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This is one of Britain’s most iconic walks, visiting the world-famous chalk stacks of the Needles and their historic lighthouse on the Isle of Wight.
The Needles are a row of three distinctive rocks on the western tip of the Isle of Wight that attract walkers Read more ...
all year round, and this route explores the beautiful downlands surrounding them.
You’ll also pass a monument to the Victorian poet laureate Alfred Tennyson, a Cold War rocket test site and a 19th century fort along the way, making this an action-packed walk despite its relatively short five-mile length. Most of this circular route follows gently undulating downlands and cliff-tops, with a steep ascent or descent to Tennyson’s Monument depending on which way you walk.
Whatever time of year you visit make sure you don’t forget your camera, because the views are mind-blowing.
This route was voted 29th in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: If you’re looking for spectacular coastal views and a route packed with history, you’ll struggle to find many better routes in Britain than The Needles.