Start/finish: Freshwater Bay car park (SZ346857); alternatively, free car park on the north side of A3055 east of Freshwater Bay (SZ351856).
Map: OS Explorer OL29
Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km) or 7¼ miles (11.5km) including extension to Alum Bay beach
Terrain: Downland and cliff-top tracks and paths; short stretches along pavements
Time: 3 - 3½ hours (allow extra time for visiting the Needles Batteries)
Refreshments: Needles Old Battery tea room (01983 754772); refreshment kiosk at Needles New Battery. Other refreshments available at the Needles Park (amusement park) and Freshwater Bay, including Dimbola Tea Room (01983 756814)
Public transport: Wightlink car ferries between Lymington & Yarmouth (closest crossing for this walk) and Portsmouth & Fishbourne; passenger catamaran from Portsmouth to Ryde, 0333 999 7333, wightlink. co.uk. Bus services 7 and 12; Island Coaster and Needles Breezer – March to Oct, islandbuses.info.
More information: nationaltrust.org.uk/ the-needles-old-batteryand-new-battery; dimbola. co.uk.