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The trees have been bent by the wind, but all is calm today on a hazy day looking down to Dunsbury Farm
The path down towards Dunsbury Farm and the village of Brook | © National Trust / Sue Oldham
Isle of Wight

Discover Dunsbury trail

Take a breezy and invigorating walk over the farmland and downs of the Dunsbury Estate on the Isle of Wight for magnificent coastal views and to learn a bit about the history of the island's coastguard too. We're working to improve the habitat here so that wildlife can flourish so, along the way, keep your eyes peeled for birds such as skylarks and butterflies such as the Glanville fritillary.

Total steps: 7

Total steps: 7

Start point

Brook Chine car park, PO30 4HA, grid ref: SZ385836

Step 1

From the car park, take the path into the field just to the left of the track which leads down to the beach. Take the left-hand fork, following the line of the hedge and the road. Leave the field by the cattle grid and carefully cross the busy Military Road. Go along Brook Village Road and after 220yd (200m) turn left into Coastguard Lane. Follow the track past some houses then the terrace of coastguard cottages.

Step 2

When the tarmac ends, continue straight ahead on the track signposted 'BS87 Shippards Chine'. Go through a field gate and past a pond on your left, then through another field gate. Turn right opposite the entrance to Compton Grange along the path signposted 'BS48 Dunsbury Farm and the Downs' and head up the field to a track about 110yd (100m) before the fence line.

An encroaching coastline on the Isle of Wight, an old stream could become a chine if not controlled
The pond near Compton Grange marks the course of an old stream valley | © National Trust / Sue Oldham

Step 3

Turn left along the track. When you reach Dunsbury Grange on your left, turn right through a gate and head steeply up a field, keeping the fence close to your right.

A female Glanville Fritillary in June at Compton Bay, Isle of Wight
A female Glanville Fritillary in June at Compton Bay | © National Trust Images / Matthew Oates

Step 4

Cross a stile on the ridge and turn right. Go onwards through a field gate and keep just to the left of the ridge top. Pass through another field gate and follow the grassy path through the next gate. Turn right immediately after the gate on 'BS86 Dunsbury'. Keep to the right of the track and take the higher grassy path when the main track bears left and descends. Head downhill to Dunsbury Farm, with hedges on both sides.

Step 5

Go through two field gates and turn right onto the tarmac farm track, then quickly left after just 40yd (40m) between the buildings, signposted 'BS102 Hamstead Trail'. The tarmac track bends left then right, heading gently downhill with buildings on both sides. Take the next left and go between hedges to a T-junction with a seat.

Step 6

Turn right here along BS107 to follow the bridleway down a sunken lane, eventually reaching Badger Lane. Bear right and follow the lane into Brook village. Turn left to visit the village, or continue with the trail by turning right along the road and go past Coastguard Lane back to the Military Road.

Step 7

Take care crossing this fast and busy main road to the track opposite. Unlike the outward path, head straight ahead along the track which services the houses on Brookgreen. From here you can see the old lifeboat station near the cliff edge at Brook Chine. Just before a little bridge, follow a coast path marker post on the right through a field and head back to the car park.

The squat remains of the lifeboat station at Brookgreen
The old lifeboat station at Brook | © National Trust / Sue Oldham

End point

Brook Chine car park, PO30 4HA, grid ref: SZ385836

Trail map

Discover Dunsbury walking trail map
Discover Dunsbury walking trail map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2015 Ordnance Survey

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