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General Information

Getting there

If you are already on the Island, getting to the start point at Wroxall is simple. There is a free car park near St John’s Church, and the route can be accessed from many other points with excellent parking.

Travelling to the Island requires a ferry service: although those that carry bikes do so free of charge, if you have a carry your bike on a car, they are expensive and often have to be booked. Wightlink services from Lymington to Yarmouth (vehicle and passenger), Portsmouth to Fishbourne (vehicle and passenger) and Portsmouth to Ryde (passenger) carry bikes and are detailed at http://www.wightlink.co.uk The only Red Funnel service that carries bikes is their vehicle route from Southampton to East Cowes, http://www.redfunnel.co.uk

Food and drink

The route is dotted with pubs, cafes, and some pretty high class restaurants too, as well as many village shops and supermarkets. The only section that is more sparsely provided for is the first leg, particularly once you have left the Wight Mouse Inn at Chale, and before you reach Freshwater Bay. However even then heading slightly inland will be rewarding, with excellent pubs such as the Sun Inn at Hulverstone for the finding.

Where to stay

The Isle of Wight economy depends to a large extent on tourism, and there is no shortage of accommodation nor do there seem to be any limits in the types offered. Visit http://www.islandbreaks.co.uk for full details.

Bike shops & support

The Island has several superb bike shops, including Wight Mountain (01983 533445) in central Newport, and Tav Cycles (01983 812989) in Ryde.

Other attractions

Barely a mile passes without somewhere worth visiting.

Major attractions passed include Appuldurcombe House (Wroxall), St Catherine’s Point lighthouse, Blackgang Chine, Wight Pearl, watersports in Compton Bay, Dimbola Lodge (Freshwater), Alum Bay, The Needles, Fort Victoria (Norton), Newtown Nature Reserve, Cowes yachting, Osbourne House (East Cowes), Quarr Abbey (Wootton), Ryde seafront, Flamingo World, The Duver (St Helens), Bembridge Harbour, Bembridge Windmill, Sandown Pier and seafront, Shanklin Old Village, and more.

There are also plenty of attractions inland of the route.

Copyright

All satellite imagery and maps are generated from Virtual Earth http://www.microsoft.com/virtualearth/default.mspx using Ascent http://www.montebellosoftware.com/index.html , and are Copyright © Microsoft Corporation. Elevation profiles and route-specific details were captured using a Garmin Edge 305 GPS computer, and processed using Ascent, which generated the elevation graphics. The text and all photographs are Copyright © 2007 EHN & DIJ Oakley. Route cycled by Howard Oakley on a Giant TCR C2, running Continental Grand Prix 4000S 700 23C tyres at 110-120 psi, so no softy balloons there, on 20 August 2007. The Cowleaze Hill variation was ridden as a separate circuit a few days later on the same bike, and on a Trice recumbent 3-wheeler.

Written by Howard Oakley, 21-27 August 2007, with links above lightly corrected 7 August 2015 - http://www.ehnoakley.com

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