A walk around the River Yar, Isle of Wight
Length 4 miles
Duration 1hour 45 minutes
Overview Most of the eastern side of the walk is by a wide, level path following the old railway line. The western side is through fields and woodland and can get muddy in wet weather.
Disabled Access The eastern side of the walk up to the Red Lion Inn should be accessible to most people including those with all-terrain wheelchairs.
Traveling to Yarmouth From Brockenhurst (on the main London Waterloo to Weymouth line) take the branch line to Lymington Pier (2 stops). The Wightlink ferry takes about 30 minutes to Yarmouth. You can purchase a rail ticket that includes the ferry travel to Yarmouth. There is a large car park at the ferry terminal for car users.
Yarmouth is one of the smallest towns in the country, having a population of less than 800. The town is named for its location at the mouth of the River Yar. There are actually two river Yar's on the island, this one is known as the ‘Western’ Yar.
Next to the harbour is Yarmouth Castle, built by Henry VIII in 1547 to protect the town from French raids. The harbour and town holds one of the best festivals in the south, called the Old Gaffer Festival. The pier at Yarmouth was built in 1876 and is the longest timber pier in the country open to the public. It is a good place to go fishing. In the summer months, the Waverley, an old paddle steamer, calls in here to collect people for a trip around the Island.
The Tide Mill was built in 1793 and replaced a wooden mill built around 1664. Until the mill embankment was built in the 17th century, ships were able to sail up to Thorley.
The eastern side of the walk follows the route of the old railway line to Freshwater which closed in 1953. The path is a public bridleway and cycleway.
At the Causeway turn right over the bridge and head for the church.
Continue the walk on the western side of the River Yar by following the footpath between the church and pub.
Walking map for the River Yar, Isle of Wight
Nearby (click on the links for info)

Old Gaffers Festival Set in Yarmouth's picturesque harbour, the Old Gaffers Festival has more than 100 visiting traditional sailing, steam and motor vessels, including the cream of the Old Gaffers fleet. On shore a huge range of attractions including, street entertainment, live music, classic vehicles, craft fair and market.
Dimbola Lodge Museum home of Julia Margaret Cameron, the famous Victorian portrait photographer.
Freshwater Bay excellent walks along the cliffs to Compton Bay to the east and Alum Bay (Tennyson Downs) to the west.
The Needles Old Battery is situated on the most westerly point of the Isle of Wight overlooking the Needles with spectacular views of the, Hampshire and Dorset coastline.
Alum Bay Alum bay is well known for its multi-coloured sand cliffs and the area in general leading up to the Needles Old Battery has stunning views across the Solent.
Farringford (external link) home of Alfred Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate (the house is not currently open to the public)

Yarmouth Station Yarmouth railway station opened in 1889 and closed in September 1953.
Refreshments (selection)
The Kings Head pub, Quay St, Yarmouth
The Red Lion pub, Church Place, Freshwater
Wightlink operates a car and passenger ferry from Lymington (on the east side of the river) to Yarmouth Isle of Wight.
Buses the number 7 bus, is the main bus out of Yarmouth.
Other places to visit
Carisbrooke Castle is what you might call a Proper castle, just as you would imagine a castle to be when you were a child and pretty much complete.
Osborne House Built in the style of an Italian villa, Osborne House was the much-loved home of Queen Victoria and her family, a residence which afforded them some privacy and seclusion from public life.
Newtown Quay Newtown Quay is set in a quiet, tranquil harbour that was once a flourishing port in the 13th century, it is also a nature reserve of saltmarsh and woodland. The Old Town Hall is also in Newtown.
Mottistone Manor Garden A hillside garden set alongside an Elizabethan manor house. The garden was the creation of Sir John and Lady Vivien Nicholson, who lived at Mottistone from 1947.
Blackgang Chine Blackgang Chine is a Theme Park set within Victorian gardens and overlooks the spectacular cliffs of Isle of Wight’s ‘Heritage Coast’
Norton Beach Yarmouth Castle Lymington ferry Cycle hire



Yarmouth CastleLymington ferry Cycle hire