Things to see & do

From Down to sea

View over Mottistone Common to the sea © National Trust/Sue Oldham

View over Mottistone Common to the sea

There is lots of variety to explore on the Mottistone Estate which stretches from the chalk downs through heathland and rolling hedge-lined farmland to the sea.

Glanville fritillary

Glanville Fritillary, rare in the UK but a stronghold in the Isle of Wight © Sue Davies

Glanville Fritillary, rare in the UK but a stronghold in the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is the stronghold in the UK for the rare Glanville fritillary butterfly. In spring you may see them darting about on the top of the cliffs at Sudmoor or on Mottistone Down.

Mottistone Down

View from Mottistone Common © William Harbel

View from Mottistone Common

Explore the network of paths on the Mottistone Estate from the sea up to the top of the downs.

Mottistone Manor Garden

Savour the sights and scents of the herbaceous borders in the garden © National Trust

Savour the sights and scents of the herbaceous borders in the garden

Take a wander around the delightful gardens of Mottistone Manor.

Bluebells in spring

See the bluebells in spring © National Trust

See the bluebells in spring

In May bluebells carpet the woods above the village of Mottistone.

The Long Stone

The Long Stone on Mottistone Common © National Trust/Sue Oldham

The Long Stone on Mottistone Common

The Long Stone is one of many ancient features to look out for in the landscape. It is the remains of a Neolithic long barrow.

What's on

We arrange many activities at Mottistone and around the Isle of Wight for families with many general interest and specialist walks. 


It's a great place to walk with many well marked paths to choose from. Cyclists and horse riders are welcome on bridle paths. A great place for spotting wildlife.

Don't miss

  • Hear nightjars chirring on Mottistone Common on a summer guided walk
  • Visit the woods in May to see the wild flowers
  • Discover the Long Stone, Bronze Age barrows and Iron Age hill fort
  • Spot the rare Glanville fritillary butterfly on the eroding coast

A climb to the common

Visit a mysterious ancient monument and enjoy fine views over the Mottistone estate to the sea in this 4¼-mile trail. 

Head south to the sea

Explore the delightful farmed countryside stretching south from Mottistone Manor to the coastal cliffs at Sudmoor. Enjoy splendid sea views and the chance to encounter rare wildlife. 

Cycle Mottistone to Compton

Cycle the Tennyson Trail from Mottistone to Compton

Try our 9¾-mile (15.5km) cycle trail, which links our places at Mottistone and Compton Bay and Downs. Our route takes you on 'one of the best chalk ridge cycle rides in Britain' (The Good Mountain Biking Guide).