The Tennyson Trail from the Needles to Freshwater Bay
  Length 3 miles
Duration 1 hour 20 minutes
Overview Tennyson lived just below the down at Farringford House, his home for 40 years. He was a compulsive walker and would walk along the down almost every day, often with one of the many celebrities that visited him at his home on the Isle of Wight. Celebrities included; Prince Albert, Disraeli, Darwin, Lewis Carroll, Longfellow, Thackeray, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Queen Emma of Hawaii and artists GF Watts, and Henry Thoby Prinsep. Midway along the walk is a granite monument, erected in 1897 to memory of Tennyson.
  The top of the Down is fairly flat and is predominately grass downland which provides a wide area for walking. There is some scrubland and small trees on the northern side. You can of course do the walk in either direction, but by catching the bus to the Needles the walk towards Freshwater is downhill. Two places worth a visit at the end of the walk are, Dimbola Lodge Museum, former home of Julia Cameron, the famous Victorian portrait photographer and the thatched church of St. Agnes, built in 1908, on land donated by Tennyson's son, Hallam. Excellent teas and lunches can be had at the museum.   Traveling to the Needles From Brockenhurst (on the main London Waterloo to Weymouth line) take the branch line to Lymington Pier (2 stops). The Wightlink ferry takes about 30 minutes to Yarmouth. You can purchase a rail ticket that includes the ferry travel to Yarmouth. There is a large car park at the Lymington ferry terminal for car users. Buses run every half hour - Only the Needles tour bus (March 16th 2013 to end of October) goes from Yarmouth to Freshwater Bay and the Needles (fare £10, all day travel, half-fare age 5-18 yrs, £20 group up to 5).  
Map for walking along the Tennyson Trail, Isle of Wight



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