Freshwater Bay to the Needles

Grassland walk with stunning views

Route Information

This walk is from the popular Freshwater Bay, up over Tennyson Downs and to the Needles, with some amazing panoramic views.

Generally, a dry grassy walk with easy, if hilly, walking conditions. It can get breezy!

Starting at Freshwater Bay, the walk starts with the steepest slope heading up Tennyson Down. Once at the top of the first field, the slope is more gentle up to the high point at Tennyson Monument.

From there the track is back down to the beacon, through the gate, and along to the Needles and the viewpoints out to the west.

This route can also be started at the midway point at the Highdown, or from the Needles end. 

Please note: there are sheer cliff edges along this walk, so keep dogs under control. 

Pay and display parking is available at Freshwater bay, or if starting the route at the Highdown, the parking is free.

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There are public toilet facilities at Freshwater bay, and seasonal refreshments at the Freshwater Inshore Lifeboat building also at Freshwater Bay.

The Southern Vectis Route 12 goes past the Freshwater Bay end of this route, and the number 7 goes to the Needles end of the route.

Route 12 bus timetable

Route 7 bus timetable

You can download a printable map of the walk below:

Printable Map (PDF)

You can download a GPX file for the route below:

GPX Route Map

Route Map

Freshwater Bay to the Needles Walk Gallery

Walking Gear

OS Explorer Active OL29 Isle of Wight

OS Explorer Active OL29 Isle of Wight

Map sheet number OL29 in the OS Explorer map series is the perfect map for your days out and holidays on the Isle of Wight.

FitLife Hiking Walking Trekking Poles

FitLife Hiking Walking Trekking Poles

Anti Shock, Absorbing Poles - With the High Quality 7 Series Aviation Aluminum Material. Ideal for Island walking.

Chilly's Leak-Proof, BPA-Free Bottles

Chilly's Leak-Proof, BPA-Free Bottles

Double-wall insulation maintains temperatures inside. food-grade stainless steel leak-proof drinking bottle.

Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack

Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack

Ultra-light. Ultra-durable. Ultra-awesome. The backpack is perfect for day-to-day use for walking on the Isle of Wight.

Travel Water Bottle for Dogs & Pets

Travel Water Bottle for Dogs & Pets

Ideal for walking and travelling with your dog, and includes a bottle carabiner that can be attached to your backpack.

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