Walking

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A Chillerton Down Circular walk

Walking trail

This walk circumnavigates Chillerton Down, a less well known chalky down in the centre of the Isle of Wight.

Walkers head along the ridge of Chillerton Down towards the transmitter mast

Map

Chillerton Down A Chillerton Down Circular Map

Elevation

A Chillerton Down Circular Elevation Profile

Start:

Lay-by on side road off Berry Shute, Chillerton, grid ref: SZ481829. The nearest postcode is PO30 3HA.

1

Take the G13 bridleway to the base of Chillerton Down, ignoring a path to the left. Immediately after passing through a gate, follow the curving upward path along the right hand side of the chalk pit in front of you. When level with the top of the pit, carry straight on up the hill to the fence visible on the skyline, just to the right of the mast. This is the perimeter fence of Chillerton transmitting station.

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The mass of Chillerton Down looms ahead with its tall transmitting station mast on top

2

Turn right and follow the fence line. Cross a stile close to the boundary corner and, aiming just left of straight ahead, head towards a group of trees by a fence corner where there is a wooden bench and viewpoint.

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Chillerton's Down is mostly Open Access land, and grazed by sheep

3

Follow the top of the ridge to a stile 110yds (100m) down from the top field corner. Cross the stile to leave Open Access land, and continue onwards along a defined path, descending gently then steeply close to the fence to the far lower corner of the field. Cross the stile and turn immediately left for 25yds (25m) then over another stile and follow the path through a copse. Go straight along G8 at the signpost and around a field gate to reach a crossing track.

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A view back along the SW-NE backbone Chillerton Down

4

Turn left and follow the track as far as a minor road, then turn left. Leave the road just to the left of Newbarn farm and follow an uphill bridleway, part of which is a sunken lane. Bear right just after a signpost indicating G22 Dunkem Down, and after a short rise bear left just before the gate at the top. Now the path rises more gently, passing a dew pond on the right. Shortly after this, go through a gate to reach a crossing track in the conifer belt.

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A dew pond full of water on top of Chillerton Down near the transmitting station

5

Turn left and follow the ridge-top bridleway signed N146 to Shorwell. Pass the Chillerton Down Transmitting Station to reach its concrete and tarmac access road.

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A broad track along the top of Chillerton Down passes close to the transmitting station

6

Cross the access road and go through a gate. Take the downwards sunken path straight ahead. Curl left-wards round the hill, pass through two gates and rejoin the outward path back to the start.

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Sheep graze Chillerton Down, with the chalk cliffs of Old Harry Rocks near Swanage visible in the far distance, and a bee orchid

End:

Lay-by on side road off Berry Shute, Chillerton, grid ref: SZ481829. The nearest postcode is PO30 3HA.

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A Chillerton Down Circular walk

Terrain

Download a GPX file of the trail here for your smartphone or GPS.
 
This walk:
  • Circular walk
  • Gates=4
  • Kissing gates=4
  • Stiles=0
  • Steps=0
  • Bridges=2
Please take great care and walk single file on roads. There are no well defined paths on the open access land on Chillerton Down so it is best to choose an aiming point and walk towards it.  It can be slippery under the trees; the exposed downs can be windy.
 
Dogs are always welcome, but please keep them on a lead around wildlife and livestock, and take any dog waste home with you.

 

A Chillerton Down Circular walk

Contact us

A Chillerton Down Circular walk

How to get here

Address
Chillerton Down, Berry Shute, Chillerton, Isle of Wight. Nearest postcode is PO30 3HA.
By road

Take the road from Carisbrooke to Chale (which joins the B3399 near Chale Green). Chillerton Down is just south of Chillerton village.

By foot
The trail's start point lies on the waymarked Worsley Trail, and the route joins the 'Shepherd's Trail' for a short section at step 4.
By ferry

Fishbourne-Portsmouth (Wightlink 0871 3761000) 13 miles (21km); East Cowes-Southampton (Red Funnel, tel: 0844 8449988) 10 miles (16km).

By bus

Southern Vectis (tel: 01983 827000) No. 6 mostly two-hourly service from Newport to Ventnor: alight at Chillerton Farm.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 23 (Reading to Sandown) is 5 miles away at Blackwater. Take Sandy Lane to Whitecroft then follow the Newport to Chale road to the start point.

A Chillerton Down Circular walk

Facilities and access

  • No refreshments or toilets on or even close to the route
  • Off-road parking by start of bridleway leading from Berry Shute
  • Please keep dogs on a lead around wildlife