The Isle of Wight is one of the UK’s most beautiful places to enjoy the outdoors, be it on two feet or two wheels. Along with a 68 mile long Coastal Path there is a criss-cross network of footpaths and trails to discover.
Walking: Whether you’re after a short stroll for all the family or a challenging stomp, the Isle of Wight has a walk for you.
The 68 mile long Coastal Path can be split into six sections and takes you around the whole circumference of the island. Along the way you’ll pass through busy harbours in sailing towns, sandy seafronts on award-winning beaches and wildlife havens at serene nature reserves.
There are countless places on the Isle of Wight that offer ideal walks for children who might need incentivising! Explore beaches where you’ll be tempted by ice creams, go on a nature adventure in woodlands, take a dinosaur safari, or combine a walk with one of many popular tourist attractions.
Visit Isle of Wight have also created a series of walks with a theme, including dinosaur safaris and scenery that inspired the Poet Laureate, Alfred Lord Tennyson.
Cycling: The Isle of Wight has around 200 miles of cycle tracks, byways and bridleways to explore, so whether you’re a beginner or a regular cyclist there are plenty of routes to try.
The full Round the Island cycle route is popular with keen cyclists and covers 65 miles. There are a number of ways in which the route can be shortened or split over a few days if you prefer. It’s a hilly route, so be prepared! Details shown on the link below:
Other popular cycle routes around the island include the Red Squirrel Trail, which starts and finishes in East Cowes, but can easily be broken down into smaller stretches; the Chalk Ridge Extreme, which as the name suggests is not for the faint hearted; and Quarr Abbey Loop, which takes you from forest to vineyard through beautiful countryside and stunning coastline. Further details of these and other routes can be found on the link below:
There are also routes to suit families, including the Pier Pedal – Sandown to Shanklin, which is perfect for children as it’s flat and has plenty of places to stop for ice creams! See the link below for details:
If you choose not to bring your own bikes with you, there are a variety of cycle hire outlets available.