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Tennyson Trail

23 km / 14 miles

Isle of Wight
A challenging route across the Island from Newport to Alum Bay on the west coast over Bowcombe Down, Brighstone Down, Mottistone Down, Compton Down, Tennyson Down and West High Down. The Tennyson Monument and the Needles are passed. From the downland ridge there are extensive views across the island and the sea.

The Bembridge and Tennyson Trails are part of the E9 Isle of Wight variant: see E-Routes (E9).

See E-Routes (E9)


Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Challenging; Downland/Wolds; Heritage
SZ481881 - Carisbrook, Newport, Isle of Wight
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SZ305856 - Alum Bay, Isle of Wight
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Tennyson Trail (Visit Isle of Wight)
Walking on the Isle of Wight (Cicerone Press - 2017)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
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Other Paper Maps:
Map (Other)
Isle of Wight Walker's Map (Heritage House - 2016)
A-Z Adventure Atlas
Isle of Wight Adventure Atlas (Geographers' A-Z Map Company - 2015)

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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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Along Path
Glamping The Wight Way  (bookable online)
2 Km
17 Km

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Paths Marked on OS mapping
Other Paths
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Route Profile:

22.3 Km (13.9 miles)
583 m (1,913 ft) ascent
210 m (689 ft)  maximum height