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Isle of Wight Self Guided Cycle
Isle of Wight Self Guided Cycle
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E-bike:
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5 days
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 3
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Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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WIC
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Isle of Wight Self Guided Cycle

Bike Tour: Isle of Wight Self Guided Cycle - 5 days

If you're looking for a short and lovely active break away, you should certainly consider cycling on the Isle of Wight. Within easy reach from London, it is an ideal holiday destination for bike travellers. On this self guided trip you will cover the entire length of the island. There'll be plenty of opportunity to enjoy the sights while you cycle along the Isle of Wight.

Half of the isle is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so you can be assured of seeing splendid views such as the Needles, the attractive hills and villages by Bembridge Down, and the sun-drenched estuary around Newport. One of the highlights is Osborne House, which was Queen Victoria’s summer residence. Enjoy this five-day Isle of Wight cycling holiday and have all your arrangements looked after by our team.

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Route
Day 1: Arrive in Ryde
Day 2: Ryde to Yarmouth (39 km / 24.25 miles)
Day 3: Yarmouth to Chale (via the Needles) (38 km / 23.6 miles)
Day 4: Chale to Ryde (42 km / 26 miles)
Day 5: Arrangements end after breakfast

Day 1:    Arrive in Ryde

Ideally, take the train to Portsmouth and then the ferry or hovercraft over to the island. Ryde is a busy seaside town, take your time to explore and maybe try traditional fish 'n' chips on the promenade.

Accommodation: Ryde - we have selected a couple of 3-star hotels in the streets behind the esplanade. One is a quiet small hotel with a small bar, the other a popular town hotel with a big bar and restaurant.

Day 2:    Ryde to Yarmouth (39 km / 24.25 miles)

A great first day's ride takes you from the busy suburbs of Ryde and Cowes, to the beach resort of Gurnard and then through the pastoral elegance inland, winding through Newtown and some beautiful small villages before rolling into Yarmouth, a pretty, historic seaside town. On the way, the big attraction is Queen Victoria’s Osborne House. This is a big site, so you will need to watch your time if you visit. There is also Quarr Abbey, St. Mildreds Church Whippingham and Cowes. Newtown was the original capital of the island, it was attacked by the French in 1377 and never recovered. The old town hall dates back to the 1690's and is now in the care of the National Trust along with much of the surrounding land. Finally, we push into the old town of Yarmouth with its small pier and castle as well as an attractive square and church.

Accommodation: You will stay at a charming 16th century inn situated in the heart of Yarmouth's market square and only a stone's throw from the sea & harbour.

Day 3:    Yarmouth to Chale (via the Needles) (38 km / 23.6 miles)

A bike ride full of beauty with some hills, including an optional couple of steep hairpins up to the New Battery at The Needles Park. From there you can go no further, but it is a magnificent spot for views of the teeth-like stacks (The Needles) jutting out of the headland. It is not such a hard climb, and if you want to avoid cycling up, you could even walk or get the bus from the Alum Bay car park.

Follow on to Freshwater Bay, which has a couple of attractions including a thatched church. Then there is the (optional) chalky downland ride up and over the grassy downs called ‘The Tennyson Trail,’ this can also be bypassed if you don’t feel like it. The second half of the day is a bit easier with fast country roads, narrow winding lanes and pretty villages such as Brighstone, with some thatched cottages. Finally returning nearer to the coast, you arrive at the village of Chale underneath St. Catherine’s Down with its medieval lighthouse, the oratory tower. Chale Bay was at one time known as the Bay of Death; sixty ships were lost here between 1746 and 1808. Nearby are the Wealdon Beds which have yielded fossilised remains of dinosaurs.


Accommodation: Your inn in Chale is peacefully located.

Day 4:    Chale to Ryde (42 km / 26 miles)

The final day of cycling on the Isle of Wight is an interesting hilly mix of downs cycling and coastal stretches towards the end of the day. The route avoids the big tourist resorts of Ventnor, Shanklin and Sandown, opting for attractive hilly inland riding. This continues until you reach Bembridge where you pass around the estuarine harbour where there are a couple of venues to enjoy fresh crab or lobster. Then you are pedalling inland around pretty St. Helens with its harbour and attractive village green, before reaching the coastal road at Seaview. The last few kilometres are a relaxing roll into Ryde along the coast road, before climbing back into town to deliver your bike to the shop and return to your overnight accommodation.

Accommodation: We have selected for you a couple of 3-star hotels in the streets behind the esplanade. One is a quiet small hotel with a small bar, the other a popular town hotel with a big bar and restaurant.

Day 5:    Arrangements end after breakfast

After breakfast make your way to the pier to catch your return ferry to the mainland.

Prices & Dates

Price pp £
Double room, incl. breakfast 370.00
Extra night, per room incl. breakfast 70.00
Accommodation

The hotels, inns, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts on this Isle of Wight cycling holiday are family-run, clean and comfortable (ranging from 2 to 4 stars), and provide access to local living thanks to your hosts. The hospitality is generous and their local knowledge is invaluable.

Where possible, we have chosen locations that add to your experience.

Bikes

If you decide not bring your own, you can rent a bicycle through us. You can choose from a range of bicycles suitable for your route. As well as providing you with the different options available, our team can organise the rental for you. Just contact us for details.

Once all confirmed, you will find your rental bikes waiting for you at your first hotel or at an alternative meeting point. When your bike is handed over to you, you'll also be provided with items such as the keys, chain lock, helmet and spare inner tube. 

Practical Info

Minimum 1 person

This Isle of Wight cycling holiday involves 4-5 hours of cycling per day. You will need a good level of fitness and be in good health.

4 nights accommodation

B&Bs / Inns with ensuite facilities or private bathrooms where available

3 breakfasts included

Daily departures between mid-March and mid-October, except 15-20 June & 30 Jul-06 Aug

Information pack including notes and OS map (1 pack per room booked)

Bike hire is not included and is paid locally - approx £60

Emergency contact

3 luggage transfers

Nearest train station is in Portsmouth, from where frequent ferry & hovercraft services run

Ferry services between Portsmouth & Ryde take about half an hour

Hovercraft services between Portsmouth & Ryde take about 10 minutes (it is the only scheduled passenger hovercraft service in the world)

The cost is only £26-35 for a return

Ferry services between Portsmouth & Ryde take about half an hour

Hovercraft services between Portsmouth & Ryde take about 10 minutes (it is the only scheduled passenger hovercraft service in the world)

The cost is only £26-35 for a return

Exclusions

  • Dinner, lunch and drinks
  • Bike hire (see above for rental information)
  • Any entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to and from Ryde
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
Arrival Info

Nearest train station is Portsmouth,  from where frequent ferry & hovercraft services run

Portsmouth - Fishbourne

Southampton - Cowes

It is so easy (and cheap!) to go somewhere as different as the Isle of Wight. An hourly train from London Waterloo takes you directly to Portsmouth Harbour (1.5-2 hours), where you can seamlessly walk on to the passenger ferry. Less than half an hour later, the ferry arrives at an old pier in Fishbourne, where an antiquated City & Metropolitan tube train serves as the main train into Ryde, the island’s largest town and the start of your cycling trip. Those who can’t get there quickly enough can take the only scheduled passenger hovercraft service in the world, which plonks you onto the beach by the esplanade in just 10 minutes.

The ferry and hover options cost only £26 and £35 for a return respectively.

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