A long cycle around the Isle of Wight


Isle of Wight is a properly brilliant cycle and given how unfit I am and how inappropriate my massively heavy town cruiser bike was for it, I would say that it’s pretty good for anyone to do it. You get the Red Funnel ferry over to Cowes and then there is the option of clockwise or anti. We went anti-clockwise and I think it was the best decision. The route is really well signposted and very easy to follow. You can also print out the map from the Randonee site.
in all the right places and it generally keeps you off the main roads and on lovely quiet country lanes. There are a couple of epic hill climbs (Freshwater & Blackgang) but generally it’s a series of gentle undulations. We also did a diversion to visit the Needles. It’s a bit like a horrible theme park at the end of the world, entirely populated by old people, and you have to watch out for coaches.

People were alarmingly friendly and every cyclist/hiker we passed chirpily said good morning. And we passed a lot.

However, I now have decided I need a new bike that doesn’t weigh about the same as me and I am torn on whether to get a road bike, a really light mountain bike with road tyres or a new super light hybrid.