In the last few years, cycling has piqued the interest of many who are looking to unwind, relax and get fit. Named one of the best cycling destinations in the world, the Isle of Wight is the perfect place to take in stunning scenery on a range of family-friendly cycle routes.
The Island has around 200 miles of potential cycling routes, offering a large variety of options; from relaxed, easy paths to more challenging landscapes. Most routes are off road which allows adults to relax and enjoy the scenery, knowing that their children can roam more freely.
We’ve included some of the most scenic, family-friendly trails from our friends at Visit Isle of Wight, that suit all ages and abilities.
Sandown – route 11
If you’re keen to get out and experience the beautiful wildlife on the Isle of Wight, but are looking for a fairly short and easy ride, the five-mile Sandown route can take you through some of the wildlife-rich wetland of Eastern Yarbridge.
The route is rich in bird and plant life and even gives visitors the chance to see some of the Island’s prehistoric residents; the route starts at Dinosaur Isle where the Island’s purpose-built dinosaur museum is located. After learning more about our extinct friends, the route takes cyclists along the seafront with lots of places to stop for snacks and drinks en route.
Looking for a little more of a challenge? The flat nine-mile ride travels through Newport and East Cowes, taking families past the grand Osborne estate.
Forming part of the Red Squirrel Trail (a 23-mile ride in total) cyclists can get a taste of the wonderful countryside and see woodland, farmland as well as some of the Island’s famous coastline. Named in honour of the Isle of Wight’s native Red Squirrel, now eradicated in much of the rest of the country, the Island is one of the last places you can spot these furry creatures.
Newport – route 9
For families really looking to push their limits, this 10 mile route from Newport around Merstone and Whitecroft offers a pleasant but slightly longer ride. This route is based off road and travels along cycleways and quiet country lanes, meaning it’s perfect for children.
Not far from Merstone, the child-friendly White Lion Pub offers a relaxing place to take a break and enjoy some delicious food. After 10 miles, surely everyone deserves a tasty roast before catching the ferry back home!
If you’re keen to experience some of the Island’s beauty while riding around, hop on to a Wightlink ferry to get in on the action. With ferries departing from both Portsmouth and Lymington, spending some time immersed in the beauty of the Isle of Wight has never been easier.
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