Named after the Victorian Poet Laureate who spent hours wandering the area, Tennyson Down is one of the Isle of Wight’s most iconic areas and it’s still a beautiful part of the island. Tennyson wandered the downland for at least four hours every day when he lived on the Isle of Wight and the space was named after him when he died.
It’s easy to see why the views inspired some of the finest poetry of his era, as sheer chalk cliffs plunge down to crashing waves and the sea views are dramatic in any season. The walk between Freshwater Bay and the Needles is probably the most trodden one on the Isle of Wight, and it’s an easy one for those of you who want to see some of the scenery on foot but aren’t really game for a hike.
Many return year after year, as this is one of those walks that changes with the weather. The sea looks translucent far below the chalk cliffs as the light bounces off the waves, and if you sit for awhile you’ll see birds that call the cliffs home soaring along the horizon.
There’s no doubt about it, Tennyson Down is a special place to spend time, and the imposing monument to Tennyson means walkers never forget that they’re treading the footsteps of one of the greatest poets of all time. Imagine his cloaked figure stomping the grass as he pondered his latest work, and he valued his private walks so much that once fans started gathering outside his home he built a bridge to the Down to avoid them.