Opening times for 9 December 2023
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Off-road parking by start of bridleway leading from Berry Shute.
Dogs are welcome across the downs. Please keep your dog on a short lead around livestock and under close control at all other times.
Steep downland with some stiles, gates and steps which can be slippery and muddy when wet. Off-road parking by start of bridleway. Dogs welcome but should be on a short lead around livestock and under close control at all other times.
Steep downland. Some stiles, gates and steps. Can be slippery and muddy when wet.
Chillerton lies on a fairly quiet road between Chale and Carisbrooke. The Downs are to the south west of the village.
There are many footpaths on the Isle of Wight: consult Ordnance Survey Landranger Map 196 or OS Explorer OL29. The Worsley Trail crosses Chillerton Down and the Shepherd's Trail passes within half a mile (1km).
Southern Vectis bus service between Newport and Ventnor runs every 2-3 hours during the daytime and passes through Chillerton village. The closest bus stop to the Downs is just after leaving the southern edge of the village. For details of bus timetables see www.islandbuses.info.
Chillerton lies on a fairly quiet road between Chale and Carisbrooke.
Chillerton Down and Gatcombe village
Downland, wooded valleys and farmland, hidden away in the heart of the Island. Panoramic views and landmark communications mast.
From picnicking to paragliding there's so much to see and do at Chillerton Down, in the rural heart of the Isle of Wight. Explore some of the highlights here.
Investigate Chillerton Down, a beauty spot with great views in the middle of the Isle of Wight.
One half of a pair of farm workers’ cottages close to Compton Bay close to the best surfing spots.
Set in a quiet backwater on the Newtown National Nature Reserve, this rustic, cosy cabin is surrounded by coastal paths and meadows, so it’s the perfect spot for a nature-filled break.
A farm worker’s cottage a short walk from Compton Bay and with views of chalky cliffs and grazing cows.
This rural escape has an open fire, exposed beams and views of a Victorian lighthouse to love.
A large private garden and roses tumbling across its stone front make this cottage a stunning place to stay.
Chillerton Down and the land around Gatcombe village is a beautiful area of downland, farmed and wooded valleys hidden away in the middle of the Isle of Wight.
It is partly owned by the National Trust and partly protected by National Trust covenants to preserve the beauty of the landscape.
While many people head for the beautiful and dramatic coast you can include this area in some lovely walks particularly between Newport and Shorwell.