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“Worth the short sharp walk”

Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Niton
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

We visited this after visiting the St Catherine's lighthouse. It is certainly worth the walk - about half a mile uphill across a windswept hill with fine views of the coast. There's not a huge amount to see when you get to the top of the hill, but what there is is quite interesting.

Thank Andrew C
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Reviewed 4 June 2014 via mobile

If you want some of the best views of the island, this is it. Park in the car park and walk 0.75 miles up the fairly steep path (500 ft elevation gain, through a cow field) to see the entire southern coast and the amazing remains of a 14th century oratory. An additional 18th century lighthouse is located at the summit, and is integrated into the modern mobile phone tower (ref pictures). This is a wonderful walk for anyone who wants to get way from the tourism and have breathtaking views.

1  Thank Thomas - Genevi... H
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

This is a 10-15 walk from the nearby Blackgang viewpoint car park, albeit pretty steep in places so not for the infirm, grossly unfit or with very young children.

On a good day it's really worth it though as the views are simply stunning as not only can you see most of the Isle of Wight including the Needles but over to Bournemouth and Swanage and even as far as Portland. Once you are close you can actually see the rubbley mounds under the grass from the full oratory and also the abandoned slightly younger lighthouse base that is nearby under the modern transmitter mast.

and its FREE!!!

2  Thank Steve C
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

Wonderful old building near Blackgang - but nowhere near where Trip Advisor lists it as being, in Rookley!
Expect a steep climb up from the road nearby, and optionally continue along the ridge to the nearby Hoy Monument. Boots advised!

1  Thank MarkWilliams666
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

Interesting to visit having been to St Catherine's lighthouse as the history is linked. Wonderful views and a short walk to what is considered the first ever lighthouse to have been built.

Thank Jenny W
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