The Needles and Tennyson’s Monument from Freshwater Bay

The Needles and Tennyson’s Monument from Freshwater Bay

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How many landmarks can you cram into one walk?! This Isle of Wight walk starts at Freshwater Bay and continues for six windswept miles, taking in the cliff top views that all walkers on the Wight want to experience, the monument to Tennyson (a keen walker of these parts himself) and the famous Needles rocks.

If you start the walk at Freshwater Bay you’ll make your way across Tennyson Down, look out for the monument erected in his honour as you go. The poet lived on the Isle of Wight for four decades and he walked across the downs most days. The route takes you right to the Needles observation point and the road will take you on to the National Trust’s Needles Old Battery.

If you head up to the old coastguard cottages from the battery you’ll make your way back to the downs. You’ll experience breathtaking views across the Solent and Alum Bay if you stick to the crest of the ridge, so rather than taking the cliff top path use the outward route.

Please note that this walk includes unprotected cliffs, so if you’re walking with small children or a dog you’ll need to keep them close to you.

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