Mottistone meander: climb to the common

Walking trail

Visit a mysterious ancient monument and enjoy fine views over the Mottistone estate to the sea.

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


Map route for a Mottistone meander climb to the common walk


Climb To The Common Elevation Profile


Mottistone Gardens National Trust car park, grid ref: SZ405838


Take the path down from the car park towards the entrance to Mottistone Gardens. Turn left and go up the sunken path (BS43), then take the right fork signposted "Footpath to the Long Stone and the Downs". Follow the path upwards, skirting Mottistone Gardens on the right. Cross the track at the top of the stone steps through a kissing gate, and continue uphill to the Long Stone.

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The oldest monument on the Isle of Wight, the Long Stone at Mottistone


Follow the track round to the right then after 30yds (25m) take the path on the left by a wooden bench and interpretation panel, which has more information about the history of the Long Stone. Follow the grassy path gently uphill, with the mounds of Castle Hill on the left near the top of the rise.

The Long Stone at Mottistone with Mottistone Down behind


Where the path opens out by a fenced tank and wooden bench, turn left towards a line of trees, then diagonally right down the field to a five-bar gate near the right-edge of a copse. Turn right through the side gate and follow the path as far as the tarmac road (Strawberry Lane).

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


Turn left and follow the road for 750yds (675m) to a lime kiln on the left which is worth inspecting, just after the road begins to climb. Continue up the road to the T-junction. Turn left along the roadside for 30yds (25m) then turn left again.

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The lime kiln at Mottistone is one of three on the Isle of Wight


Go through the gate and follow the track upwards onto Mottistone Down, noticing a number of Bronze Age barrows on the right. Cross over the summit by the prominent Harborough barrow and descend again.

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One of a number of Bronze Age barrows on Mottistone Down


Turn left by a Tennyson Trail wooden finger post, shortly before two metal gates. Almost immediately, turn left again and follow the Public Bridleway. This grassy path gently rises and then descends. Enter a wood through a metal gate and follow the bridleway downwards, keeping to the left edge of the wood.

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On our downland you can expect to see th marbled white butterfly and a kestrel hovering overhead


Turn right onto a track at the next gate. There are fine views across the Mottistone estate down to the sea, and another Bronze Age barrow can be seen on the right. 130yds (120m) after a memorial bench, and shortly before a sharp right bend, turn diagonally left down a path.

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Mottistone Common's bronze age barrow sits in glorious isolation, and a resting nightjar


Head downwards to a wider crossing path. Ignoring the gate on the right, turn left for 15yds (15m) then right through a kissing gate and continue downhill and back to the car park.

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A view of teh extensive Mottistone estate from the vantage point of Mottistone Common


Mottistone Gardens National Trust car park, grid ref: SZ405838

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Mottistone meander: climb to the common


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This is a:
  • Circular walk
  • Gates=4
  • Kissing gates=2
  • Stiles=0
  • Steps=12
  • Bridges=0
It has some steep paths. Be careful of tree roots and overhanging branches, and the chalk tracks can be slippery in wet seasons. Watch out for traffic on the tarmac lanes.
Dogs are always welcome, but please keep them on a lead around wildlife and livestock, and take any dog waste home with you. There is a dog bin in the car park.
For those wanting a longer walk, this route can be combined with the other downloadable Mottistone trail ('A Mottistone Meander - South to the sea') to make a 6.3 mile (10km) figure-of-eight walk, starting from Mottistone Gardens car park. 
Mottistone meander: climb to the common

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Mottistone meander: climb to the common

How to get here

Mottistone Estate, Longstone Farmhouse, Strawberry Lane, Mottistone, Isle of Wight. Nearest postcode PO30 4EA
By road

Mottistone lies on the B3399, between Brighstone and Brook. Mottistone Gardens car park is to the west of the property. Nearest post code is PO30 4ED.

By foot

Mottistone lies approximately 1 mile (1.6km) north of the Isle of Wight Coast Path. The waymarked Tennyson Trail from Carisbrooke Castle to The Needles is followed between points 5 and 6 on the map.

By ferry

Yarmouth-Lymington 7 miles (11km), Fishbourne-Portsmouth 14 miles (Wightlink, tel: 0871 376 1000); East Cowes-Southampton 15 miles (24km) (Red Funnel tel: 0844 8449988).

By bus

Southern Vectis (tel: 01983 827000) No. 12 service from Newport to Totland passes by Mottistone Gardens, mainly two-hourly. Alight at the green.

By bicycle

'Round the Island' Sustrans regional route 67 passes along the B3399 through Mottistone.

Mottistone meander: climb to the common

Facilities and access

  • Toilets and refreshments in Mottistone Gardens when open (free entry to National Trust members)