Walk length 14 miles/22.5 km approx. Circular.
A spectacular island coastal walk encompassing two of the highest points on the island including St Catherine's Hill and St Boniface Down.
The walk starts from the car park at Blackgang Chine, a now-destroyed coastal ravine and the site of an amusement park, before taking an inland trail between St Catherine's Hill (237m) and the highest point on the island St Boniface Down (241m).
On the peak of St Catherine's Hill is St Catherine's Oratory, also known as the 'Pepperpot' the second oldest lighthouse in Britain and dating back to the 14th Century.
St Boniface Down close to the seaside town of Ventnor was the site of a radar station in 1940 that was bombed by Ju-87 Stukas; the scene was reconstructed in the film the Battle of Britain.
This if the first of a series of three walks across the beautiful Isle of Wight, the largest island in England and designated as the Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with chalk cliffs, open grassland and woods.
Accommodation and Meeting
Camping at www.Stoats-farm.co.uk Postcode PO39 0HE
Stoats farm camp site is south of Freshwater and just north of Tennyson Down.
Same format to the National Parks we visited in 2013. The cost for each walk will be £5, with a limit of 35 people for each day. Everyone can have the chance to do their own things on some of the days or join the group for a walk; this system worked well in 2013.
Everyone will be encouraged to arrange their own accommodation, either camping, Youth hostel, or B&B. We will try to suggest locations as near together as possible so the group can meet up after the walks in the evening. Transport will be by car sharing.
Lunch and Finish
Please bring a packed lunch and water for each walk. Each walk should finish at about 4.30pm and include a 30 min snack lunch stop and pub at the end, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace (we have a relaxed pace which includes sightseeing and photography).
Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Leon 07950125826.
Meeting and Transport
Blackgang Chine Car Park, Nr Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 2HN. Meet from 10.15am for the walk to start at 10.30am. See Blackgang Chine
Dog Policy: As a group we allow and enjoy dogs on our walks however we do ask dog owners to read our dog policy
Walking Safety: Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You must wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking boots (not trainers), warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. No one will be allowed on any of the walks without appropriate gear. Please see our Terms and Conditions