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Isle of Wight high point

St Boniface Down is the highest point on the Isle of Wight with great views over the coastline at Ventnor. It is also home to the 7 centimetre-long great green bush-cricket which, from May to October, can be seen in the trees and grassland or their very loud sewing machine-like ‘song’ may be heard. Cricket-spotting may be combined with a fabulous circular walk from Ventnor Down National Trust car park, across Luccombe Down, Bonchurch Down and St Boniface Down. Some sections are steep but worth it for the views to Sandown Bay, Culver Cliffs, and across the island to Portsmouth. There is also the chance of bumping into the island’s feral herd of Old English goats on Bonchurch Down and Coombe Bottom. The walk passes various World War II buildings and the RAF Ventnor Radar Station, which played an important role in the Battle of Britain.

Whilst you are on the Isle of Wight why not try:

Walk to the Isle of Wight’s highpoint on St Boniface Down

Enjoy a swim and crab pasty at Steephill Cove

The Needles and Tennyson Down circular walk

Watch an Isle of Wight sunset

Circular walk St Catherine’s Oratory

Look for the Milky Way

Spot a sea eagle

Go fossil hunting

Go rock pooling at Bembridge

Go star gazing

Ride The Needles chairlift

Other islands nearby:

Brownsea Island

Hayling Island

Portsea Island

Thorney Island

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