Things to see & do
Walk over the downs, take in the view
Experience dramatic chalk cliffs with acres of open downland and sweeping coastal views both to the south over Sandown and Shanklin, and to the north over Bembridge Harbour to the Solent and the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth.
Dramatic sandstone and chalk cliffs
Culver Down is the eastern end of the chalk ridge that forms the backbone of the Isle of Wight, with The Needles at its west. Adjoining Redcliff is sandstone. Explore this area and learn what a superb habitat it provides for many types of wildlife.
A fine military vantage point
From Bembridge Fort in Napoleon's time to the Second World War, Bembridge and Culver Downs have been used for military purposes. Coastguard cottages still remain, but can you spot the remnants of one of Britain's first radar stations?
- Culver Down has a lovely display of cowslips in the spring
- Chalkhill blue butterflies can be very numerous in July and August
- Find out about guided tours of Bembridge Fort; booking essential
- Look out for peregrines and ravens which nest on the cliffs
Guided tour and self-guided walks
Bembridge Fort guided tours
Book an exclusive guided tour of nearby Bembridge Fort which is unrestored and not open to the public
Long walk over Bembridge Down
An invigorating walk of 7 miles over the downs and RSPB Brading Marshes reserve with splendid views of the coast and countryside. It is also rich in wildlife and offers spectacular views over Sandown and Whitecliff Bays.
Short walk over Bembridge Down
This short but energetic 2¾ mile coastal walk will give you a fascinating insight into the Isle of Wight’s role in wartime defence and intelligence. It is also rich in wildlife and offers spectacular views.