Wight on wheels

The Isle of Wight was tailor-made for great cycling with over 200 miles of cycle routes through some of the most scenic countryside in the UK. It’s just a short ferry crossing from the mainland, yet a real escape from everyday life with room to breathe. And the Island is a hot destination for a cycling holiday, short break or even a daytrip. What’s more, Wightlink carries bikes for free, or you can hire a bike when you’re here.

With over 30 miles of Heritage Coast and half the Island designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there’s a great variety of terrain. From level countryside trails and quiet lanes to challenging hill climbs and everything in between, cyclists of all levels will enjoy an amazing pedal-powered experience.

So bring the family or a group of friends for a gentle ride down to the beach, through national nature reserves or to a friendly local pub. Or fine tune your mountain bike and head for the high downs where spectacular gradients and amazing sea views are guaranteed.

We’ve made it easy for you to find the perfect route for your cycling adventure.
Simply choose what suits you, your pace and style.

Round the Island cycle routes

Wightlink knows some great cycle routes and they are planned to ensure you see the best of the Isle of Wight’s scenery and sights, pass places of interest and visitor attractions, and find plenty of rest and refreshment stops.

Book Ferry Tickets

Choose your route

By difficulty


Key to icons:
7 Distance (miles)
Family friendly
Rest stops
Refreshments enroute
Free route map
* Terms & Conditions: Each foot passenger can bring one bicycle on free of charge. Vehicles carrying bicycles will be charged an additional cost if the bicycles add additional height or length to your vehicle – see Vehicle size guide for details.

Low vehicles (LV)

Up to 5.00m long
Up to 2.24m high
Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long
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High vehicles (HV)

Up to 5.00m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long
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Low passenger vehicles (LP)

5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high
Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.
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High passenger vehicles (HP)

5.01m to 15m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.
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Low motorhome (LM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high.
Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.
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High motorhome (HM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.
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Low commercial vehicles (LF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Up to 2.24m high
Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.
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High commercial vehicles (HF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.
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Freight rigid (FR)

Freight vehicle 7.01m to 12m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Single chassis freight vehicles designed to carry heavy loads.
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Freight artic (FA)

Freight vehicle over 12m to 19m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Tractor-trailer freight vehicle up to 44 tonne GVWR with a split chassis or separate unit designed to carry heavy loads.
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Minibus (MINI)

Passenger vehicles 5.01m to 8m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Passenger vehicles with 8-17 seats.
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Coaches

Because we need to know additional information for coach bookings such as loaded and empty passenger numbers, please visit our Coach page to make your booking
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Motorcycle/trike/quad (MC)

Vehicles up to 3.5m long.
Motorcycles, Motorcycles with sidecars, three or four wheeled personal powered tricycle, TWIZY or quad bike up to 3.5m long.
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Bicycles and mobility scooters

Mobility Scooters must be battery powered.
Electric bikes must retain the ability to be pedalled by the rider.
Pushbikes, e-bikes and battery powered Mobility scooters travel free of charge when a customer purchases a foot passenger ticket.
No need to book separately.
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