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Robert Hooke Trail

Celebrating the life of the Isle of Wight’s scientific genius, Robert Hooke (1635 to 1703), this scenic circular trail leads you around Island locations associated with Robert Hooke’s life and explains how they influenced his scientific career.

After spending the formative years of his childhood on the Isle of Wight, Robert Hooke became one of the most inventive, versatile, and prolific scientists in an age of brilliant scientists.

During his 40 years as Curator of Experiments of the Royal Society, Robert Hooke was an inventor, astronomer, anatomist, and a pioneer of geology, meteorology and microscopy, while also designing mechanical systems for the great clockmaker, Thomas Tompion. Yet he was much more than a scientist, for he was instrumental in restoring the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666.

Robert Hooke Trail Leaflet

The Robert Hooke Trail is 8.5 miles (13.6km) long and begins and ends in the car park at Fort Victoria but it can be broken up or shortened, if required.

Read the trail booklet to discover more about this fascinating 17th century scientist from Freshwater as well as various sites of historical interest along the way.