Brighstone Forest - Winkle Street - Tennyson Trail

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Named after Alfred Lord Tennyson, former Poet Laureate and resident of the Isle of Wight, rhe whole Tennyson Trail is 15 miles long, from Carisbrooke Castle to The Needles, passing the monument to the poet up on the magnificent cliffs. The trail ascends Bowcombe Down and sets out along the ridge line to Newbarn Down where it enters Brighstone Forest, then turns westwards and follows the side of Brighstone Down before crossing Lynch Lane and climbing Westover Down.

Calbourne is a small village on the road between Freshwater and Shalfleet. It is mainly known for Winkle Street, a picturesque lane with a stream running alongside. There is a church of which the origin is not entirely clear, but it is known that the land was granted by King Egbert in AD 826 and it is thought that a church was built soon after. The current church was built in the 13th Century.

The name Calbourne is derived from the stream rising on the downs above the village and running through Newbridge and Shalfleet into the Solent at Newtown. The village was originally known as Cawelburn. The name is said to arise from cawel being the old name for kale and burn meaning stream.

Calbourne is best known for Winkle Street, a tourist attraction which seems to have come to prominence in the 1920s. The actual name of the road is Barrington Row, named after the owners (until 1832) of the Swainston Estate (to the east of Calbourne). The origin of the name is not really known; suggestions include that it was named after John Winkle, rector of Shalfleet 1339 - 1347, that the name 'winkle' meant a lane that turns a corner and leads nowhere, that the English word winkle meant to twinkle, or that it was where empty winkle shells were deposited, having been collected from Newtown Creek. 
The mounds, or barrows, on Mottistone Down are burial sites that date from the Early Bronze Age, around 4,000 years ago. The dead were often cremated and their remains buried in urns. Later a ditch was dug and the material used to construct a mound to cover the graves. An urn was removed from the first barrow in 1817.

England - South England - Isle of Wight - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, National Trust, Pub, River, Sea, Wildlife, Woodland
7/7/2021 - Bryony Pearson

Walked 6/7/21 and found this a wonderful walk full of variety. Downs, forest, meadows and lovely views with a visit to the barrows and pretty Winkle Street too make it a lovely walk. There were lots of butterflies, bees and a beautiful Golden-Ringed Dragonfly. No doubt there are usually lots of birds too but it was exceptionally windy so they were generally heard and not seen! The forest paths were very muddy after rain so we were glad to be wearing walking boots and our dogs cleaned up nicely in the shower later! As they are small dogs, they could pass through gaps under all the stiles which is always useful! We did the full walk and found the climbs to be steady and not too strenuous at all. The Walking World app was as always a bonus, it's so useful for keeping us on track but the walk was very well written and easy to follow, thank you!

7/30/2017 - John Morrow

Four years on from the last review this is still a terrific walk. The directions are some of the best I've experienced in WW. Easy parking, a mixture of terrain and superb views of the sea on the north and south. What more could you want? I'll be doing this one again

8/17/2013 - Phil Catterall

A super walk and well described walk which we completed in a warm and sunny August 2013. Roy's directions were easy to follow with the distance and ascent details being accurate as measured via my GPS. Many thanks Roy - we really enjoyed your walk. We hadn't been to the Isle of Wight before, they certainly value and looks after their rights of way there. Phil Catterall (WW Contributor, North Yorkshire).

5/1/2013 - Roy Davenport

23.04.13 - All OK

10/19/2011 - Walkingworld Admin

Roy Davenport reports that he has revisited this walk and all is OK. October 2011. Adrian (Admin)

8/24/2011 - IAN LITTLER

We did this walk on 21 Aug. 2011. It was most enjoyable with a good mix of woodland, downs and views, plus Winkle Street! Thank you.

4/12/2011 - Walkingworld Administrator

Roy Davenport tells us that he has completed this walk and all is OK. April 2011. Adrian (Admin)

10/17/2010 - Walkingworld Admin

Roy Davenport has completed this walk and reports that all is OK. October 2010. (Adrian, Admin)

2/21/2008 - Roy Davenport

Checked February 2008 ok - RD

12/21/2007 - Sylvia Saunders

We enjoyed this walk on a stormy December day. The rain held off for us while we walked, but we could tell that we were missing out on some superb views! We must do this again on a clearer day. Good instructions. Thank you! Sylvia, Tony and Jagger the dog.

5/1/2007 - Roy Davenport

Walked checked April 2007

12/2/2006 - Roy Davenport

Checked Nov 06 OK RD

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