Things to see and do at Mottistone Estate

The view from Mottistone Down

A trip to Mottistone Estate is a great way to while away the day, whether you love walking long trails, orienteering, exploring the countryside on horseback or whether you'd like to discover and learn about our ancient history. There should be something for you in our little idyll on the Isle of Wight.

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. We've created two free self-guided walking trails for you to download:
Walk 1: A Mottistone meander - climb to the common (4¼ miles, 7km)
Walk 2: A Mottistone meander - south to the sea (2¾ miles, 4.6km)
Why not take a walk at one of our other nine places? We've so much to offer.

From Down to sea

There's plenty to explore on the Mottistone Estate which stretches from the chalk downs through heathland and rolling hedge-lined farmland to the sea.

Glanville fritillary

The Isle of Wight is the stronghold in the UK for the rare Glanville fritillary butterfly. In spring you may see them darting about on the top of the cliffs at Sudmoor or on Mottistone Down.

Mottistone Down

Explore the network of paths on the Mottistone Estate from the sea up to the top of the downs.

Mottistone Gardens

Wander around the delightful Mottistone Gardens.

The Long Stone

The Long Stone, the remains of a Neolithic long barrow, is one of many ancient features to look out for in the landscape.

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

Follow the bridle paths around the Mottistone Estate on your bike and have a terrific time. 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.

Find out about Mottistone's rich history

The Neolithic Long Stone is Mottistone's most famous ancient monument, but there is much more archaeology and history to be found here. You can find evidence from the Bronze age, the Iron age, the Romans, the Middle Ages and more modern times.


Nightjars live around Mottistone Common, and we lead dusk-time guided walks to hear their mysterious calls and glimpse them flying to catch insects. The estate has many downland and farmland birds, so bring binoculars.

Discover wildflowers

Mottistone is renowned for its bluebells in May time, but you will find many other wildflowers, especially on the downs and by the coast at Sudmoor.

Bug hunting

Join one of our organised bug hunts at Mottistone. We provide sweep nets and bug pots, and experts to identify things you find. We also run occasional moth-trapping evenings.

Spot butterflies

The crumbling cliffs at Sudmoor are one of the few strongholds of the Glanville fritillary in the UK. Elsewhere on the estate expect to see clouds of butterflies typical of chalk downland and farming areas.