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“Lovely walk, stunning scenery”
Review of Bonchurch Landslip

Bonchurch Landslip
Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Bonchurch
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
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“Lovely walk, stunning scenery”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

I absolutely love this walk. I usually start at Ventnor and walk all the way through to Shanklin. It takes about 1hour 15 mins walking at a reasonable pace.Wear sensible shoes as it is very hilly and uneven in places. The views along the way are spectacular.
The cafe at the top of the Devils Chimney is a lovely place to stop mid way for tea and cakes. I think it is called the Smugglers Haven. The gardens attached to the cafe have beautiful views across the sea.
Continue walking through Luccombe and you will find a local resident selling home made jams and marmalades that are just gorgeous. The path eventually brings you out close to Rylstone Gardens in Shanklin.

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“The Devil's Chimney”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

I read about this place while looking for things to do. Then searched it on Google. There was were some pictures and videos of the place. This is simply a landslip.

The nearest landmark is "Smugglers' Haven Cafe and park, Leeson Road, Upper
Bonchurch, Ventnor, Isle of Wight."

I had taken the Number 3 bus form Sandown and got off at "Bonchurch, adj Bonchurch Car Park"

The descend was amazing. And I would advise you to choose a nice sunny day to visit this place. There are some warning signs about some part of the route being closed. Though we did pass through the Devil's Chimney and returned back.

The space is small and you would need to remove your backpack to pass though it.

It was a nice place, not very popular, thought there was an occasional passer by.

Visited April 2013
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Ventnor, United Kingdom
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“An Enchanting Landscape”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

For hundreds of years artists, writers and poets have been fascinated by 'The Landslip', a dramatic landscape hidden away on the edge of the sea. It is situated in the Undercliff, about five miles of soft ground that has been falling from the towering sandstone cliff since the last Ice Age.
Charles Dickens stayed in a villa in the beautiful village of Bonchurch, near Ventnor, that lies at the western end of The Landslip, and wrote part of 'David Copperfield' there. He also took long walks up the Downs that rise above the coast to nearly nine hundred feet. Several cliff staircases were created many years ago, the most famous being 'The Devil's Chimney'.

The coastal footpath takes you on a fairly flat walk through The Landslip to Shanklin Old Village, several miles of woodland and fine coastal views over Sandown Bay to the chalk headland of Culver Cliff. The path is uneven and can be muddy and slippery in places, so stout shoes are advised.

Or, if you are feeling energetic and have children who love climbing, you could explore the Landslip. For this you will need walking boots. Since the last big landslip some fifteen years ago a series of sturdy wooden staircases have been built down the cliff-side to connect The Devil's Chimney with the coastal path. On reaching the top of the Chimney you can look out from the Parapet Walk onto the tree canopy or gaze down over the sheer rock wall into the wooded Landslip. The Victorians loved exploring The Fairy Glade and rubbed the rock known as 'The Wishing Seat' smooth.

This landscape is not static, however. The huge landslide of the late nineties made it look like an earthquake zone, the land criss-crossed with deep fissures ressembling stepping stones. The coastal path had to be re-routed, a huge earthbank surmounted and wooden stairways constructed up the now almost vertical cliff-side. A stand of mature beech trees where I used to sit just slid down to the shore.

The Landslip is open to everyone and there is no charge. In summer there is a kiosk selling refreshments on the coastal path at Luccombe and above The Chimney is the Smugglers Haven Cafe and toilets. Or you can walk down the hill from Luccombe to Rylstone Gardens, a delightful public park in Shanklin's Old Village where there's a cafe and public toilets. From the Old Village you can catch a bus back to Upper Bonchurch or Ventnor.

Visited October 2012
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