Things to see and do on Mottistone Estate
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:
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. "
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.
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.