Cycling on the Isle of Wight is becoming increasingly popular among holiday makers and for good reason! The Isle of Wight’s cycling routes stretch for 200 miles across a uniquely beautiful landscape. Coupled with a bicycle-friendly culture, the Isle of Wight has been named one of the best cycling destinations in the world. Even better – Wightlink will carry bicycles across from the mainland for free*! Whether you’re coming for a day trip or for a longer break with your bike, the Island provides a real escape from everyday life, with lots of room to breathe.
Getting around the Island by bike is incredibly easy. Most inland routes begin on a cycle trail, so you don’t even have to waste time seeking out the cycle paths! The majority of the Isle of Wight’s cycle routes are also off-road, making the experience very pleasant and safe. The west of the Island provides ideal mountain biking terrain. It’s hilly country, with lots of exciting downhill sections to put yourself through your paces. It also provides some of the most fantastic views to be had on the Isle of Wight. Cycling can also be found on more sedate country lanes, charming towns and villages and glorious coastal routes with great views out to sea.
There is a wealth of family-friendly cycle routes, avoiding roads, and incorporating easy, pleasant terrain. But we’ve also got plenty of road-cycling available, and more challenging routes for the ambitious cyclist. With 30 miles of Heritage Coast, and over half the Island designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you really can’t go wrong.
Bicycles travel for free on Wightlink ferries when you’re travelling by foot but if you’re travelling from further afield, it may be easier to take advantage of cycle hire on the Isle of Wight. Being such a popular activity on the Island, there are plenty of places on the Isle of Wight for cycle hire. Most of the major towns have at least one cycle hire outlet, with a great range of bikes to choose from. They will also offer spare parts, repair services, cycling accessories, and a fantastic amount of expertise.
In September, the Isle of Wight hosts the cycling festival which is incredibly popular among Islanders and visitors alike. This is a very well-regarded event, incorporating a retail village, cycle-related entertainment, and more alongside the Island’s incredible cycling routes. There are lots of guided and group rides around the Island’s spectacular cycling trails, and the Island’s pubs, cafes, and attractions lay on special deals for cyclists.
All cycle disciplines are covered, so there’s a ride for everyone – whatever their machine, fitness level, or age. There are lots of kid-friendly events and rides, as well as lessons and tips in how to get the best out of your bike. The festival ends with a cycle-themed closing party.
It’s becoming popular for people to circumnavigate the Isle of Wight by bicycle. With the ‘Round The Island’ cycle route, this is easier than ever before. It’s designed to provide a peaceful route around the island, using cycle paths and quiet country lanes.
The route is clearly marked, making it easy to follow. It’s even easier to follow during the Isle of Wight Randonnee – an annual, free event each May which features a cycle around the Isle of Wight. There are rest stops, refreshments, a great community atmosphere, and a certificate when you complete the route!
The route as a whole is 62 miles long. Experienced (and ambitious) cyclists could complete it in a single day. If you prefer a more sedate pace to take in the amazing views (and perhaps pause for a few pub lunches), there are plenty of accommodation options along the way.
Reaching your cycling break on the Isle of Wight could not be easier. Wightlink can get you to the Island in as little as 22 minutes! If you decide to bring your bike with you, we’ll transport it across for free when travelling on foot. However, there are plenty of cycle hire shops in the island if you prefer to travel light. Wightlink ferries are comfortable, with plenty of on-board amenities, so book your ferry today, and you’ll be cycling on the Isle of Wight in no time!