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Seascapes, strolling and sightseeing on the Isle of Wight...

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Heralded by Lonely Planet as an island shaking off its staid image to reveal a new level of funkiness, the Isle of Wight is having a moment so we thought we’d hot foot it over there with a long bank holiday weekend of walks and relaxed sightseeing.

We’ve booked the whole of a grand Edwardian manor house which is now a YHA and stands in its own grounds with great sea views overlooking Totland Bay – a lovely place for simply chilling out.

With plenty of coastal and inland walking routes to choose from, we’ll be making the most of exploring over the Bank Holiday while leaving plenty of time for some sightseeing, relaxing and beachcombing.

In a nutshell:

  • Bask in the Isle Of Wight’s mild climate and make the most of springtime springing!
  • Burn the calories during some lovely day walks
  • Beam with delight as you revel in the company, great surroundings and tempting food.
  • Be an explorer as you delve into the Isle of Wight’s past with a visit to Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home, Osborne House.


      Friday 30th April – Monday 3rd May 2021


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While the group gathers, there’s time enough to saunter down to the sandy beach in Totland Bay to breathe in the sea air and get a feel for the island’s beauty.  Or you might just wander out onto the lawn with a glass of wine in-hand to soak up the panoramic views.

Once all the group have arrived, our host puts his culinary skills to use to produce the first of the weekend’s meals – a 2-course dinner ending with a tempting array of cheeses to try.

Over dinner we outline the plans for the weekend ahead including the walk options for the Saturday, Sunday & Monday.

Isle of Wight

Saturday and Sunday

On both days we offer two walk options – one a 6-8 mile amble while the other is a more strenuous 12-14-miler.

The great thing about the Isle of Wight, which is only 23 miles by 13 miles, is the proximity of the walks and the sheer variety packed into such as small island. Therefore even though we will share cars to reach the start of a walk, it won’t be a lengthy or arduous journey.

We have numerous options for walking so here’s a sprinkling:

  • A coastal walk out towards the island’s landmark attraction, the chalk stacks called The Needles.
  • Following the Warrior Trail, so-called as it celebrates the island’s most prominent First World War story; that of General Jack Seely and his horse Warrior.
  • Taking the ‘path less travelled’ following a quiet route through woods and valleys at the heart of the island along Chillerton Down.

Poppit sands in pembrokeshire - walking weekend.

After a full day’s yomping there’s ample time to relax back at base before we enjoy another night’s feast in the dining room (Saturday night) or head out for a meal on Sunday (nb: this meal isn’t included in the weekend’s price).


Today we stroll out for a shorter walk in the morning, finishing around 2pm.

This gives enough time for anybody who is keen to visit Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home Osborne House.

Entry to the house isn’t included in the weekend’s price but is well worth a visit while you’re on the island.

Good to know:

Venue Address:

Totland Bay YHA
Hurst Hill,
Totland Bay
PO39 0HD

Arriving by Public Transport:

Ferry Travel: There are car ferries from both Southampton on the Red Ferry or Portsmouth on the Wightlink ferries.

Arriving on foot: We will be offering a limited number of free shuttle collections from Ryde at 7pm on Good Friday. We will aim to drop you off at Ryde for 3pm on the Monday. To get to Ryde on foot you can travel to Portsmouth Harbour train station (direct from London) and then pop on the Fast Cat ferry service.

Car shares / taxi share or travel buddy: If you are attending this trip then please use the Large Outdoors Facebook Members page to request or look for travel buddies.

What’s Included:

  • 3 nights hostel accommodation.
  • 3 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities may incur an additional charge.
  • Welcome meal on the Friday plus Saturday night evening meal. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday.
  • As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.

The Basics:

Age Limit:  You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.

Dogs:  I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.

Arrival Time:  You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.

Solo Travellers:  This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.

Rooms: This venue has a mix of twins, 4 and 6 bedded rooms and we only ever offer these on a same sex basis. Please note bedding is provided but you will need to bring a towel.

Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.

Useful Links:

Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…

FAQ’s– For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page

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  • Dietary needs:

    Vegetarian or Vegan: 

    We will always supply a vegetarian or vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked at least 7 days in advance.


    Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for a wide variety of diets. Therefore, if you follow a particular diet and wish to know what we will be serving please contact the office the week before your trip. If you don’t feel the menu is suitable then you are of course welcome to bring your own meals.

    Allergies, Intolerances & Gluten Free.

    Please ensure you list any allergies and intolerances clearly during the booking process, with notice we are able to offer gluten free meals and can accommodate most allergies. However, please note that due to the shared nature of the kitchens we cannot eliminate the possibility of cross contamination. If you have any questions, then please contact the office.

    Halal or Kosher:

    We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.

    Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.

  • Ticket / room types:

    Shared Room: This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel-based trips.

    If you make one booking for a group of people, we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.

    Private Rooms: Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.

    Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…

    Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.

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Totland Bay YHA
Hurst Hill,
Totland Bay
PO39 0HD
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What our members have to say...

  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
    Member Since 2018
  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
    Member Since 2016
  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
    Member Since 2016
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