Bembridge Fort and Downs
Isle of Wight
How to get there: Bembridge Fort is on Culver Down road, which leaves the B3395 Sandown/Brading to Bembridge road to the east, close to Yaverland. The Fort is at the top of the hill. Use the free National Trust car park in the field on the right just after Bembridge Fort.
Grid Reference: SZ 625 859
Nearest Postcode: PO36 8QY
Parking: Bembridge Fort car park.
Facilities: Refreshments available at the Culver Haven Inn or seasonal cafe opposite the Yarborough monument.
Map with thanks to Ordnance Survey.
1 From the fort, follow the grassy path running alongside the road on its left as far as you can. At the boundary of the field, cut through the hedge and back onto the road. Cross over it and go through the opposite hedge and turn left. Follow on the grassy path, running parallel to the road on the right. The path will rejoin the road at a cattle grid. Head through the gate to the side of the cattle grid and follow the road to the car park marking the site of the old signal station.
2 Continue on the road to the start of the one-way system and follow it left, down to the car park which offers views to Whitecliff Bay and Brading Haven. Carry on to Culver Battery.
3 Contine along the road, then retrace your steps along the road.
4 Pass through the gate to the side of the cattle grid, then leave the road on the left to follow the grassy ridge-top path you came along, keeping the hedge and the road to your right. Do not cross over the road this time, instead heading back be continuing directly ahead and back to the car park.