|Starting from the Floating bridge in East Cowes walk 100 meters to the roundabout and turn right passing the Red Funnels car ferry service car park entering the town. With your back to the River go straight on past a factory entrance on your right and into the shopping area of town, continue on for about 150 metres and turn right walking South parallel to the river Medina. You will now pass a number of factory’s and a new housing development and see signs for the Lifeboat Inn pub (great for a spot of lunch overlooking the river and yacht moorings), at the RNLI base the road turns left. carry on for about 30 meters, turn right and carry on past the cemetery onwards to the Power station where the road turns left on to a rustic road surface. Carry on walking in a Eastward direction back on to a surfaced road and up to a T-junction where where you will need to go right. There should be a green ahead with some shops where you can top up on drinks for the next part of the walk.
Head towards Whippingham Church at the churchyards boundary turn right onto a marked footpath crossing a field follow the path across to a stile and bridge, once over the bridge you enter a second field again head across to a stile and a bridge crossing a wooded stream, once over you enter the third field, follow the path to a small copse and you will arrive at a road near the entrance to a residential caravan park. Turn right and walk down towards the Folly Inn where you can stop for refreshments and a spot of lunch (for those wanting to you can also get a water taxi here if you fancy coming back when you are not walking). Turn left and follow the marked footpath to pass through the car and boat parks and continue along the river bank with the caravan park on your left until you get to a bridge crossing a small creek. Go over the bridge and and follow the river bank to the Island Harbour Marina – be careful as this path can flood at high tide – once at the Marina cross the lock gates and pass the lock control building and turn right.
Continue along the river bank towards Newport, this takes you in to a wooded area with occasional glimpses of the river and makes for a pleasant walk however it can get muddy in the wetter months so boots are advised.Once into the woods continue on the foot path. You want to continue on through the Medina High school recreational area on onto Seaclose playing fields (home of the IOW Festival) where you will join a cycle path taking care to listen out for cyclist who will ring their bells to let you know they are coming up to pass.
Continue on past the IOW Planning Office on the left until you get to the Quay where you can treat yourself to a drink (or two) at the Bargeman’s rest pub which serves meals through out the day many with locally sourced ingredients and stocks a number of Island Ales.]]>