Culver Down is one of the Isle of Wight’s most dramatic spots, and much of the area is owned by the National Trust. Make your way up to this jutting headland and you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views across Sandown Bay below and the Solent glittering beyond.
The cliffs you’ll see belong to the same chalk ridge as the iconic Needles and Tennyson Down, and you can reach the down from the road so you won’t be tired out before you start wandering the landscape. You’ll find plenty of places to park the car and even, well-tended pathways that make this spot a popular one with walkers all year round.
Look out for the looming granite Yarborough Monument - the Wight’s tallest – which was once a vital seamark for shipping. The monument was first placed on nearby Bembridge Down but was moved one stone at a time to create space for Bembridge Fort during the 1860s. If you make your way round to Bembridge Down you’ll still be able to see the marks of a military history, including gun emplacements and fortifications which made the most of the area’s vantage point during WWI.