Walking

Walking

Points of view: Headon Warren walk

Walking

Head on up Headon Warren – a breathtaking walk with splendid views of the mainland, and a Bronze Age burial mound. This walk can be shortened to 3 miles (4.8km) by missing out Alum Bay.

Always an exciting moment when the Needles come into view

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Map route for Points of view: Headon Warren walk

Elevation

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Start:

Turf Walk, Cliff Road Totland, grid ref: SZ322868

1

Turn right along Turf Walk to its left-hand corner, cross the bridge and go down the steps towards Totland pier. Turn left along the seafront.

2

Climb the wooden steps just after the Old Lifeboat Station, turning right at the top to follow the road. Take the footpath signed to Alum Bay on the right beyond Cape House. Go through a memorial gate and follow the path through the wood. Continue uphill when reaching open land to an interpretation panel and seat.

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Looking east from the top of Headon Warren to Totland and the New Forest

3

Bear right just after the panel and follow the coast path marker posts, emerging into a clearing by a seat. Walk along the ridge for 100yds (90m) for a fine view of The Needles. Retrace your steps to the seat (the onward path is unsafe due to landslips), then bear right and downwards towards Alum Bay. Follow the path to a junction by the next coast path marker post and take a detour to the right to visit Hatherwood Battery.

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The 19th century Hatherwood battery never saw active service

4

Leave the Battery by a path to the right of a stunted pine tree and bear right again down towards Alum Bay. (For a shorter walk, bear left just after the coast path marker post and skip to direction 7 below). Cross the road by a gate and take the track opposite, signed T22. To reach the beach and see the famous coloured sands in the cliffs, follow the path and several flights of wooden steps right down to the shore at Alum Bay, then retrace your steps.

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The chalk cliffs of the Needles headland lead round Alum Bay to the Needles themselves

5

Half way along the track, climb a steep flight of wooden steps, signed T23, to reach The Needles Park. Turn right under the chairlift for 40yds (35m), then left and right to visit the Marconi Memorial and viewing platform.

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A monument to the pioneering work of Marconi on the Isle of Wight

6

Cross through the pleasure park to the road, and turn left along the Coastal Path which follows the road for 220yds (200m). Take the first road on the left to the gate passed earlier and rejoin the outward path, marked T17, back up the hill to an interpretation panel. Bear right following the coast path marker post and follow the path back to the seat on the top of Headon Warren.

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Heather-covered Headon Warren in September, and the elusive Dartford Warbler

7

Take the path to the right of the seat to the Bronze Age barrow. Follow the path to the right of the barrow and descend slightly, passing a sunken reservoir. Turn right at the finger post to follow the public footpath downhill. Cross two stiles to reach a road.

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Headon Warren is topped by a large mound, and burial barrow dating from 1700-1500BC

8

Turn left, and left again along the first minor road (Headon Rise). Continue along this road to return to Turf Walk.

End:

Turf Walk, Cliff Road Totland, grid ref: SZ322868

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Points of view: Headon Warren walk

Terrain

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This is a:
  • Circular walk
  • Gates=1
  • Kissing gates=0
  • Stiles=2
  • Steps=370
  • Bridges=1
Paths can be very slippery, both from chalk on the Warren and mud in the wood, so boots are recommended. Please keep to the paths to avoid erosion.
 
Dogs are welcome, but please keep on a lead around wildlife and take any mess home with you. 
 
Points of view: Headon Warren walk

Contact us

Points of view: Headon Warren walk

How to get here

Address
Turf Walk, Cliff Road Totland. The nearest postcode is PO39 0EH.
By road

Cliff Road is near Totland War Memorial, on the A3054 from Newport via Yarmouth. Nearest postcode is PO39 0JU.

By foot

This trail follows the Isle of Wight coastal path between Totland and Alum Bay

By ferry

Yarmouth-Lymington (Wightlink 0871 376 1000) 5 miles (8km); East Cowes-Southampton (Red Funnel 0844 844 9988) 16 miles (26km). Yarmouth harbour has moorings for private boats.

By bus

Southern Vectis (01983 827000) No. 7 service from Newport to Totland War Memorial, half-hourly

By bicycle

Sustrans Regional 'Round the Island' route 67 passes through Yarmouth, 2.5 miles (4km)  away

Points of view: Headon Warren walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome, but please keep on a lead around wildlife
  • Toilets and refreshments in Totland
  • Toilets and refreshments in the Needles Landmark Attraction