the northern,elevated, side, past the wooded areas and along St Boniface’s road to the village of Bonchurch. The route through Bonchurch is entirely up to you.
The joy of this exploration is that you can wander through the streets of this small village, going where your feet and eyes lead.You know that there are plenty of opportunities to learn something new about the area, take plenty of photographs and stop for an excellent coffee or a bite to eat as a mid-point reward.
For a small village, there is a surprising amount of history and cultural significance to Bonchurch, and it is, therefore, worth taking the time to discover as much as possible.
The village has two churches – the old Norman relic and the more modern 19th-century church for services – and there are interesting pieces of architecture everywhere you look, from the old cottages to the Bonchurch Inn that has welcomed weary travelers for centuries.
The inn is a perfect place to rest your feet and has some lunch, but the quaint little The Pond Cafe shouldn’t be overlooked either. The latter is ideally situated for a moment of peace and tranquillity by another of the Village’s landmarks – the large duck pond.
When the feet are a rested up, all pangs and hunger and thirst have been sufficiently dealt with; It's the time to continue the walk past the lake.Towards two of the granderhousesinthevillage– East Dene, which was home to the poet Algernon Swinburne, and the impressive B&B that is Winterbourne house. This home still takes guests and was once the favorite holiday spot for Charles Dickens and his family.Astheroadcontinue to meander down towards the coast, the shoreline and shipping lanes become more visible over the exotic plants and gardens, and you soon find yourself in the water.
The Southern Route Is Perhaps Easier Than The Northern One And The Ideal Way To Arrive Back In Ventnor.
Be aware that while this Bonchurch walk is not all that long – no more than about 2 and a half miles on the round trip, it is not the flattest of walks all the way along. It gets a little easier on the way back when you can enjoy the coastal footpaths near the shore,built the zig-zag going nature of the village and some stairs and inclines means that it can be a bit of a trial in place.
Those that have the courage to face the 102 step high Jacob’s Ladder back to the top of the village are more than welcome to try, but it is much more fun to spend that time in the cafe and to take the Southern route back.
The Isle of Wight coastline between Bonchurch and Ventnor may not be very long, but it is full of interesting twists and turns and more distractions. The route takes you past the beautiful little Horseshoe Bay and along the seawall back to the main town.
On the shoreline, there is Bonchurch Pottery, where the master craftsman can be seen hard at work, and it is not long before you reach the tiny little settlement of Wheeler's Bay – with yet another quaint cafe for tea and cake. Before long, the route winds into the seafront of Ventnor, passing restaurants, artistic mosaics and even more glorious sea views.
From there is is just a short walk back to the town center to complete the circuit.It may only take a couple of hours, allowing for time to stop and admire the attractions along the way, but this walk is full of exciting scenes and buildings and a must for hikers and the less-energetic alike.