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Points of view: Headon Warren walk


Head on up Headon Down – 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.

The iconic Isle of Wight view: Alum Bay and the Needles
Alum Bay and the Needles from Headon Warren National Trust / Sue Oldham


Map route for Points of view: Headon Warren walk
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Turf Walk, Cliff Road Totland, grid ref: SZ322868


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


Climb the wooden steps just after the Old Lifeboat Station, turn right at the top and follow the road. Take the footpath signed to Alum Bay on the right beyond Cape House. Entering National Trust land, go through the wood and continue uphill when reaching open land to an information panel.

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Bear right just after the panel and follow the footpath diversions, emerging into a clearing by a seat. Walk along the ridge for a fine view of The Needles. Backtrack to the seat before descending and bear right and downwards towards Alum Bay. Follow the path to a junction near a stunted pine and detour right to visit Hatherwood Battery.

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Rejoin the downward path to Alum Bay by the stunted pine, bearing right by the information panel. (For a shorter walk, bear left just after the stunted pine, and skip to direction 7 below). Cross the road by a gate and take the track opposite. Go right down to the shore at Alum Bay, culminating in some steep wooden steps close to the chairlift.

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Return back up the steps, but half way back along the track, climb yet more wooden steps on the right to reach The Needles Park. Turn right under the chairlift for 40yd (35m), then left and right by the sign to visit the Marconi Memorial and viewing platform.


Cross through the pleasure park to the road, and turn left along the Coastal Path which follows the road for 220yd (200m). Take the first road on the left to the gate passed earlier, and rejoin the outward path back up the hill to the information panel. Bear left at the panel, but take the path to the right about 27yd (25m) before the stunted pine, following the outward route.

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The path follows the boundary fence but soon bends left and upwards back to the seat. Take the path to its right to the Early Bronze Age barrow. Take the path to the right of the barrow as far as a finger post, then turn right as indicated and descend along the public footpath. Cross two stiles to reach a road.

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Turn left, and left again along the first minor road. Follow this road back to Turf Walk.


Turf Walk, Cliff Road Totland, grid ref: SZ322868

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Points of view: Headon Warren walk


Ascent of 800ft (250m). Two stiles, one gate and many steps. 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

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Points of view: Headon Warren walk

How to get here

Headon Warren, Isle of Wight, nearest postcode PO39 0EP
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 7 service from Newport to Totland War Memorial, hourly.

By bicycle

Sustrans Regional 'Round the Island' route 67 passes through Yarmouth, 2.5 miles away.

Points of view: Headon Warren walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome, but please keep on a lead around wildlife