The Isle of Wight provides good cycling opportunities for those after a mini break or long weekend. Note the famous cycle paths on former railways actually only run between Cowes, Newport and Sandown. To be able to take in the amazing coast line and to explore the island to its full extend, you will have to cycle on the road. If cycling with children, ensure they can cycle according to Bikeability Level 2. Note that the signposted Round the Island Cycle Route also takes you on busier main roads for considerable distances. We are working on a new product though which will provide you with a traffic-calmed route from Yarmouth to Ryde, taking in many Isle of Wight landmarks.
As you will be cycling on the island anyway, it makes sense to leave your car on the main land and to take the ferry to the Isle of Wight by bicycle. It not only saves you on expenses, you also get the freedom to make more interesting journeys, such as island hopping from the New Forest via the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth. The itinerary below could provide you with two amazing cycling days, with one overnight stay on Wight.
Take the train to Lymington and try to get one of the earliest ferries to Yarmouth, from where a railway path takes you to Totland. From Totland, head west and be one of the first visitors of the day to see The Needles. From this great landmark, retrace your steps to Totland and then head east, partly using the Tennyson Trail and the Round the Island Cycle Route. Via Brighstone and Chale Green you can make your way via quiet country lanes to the Newport-Sandown cycle path. Visit Sandown's beach before heading up to Ryde where you can take the pedestrian ferry to Portsmouth. From Portsmouth, you could take your bike on the train back to Lymington to make a full circle.
We are working on a new product that will feature the route above (not available yet). If you are keen to cycle this route, please contact us and we'll provide you GPS-tracks of this route for free in return for some good cycling pictures of this area (if you take some good snaps and we publish them, you'll also be mentioned in the new book!).
If you are interested in traffic-calmed long-distance cycling on England's South Coast, please note that National Cycle Network Route 2 is far from completed. This route, supposed to connect Dover with Cornwall, has various missing sections. You'll end up cycling on busy main roads for considerable distances and also have to plan and research your way to make up for the missing gaps.
If you are after a continuous east-west cycle route across southern England, consider our London-Land's End Cycle Route Book (costs £ 15.99 plus postage), which also features a route from Dover to London, thus providing the Dover-Cornwall connection. It comes in a handy spiral-bound format and GPS-tracks are free when ordered via our own websites.
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