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Cycling on the Isle of Wight

Cycling is a fun, healthy and adventurous way to explore the Isle of Wight. With plenty of cycle paths varying in length and ability, it’s not surprising that people visit the Island for this reason alone. Whether you’re looking to bring your own or you’re planning to hire a bike, the Isle of Wight awaits.

The Island is tailor-made for great cycling, with over 200 miles of cycle routes through some of the most scenic countryside in the UK. It’s as little as a short 22 minute ferry crossing from Portsmouth, a 40 minute crossing from Lymington and an extra 10 minute on top of that if you’re coming from the New Forest. A real escape from everyday life with room to breathe. And, even better, bikes comes free with Wightlink when you travel as a foot passenger.

Explore cycling routes

Round the Island

When it comes to a challenge, you won’t be able to find one greater than cycling around the Isle of Wight. This 70 mile route will please any seasoned cyclist looking to explore the Island in its entirety.

Round the Island cycle route

Brighstone to Chale

This delightful 12 mile route takes you along picturesque country lanes to Chale – well placed for a visit to Blackgang Chine theme park. You’ll be spoilt with a number of views as you go along this route.

Brighstone to Chale

Cowes to Bembridge

Starting at East Cowes, you’ll pass Osborne House as you head towards Ryde. The run continues with more gradients along the way to Bembridge.

Cowes to Bembridge
Carisbrooke Castle


This pleasant ride starts at Carisbrooke, with its imposing medieval castle and takes you along country lanes to Gatcombe, site of one of the Island’s oldest churches.

Carisbrooke cycle route

Discover more cycling

We’ve created the Wightlink Explorer, a great way to find the best places on the Island. Our easy-to-use tool will help you discover the best Isle of Wight cycle routes and so much more.

Wightlink Explorer

Tim Wiggins - IOW cycling expert

What Tim Wiggins doesn’t know about cycling on the Isle of Wight isn’t worth knowing. We’ve been working with the endurance cyclist and Island resident to shed some light on the IOW’s biking scene – he’s written blogs on everything from the most challenging routes to take right through to the best places to stop for a bite to eat.

Challenging Isle of Wight rides

The Island has a unique geology and it can make for some cliff-like climbs and challenging terrain. Tim has ridden them all and has picked out his favourites for any expert cyclist to tackle.

Find some challenging IOW rides

Top IOW cycling cafés

Cycling, coffee and cake; they’re a magical trio. The great thing about riding on the Isle of Wight is that there is plenty of opportunity to indulge in all three.

See the best cycling cafes

Five things to take on your Island bike ride

No matter your cycling ability and regardless of which route you plan on taking, it’s always best to be prepared. With thousands of cycles behind him, Tim has rounded up five of the most important things for you to take on an IOW cycle ride.

See the five things to take on your Island cycle

Getting there

We’ve been carrying people across the Solent for 160 years now, and pride ourselves on the service we provide. Our FastCats can get you and your bike to the Isle of Wight in just 22 minutes and, when you travel as a foot passenger, the bicycle comes free.

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