St Catherine's Lighthouse, Niton

Submitted by Pudsk on 21 January 2010
OS Explorer Map: OL29 - Isle of Wight
(8 votes)
A circular, stroll-(1-2-hours) coast walk in England starting at Niton High Street, Isle of Wight, about 4.4km (roughly 2.7 miles) long and suitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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A gentle walk, with a climb up a road on the way back, to the Isle of Wight's most southerly point. The lighthouse was built in 1838 and can be toured if you contact the lighthousekeeper in advance. There are plenty of opportunities for birdwatching on the undercliff. The terrain is mainly track and fields, and the coastal views are impressive. The No6 bus only runs in the daytime so start early and leave yourself time for a pint in the Buddle Inn.

Start: Niton High Street, OS Grid: SZ506764
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 97m (321ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 170m (558ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 72m (237ft)
Max. Elevation: 140m (459ft)

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OS Grid: SZ506764
From Niton High Street, follow the road south towards the coast.
About 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SZ505760
Walk S through town then bear W down a B road. After 300m turn S down a marked footpath arriving at the Buddle Inn. Turn R out of the footpath then immediately L down a steep tarmacked footpath.
About 1.1 km (roughly 0.7 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SZ496753
With the lighthouse visible, head W across the field then S towards the lighthouse going down a private road. Go through the gate into National Trust land and follow the coastal path to the trig point. At trig point turn E to Knowles Farm. Walk through the farmyard.
About 1.8 km (roughly 1.1 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SZ506767
Follow the steep road back into Niton. At the junction, bear right and the road leads you back into the village, where you can catch the No6 bus to Ventnor or Newport.
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