Coastal walks in the South East

Enjoy beach side rambles and cliff top strolls; fill your lungs with fresh seaside air on a wander through and above some of our most astonishing scenery. Discover a few of our finest sections of coastline from the iconic British views available at the White Cliffs of Dover or the white sandy beaches along the shore at East Head, all the way down to the most southerly point on the Isle of Wight at St Catherine’s Down.

Two walkers stride out along the harbour wall at Newtown with water on both sides
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Newtown National Nature Reserve 

Take a gentle stroll following harbour walls and coastal paths through the varied habitats of the Island’s only National Nature Reserve. Visit a Town Hall with a colourful past as sail boats bob in the distance.

The footpath sign ahead beckons to the chalk cliffs of Freshwater Bay
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Compton Bay and Downs 

Have a go at our walk taking in Afton, Brook and Compton Downs. It could take you right back to the Ice Age, and you might even be lucky enough to spot a dinosaur footcast near Hanover Point.

A common blue butterfly rests on top of a yellow bird's foot trefoil wildflower.
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Compton Bay and Downs 

Walk the chalk ridge running through the middle of the Isle of Wight and spot wonderful butterflies on one of our best bits of chalk downland, including Adonis blue, small blue, dark-green fritillary and Glanville fritillary.

A view of the cliffs looking towards the Port of Dover

The White Cliffs of Dover 

The White Cliffs of Dover are perhaps most famous as an iconic landmark. The white chalk face is a symbol of home and war time defence, but they have so much more to offer; stunning views, a serene walk and a wealth of wildlife.

Always an exciting moment when the Needles come into view
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The Needles Headland and Tennyson Down 

Head on up Headon Warren for a breathtaking walk with splendid views of the mainland and a Bronze Age burial mound.

The beautiful white sands of East Head offer a perfect place to relax
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East Head 

Take a circular walk taking in East Head, Chichester harbour and West Wittering Village, with pretty coastal paths, leafy lanes and coffee shops or pubs along the way.

Sandy cliffs are crumble towards the sea shore on the south of the Isle of Wight
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Mottistone Estate 

Enjoy an easy walk through delightfully farmed countryside on your way to the coastal cliffs of Sudmoor Point. Discover crumbling cliffs and encounter rare wildlife.

Three people walk along the top of the magnificent Seven Sisters cliffs with distant views behind of sea , horizon, Birling Gap coastguard cottages and Belle tout lighthouse
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Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters 

Stride out across an iconic landscape. Walking in the steps of our ancestors you’ll discover fascinating history, a wonderful array of wildlife and the unusual archaeology of this coastal site.

Lots of walkers and lots of yachts passing the southern tip of the Isle of Wight
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St Catherine's Down and Knowles Farm 

Walk our moderately challenging route to the most southerly point of the Isle of Wight. Boasting panoramic views and a wealth of wildlife, take in the Island's only surviving onshore lighthouse as you go.

A grassy path entices the walker onto St Helens Duver
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St Helens Duver 

Explore the sandy spit of St Helens Duver on this moderately challenging coastal walk. Take in busy Bembridge harbour, pass along the rocky seashore then climb up inland via picturesque St Helens village.

Blue sea and a ribbon of sand around Sandown Bay as seen from the cliffs of Culver
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Bembridge and Culver Downs 

This short but energetic coastal walk, with spectacular views and interesting wildlife, will give you a fascinating insight into the Isle of Wight’s role in wartime defence and intelligence.

Two walkers setting out along the Needles headland
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The Needles Headland and Tennyson Down 

An invigorating downland walk with a splendid view of the iconic Needles plus a 19th-century fort, Cold War rocket test site and a monument to a Victorian poet laureate.

The historic Tiger Inn, East Sussex
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Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters 

This circular walk allows you to enjoy great views over the downs and Easy Sussex coast and feel a sense of the landscape's long history.

Lots of people enjoying the sunshine on St Helens Duver
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St Helens Duver 

Enjoy a short but varied coastal walk exploring St Helens Duver, a sandy spit of land on the eastern tip of the Island, rich in wildlife and history.