Isle of Wight Cycle Guide

Route 1 - Yarmouth

This nice steady route is mainly on road with a short hop along the former railway which once ran alongside the River Yar Estuary.  Access to Colwell Bay, Totland Bay and Freshwater Bay are available en route and if you fancy venturing a little off course you can also visit The Needles.

Distance: 15KM / 9 Miles

Route 2 - Yarmouth

This route is a much tougher day than it's Route 1 counterpart but also much more rewarding if you love great views (So don't forget your camera).

Distance: 19KM / 12 Miles

Route 3 - Cowes

This route utilises the old railway line that runs alongside the River Medina to Newport.  As it's a circular route it can be riden in either direction with the chain ferry operating between Cowes and East Cowes creating the link at the most northerly point.  The West side of the route is riden off road on the old railway line whilst the East side is riden on roads (mainly quiet)

Distance: 15KM / 9 Miles

Route 4 - Cowes

The more scenic route to leave Cowes, As you will see from the map it does have several permutations mid ride which can take you through Parkhurst Forest.  The full route takes you mainly on road down to Newtown Creek and then back inland toward Newport.  Personally my advice would be to cycle clockwise using the old railway line first and then decide if you would like to head through the forest or continue onwards to Newtown.  The views coming back this way into Cowes are then left for you to savour at the end of your ride.

Distance: 28KM / 16 Miles or Approx 19KM / 12 Miles if cutting through Parkhurst Forest

Route 5 - Brighstone

If your looking for Mountain Biking then this will be right up your street, you only have to look at the elevation to get a headache.  What it lacks in distance it makes up for in Inclines and Declines, utilising the ridge of both Mottistone and Brighstone Downs the views are as stunning as the quick decents.

Distance: 16KM / 10 Miles or Shorter Route 13KM / 8 Miles

Route 6 - Brighstone

This route comes out of the south end of Brighstone village and heads east towards it's furthest point at Chale.  A lovely figure 8 ride that does have a few steady inclines to get over.

Distance: 20KM / 12 Miles

Route 7 - Ryde

This ride starts at Ryde Pier head and undulates through the countryside, passing by Haven Street (Which is a good stop for the Steam Railway) and the town of Brading.  Once your out of Ryde town the scenery is very much that of countryside.  It's a challenging ride that is mainly on road with the only off road section a little of the former railway line which connects Cowes to Sandown.

Distance: 25KM / 15 Miles

Route 8 - Ryde

A nice ride that encompasses both the coast of the North East tip of the Island with some more inland countryside.  Starting in Ryde and going through the villages of Seaview, St Helens, Bembridge and Brading it offers something for everyone along the way.  There is an alternative shortcut that cuts out the Bembridge section.

Distance: 25KM / 15 Miles or Shorter Route 19KM / 12 Miles

Route 9 - Newport

Utilising the Sandown Cycleway between Newport and Merstone the first part of this trail is off road, at Merstone it turns further inland and passes close to the villages of Rookley and Gatcombe on mainly quiet roads.

Distance: 16KM / 10 Miles

Route 10 - Carisbrooke

If you like riding on country roads then this is right up your street.  Starting at Carisbrooke and meandering around the countryside village of Shorwell it also goes nearby the villages of Chillerton and Rookley.

Distance: 19KM / 12 Miles

Route 11 - Sandown

A short ride that goes through Sandown and takes you along the seafront towards Yaverland (passing by Dinosaur Isle and The Isle of Wight Zoo) sweeping around the country roads towards adgestone and then rejoins the Sandown cyclway bringing you back into Sandown.

Distance: 8KM / 5 Miles

Route 12 - Shanklin

As you will see from the elevation of this ride it's a challenging up and down ride as Ventnor is known for being quite hilly.  From Shanklin you will pass through the beautiful village of Bonchurch before heading into Ventnor.  Once through Wroxall the old railway line takes you back towards Shanklin.

Distance: 19KM / 12 Miles

Route 13 - Sunshine Trail

A great family ride that is mainly off road and runs through the towns of Sandown, Shanklin, Godshill and Wroxall.  A great way to see some wildlife and stay off the beaten track.

Distance: 19KM / 12 Miles

Route 14 - Western Loop

This route will take you around the western side of the Island showing you some of the most scenic area's on the Isle of Wight.  It is circular so can be completed either way.  Please note the elevation as this may decide your ride.  This route will not be marked as it is a combination of many other routes.  This Route has been mapped using www.mapmyride.com

Distance: 53KM / 33 Miles

Route 15 - Eastern Loop

This route will take you around the eastern side of the Island showing you some of the most scenic area's on the Isle of Wight.  It is circular so can be completed either way.  Please note the elevation as this may decide your ride.  This route will not be marked as it is a combination of many other routes.  This Route has been mapped using www.mapmyride.com

Distance: 45KM / 28 Miles

Point to Point Rides

Tennyson Trail - Freshwater Bay to Carisbrooke - 10 Miles

National Route 23 - Cowes to Sandown - 12 Miles