WHIPPINGHAM HERITAGE TRAIL
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Whippingham was part of the Royal Estate created by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Much of the building, landscape and riverside are still as they were 150 years ago. Following the trail gives an opportunity to see a number of interesting buildings as well as a chance to explore quiet meadows with picturesque river views, and find a variety of flora and fauna.
The Trail is a circular route encompassing most of the village and can be undertaken in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction from any chosen starting point. There are Bus Stops along the way where visitors can access the route. There are several places that are suitable for wheelchair users to enjoy the environment. As well as following the directions in the leaflet, walkers are advised to look for the way markers. Seen in the photo on the right; they have been produced by AJ Wells Ltd, an Island company specialising in high quality enamel signage among other things.
The Trail follows public footpaths with fairly easy walking through fields and over stiles. It also goes along country lanes and one very short stretch is alongside a busy main road where care must be taken. Children need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Shortened versions are possible for those not wishing to walk the whole distance of 4.1 miles. The time to walk the longest route is approximately 2 hours.
Sarah Burdett who has been Chair of the Isle of Wight Society and played a large part in creating the East Cowes Heritage Centre, has written a fascinating history of the evolution of the village from its earliest recordings in the Doomesday Book, through the changes wrought by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as houses were moved and roads realigned in their development of the Osborne Estate, up to today with the new changes brought by industrial developments.
Our Heritage Trail was developed with the support of:
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