Walk iw101 Tennyson's Monument and The Needles from Freshwater Bay

The iconic Needles


Route outline for walk iw101:

Freshwater Bay  -  Watcombe Bay  -  Tennyson Down  -  Tennyson's Monument  -  Highdown Cliffs  -  New Battery  -  Scratchell's Bay  -  Old Battery  -  The Needles  -  Coastguard Cottages  -  West High Down  -  Nodewell Farm  -  Freshwater Bay



Points of Interest/Notes on this walk:

The Needles is a row of three 30m high chalk stalks that rise out of the sea off the western end of the Isle of Wight. Originally, there were four stacks (you can clearly see the gap from the viewpoint). The name the Needles comes from this fourth stack, which was needle-shaped & named 'Lot's Wife'. It collapsed into the sea during a ferocious storm in 1764.

The Needles Lighthouse was built in 1859 & has walls 3ft thick. Its light can be seen 17 miles away. It has been fully automated since 1994.


Peaks, Summits and Tops reached on this walk:

hewitt
0
English
Mountains
Wainwright
0
Wainwrights
 English Nuttalls
0
English
Nuttalls
Dewey
0
English
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
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Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
0
Marilyns
Bridget
1
Bridget

Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

The highest point of this walk is Tennyson Down at 147m (482ft). Tennyson Down is known as an English Bridget. The summit of Tennyson Down is marked by an Ordnance Survey Trig Point.


You can find more walks near this one on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL29 Isle of Wight


1:50,000 scale OS Landranger Map (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

196 The Solent & The Isle of Wight, Southampton & Portsmouth


Some Photos and Pictures from Walk iw101 Tennyson's Monument and The Needles from Freshwater Bay

In no particular order . . .

Walk iw101 Tennyson's Monument and The Needles from Freshwater Bay - The beach at Freshwater Bay

The beach at Freshwater Bay

Photo: Barry Inkwell (2)

Walk iw101 Tennyson's Monument and The Needles from Freshwater Bay - Highdown Cliffs from Tennyson Down

Highdown Cliffs from Tennyson Down

Photo: Barry Inkwell (6)

Walk iw101 Tennyson's Monument and The Needles from Freshwater Bay - Freshwater Bay

Freshwater Bay

Photo: Barry Inkwell (16)

Walk iw101 Tennyson's Monument and The Needles from Freshwater Bay - On The Freshwater Way

On The Freshwater Way

Photo: Sal Hall (1)

Walk iw101 Tennyson's Monument and The Needles from Freshwater Bay - The Needles from the viewpoint at the Old Battery

The Needles from the viewpoint at the Old Battery

Photo: Barry Inkwell (10)

Walk iw101 Tennyson's Monument and The Needles from Freshwater Bay - Sun Corner from Tennyson Down

Sun Corner from Tennyson Down

Photo: Barry Inkwell (8)

Walk iw101 Tennyson's Monument and The Needles from Freshwater Bay - The beach at Freshwater Bay

The beach at Freshwater Bay

Photo: Barry Inkwell (1)

Walk iw101 Tennyson's Monument and The Needles from Freshwater Bay - Inside St. Agnes Church, Freshwater Bay

Inside St. Agnes Church, Freshwater Bay

Photo: Barry Inkwell (15)

Walk iw101 Tennyson's Monument and The Needles from Freshwater Bay - The multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay from West High Down

The multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay from West High Down

Photo: Barry Inkwell (13)

Walk iw101 Tennyson's Monument and The Needles from Freshwater Bay - Cannon at the Old Battery

Cannon at the Old Battery

Photo: Barry Inkwell (11)

Walk iw101 Tennyson's Monument and The Needles from Freshwater Bay - Tennyson's Monument on Tennyson Down

Tennyson's Monument on Tennyson Down

Photo: Barry Inkwell (5)

Walk iw101 Tennyson's Monument and The Needles from Freshwater Bay - The Needles from the viewpoint on Tennyson Down

The Needles from the viewpoint on Tennyson Down

Photo: Barry Inkwell (9)

Walk iw101 Tennyson's Monument and The Needles from Freshwater Bay - Alum Bay from the Old Battery

Alum Bay from the Old Battery

Photo: Barry Inkwell (12)

Walk iw101 Tennyson's Monument and The Needles from Freshwater Bay - Tennyson's Monument on Tennyson Down

Tennyson's Monument on Tennyson Down

Photo: Barry Inkwell (4)

Walk iw101 Tennyson's Monument and The Needles from Freshwater Bay - Radio Mast on Tennyson Down

Radio Mast on Tennyson Down

Photo: Barry Inkwell (7)

Walk iw101 Tennyson's Monument and The Needles from Freshwater Bay - St. Agnes Church, Freshwater Bay

St. Agnes Church, Freshwater Bay

Photo: Barry Inkwell (14)

Walk iw101 Tennyson's Monument and The Needles from Freshwater Bay - Looking towards Freshwater Bay from Tennyson Down

Looking towards Freshwater Bay from Tennyson Down

Photo: Barry Inkwell (3)


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