Tennyson Down
Tennyson Down
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  • baileygeee
    Romsey, United Kingdom567 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic views
    We parked at Alum Chine, if you are a NT member show your card to get a £2.00 reduction in the parking change. The walk is lovely, fabulous views of both sides of the island, in July lots of wild flowers on the walk to the Needles and over the downs. It's a walk we have done many times, usually start off at about 10.00am, coffee and homemade cake at NT needles cafe, picnic lunch at the monument and aim to be at Freshwater about 1.00 then get the 2.00pm bus back to Alum, number 12, not that many during the day, if you miss the 2.00 it's a wait till 4.20. But it's a wonderful walk whatever.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Alliej1
    Newquay, United Kingdom104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Freshwater to tennyson down
    We parked in the tennyson down national trust car park (for free) before starting out hike we had planned for the day. We went from the car park through a lovely country path to freshwater, then onto a coastal path to the monument. It is quite an incline from freshwater to the monument, but there is a bench about halfway and again at the monument to stop, and it is perfect for admiring the stunning views.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 13, 2023
  • places2seeplaces2go
    England, United Kingdom5,997 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Terrific Tennyson Down Walk
    We parked in a very small National Trust car park (free to members) and followed some steep steps & walk up to Tennyson Monument. Amazing views from there on the mixed weather day we visited. Once up at the top we felt compelled to walk across the top of the downs to The Needles at the very end. The walk was fabulous, once at the end you can walk around the outside of the coastguard station to get a spectacular view of The Needles. We also walked around the outside of the newer (WW2) battery, which is huge. A couple of days earlier we had walked the lower cliff/road walk to The Old Battery so this gave us a very different experience. We obviously then had to return back to our starting point. In all about a 6mile walk. Thoroughly brilliant.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 16, 2024
  • Dee S
    Aylesford, United Kingdom516 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rolling hills . Wild orchids and rabbits
    Beautiful walk - up from Freshwater bay . Long steep rolling hills . But worth it for the great views . Benches around the Tennyson monument to take a break . Carry on walking to the Battery at the Needles - well worth a visit . National Trust property
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 16, 2024
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MJK
Coventry1,278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This place was supposed to be just a point on the map during our cliff walk between the Needles and Freshwater, but it turned out to be one of the highlights of the day.
Great views, an impressive monument - all on a sunny autumn day framed by a blue sky.
A wonderful place and unforgettable views during our vacation on the Isle of Wight.
Written October 26, 2021
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NLJ000
Folkestone, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We walked from Freshwater up over the Tennyson Downs (past the monument) to the Needles, then past Alum Bay to the Needless Visitor area and back along the bottom of the Downs (West Down?) to arrive back in Freshwater. A long but relatively easy and absolutely beautiful walk, incredible views and so peaceful up on the Downs. Lots of birds and butterflies to spot. Highly recommended for a day out (the round trip walk including a stop at the Needles and the visitor area took around 4-5 hours and we weren't in a rush).
Written September 12, 2020
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UkPj
UK349 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We were lucky enough to have picked a lovely day to do this walk out to the Needles. Parked in a VERY small NT Car Park near Totland, luckily someone was leaving as we arrived or would not have got in. We walked out to the headland along the Eastern path, so the views cross to the mainland were hidden (not done intentionally), and when we reached the Needles the view was breathtaking. We then walked back on the Western path and enjoyed the beautiful views, wanted to just sit and stare. A walk not not be missed.
Written September 11, 2020
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Alliej1
Newquay, UK104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We parked in the tennyson down national trust car park (for free) before starting out hike we had planned for the day.

We went from the car park through a lovely country path to freshwater, then onto a coastal path to the monument.

It is quite an incline from freshwater to the monument, but there is a bench about halfway and again at the monument to stop, and it is perfect for admiring the stunning views.
Written October 13, 2023
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places2seeplaces2go
England, UK5,997 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We parked in a very small National Trust car park (free to members) and followed some steep steps & walk up to Tennyson Monument.
Amazing views from there on the mixed weather day we visited.
Once up at the top we felt compelled to walk across the top of the downs to The Needles at the very end.
The walk was fabulous, once at the end you can walk around the outside of the coastguard station to get a spectacular view of The Needles. We also walked around the outside of the newer (WW2) battery, which is huge. A couple of days earlier we had walked the lower cliff/road walk to The Old Battery so this gave us a very different experience.
We obviously then had to return back to our starting point.
In all about a 6mile walk.
Thoroughly brilliant.
Written April 17, 2024
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wanda r
Tonbridge, UK237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Walked from the godawful theme park up to both the New and Old Needles Batteries then up to the Tennyson memorial. Easy to see why he found the area so inspirational. It did help that due to the weather the views were superb. Annoyed that I had to cut short the walk due to a commitment later in the day.
Written August 11, 2020
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Bruce D
Isle of Wight, UK65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
This is an interesting place on so many levels. To the casual countryside walker it offers stunning views. For the biologist it has native (and relatively undisturbed) chalk downland biota and geologists can look down on strata from the Wealden to Quaternary at a glance. Well worth the effort of getting there.
Written January 10, 2020
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L_K1509
London, UK1,604 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
A beautiful walk from Freshwater bay to the Needles Battery (National trust)past Tennyson Down. The walk is mainly uphill the the incline is not excessive, the route goes along the cliff past grazing cattle.

A Tennyson Down the view is stunning, views one side of the English Channel and in the other of the Solent and across the isle. The view over Yarmouth harbour is lovely.

There are a couple of benches to sit on along the route (plenty of benches at Tennyson Down) or plenty of grass!

I would suggest bringing water as between points there is no where to get a drink.
Written July 24, 2022
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Pam W
Wrexham, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
We parked at the small NT car park and walked along the track which led to the downs. We continued to the Needles, took the obligatory photographs and then headed back to Tennyson’s monument. It was a beautiful, sunny day. The walk over the downs was mainly flat and spacious, but it’s quite an incline to reach the monument ( although there is one bench half way up to get your breath back and admire the views) and the area around the Old Battery is quite steep. The return down to the car park was also steep, a mixture of uneven steps and tree roots.
Written May 15, 2022
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Hilary B
Chesterfield, UK443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Wow what a discovery and what a wonderful walk!!!!
We went up through the woods from Farringdon Hall.
Amazing place to walk and just beautiful views all the way round!!
It was truly a beautiful walk with breath taking views!!
Well worth the bit of a climb for the lovely view's.
Great to have a sit on the seats at the monument and look out to sea 🌊!!
Would definitely recommend if you are in the area. 👍🏻👍🏻🏞🏞.
Written September 9, 2022
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