COM­PASS POINTS

Hampshire Life - - Walk -

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.

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