Things to see and do at Chillerton Down

Sheep grazing on Chillerton Down

Take a walk, bring a picnic or try something more adventurous - there's so much to see and do on a day out at Chillerton Down.

The down

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

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 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.

Walking on Chillerton Down

Chillerton Down is a lovely rural spot on the Isle of Wight, and we've created a 9 ¼-mile (16km) route for you to follow.
The Isle of Wight offers some great spots for walkers.
Find out what’s on offer at some of our other places

Dog walking

Breeze along the top of Chillerton Down with your dog, and simply enjoy the wide open space and views.
Find out about the Isle of Wight's great places for a dog walk.


Chillerton Down is a great place to enjoy the views, and the peace and quiet of the rural heart of the Isle of Wight.
See where else you can picnic at our places on the Isle of Wight.

Bird watching

Chillerton has high open downland with extensive views all around, ideal for birding. Here you can spot buzzards soaring on up drafts.
See our favourite places for bird watching on the rest of the Isle of Wight as well.


Paragliding from Chillerton must be one of the most exhilarating ways to appreciate the Isle of Wight countryside.
Hang-gliding and paragliding are encouraged at agreed locations at some of our other places too.