Update 06/02/2021

Be inspired as Tennyson was
Tennyson Down is probably one of the most popular places to walk on the Island. You can enjoy it just for the great leg-stretch from Freshwater Bay to the Needles Headland, and drink in the salt laden air that so inspired Tennyson. However every time you visit, the light and weather conditions are different so it is well worth returning.

An invigorating downland walk, with a splendid view of the iconic Needles and the chance to visit a 19th-century fort, a Cold War rocket test site and a monument to a Victorian poet laureate.

And along the way, you can re-fuel with a bite to eat in the Needles Old Battery tea-room.

Downland management  today
We are restoring more of Tennyson Down back to open chalk grassland. Since the 1920s the Downs had fewer grazing animals, which allowed the whole of the sheltered north side of the Down to grow up with young ash woodland and many of the chalk grassland flowers and butterfies have disappeared. Cattle have been reintroduced to the Down and areas of young ash trees are being removed where the soil is suitably thin to allow the chalk grassland to gradually return and provide more wonderful open downland to wander across.

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Wednesday

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Thursday

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Friday

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Saturday

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Sunday

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