This is a lovely walk that is not too taxing on the legs. It also has a great reward at the end if you treat yourself to one of the most delicious cakes the Island has to offer at The Old Smithy!
Godshill is a very pretty little village with charming thatched cottages, a medieval church and best of all, cream teas to die for in a variety of little old English tearooms! Why not visit the Model Village or watch chocolates being made by hand before sampling some in the choc shop. Style Interiors and The Old Smithy also provide some unique and reasonably priced gifts to treat family and friends to.
Park for free in The Old Smithy’s very large car park and you’re ready to start the circular walk. It may take up to an hour to complete this walk.
You will begin by strolling through an ancient bluebell wood, where children can enjoy a spot of tree climbing. A down hill slope then passes an old deer farm before making a steady climb that shows off countryside views that our Island is famous for. Some roller coaster green slopes are along the way with not a road or house in sight. Eventually you come to the magnificent archway that at one time would have welcomed the horse and carriage of the rich down its rural track. It ends up at Appuldurcombe House and this is reputed to be the most haunted place on the Island. There is also an owl and falconry centre here.
Heading back along the track and passing under the archway once more you will finish the walk along a wide farm track. There are a variety of farm animals in the fields as you stroll pass. These include alpacas and curly haired pigs and they usually welcome a bit of attention.
This walk is one of my favourites because it is so peaceful and rural. It also has some lovely views on a clear day including the sea, even though you are inland. That’s the beauty of the Island, it doesn’t seem to matter where you are there is a sea view to be savoured somewhere along the way!