Things to see and do on Mottistone Estate

The view from Mottistone Down

A trip to Mottistone Estate is a great way to get outdoors and be active. There are long trails to walk that will take you from cliffs by the sea to high on the downs, countryside to explore on horseback and even orienteering.

Walk all over the estate

Mottistone Estate covers cliffs, common and down - as well as the village and farmland. It's an ideal place to go for a walk, from chalk downs through heathland and rolling hedge-lined farmland to the sea. We've created two free self-guided walking trails for you to download and try:

An inviting track leads from the lane towards the Long Stone at Mottistone

Mottistone meander: climb to the common

A meandering walk up to the Common with excellent views over the sea and a visit to a mysterious ancient monument.

A wheat field with Compton Bay and the white cliffs of Tennyson Down behind

Mottistone meander: south to the sea

Enjoy an easy walk through delightfully farmed countryside on your way to the coastal cliffs of Sudmoor Point.

Summer adventures

In summer the views from the top of the downs are an overload for the senses. There’s beauty everywhere and hidden in the grass are exotic bee orchids. There are several sun-warmed benches to relax on and watch Adonis blue butterflies darting across the carpet of wildflowers. Or listen out for the  yellowhammer calling “A little bit of bread and no cheese!”.

" If you sit for a while, the wildlife and the light changes around you. It’s natural therapy; soothing away the stresses of life. "
- Robin

Dog walking

The wide open spaces of Mottistone Down are ideal for active dogs. There are shorter routes available from Mottistone Gardens car park, and also a dog litter bin.

Go for a bike ride

There are many bridle paths around the Mottistone Estate for you to try cycling along. The chalk ridge over the down has glorious views, and if you have the energy, extend your ride to our neighbouring places. 

Saddle up the horse

There is plenty of parking for horse boxes at the Jubilee car park, from where the track leads straight up onto the chalk ridge of Mottistone Down and from there onto the Tennyson Trail.

Try orienteering

Orienteering is a great way to explore the countryside, with a purpose. The Wight Orienteers have set up some permanent marker posts on Mottistone Down and hold occasional events here.