Things to see & do

The down

Looking west along Chillerton Down from the radio mast © National Trust/Sue Oldham

Looking west along Chillerton Down from the radio mast

Chillerton Down and the land around Gatcombe Village is a beautiful area of downland, farmed and wooded valleys hidden away in the middle of the Isle of Wight. It is partly owned by us and partly protected by our covenants to preserve the beauty of the landscape.

Chillerton Mast

The radio mast on the top of Chillerton Down © National Trust/Sue Oldham

The radio mast on the top of Chillerton Down

A communications mast is located at the highest point of Chillerton Down, visible from nearly all the Isle of Wight.

Whitecroft from Chillerton Down

The tower at Whitecroft seen from Chillerton Down © National Trust/Sue Oldham

The tower at Whitecroft seen from Chillerton Down

The views from Chillerton Down in the centre of the Isle of Wight are extensive. Whitecroft used to be a hospital, and is easily recognisable by its tower.

What's on

The National Trust on the Isle of Wight arranges many activities for families, general interest and specialist walks. A full list of events on the Island can be found on our...

Activities

You can include Chillerton Down and its fine views in some lovely countryside walks. Or just stop here a while to enjoy the scenery, have a picnic and spot the wildlife.

Don't miss

  • Views of the Isle of Wight's beautiful rural central region
  • The many banks, the hollow way and quarries of years of landscape use
The radio mast on the top of Chillerton Down © National Trust/Sue Oldham

The radio mast on the top of Chillerton Down

Up for the challenge of Chillerton Down?

Follow our 9¼-mile (16km) trail over Chillerton Down. It leads you along quiet tracks in the middle of the Isle of Wight, through woods and valleys, and across the downs with distant sea glimpses to enjoy.

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