Walking

Lyon Court is situated about a mile from the train station and half a mile from the Old Village. It is on the edge of town, looking on to Shanklin Down.

A number of interesting circular walks are available. Or take a linear walk and return via the excellent bus network, or even by train. These range from walking over the downs, the Coastal path, or through woodlands.

A new permissive footpath was opened in 2004, almost opposite our back gate. The footpath is part of a project to link several local woods together, to provide a corridor for wild life. Thousands of trees of mixed species were planted in 2004 which will one day mature into a lovely wood.

Taking the new footpath, you climb steadily up through fields and woodland towards Shanklin Down. After only a few minutes, you can look back for a good view of Lyon Court. If you regularly pause to take in the view, you will firstly see Shanklin, and then beyond that across Sandown Bay to Sandown pier and Culver Down. A little higher and you find yourself looking across the Island and over the Solent towards Portsmouth’s unmistakable Spinnaker Tower and the mainland.

After maybe half a mile, you meet up with the Worsley Trail. Turning left takes you back towards Shanklin, where you can join the Coastal Path. Or turn right to follow the trail towards Wroxall and beyond. To get the best view, work your way towards the summit of Shanklin Down. At 760 feet, you have stunning views looking north beyond Brading Down across the Solent to Portsmouth and the South Downs.

Here are some other walks you could try:

Walking With The Worsleys:  Distance - 6 miles. Start and finish at Godshill Car Park, Godshill. Rating: For the more adventurous who won't mind a challenge.

Through Brading Marshes:  Distance - 7miles or 1.5mile. Start and finish at Quay Lane, Brading. Rating: For the more adventurous who won't mind a challenge.

Brighstone Down to Calbourne:  Distance - 8miles. Start and finish at Strawberry Lane, Mottistone.. Rating: For the more adventurous who don't mind a bit of a challenge.

Carisbrooke and Surrounds:  Distance - 6 miles and 2 miles. Start and finish: Whitcombe Road, Carisbrooke. Rating: For the more adventurous who don't mind a bit of a challenge.

Combley Great Wood:  Distance - 2 miles. Start and finish: Combley Road, Ryde. Rating: For adventurous families.

East Downs Explorer:  Distance - 9 miles or 3 miles. Start and finish: Brading Bull Ring, Brading. Rating: For the more adventurous who don't mind a bit of a challenge.

Stepping Stones:  Distance - 6 miles. Start and finish: Strawberry Lane, Mottistone: For the more adventurous who don't mind a bit of a challenge

Secret St Lawrence:  Distance - 1.5miles. Start and finish: Pelham Woods, St Lawrence. Rating: For adventurous families.

Quarr Abbey Woodland:  Distance - 1 mile. Start and finish: Quarr Abbey, Fishbourne. Rating: For adventurous families.

Shorwell Stomper:  Distance - 6 miles, Start and finish: Russel Road, Shorwell. Rating: For the more adventurous who don't mind a bit of a challenge

St Boniface and the Devil's Chimney:  Distance - 3 miles, Start and finish: Landslip Car Park, Bonchurch. Rating: For the more adventurous who don't mind a bit of a challenge

Over the Undercliff:  Distance - 8 miles. Start and finish: Blackgang View Car Park, Niton. For the more adventurous who don't mind a bit of a challenge.

Yarmouth to Cranmore: Distance - 8 miles. Start and finish: Yarmouth Green, Yarmouth. For the more adventurous who don't mind a bit of a challenge.

Compton Beach to Compton Down:  Distance - 6 miles. Start and finish at Brook View Point Car Park, Military Road. Rating: For the more adventurous who won't mind a challenge.

Freshwater Bay to the Needles:  Distance - 6 miles. Start and finish at Freshwater Bay. Rating: For the more adventurous who won't mind a challenge.

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