Ventnor Downs and St Boniface Down Walk
Visit the highest point on the Isle of Wight and enjoy wonderful views over the island's coast and countryside on this circular walk. Look out for various pretty wildflowers, heather and New Forest Ponies on St Boniface Down. You may also see other wildlife such as skylark, meadow pipit, buzzards, kestrels, various butterflies and a herd of Old English goats which graze on Bonchurch Down and Coombe Bottom. The area also has an interesting military history with various WW2 buildings and the RAF Ventnor Radar Station which played an important role in the Battle of Britain.
The walk starts from the Ventnor Down National Trust car park and takes you across Luccombe Down, Bonchurch Down and St Boniface Down. There's some challenging climbing but you are rewarded with fabulous views to Sandown Bay, Culver Cliffs and Portsmouth.
You can extend your walk by heading to the nearby Wroxall Down or by following the Isle of Wight Coast Path west to St Catherine's Lighthouse. The Shanklin to Ventnor Coastal Walk is also very popular with more lovely sea views and some interesting woodland trails.
You can visit the downs by bike by following Regional Cycle Route 67 otherwise known as the 'Round the Island' route.
Ventnor Downs PostcodePO38 1YL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Ventnor Downs Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Ventnor Downs Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Ventnor Downs OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Ventnor Downs Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Ventnor Downs Pubs/Cafes
Head to the Bonchurch Inn for some refreshments on your walk. Located in an Island Stone building this noteworthy pub includes a delightful Dickensian courtyard where you can sit out and enjoy your meal on warm summer days. They also offfer authentic Italian cuisine, and comfortable accommodation if you need to stay over. You can find the pub just to the south east of the downs at Bonchurch Shute with a postcode of PO38 1NU for your sat navs.