Ok walkers, grab your comfiest trainers and stock up on blister plasters, the Tennyson Trail is a long, challenging walk that covers 14 miles in the footsteps of Tennyson. Hailed by The Telegraph as one of the best walks in Britain, this hike is a real up-and-downer that makes those who tackle it earn its gorgeous views across the coast.
This walk covers the “noble down” that Tennyson walked every day, so if you want to see the island through the eyes of an infamous poet then bear in mind that he truly loved every step of the route. Ok, so the thoughts of most of us won’t be quite as lofty as Tennyson’s along the way, but the views are inspiring and it’s easy to see why he spent 40 years living nearby.
Pick up the marked trail close to Carisbrooke Castle (where Charles I was held before he was executed) and then make your way up through pretty forests and Brighstone Down. You’ll be able to take in views across the whole island from here and make sure you don’t miss the Tennyson monument. Pop into the Needles Battery along the way too, as if you walk through its 60 metre tunnel you’ll be rewarded with unspoilt views over the Needles rocks below.