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Name:St Boniface Down
Hill number:2914
Height:242m / 794ft
RHB Section:42: South-East England & the Isle of Wight
County/UA:Isle of Wight (CoU)
County (CoH):Isle of Wight (CoH)
County (CoA):Isle of Wight (CoA)
Island:Isle of Wight
Maritime area:Hants & Dorset - Portsmouth & Wight
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), Historic County Top, Current County/UA Top,
Administrative County Top, SIB, Clem
Grid ref:SZ 56881 78520
Summit feature:no feature: natural ground inside outer security fence
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 196
(1:25k) OL29E
Observations:ground near car park 550m ENE at SZ 57277 78653 is 0.34m lower in LIDAR; embankment within compound east of bend in road at SZ 56735 78548 is 0.5m higher in LIDAR but man-made.
Survey:Abney level
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  • Isle of Wight (1974) administrative county top
  • Isle of Wight historic county top
  • Isle of Wight current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 285 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Walked up from Ventnor, to trig and then around perimeter fence.PeterD06/07/2020
Drove up hill and parked alongside trig in corner of carpark, by fenced compound. Lovely views looking out to sea.Hippy7720/02/2020
Drove up the steep road to the downs and parked by the trig point. Walked down the tarmac track with the complex on my right to a padlocked gate grid reference 56881 78623 this was as close as I dared get to before an act of law breaking would have been needed.WAYNE ROWLETT27/10/2019
8.6m Circular walk from our Air BnB in Bonchurch. Along the coastal Path, up the Devils Chimney to Nansen Hill then up to the compound and around the entire outer fence. Got Chatting to two ladies near the old bunker at the summit who had purchased the land and were now converting the bunker into a holiday home which they kindley gave us a tour of and a cuppa, after that headed over to Shanklin Down, Shanklin and back on the coast path.Jephcote8330/05/2019
Circular walk from Ventnor via Wroxall and Appeldurcombejedthehumanoid20/05/2019
From upper Ventnor via clockwork buses from Yarmouth, compound open for good measure...N.Morters26/04/2019
Walked from Ventnor Botanic Garden. Summit enclosed by high fence with barbed wire, but nearest point outside is only 2m lower, so a hand on the top of the fence counts, I think! Walked right round the whole enclosure, about 2km round.IanHHill23/03/2019
As with most previous logs got as close to summit as possible. Number of cows guarding the gates. A silly speculation. i wonder if any one has skateboarded down the approach road?Anthony Vosper31/10/2018
Parked at trig. Found all the old ways in - well and truly fixed. Gate next to main compound is not quite flush with the ground though.SS30/10/2018
Summited! Crossed no keep out signs, damaged no property, and went nowhere near anything sensitive. Doubt if Eric Pickles would have made it.Topographer5703/10/2018
Double bend in road judged to be the highest area outside the security fenceMoorponder23/09/2018
Visited ground near car park 550m ENE & bend in road, which intersects the 240m contour.salen25/08/2018
with elizyanne on a day trip to the IOW. Fence all sealed up. Summit is now a construction site with no access.GmacT10/07/2018
Easy Pease. Someone now building on the site.elizyanne10/07/2018
Got as close as I could! Nice to go down to Shanklin Down as well.twg2717/06/2018
Mountain bike from Sandown station.trimarc205/06/2018
Drove the summit walked around and found the trig actual summit in compound so go as close as I couldjmistry8617/04/2018
Self, Peter and dogInvicta1416/03/2018
With K. Didn't see wild goatsAshley11/03/2018
4/8M drove up and wandered about both high points.robertphillips06/11/2017
Bagged on a murky day on a walk from Calbourne via Brighstone Down. Reached the highest point of the perimeter fence at dusk, turned tail and scampered back to the bus stop at the end of the footpath N of the 134m spot height on the B2337. Failed to beat the torrential rain, and boarded the bus in the guise of a drowned rat.Gill19/10/2017
