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Walking trail

Take a breezy and invigorating farmland and downs walk with us over the Dunsbury Estate on the Isle of Wight, purchased through the National Trust’s Neptune Coastline Campaign. Admire the magnificent views, and appreciate why we bought this land in response to increasing coastal erosion on this island coast.

The trees have been bent by the wind, but all is calm today looking down to Dunsbury Farm


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Brook Chine car park, grid ref: SZ385836, what3words: ///refuse.spoons.slopes.


From the car park, take the path into the field just to the left of the track which leads down to the beach. Take the left-hand fork, following the line of the hedge and the road. Leave the field by the cattle grid and carefully cross the busy Military Road. Go along Brook Village Road and after 220yds (200m) turn left into Coastguard Lane. Follow the track past some houses then the terrace of coastguard cottages.

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A row of coastguard cottages overlook the coast at Brook


When the tarmac ends, continue straight ahead on the track signposted 'BS87 Shippards Chine’. Go through a field gate and past a pond on your left, then through another field gate. Turn right opposite the entrance to Compton Grange along the path signposted ‘BS48 Dunsbury Farm and the Downs' and head up the field to a crossing track about 110yds (100m) before the fence line.

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An encroaching coastline on the Isle of Wight, an old stream could become a chine if not controlled


Turn left along the track. When you reach Dunsbury Grange on your left, turn right through a gate and head steeply up a field keeping the fence close to your right.

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A pair of Glanville fritillary butterflies share a meal


Cross a stile on the ridge and turn right. Go onwards through a field gate and keep just to the left of the ridge top. Pass through another field gate and follow the grassy path through the next gate. Turn right immediately after the gate on 'BS86 Dunsbury’. Keep to the right of the track and take the higher level grassy path when the main track bears left and descends. Head downhill to Dunsbury Farm, with hedges on both sides.

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Sheep graze at Dunsbury on a sunny winter afternoon


Go through two field gates and turn right onto the tarmac farm track, then quickly left after just 40yds (40m) between the buildings, signposted ‘BS102 Hamstead Trail’. The tarmac track bends left then right, heading gently downhill with buildings on both sides. Take the next left and go between hedges to a T-junction with a seat.

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An inquisitive Galloway cow rests from eating the grass at Compton


Turn right here along BS107 to follow the bridleway down a sunken lane, eventually reaching Badger Lane. Bear right and follow the lane into Brook Village. Turn left to visit the village, or continue with the trail by turning right along the road and go past Coastguard Lane back to the Military Road.

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Daffodils line the stream in Brook, Isle of Wight


Take care crossing this fast and busy main road to the track opposite, but unlike our outward path, head straight ahead along the track which services the houses on Brookgreen. From here you can see the old lifeboat station near the cliff edge at Brook Chine. Just before a little bridge, follow a coast path marker post on the right through a field and head back to the car park.

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The squat remains of the lifeboat station at Brookgreen


Brook Chine car park, grid ref: SZ385836, what3words: ///refuse.spoons.slopes.

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This is a:

  • Circular walk
  • Gates=8
  • Kissing gates=0
  • Stiles=1
  • Steps=0
  • Bridges=0
The total ascent is 380ft (115m). The exposed down can be windy, and some of the tracks and bridleways can be muddy and slippy.
Dogs are always welcome, but please keep them on a lead around wildlife and livestock, and take any dog waste home with you. There is a dog bin in the car park.


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How to get here

National Trust car park, Compton Bay, Brook Chine, Military Road, Brook, Isle of Wight. Nearest postcode PO30 4EX, what3words: ///refuse.spoons.slopes.
By road

Brook Chine car park is a National Trust pay and display car park (free to members) on the A3055 military road at Brookgreen.

By foot
The Isle of Wight coastal path passes through Brook Chine car park.
By ferry

Lymington-Yarmouth (Wightlink, tel: 0871 376 1000) 6 miles (10km); Fishbourne-Portsmouth (also Wightlink) 16 miles (26km); Southampton-East Cowes (Red Funnel, tel: 0844 844 9988) 17 miles (27km). 

By bus

The Southern Vectis (01983 827000) mainly two-hourly No. 12 service from Newport to Totland passes Brook Chine car park. Alight at Brook Chine.

By bicycle

'Round the Island' Sustrans Regional Route 67 follows the A3055 Military Road past Brook Chine car park.

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Facilities and access

  • Pay and display car park (free to National Trust members)
  • Dogs on leads are welcome, and dog bin provided at the car park
  • Toilets at Hanover Point car park and in Freshwater Bay
  • Nearest refreshments are in Freshwater Bay or Hulverstone