So you’re tied down with work, you finish at the end of the week and you need a break. Where do you even begin?
Cycling enthusiasts need look no further: the Isle of Wight is spoilt for choice for cycling routes. And not only can you easily get to the Island and back in a day – with foot passenger routes taking from just 22 minutes with Wightlink Ferries – but you can bring your bike on board for free!
So why not grab your bike, jump on a train and head to Portsmouth Harbour? The forward planners among you can book in advance with South West Trains, securing some great deals for off peak journeys. Just take your bike on a Wightlink ferry as a foot passenger for no extra charge, and that’s it… in no time at all you are now on the Isle of Wight, ready to start your pocket adventure.
So that you have all you need, we’ve prepared some trail ideas:
Travelling as a family
For those taking the children for a day out cycling, we’d recommend The Red Squirrel Trail. There are no cars, the terrain is generally quite gentle and you’re right in the middle of the Isle of Wight’s countryside.
En route, don’t forget to make time to stop for a coffee at the Pedallers Cafe! See below for a route map to help you plan your day.
If you want to make the most of the 200 plus miles of road cycling then there are plenty of more challenging road routes to follow – with many taking on some of the Isle of Wight’s steeper gradients.
For your adventure in a day, why not try out the Shanklin trail? With two big hills, this one is more of a challenge – and you can even take a detour to Ventnor’s Victorian sea front.
A getaway with your nearest and dearest
For the regular cyclists among you taking a day-trip with friends, hooking up to Strava is the easiest way to ‘go blind’ and race along routes that have been posted before. Otherwise if you want to cycle for some competition, you can join in the Isle of Wight’s Cycling Festival held every year around September time.
All that’s left is to grab your bike and hop on a Wightlink ferry – and you’re set for your day-trip adventure to the Isle of Wight.* Come back for our next instalment to see a few ideas for some action off the bike as well!
*For those of you bicycle-less explorers, fear not, there are plenty of places to hire from, all offering a friendly service to get you out in no time. Click here to find out where you can find one!
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