Isle of Wight Cycling North South Loop

Isle of Wight Cycling Route

From East Cowes to Niton to West Cowes, there is a mixture of excellent singletrack, minor lanes, fields, bridleways and riverside paths. This route is 77km long with 1121m of climbing and mostly off road. To the east of the island, the going is sandy compared to the chalk and flint of the western half. Terrain is varied, but extremely difficult in monsoon conditions. I’ll be back to ride this route again when visibility and weather conditions improve.

The trip report is here.

You’ll need OS map OL29.

Getting there
We cycled from our home to Southampton, then took the one hour crossing with Red Funnel Ferries (bikes are free). Booking is not necessary. Only folding bikes can be taken on the Red Jet (fast ferry).

Our bikepacking kit list is available for download here.

Other Routes
If you’d like to look at some other routes we’ve taken, then take a peek at routes, trails and tracks.

A guide to stealth camping can be found here.

Isle of Wight cycling track

Meraid Griffin

Freelance writer, adventurer and public speaker. Descibed in the Sunday Times as a ‘modest explorer’. Nothing modest about me.


  1. Nice site, I’m not so far away so really useful!

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