St Boniface Down

St Boniface Down

Location: Ventnor Downs lie to the north of Ventnor and are reached from the Wroxall to Ventnor Road. By car, use the steep and single-track Down Lane, which leads up to the old radar station.

St Boniface Down is locally known as the Ventnor Mountain. This National Trust land is a lovely place for walking with spectacular views – you can see right over to the mainland. It’s the highest point in the Island and a fascinating place to view wildlife including the circling birds of prey and the great green bush cricket, the largest cricket in the British Isles. Oh, and watch out for the wild cattle that are free to roam and graze throughout the summer!

If you really want a challenge then try accessing the top of the down by walking up any of the public footpaths around Ventnor. For those who prefer a gentler stroll there are various car parks located along the top of the down making it easier to begin your walk on the summit rather than hiking up the steep slopes!

Look out for the Radar Station – it was bombed in 1940 and the story was told in the film The Battle of Britain.
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