Isle of Wight
Carefree short breaks & holidays
Downs, woodlands, coastal gems and other natural wonders on the Isle of Wight
Outstanding white chalk cliffs reaching their highest point at the summit of Tennyson Down, which is marked by the Tennyson Monument 482ft above sea level. The chalk ridge continues westwards over High Down to the Needles Headland... find out more.
The Downs rise sharply from the sea and form an impressive backdrop to the town of Ventnor. Rich in wildlife associated with chalk grassland, including flowers and butterflies. There are a range of wonderful walks although many have steep paths... find out more.
St Catherine's Oratory, the second oldest lighthouse in Britain, crowns the top of the hill. It was built as a lighthouse by a local landowner, Walter de Godeton, after a notorious wreck in Chale Bay on what was known as Chale Down, now St Catherine's Down, and was maintained by monks who lived in a chapel nearby... find out more.