Public Rights of Way

Current Closures

Public Rights of Way Path Temporary Closure Notice

Details of roads (tarmacked carriageway and footways/pavements) closed temporarily for repair/maintenance can be found on the Islands Roads website, to view please click here.

How to temporarily close a public right of way

If you wish to apply to temporarily close a public right of way in order to undertake works on or near the path you will need to contact the Public Rights of Way service to discuss the closure.  Please contact the service by clicking here to use the send a message to service form.

There is a process to follow which will includes:

  • The completion of a formal application form;
  • Payment of a fee;
  • You or your contractor will need to install and maintain the on site notices, closure signs and  / or barriers for the duration of the works. 

 

Current Rights of Way Closures

Tennyson Trail - byways permanently closed to motor vehicles

This is a series of Byways that are permanently closed to vehicles from Carisbrooke to Freshwater Bay (Public Byways N123, N128, N136A, N139, BS4, BS10, BS44, S26, BS53, F33).  They are permanently closed to vehicles pursuant to The Isle of Wight Council (Tennyson Trail, IW (Prohibition of Driving) Order No 1 2006.)

Permit scheme for blue badge holders

A permit scheme is available to blue badge holders, licensed hackney carriages (taxis) and community vehicles between 1 April and 30 September annually. 

Application Process

  • To apply for a permit please complete the application form, click here to download the application form (PDF 3 pages, 36kb). 
  • Please include a photocopy of your blue badge permit with your completed application form.
  • Send the completed application form to: Public Rights of Way, County Hall, High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD

For further information or guidance please contact Public Rights of Way by clicking here to use the send a message to service form, alternatively find our contact details in the 'Contact' tab above.

 

Chale

Public Footpath C34 (path/steps in Whale Chine to the beach) is permanently closed pursuant to a Traffic Regulation Order due to ongoing landslips. No alternative route.

Newport / Carisbrooke / Gunville

Advance notice - Public Footpath N65 will be closed to allow building works on the field at the end of Ash Lane, this work being approved under planning application TCP/32246, P/00395/15 - the exact dates are not yet known but will be posted when they are confirmed.  Once the closure is in force the alternative route will need to be Public Footpaths N151, N82, N84 and either N83 to Gunville Road or N85 to Alvington Road.

Part of Public Footpath N160 at Pankhurst Forest is closed until 4 June 2019 to allow the demolition of the Energos building which is immediately adjacent to the path and the build of a new waste disposal plant.  The closed section is between Forest Road and the edge of Parkhurst Forest, a distance of approx. 550 metres.  During the closure a bypass can be made using the open access land and paths of Parkhurst Forest.

Niton 

Public Footpath NT46 (Castlehaven) is closed between its junctions with Public Footpath NT38 and Castlehaven Green.  Alternative route: Public Footpath NT38 and Castlehaven Lane.  Closed because of damage and erosion.  The Secretary of State for Transport has approved an time extension until 24 August 2018 for this closure. 

The following Footpaths NT47,48,49,50 & 51 are permanently closed under a Traffic Regulation Order because they are unsafe to use because of land slippage.  The paths will remain on the definitive map and will be periodically inspected in case of any changes to the land which would allow reinstatement.  

Public Footpath NT47 (Reeth Bay): closed between its junctions with Public Footpath NT42 and NT49.  No alternative route.

Public Footpath NT48 (Puckaster): closed from a point 233 metres south of St. Catherine’s Road to its junction with Public Footpath NT49.  No alternative route.

Public Footpath NT49 (Puckaster): closed between its junctions with Public Footpaths NT47 and NT50.  No alternative route

Public Footpath NT50 (Puckaster): closed between its junctions with A3055 Undercliff Drive and Public Footpath NT51.  No alternative route.

Public Footpath NT51 (Binnel Bay): closed between its junctions with Public Footpaths V99 and NT49.  No alternative route.

Ryde / Binstead

Public Footpath R46 - between Church Road, Binstead and the shore has been closed since 11 January 2018 due to storm damage to the beach access steps.  There is no alternative route.

Public Footpath R50 - between Smallbrook Lane and Ashey Road (behind Smallbrook stadium) will be closed 9th to 13th August 2018 in order that the Jack up the 80's festival can be held.  Nearer the time of the event please check surrounding road closures as these may have an impact on diversion routes.

Seaview

Part of Public Footpath R92 which runs from Seaview High Street to the beach will be closed between Friday 15th June to Friday 20th July 2018 to allow seawall works to be undertaken.  During the works the beach will need to be accessed from other access points in the vicinity.

Shanklin / Luccombe

Public Footpath SS3 (Luccombe Chine) is permanently closed pursuant to a Traffic Regulation Order from its junction with Public Footpath SS2 to the beach. This is because of land slippage. The path will remain on the definitive map and will be periodically inspected in case of any changes to the land which would allow reinstatement. 

St Helens

Public Footpath R86 (causeway wall) between  Mill Road and the National Trust land at the Duver has been closed from 16 April 2018 because of building works at the Mill Road end, this work being approved under planning application TCP/32902, P/01584/16.  The anticipated length of the closure is expected to be about two months, with shorter periods of closure as and when necessary until around October. 

Ventnor

Public Footpath V124 has been closed between its junctions with Undercliff Drive and Public Footpaths NT51 and V99 at Binnel Bay because of a landslip. The Secretary of State for Transport has allowed an extension to the closure until 24 January 2020 or until completion of the works whichever is earlier.