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Chalk Downs

The chalk downs or hills are typical landscape features of the Isle of Wight. At either end of the central ridge the chalk is exposed as huge white cliffs and, at the western tip of the Island are the iconic Needles chalk stacks. You will know you are on a chalk down when you have open views of the Island and can see the sea in more than one direction. Most downs have a structure on the top, including seamarks, St Catherine?s Oratory (locally known as the Pepper Pot) and the Tennyson Memorial.