Tennyson Trail Walk

Walk through the middle of rural West Wight

Route Information

This is an amazing walk from the central town of Newport, through rural West Wight to the furthest westerly point of the Island at The Needles.

Thr Route starts in  Carisbrook, and climb up on the the downs, through fields and in to the back of Brighstone Forest. Once through the forest you will come out overlooking the south west coast of the island.

Crossing over Lynch lane into the Jubilee Car Park, carry on over the downs t o the west, over book downs and over the Freshwater Golf Course.

Dropping down into Freshwater bay you there are toilet facilities and a café or two to get refreshments (some are seasonal!)

The last part of the walk is over Tennyson Downs to The Needles where you can get a bus back to the start point.

There are car parks in Newport and Carisbrook, or if doing the walk in reverse, there is parking at Alum Bay

There are no facilities along this route until you get to Freshwater Bay or Alum Bay. Some of the cafes are seasonal, so brin water and snacks!

There are public toilets at Freshwater Bay 

The Southern Vectis Route 7 goes past the start/end of this walk.

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

Tennyson Trail 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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