Totland Sea

Wall Campaign

 Totland Sea Wall



As a result of exceptional rainfall during Autumn 2012, the sea wall between Totland and Colwell was lifted up and pushed forward some thirty metres by major ground movement over the Christmas period, 2012. The sea wall suffered catastrophic failure and the result was that a portion of one of the most beautiful coastal walks on the Isle of Wight was destroyed and the remainder closed for safety reasons, thereby preventing public access along this spectacular sea facing revetment. The walk formed part of the IW Coastal Path which is enjoyed by residents and tourists alike, as it overlooks the south coast and Hurst Castle taking in a wonderful panorama, including views of The Needles. It is one of the few accessible flat walks for wheelchair users on the island.

The Isle of Wight Ramblers supported local campaigners who felt that the Council should meet their statutory obligations to reopen this public highway. An option for a “make do and mend” approach was approved at a cost of £200000.

The link path between Totland and Colwell has now been reopened. We are grateful to the support of the local community and Councillors who supported this scheme.