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WILDLIFE WALK THE MEDINA ESTUARY Go from Cowes to East Cowes the long way! T he Medina Estuary circular walk is approximately 9 miles/14 km long and at a brisk pace can be completed in around 4 hours. e Medina is home to many different creatures but is a key spot for wading birds and waterfowl, especially in the winter. Keep an eye out for little egret, oystercatchers, curlew, black tailed godwits, grey herons and redshank. Heading south from Cowes, the tree lined walk follows the path of the old railway line between Newport and Cowes. is opened in 1863 and closed in 1966 and was a key feature in the development of the Medina and Newport Harbour as a major waterway for trade and transport. At Newport, just past the Bargeman’s Rest pub, the walk crosses the Medina at Quay Arts Centre and heads north following lines of moored boats, the Bus Museum and the site of the annual Isle of Wight Festival before turning to fields. Next is Island Harbour and the remains of the old paddle steamer, which is due to be removed this year, then on to the popular Folly Inn. From the Folly the walk moves away from the River Medina and across fields to Whippingham Church before descending into East Cowes. e route is public footpath, cycleways and roadside pavements although there are a few stretches around Newport Quay and north of Whippingham Church that have no pavement so please take extra care in those areas. Every harbour user, both on and off the water, can help reduce pollution and disturbance to wildlife. Please be aware of sensitive areas and local wildlife. Do not throw any litter or waste overboard. Reduce your speed, limit your wash and do not land or walk on the saltmarsh. Keep noise to a minimum. /environment 50 COWESHARBOURCOMMISSION.CO.UK