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Name:Bembridge Down
Hill number:5453
Height:104m / 341ft
Parent (Ma):2914  St Boniface Down
RHB Section:42: South-East England & the Isle of Wight
County/UA:Isle of Wight (CoU)
Island:Isle of Wight
Maritime area:Hants & Dorset - Portsmouth & Wight
Class:Hump, Tump (100-199m), Clem
(Hu,Tu,1,Cm)
Grid ref:SZ 62506 86028
Summit feature:no feature: ground by security fence on SE side of fort
Drop:101m
Col:3m  SZ604847  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 196
(1:25k) OL29E
Observations:grass banks within the fort are a few metres higher but man made
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 112 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Walked up from Brading station.PGCE03/11/2019
Hard to know where natural HP is- probably under the fort. However, we settled on a spot near the carpark and a hawthorn bush. Great views on a sunny day after a tour of Bembridge Fort and visit to the sad toppled trig. Cut marks on nearby boundary stone and Yarborough monument too.Denise 17/09/2019
After visit to the fort. Hawthorn bush beside BWF at edge of car park. SE side of fort. Great views.RichardM17/09/2019
I came here on a work trip to look for white-tailed eagles and was delighted to get the bonus of two hill ticks. Parked in the car park and set up our scopes to survey the marshes below. Only had to wander a few metres to get to the highest point outside of the Palmerston Fort. Didn't see any eagles although the GPS tracker showed we only missed one by a few minutes as it arrived back on the island after a six day excursion around the south of England. Did see hobbies, great white egrets, water rail and marsh harriers.Herbert Anchovy05/09/2019
First of the day on a day trip to the IOW, few paces from the car.rhalstead30/03/2019
An early morning visit with frost on the ground. The fort is now shut for the winter. Great views on a clear morning.Anthony Vosper02/11/2018
Ten steps there and ten steps back!SS30/10/2018
a late afternoon car tour. A great view.Moorponder25/09/2018
Shame there is no access to the fort - nice views.twg2717/06/2018
Nike from Sandown Station. Road goes over summit ridge.trimarc205/06/2018
With Jenx, Bryher and SuperVans. Parked very close, super views on a bright sunny day. Completing Section 42. Parking nr high point behind hawthorn bush. Interesting looking artificial top.nordicstar14/05/2018
Self, Peter and dogInvicta1416/03/2018
With K. Fort not accessible but natural high point next to car park.Ashley11/03/2018
From Sandown esplanade along the coast path to Culver Down and then inland along the metalled road to the natural high point by the car park next to the fort.Mariana Trench24/12/2017
Great view, headland easy to access.stripybadger09/10/2017
From Brading Down walked alongside the Brading road to Brading. Then took the B3395 to a layby, where a gate gives access to the RSPB nature reserve. Walked over Point 39m to the road that goes up Bembridge Road. Walked alongside the road to the fort and summit. Walked back to Brading and took the train back to Ryde.Sprog25/08/2017
TD,C & HThis Dog24/08/2017
I had a tour of Bembridge Fort by the National Trust volunteers (Tuesdays only, April-October). Absolutely fascinating! Got up high inside and walked all the outside and the Yarborough Monument.Nick04/10/2016
Solo visit late afternoon, windy but great views all around. Culverdown road leads up top the fort. This is off Sandown road. I would say its best aproached from the east heading west as the turn in to culverdown is tricky.One man Bucket 21/08/2016
Windy but great views.JohRvs10/07/2016
Parked just to the W of the fort and walked around the perimeter (no access to fort without prior arrangement)webmaster20/04/2016
1/5 First of five on the mainland and the island....(Bembridge Down/Brading Down/Ashey Down/Arreton Down/Chanctonbury Ring)Fergalh03/04/2016
Couldn’t quite park on the summit ;-)tim74731/01/2016
. CreakingHiker31/01/2016
Parked next to the fence surrounding the fort.Newton Maximus06/12/2015
Parked in car park by fort after walking up to monument yesterday. Sam, Kate, Fred, Cal and Bob.Ham and Skate19/08/2015
Drove up with familyCalTudor19/08/2015
Great views, interesting history.Fred Windsor14/08/2015
A drive up. Great views.Play2End08/06/2015
The car park fence was good enough for me.Chris Peart30/06/2014
From Brading across nature reserve & up the road to Culver. Continued on to windmill & back across watermeadowscitygent03/06/2014
Summit either on bank at SE end fort, or on the fort itself (man-made so illegible?). My GR is for the bank. Fort closed today so unable to bag toppled trig pillar or surface block, but 2 benchmark rivets were searchable - 1 found, 1 hiding.jonglew10/05/2014
Parked at top and went on to Yarborough Memorialsqueegs03/09/2013
P at top and had a wander round.chrisbien21/04/2013
With Cabe. Edge of fence between car park and fort.simon and co22/02/2013
Walked all the way round the fort just to make sure.DARRENG11/11/2012
Left car on a chalky area. Hill top converted to a fort with ditch. by Palmerston at the time of a French scare. Now private. No access. Tours twice weekly in summer. High point visible inside the site. Lord Yarborough's mont. moved from the hill top in 1849.arranc13/02/2012
Didn't go into fort and try to ascend the walls that looked man made. Found the highest land on the area surrounding the moat.assynt_bob06/11/2010
Climbed while staying in Ventnor.Man of Kernow102/05/2010
petey17/04/2010
Agree with others - fort inpenetrable, and highest "natural" point is an easy foot-out-of-the-car job in the nearby car park. A bit dispiriting compared to the other great HuMPs on the Wight.wheresthepath23/09/2009
On holiday in Bembridge - with VivJohnIvor30/03/2009
The whole thing is so man made that maybe the top isn't inside (maybe it is.) Walked around it - no way in unless you have a grappling hook and a LONG ladder. Car park to the E high enough for me. Monument 1km to E looks higher but isn't when get there.destaylor13/12/2008
High point is inside the castle which is owned by a private company. It was locked up (Sunday) and impossible to get into. I wrestled with my conscience before deceding I was getting obsessive and claiming this one by walking round the perimeter and to thclivevilla27/04/2008
nice and easyRhayader_wander04/02/2008
Sixth HuMP of six on rest day from FMD Guildford, wall to wall sunshine. Beside Bembridge Fort on Down Lane, plenty of parking.Dugswell204/10/2007
Isle of Wight walking festival 2007mtthw05/05/2007
When doing the Isle of Wight coast pathsignyred14/08/2003
Day trip / adventure by hovercraft and using local buses and legs linking the 2 island Marilyns and 4 'Clems.' Drawbridge was down -walked in (no need to use the wooden horse tactic)- fort used for business units -unchallenged climbed an outside staircase on to fort top.Chris Pearson29/10/2002
summit fort, well-fortified, owned by telecoms company, walked round outside of moat, may be just <100m reascent. car park adjacent RHW03/06/2000