The Isle of Wight – A Cyclist’s Paradise27th March 2014
Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park has a lot to offer any family, but you needn’t stay on the park all day every day! The Isle of Wight is a stunning gem set in the silver waters of the English Channel, and now that the weather is starting to warm up, what better way to see it than by bike?
We have excellent ties with the local bicycle hire shops on the Island and are more than happy to help you organize your bike hire. Our recommended vendor is Isle of Wight Cycle in Sandown. They charge £10 and £8 per day for adults and children respectively. The weekly rate is £50 and £40 respectively. Tandem bikes are available for £30 per day and tag-a-long bikes for £8 per day.
Cycling Routes on the Isle of Wight
Whitecliff Bay can help you easily get your hands on the bikes, but where you head off on them is up to you! A wealth of cycleways to suit both experienced riders and enthusiastic amateurs alike can be found on the island, ranging from short five- to six-mile routes, 30- to 60-mile routes and even the 70-mile monster “Round the Island” route. Cycle between the many beautiful and historic towns of the Isle of Wight such as Yarmouth, Cowes, Brighstone and more. The varied terrain means that you can enjoy gentle paths and bridleways, as well as more challenging hills like those between Chale and Godshill, which offer some of the most breathtaking views on the island.
The Round the Island route is by far the most famous and comprehensive route on offer. In full it covers around 70 miles, but there is a shortcut option for those with less time and/or energy. During the May Day holiday, the route attracts thousands of people, who take three to four days completing it, stopping off at the local highlights along the way. There’s really no better way during the warmer months of seeing so much of the beauty, splendour and adventure that the Isle of Wight can offer all its visitors.
The Isle of Wight also has the Cycling Festival, which in 2014 will be held from the 13th to the 28th of September. It’s just another reason to consider Whitecliff Bay the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of the Island.