Cycling on Isle of Wight

With over 200 miles of cycle routes across the Island, through countryside and along the coast, there are routes to suit everyone and all abilities. From challenging off-road bridleways, scenic byways to level, purpose-made cycle tracks across the Island on the former railway lines.

Bikes can be hired from a number of different outlets across the Island and there are companies that can offer a delivery service to the park.

Below we’ve chosen a few of the Isle of Wight cycling routes and trails for you to explore, offering a great day out for all the family.

 

cycling route map
1
easy
Carisbrooke
  • DIFFICULTY
    easy
  • START POINT
    Carisbrooke Castle
  • DISTANCE
    12 Miles
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 and picture-postcard Shorwell, one of Queen Victoria?s favourite places to visit.
2
easy
Cowes
  • DIFFICULTY
    easy
  • START POINT
    Cowes: Well Street Car park
  • DISTANCE
    9 Miles
Leaving from East Cowes you?ll catch great views of the Medina River and the countryside. Why not take a detour to nearby Osborne House? The return to West Cowes is along the smooth surface Medina cycleway, a former railway line.
3
easy
Sandown
  • DIFFICULTY
    easy
  • START POINT
    Sandown
  • DISTANCE
    5 Miles
Feeling adventurous? Get up close to ?monsters? at Sandown?s Dinosaur Isle before taking an easy route along the coast to Brading, perhaps visiting the Roman Villa, then through the wetlands of the Eastern Yar, a haven for birdlife.
4
moderate
Freshwater Bay to Cowes
  • DIFFICULTY
    moderate
  • START POINT
    Freshwater Bay
  • DISTANCE
    6 Miles
Cycling mainly on back roads, head for Freshwater and on to historic Yarmouth (with shops, pubs, accommodation and a castle it?s well worth a visit), either by road or along the former railway track. Take the A3054 to Shallfleet, turning off on to country roads. Take a look at Newtown, once an important medieval town and port with some interesting buildings before continuing to Cowes and the Chain Ferry (free for cyclists) across the River Medina.
5
moderate
Newport
  • DIFFICULTY
    moderate
  • START POINT
    Medina Avenue, Newport
  • DISTANCE
    10 Miles
This 10 mile ride gets off to an easy
start along a former railway line cycleway to the quaint little hamlet of Merstone. Depending on your mood, return along roads or via a bridleway and pretty
country lanes, rejoining the cycleway
to Newport if you wish.
6
moderate
Ryde to Brading
  • DIFFICULTY
    moderate
  • START POINT
    Ryde or Brading
  • DISTANCE
    15 Miles
Skirt the Island?s coastline through the little Edwardian resort of Seaview and surprisingly large village of Bembridge to historic Brading before returning along roads and country lanes. Lots of opportunities for a swim and pit stop en route.
7
moderate
Ryde
  • DIFFICULTY
    moderate
  • START POINT
    Ryde or Brading
  • DISTANCE
    15 Miles
Enjoy the contrasts of cycling along leafy lanes through woodlands, up on to the ridge of the downs and along a former railway line to and from Brading. It?s one of the Island?s oldest towns with a great choice of pubs and teashops for a refreshment stop.
8
difficult
Yarmouth & Tennyson Trail
  • DIFFICULTY
    difficult
  • START POINT
    Yarmouth or Freshwater bay
  • DISTANCE
    12 Miles
This longer route gives you a variety of terrain - an estuary-side cycleway, some delightful country lanes and a more challenging section over the downs, with the reward of stunning coastal and Island views.
9
difficult
Wroxall to Freshwater Bay
  • DIFFICULTY
    difficult
  • START POINT
    Station Road, Wroxall
  • DISTANCE
    18 Miles
The route starts in Wroxall, north of Ventnor, and takes you through the wild and unspoilt coastal landscapes of West Wight. Expect some fast road riding and steep ascents that will reward you with beautiful downland and chalk cliff coastal views.

Highlights include Niton Down, Blackgang Chine with its family fun theme park and Freshwater Bay itself, perfect for a dip in the sea at the end of a summer ride.
10
difficult
Shanklin
  • DIFFICULTY
    difficult
  • START POINT
    Shanklin, Ventor or Wroxall
  • DISTANCE
    12 Miles
Leaving behind the thatched cottages of Old Shanklin, this route takes you through the quaint village of Bonchurch to Ventnor with its Victorian seafront, returning along a disused railway line. A couple of big hills add an extra dimension along the way.