This is a trail that begins and ends at the Bull Ring in Brading Town Centre, taking in various historic trees at points around the walk. It is a fairly easy walk, with mainly gentle inclines and descents, but there are some stiles and gates to negotiate. The trail may also be muddy and uneven underfoot in places.
This is a lovely walk on Brading Downs and the surrounding area, taking in a lot of the ancient oaks in this area, particularly those on the Nunwell Estate. One of these is seven metres in girth, over 400 years old and one of the grandest on the Island.
It is suggested that you “follow the text and use the map to explore the Legends and Landscapes Histree Trail. Discover the veteran Oaks of Nunwell, follow ancient boundaries and explore Bloodstone Copse. Many trees on this trail are ancient and are among the most magnificent specimens on the Island.”
Getting There: The Bullring, Brading (PO36 0DG)
- By bus: Southern Vectis buses 2, 3 and 10 stop at the Bull Ring.
- By car: PO36 0DG and park at Brading Town Trust pay and display car park next to St Mary’s Church, then walk south along the High Street to the Bull Ring.
- By train: Brading station is only a short walk from the Bull Ring and trains runs twice an hour.
A map and description of the trees along the way can be downloaded here