The Island is tailor-made for great cycling, with over 200 miles of cycle routes through some of the most scenic countryside in the UK. It’s as little as a short 22 minute ferry crossing from Portsmouth, a 40 minute crossing from Lymington and an extra 10 minute on top of that if you’re coming from the New Forest.
The Isle of Wight has branded itself “the cycling island” – and that’s very fair given the 200 miles of cycling routes (on an island that’s 147 square miles) and the annual Isle of Wight Cycling Festival. It’s most famous for the Isle of Wight randonee sportive, the annual circumnavigation of the island by bike (our guide to the route is here ).
- 1 Is the Isle of Wight good for cycling?
- 2 Can you cycle around the Isle of Wight in a day?
- 3 Can I take my bike on the Isle of Wight ferry?
- 4 Can you cycle the Tennyson Trail?
- 5 How much is a ferry to Isle of Wight?
- 6 How long does it take to cycle the Isle of Wight?
- 7 Is Isle of Wight hilly?
- 8 How far around is the Isle of Wight?
- 9 What is the perimeter of the Isle of Wight?
- 10 Can you take bikes on Red Jet ferry?
Is the Isle of Wight good for cycling?
The Isle of Wight celebrates its highly reputed status as one of the top cycling destinations in the world. Not only are we home to some of the UK’s best scenery, we also have around 200 miles of cycle tracks, byways and bridleways for you to explore.
Can you cycle around the Isle of Wight in a day?
Experienced cyclists can circumnavigate the island in a day but there’s much more to explore, with lovely bike trails and viewpoints in the interior too. The island is a perfect place for family bike rides too, with a great selection of gentle trails and the all-important ice cream shops at regular intervals in summer.
Can I take my bike on the Isle of Wight ferry?
Yes, you can. Bikes are free of charge to take on board when you buy a foot passenger ticket. You can now book in advance as a foot passenger with a bike, this is recommended during busy times of the year.
Can you cycle the Tennyson Trail?
The Tennyson Trail in West Wight makes up a good section of the Chalk Ridge Extreme and is extremely popular with local and visiting cyclists. The Good Mountain Biking Guide describes the Tennyson Trail as ‘probably the best chalk trail in the UK’.
How much is a ferry to Isle of Wight?
Isle of Wight car ferry prices vary. In winter you might pay as little as £40 to take a car and up to 6 or 7 passengers – potentially just £6 per person return. Most summer visitors pay somewhere around £100, although peak fares occasionally reach nearly £200 during school holidays.
How long does it take to cycle the Isle of Wight?
We’ve been carrying people across the Solent for 160 years now, and pride ourselves on the service we provide. Our FastCats can get you and your bike to the Isle of Wight in just 22 minutes and, when you travel as a foot passenger, the bicycle comes free.
Is Isle of Wight hilly?
The South Wight is very hilly with plenty of chances to test out the strength of the first gear in your car but the Isle of Wight does not have a mountain. The highest point is at St Boniface (see map below), which is (according to a couple of sources) 241m high. According to Wikipedia, that makes it a Marilyn.
How far around is the Isle of Wight?
The Isle of Wight coastal path is about 70 miles. You can obviously walk it in a couple of days if you’re a lunatic, or you can take a month doing it if you really want to, but bear in mind that some parts of the route are very rural so don’t have many accommodation options.
What is the perimeter of the Isle of Wight?
The Isle of Wight Coastal Path (or Coastal Footpath) is a circular long-distance footpath of 70 miles (113 km) around the Isle of Wight, UK.
Can you take bikes on Red Jet ferry?
Bicycles are carried free of charge on Red Funnel’s vehicle ferry service between Southampton and East Cowes. Unfortunately due to the design of the vessels, cycles cannot be carried on the Red Jet Hi-Speed service unless they are of the folding type and carried in a purpose designed bag.