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Walking trail

This walk takes you off the beaten track in the middle of the Island – through woods and valleys, and across the downs with distant sea glimpses to enjoy. It's quite a long walk, so be prepared.

Choose the length of walk to suit you

For a shorter walk of just 4 miles (7km), after Step 2 turn right along the track for 65yds (60m) then continue from Step 6.

Sheep enjoy the pasture high up on Chillerton Down on the Isle of Wight


Map route for Chillerton Down walk


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Lay-by on side road off Berry Shute, Chillerton, grid ref: SZ481829, what3words: ///archive.ranking.washable.


Take the 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 grass-covered chalk mass of Chillerton Down looms ahead


Turn right and follow the fence line. Go through a kissing gate 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. Follow the top of the ridge to another kissing gate 65yds (60m) down from the top field corner. Pass through 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. Go through the kissing gate and turn immediately left for 25yds (25m) then through another gate and follow the path through a copse. Go straight along the public footpath and around a field gate to reach a crossing track.

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A fine vantage point overlooking Chillerton Down from the east


Turn left and follow the track as far as a minor road, then turn right. At the next road junction turn right for 30yds (30m) then turn left up bridleway G6. At a path junction at the top of the hill, turn right along bridleway G10. Carry on at a road in the same direction to meet a main road. Turn right for 100yds (100m) then go around a gate and left along footpath G5 as far as a minor road. Turn right and head downhill as far as a major road. Turn right for 240yds (220m) using the pavement then take footpath A42 on the right, behind the bus stop in front of Blackwater Mill.

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A view along Chillerton Down with the Chillerton valley below


Keep to the field edge with Gatcombe Withy Bed on the right. Turn right through a metal stock gate just before farm buildings and shortly a second gate. Continue through the wood, go over a bridge and then another bridge to reach a wooden gate in a gap in the hedge on the right. Go through and proceed along the grassy track, the path bending left around private buildings. Turn left at a track then right at the main road. Take the first road on the left after 150yds (140m).

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The tower at Whitecroft glimpsed through the willows of an old withy bed


When the road bends right by St Olave’s church, carry straight ahead on footpath G11. Bear right after two houses and right again to follow a gently rising bridleway.

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The path leading up to the picturesque St Olave's church at Gatcombe


Turn left on reaching the last field 90yds (80m) before a wood, and follow its left edge along bridleway G6. Turn left at the road for 190yds (175m). Turn right by Chillerton village hall and go up Hollow Lane, bridleway G15a. Bear left then right when it emerges into the open, still rising.

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Redundant chalk quarries pock-mark the south side of Chillerton Down


At the path junction at the crest of the hill, take the gently rising footpath G15 just to the right of the hedge on the right (The signpost may have slipped - G15a goes to the left of the hedge and G15 to the right. Take G15). Continue along the ridge top almost to the summit of Berry Hill, then descend diagonally left just below a line of scrub. At a tarmac road turn right as far as the main road. Turn right for 220yds (200m) back to the start.

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An evening pink lights up the sky over Chillerton Down


Lay-by on side road off Berry Shute, Chillerton, grid ref: SZ481829, what3words: ///archive.ranking.washable.

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This walk:
  • Circular walk
  • Gates=4
  • Kissing gates=4
  • Stiles=1
  • 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.
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How to get here

Chillerton Down, Berry Shute, Chillerton, Isle of Wight. Nearest postcode is PO30 3HA, what3words: ///archive.ranking.washable.
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

Part of this route follows the waymarked 'Shepherd's Trail' between route steps 7 and 2, and it crosses the Stenbury Trail at step 4 and the Worsley Trail at step 7.

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) meets this trail at step 4 (Blackwater).

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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