Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
If you are looking to explore the countryside, the Isle of Wight is renowned for its collection of footpaths, coastal paths and more that cover all parts of the island.
Whilst the coastal path rightly gets most of the attention, another gem in Shanklin is the Red Squirrel Trail from Shanklin to Wroxall. The trail is actually a 32 mile route around much of the island, perfect for cyclists, walkers and more. The Shanklin to Wroxall section goes off to Newport and beyond as well as being part of a loop that goes on to Godshill, Sandown, Lake and back to Shanklin.
The Shanklin to Wroxall route starts at Lower Hyde opposite Shanklin train station, which is part of the history of the route. It is formed on the former railway track that previously went from Shanklin to Wroxall and beyond to Ventnor, which means that you get a lovely flat route that is perfect for all. As you wander along the route, you can see the remains of the rail past with plenty of bridges to go under and then views across Shanklin and the downs.
As you go along, you can see fields galore, a couple of farms with horses and cows on view and even a horse or two going along the track itself. There is a footpath off to the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary and once you reach Wroxall, you can make your way to the historic Appuldurcombe House, where the route continues on.
If you are looking for a family friendly cycle route or a walk through some of the island’s best views, you’d be hard pushed to find better.
For more information and cycle hire information, visit redsquirreltrail.org.uk.
The Isle of Wight is still very much open this winter.
There are plenty of attractions that are open throughout the year to provide fun and excitement on a island escape.
Some of those that are open for all or part of the week include The Needles, Osborne House, Carisbrooke Castle, Wight Karting, Monkey Haven, Ventnor Botanic Gardens, Quarr Abbey, Dinosaur Isle, Amazon World, Isle of Wight Zoo, Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary and Brading Roman Villa.
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Here’s a snap from a visit to the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary to pick up some Christmas cards yesterday with Busby the donkey keen for a photo!
The sanctuary offers a home for over 90 donkeys and 25 horses and ponies, all funded by donations to the charity. Open all year around to the public, it is a great day out with the family to visit the donkeys, enjoy a meal in the cafe and adopt a donkey or visit the gift shop to support the sanctuary’s work.
All of this for free – yes, free! – so don’t forget to visit during your next break on the Island and help keep the donkeys and their friends enjoying their new life at the sanctuary.