Wight Conservation - Summer walks programme
We have put together a programme of four walks for this Spring and Summer
which aim to show the diversity of Wight Conservationís landscapes and
illustrate how the various conservation projects actually work on the ground.
The walks are all led by one of Wight Conservationís staff who will talk about
the history and archaeology of the area as well as landscape restoration and,
most important, explain how farming for wildlife can be successful. As always on
these walks there is plenty of opportunity for informal discussion on a wide
range of conservation issues.
On two of our walks this year we are linking up with our neighbours, The
National Trust. The walks will be jointly led by ourselves and a National Trust
Warden. We will aim to show how our individual projects complement each other as
well as demonstrating how a privately funded conservation organisation can work
closely with a national public body.
As well as these guided walks we suggest two walks, one at Wroxall and one at
Mottistone, for those who would like to go on their own. They are all on public
rights of way and cross both Wight Conservation and National Trust landscapes.
Sunday 8th May at 10.30 a.m.:
WROXALL WILDFLOWER WALK
This walk takes in the bluebells and cowslips as well as the history and
archaeology of the area. A relaxing stroll of about 2.5 hours duration. Meet at
Wroxall Cross Farm, Manor Road, Wroxall (GR 557793). This walk is also part of
the Isle of Wight Walking Festival.
Saturday 2nd July at 10.30 a.m.:
THE STORY OF MOTTISTONE DOWN
Dramatic landscape views over the Solent and the Channel as we look at the
landscape restoration, wildlife, history and archaeology of Mottistone Down and
Common. Led jointly with the National Trust. Duration: 2 hours (approx).
Moderate climb to the top of the down. Meet at the Jubilee car park off Lynch
Lane, Calbourne to Brighstone road (GR 420846).
Thursday 7th July at 6.00 p.m.:
TWILIGHT IN THE WOODS
An atmospheric walk in ancient semi natural woodland to look at restoration
in Rowlands Wood and Chillingwood, parts of the Island not normally open to the
public. Places limited. Please ring 01983 760773 to book and for the location of
the meeting point.
Saturday 3rd September at 10.30 a.m.:
THE WROXALL HORSESHOE
This walk examines the wildlife, conservation and history of this stunning
landscape and illustrates how farming for wildlife, biodiversity and habitat
conservation can be successfully achieved in the same area. Led jointly by The
National Trust and Wight Conservation. Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours. Moderate steep
climb involved. Meet at Wroxall Cross Farm, Manor Road, Wroxall (GR 557793).
Self Help Walks
Please see the maps. All these walks are on public rights of way and are
clearly way marked on the ground. It is a good idea to take your own map and we
recommend the OS Explorer OL29 map (2.5 inches to 1 mile scale).
Start at the Jubilee car park. The orange line
indicates the short walk (about 2 hours). The dotted orange line across
Mottistone Down indicates that you are free to choose your route as this is
National Trust land. We would ask that you keep to the designated footpaths once
on Wight Conservationís land. At the site of the barrows on the top of the down
you will see an interpretation panel which we hope you will find useful. The
blue route is an extended walk (about 1 hour extra) and goes down to Brook Shute
where a small distance of road work is required.
Start and finish at the Four Seasons public house, on the
junction of Manor Road and the B3327. A short distance of roadwork is required
before you join the rights of way system. The orange route will take you about
2.5 hours and the extended blue route about another hour.
Both walks also take in National Trust landscapes and the areas in yellow
indicate land now subject to CRoW access.
On all our walks we strongly recommend suitable footwear and wet weather gear.
Even in summer there can be muddy patches and the weather can change very
quickly up on the downs.