Cycling holidays on the Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight is a great destination for a cycling holiday, with a dedicated Round the Island route, mapped out by cyclists, for cyclists, to avoid traffic and make the most of the stunning coastal views.
Our homegrown community of passionate bike-lovers also run the annual Isle of Wight Randonnee, which you might know as the ‘Round the Island bike race’. The Isle of Wight Cycling Club arranges time trials and road races throughout the year. Visit Isle of Wight developed the ‘Bicycle Island’ brand to show off the amazing mountain bike trails and road routes that this world famous cycling destination has to offer.
Mountain biking and road racing
Whether you’re a mountain biker or a road bike enthusiast, you’ll find some great routes on the Isle of Wight. The majority of the island’s dedicated cycle routes are offroad, with great conditions in the West - the hills, changeable terrain and fast-paced slopes are great for an exhilarating ride. The Isle of Wight Mountain Bike Centre near Newport has a long mountain biking trail, open April to September. If you’re looking for something a bit less vigorous, the 477 miles of roads have everything from quiet country tracks to buzzing thoroughfares with dedicated cycle lanes. In fact, you can cycle from Cowes in the North to Sandown in the South West almost entirely on dedicated bike paths or bike lanes.
Round the Island route
Drivers on the island are used to the sight of bicycles, particularly on the Round the Island route, which is well-signposted. Experienced cyclists may complete the route of 105km in a day, but it’s about 1.5km in elevation gain, so be warned! The Randonnee, which uses the same route, runs in May each year and it’s free to enter, though you’ll need to register in advance. You can start from checkpoints all across the island and there’s even a shorter, 55km family route in the East.
Isle of Wight Cycle Fest 2018
In the last week of August, the Isle of Wight plays host to crowds of cycling enthusiasts, for the annual IW Cycle Fest - the Isle of Wight cycling festival. The week kicks off with a retail village where you can indulge your inner cyclist, before taking part in some of the nearly 70 different rides and events. It’s a family-friendly affair, with a welcoming atmosphere and plenty of events and attractions that the kids are sure to enjoy. They can even take part in races; in 2017, the top prize in the Youth Bike Competition was a brand new bike!
The best Isle of Wight cycling routes
The roads from Shanklin to Sandown will offer you a beautiful vista along the South East coast. This route is only a mile or two long, so you’ll still have plenty of energy reserves by the time you get there, so you can enjoy the rest of the day. When you reach Sandown, you'll also find the Isle Of Wight Zoo, which is well worth a visit. If you're taking the family with you, it's an ideal pit stop as you can all look at the animals together and stop off at a pub or restaurant along the coast for a bit of lunch en route.
If you’re more of an adrenaline junkie and want to really push yourself to the limit, take on the challenge of cycling up the hill in Ventnor. This steep hillside will test your endurance levels and only the fittest make it to the top. You'll also find a number of different events are held throughout the year that are designed to push you hard on your bike. You can find more information through the Isle of Wight Cycling Club website.
Rookley Park cycling
The main cycle route across the centre of the island can be reached in just 5 minutes from Rookley Park - it’s less than 1.5 miles from the park entrance. The Round the Island loop also travels inland near the resort, so that it’s just a 15 minute cycle ride from your door. Rookley Park offers a bike hire service - it’s best to check availability in advance during the Randonnee and IW Cycle Fest.
St Helens cycling
The Round the Island route travels straight past the park entrance at St Helens, and you can easily take a shorter loop by heading up to Newport and cutting back across on the central island bike path. Make sure you plan time for breaks on any trips around the island, as you’ll be sure to encounter some beautiful sights. If you’re looking for bicycle hire, look no further than Tackt-Isle Adventures, which is open 9AM to 6PM and located on the seafront at St Helens. This wacky adventure company also offers Segway rides and sand yachting lessons!
Taking your bike on the Isle of Wight ferry
Wightlink offer a great deal, offering foot passengers an opportunity to take the bike for free. However, be aware that if you’re taking the bikes on the car, adding height or length to your vehicle might mean you’ll be charged more, as there is limited room on the ferry.
What Island View has to offer...
Rookley Park is located in the heart of the Isle of Wight and within easy reach of any beach or attraction in about half an hour. Rookley Park provides a choice of two or three bedroom cottages perfect for self catering holidays and short breaks all year round. Relax in our indoor & outdoor heated swimming pools. Enjoy our entertainments programme, children’s play areas, bar & eatery, in a family-friendly clubhouse.