The Needles and Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight

The iconic Isle of Wight view: Alum Bay and the Needles

After exploring Tennyson Down reward yourself with a cream tea at the Needles Old Battery tea-room (as featured in the BBC Good Food Magazine). The view from the tea-rooms is hard to beat and you can even borrow some binoculars while you're there.

'The light around this area is really something special. It reflects off the chalk cliffs creating a very unusual brightness and the chalk underneath the water means that we get lovely light, transparent turquoise waters,' says Robin Lang, head ranger.
'Tennyson Down is a wonderful place for cliff-top walks. There is a great view of the Needles from the west end of the ridge. Here, in spring and early summer there are beautiful displays of flowers such as primroses, cowslips and sheets of scented yellow vetches. You can also see peregrine, raven, cormorants and gulls gliding on the updraft.’