Favourite Island Walks ... Tennyson Down to the needles battery
We absolutely LOVE being outside, embracing the great outdoors in all weather. Whether the sun is shining or it’s a little chilly, you can’t beat a bracing walk along the coast or through the forest or countryside here on the island.
One of our favourite spots to walk is Tennyson Down ( another slight bonus is that you can head to the Piano Cafe for delicious coffee and brunch afterwards!). The Poet Laureate, Alfred Lord Tennyson, would have taken this very walk across the downs every day. There’s a few different routes you can take, but if you fancy a challenge the 4 mile walk across the cliff tops to the Needle Battery and back certainly works up an appetite.
Take in the amazing views from the Tennyson Monument when you reach the top of the hill. Views stretch all the way along the coastline, dramatic cliffs and rolling hills plus the never-ending sea. Make sure you take a moment to breathe and take in the beautiful coastline.
Tennyson Down, West Wight nr Freshwater Bay - look out for the big white cross Tennyson Monument on the top of the hill and continue along the cliff path towards to the Needles Battery. You can do a figure of 8 loop here and return back along the downs towards the piano cafe. The National Trust has the full walking map here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-needles-headland-and-tennyson-down/trails/tennyson-down-a-meander-with-maud
LENGTH OF WALK : Anything between 2-8 Miles depending on how far you walk towards the Needles. Beginning and ending at The Piano Cafe is my favourite way to do it!
The Piano Cafe (repoens in Feb!) - Gorgeous coffees and one of the best brunch spots on the Island - think eggs, avocados, sourdough, pancakes, a full English plus a delicious selection of fresh juices. Chilled vibe and a friendly atmosphere make this a winner for locals and tourists alike. We’ll be doing a full blog on The Piano Cafe soon! http://www.thepianocafe.co.uk
Needles Battery Cafe - If you are in need of some sustenance once you reach the needles the Needles Battery Cafe is a great spot to overlook the sea below- you really do dine on the edge of a cliff. Only downside is unless you’re a National Trust Member you have to pay to go into the Needles Batteries to get to the cafe, but it’s quite an interesting one to take a look around anyway!
You’ll feel so good for having got out and about, having walked up some hills (getting the heart rate going!) and with a blast of that fresh sea air you’ll definitely find your glo!! Grab some friends (and maybe a dog or two!) this weekend and head on out.