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Tennyson Down, Freshwater

Must see · Outdoor Activity · Hidden Gem
Tennyson Down is a hill at the west end of the Isle of Wight just south of Totland. Tennyson Down is a grassy, whale-backed ridge of chalk which rises to 482 ft/147m above sea level. Tennyson Down is named after the poet Lord Tennyson who lived at nearby Farringford House for nearly 40 years. The poet used to walk on the down almost every day, saying that the air was worth 'sixpence a pint'.
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  • The walk between Freshwater and the Needles battery is fabulous on a bright day. It’s easy to make a detour to Alum Bay half way round. Great 360 degree views from Tennyson Monument. It’s not long...  more »
  • This is a fantastic walk across the downs with great views across the Solent. You can join it at various places but the easiest is via the Alum Bay/Needles car park which will cost you £6 (Sept...  more »

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