Tennyson Down Walk
A circular walk to Tennyson Down and the Tennyson Mounment on the Isle of Wight Coast. The circular walk also visits The Needles which are just up the coast from the monument. It's a bracing walk with excellent views over the Solent from the cliff tops.
Start the walk from the National Trust car park at Totland Bay with a postcode of PO39 0HY for your sat navs. From here you can pick up a footpath heading south up to the Tennyson Monument. This is dedicated to the famous poet that once lived in nearby Freshwater Bay. He was the Poet Laureate during much of Queen Victoria's reign and wrote the famous poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade".
The route then picks up the Tennyson Trail and Isle of Wight Coast Path and heads west past the Highdown Cliffs and West High Down to visit the Needles. There's fine views of the famous sea stacks and the interesting old batteries to enjoy here.
After enjoying the Needles the route then heads east along alternative footpaths to take you back to the car park.
PostcodePO39 0HY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Tennyson Down Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Tennyson Down Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Tennyson Down OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Tennyson Down Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
On the route you can stop off for refreshments at the National Trust tea at the batteries in the Needles park. The tea room is in an attractive vintage style with transporting you back to the 1940s. There's excellent views over the area as the tea-room is located in the Port War Signal Station that was specifically built to give the clearest, closest views of shipping in the Solent and around the Needles.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
You could pick up the coast path and head east to visit the lovely Freshwater Bay. Here you can join with the waymarked Freshwater Way on the Yarmouth to Freshwater Bay Walk.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Isle of Wight Walks page.