The Isle of Wight is often associated with yachting and musical concerts and festivals. It’s also renowned as a beautiful, small island where people can relax and enjoy spectacular scenery with sea views. However during the past year the Tourist Board has been promoting the benefits of cycling as sustainable transport, and a way of seeing the full beauty of the island without driving.
Caravans for hire are in abundance and some owners have registered their caravans to rent on Rent My Caravan. You can book direct with owners and we have to say that the static caravans on the Island are some of the best we have seen.
Visitors who enjoy cycling have always been able to hire bicycles and historically have hired them for maybe half a day or so, but the new Tourist Board initiative allows you to participate in tours that last for 7 days if you want to.
These organised tours can take you all around the island and you’ll stop along the way at pubs, restaurants, cafes and local producers to sample a positive feast of sumptuous local food. Aptly named the “Taste Round” you can travel the whole 66 miles if you wish but it’s not compulsory!
Take your own cycling route
Because there are no motorways on the Isle of Wight the peace and quiet is welcoming, especially if you normally live somewhere near the constant hum of traffic. You can cycle up and down hills along a total of 100 miles of cycling routes taking in the views of yachts in the harbour at Cowes or anchored out at sea.
Getting to Ryde you’ll cycle along winding, leafy lanes and once there you can have a rest and then wander around the souvenir shops.
On some routes you can visit a vineyard, garlic farm, lots of farm shops selling anything from homemade ice cream to honeycomb, chocolate, almond cake and a variety of dairy produce. Along the coast there are plenty of places to sample or buy freshly caught fish.
There are regular buses on the South coast that can transport up to a 6 bikes so you can begin your chosen route from anywhere along that coastline.
Book early for Summer 2016
Caravan holiday parks on the Isle of Wight offer full family activities or rural retreats for those who just want to chill out.
If you are thinking about visiting the island during the summer it’s best to book early. It is a highly popular place with tourists and caravans to rent on the Isle of Wight are some of the first to be fully booked.