Came for the trig point, stayed for the view.stripybadger10/10/2017
Part of a holiday in the Isle of White, staying in coastal lodges.Joel45125/08/2017
TD & CThis Dog24/08/2017
Parked in Southsea, Portsmouth and went on Hovercraft over to Ryde, caught old underground train from Ryde to Shanklin and Started 10.5 mile walk from station. Walked along old railway trail to Winstone farm then took well signposted footpaths through donkey sanctuary up to the old gateway, onto Worsley Trail then small footpath to Obelisk along ridge to Appuldurcombe Down, summit in cloud, then followed ridge south along Stenbury Trail then east into Ventnor, followed path by road onto St Boniface Down then along to Shanklin Down trig then followed good footpaths down into Shanklin back to station, very sunny towards end of walk.DanTrig23/05/2017
By tandem from Freshwater Bay.TeasyChris03/05/2017
IoW Challenge VCP. Short walk in the howling wind, watching boats at sunrise!timmyp8101/05/2017
Circular walk from Ventnor with K & Slozinworcester24/03/2017
Circular route starting at Ventnor railway station. Very foggy.Graeme18/12/2016
Got lost getting here, found old railway station site! Parked by trig point and walked along ridge to end of radar site fence. Highest point is inside secure radar area. Fantastic sea views from up here, worth doing as part of long hill walk.Nick04/10/2016
Drove up and a wander aroundjohnjennison24/09/2016
drove up to trig piint, walked sround the enclosure & found a point (at east end of the viewpoint) that seemed to be the highest acessible point...1m less than official top but close enough I guesskeithelliott02/08/2016
With Jackie, Màiri and Andrew via Luccombe Down. Waved the Isle of Wight flag on the summit.mikejacobs15/07/2016
Walk around the radio station peak with Helen, Josh, Lucy & Molly.JohRvs13/07/2016
With party from HF Guest House, Freshwater Bay House. From Godshill via Worsley Obelisk. Along perimeter fence that encloses the summit area of St Boniface Down. Return to Godshill via Wroxall.pwbellarby02/05/2016
Walked around the perimeter fence of the radar station and bagged the alternative top near the car park.webmaster19/04/2016
Drove to first view point along road and walked up to and around perimeter fence. Left it to the last day of our holiday as weather had been hit and miss, thankfully rain held off whilst up there.Stormcrow04/04/2016
10/10 Last of many on the mainland and the island....(Devils Dyke/West Hill Boundary/West Hill/West High Down/Tennyson Down/Headon Hill/Harboro/Brighstone Down/St. Catherines Hill/St. Boniface Down)Fergalh02/04/2016
Parked by trig, walked around the perimeter fence.tim74702/02/2016
. CreakingHiker02/02/2016
Well that's my 'Historic County Tops In A Year' completed... I visited the two 'alternate' tops and stared at the official summit 98 metres away through the outer security fence and resisted the temptation to squeeze under the gate to the West (possible for the slim and supple). Storm Desmond was wreaking havoc up in the North - just very very windy on the top of the down. I was going to add Tennyson Down and the Needles - but the wind got stronger and I was not sure it would be entirely safe. Leave that for next year.M3WDD05/12/2015
Wandered along the security fence. 'Old' coordinates much easier to get to.Newton Maximus05/12/2015
Ran up and down the hill at 6:30am whilst staying in Ventnor for work. chilly blustery start to the day with great views out to sea.Swindon Bagger22/09/2015
Little to be said of this. Summit close to perimeter fence. Drive to small car park containing trig point and walked along road from there.bowlesy30/08/2015
Not my first ascent but my quickest on a bike!
Shameless drive-up.Ham and Skate19/08/2015
Drove up with family.CalTudor19/08/2015
Nansen Hill up to St Boniface Down, around the radar station, down to Bonchurch and along Coastal Path to Botanic Gardens.Fred Windsor15/08/2015
Road all the way to the top, highest point probably on private land around masts. Went on to viewpoint at Bonchurch down, great spot, lovely and peaceful. Bagged with Nicky, Emily, Joe, Tom & Ziggy.fnem31/07/2015
A stroll around the dereliction after driving up.Play2End09/06/2015