GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Ventnor Downs

2 miles (4 km)

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 butterfliesand 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 Postcode

PO38 1YL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Ventnor Downs OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Ventnor Downs Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


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RAF ventnor - WW2 buildings

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Bluebells On St Boniface Down

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St Boniface Down barrow

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New forest ponies

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Sandown Bay and Culver Cliff from Luccombe Down

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Dawn Clouds over Ventnor from St Boniface Down

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Ventnor from above

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GPS Files

GPX File

Ventnor Downs.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Ventnor Downs.mmo (right click - 'Save As')