Activities

Walk your dog over the down

The wide open spaces of Mottistone Down are ideal for active dogs. There are shorter routes available from Mottistone Manor Garden car park, and a dog litter bin.

The Isle of Wight has many more dog-walking options...

Walk all over the estate

A walker's view over the whole Mottistone Estate

A walker's view over the whole Mottistone Estate

Mottistone Estate covers cliffs, common and down - as well as the village and farmland. It's an ideal place to go for a walk. We've created two free self-guided walking trails for you to download:

Why not take a walk at one of our other nine places? We've so much to offer.

Go for a bike ride

Follow the bridle paths around the Mottistone Estate on your bike and have a terrific time. The chalk ridge over the down has glorious views, and if you have the energy, extend your ride to our neighbouring places.

Saddle up the horse

Ride your horse over Mottistone Down

There is plenty of parking for horse boxes at the Jubilee car park, from where the track leads straight up onto the chalk ridge of Mottistone Down and from there onto the Tennyson Trail.

Try orienteering

Come orienteering on the Isle of Wight

Orienteering is a great way to explore the countryside, with a purpose. The Wight Orienteers have set up some permanent marker posts on Mottistone Down and hold occasional events here.

Find out about Mottistone's rich history

Learning about the Long Stone on a ranger-led walk

Learning about the Long Stone on a ranger-led walk

The Neolithic Long Stone is Mottistone's most famous ancient monument, but there is much more archaeology and history to be found here. You can find evidence from the Bronze age, the Iron age, the Romans, the Middle Ages and more modern times.

Elsewhere on the Isle of Wight there is even more to discover.

Birds

Nightjars live around Mottistone Common, and we lead dusk-time guided walks to hear their mysterious calls and glimpse them flying to catch insects. The estate has many downland and farmland birds, so bring binoculars.

Discover wildflowers

Mottistone is renowned for its bluebells in May time, but you will find many other wildflowers, especially on the downs and by the coast at Sudmoor.

We manage all our places on the Isle of Wight to encourage wildflowers.

Bug hunting

Join one of our organised bug hunts at Mottistone. We provide sweep nets and bug pots, and experts to identify things you find. We also run occasional moth-trapping evenings.

Our events page lists the next hunts

Spot butterflies

The crumbling cliffs at Sudmoor are one of the few strongholds of the Glanville fritillary in the UK. Elsewhere on the estate expect to see clouds of butterflies typical of chalk downland and farming areas.

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