A bit of all Wight!

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Head to the Isle of Wight for stun­ning views

The ferry to the Isle of Wight de­parts from Portsmouth ev­ery 30 min­utes, mak­ing pop­ping over to the is­land ex­tremely easy. The only down­side is the cost of the cross­ing is fairly ex­pen­sive at around £40 re­turn. The is­land is a pleas­ant place to spend a week­end – there are stacks of camp­sites and B&BS to choose from. The rid­ing isn’t the most ex­cit­ing, mainly due to the lim­ited land­mass and the num­ber of ve­hi­cles on the road, but it has a cer­tain charm. Start­ing at Cowes you can fol­low the coastal A3054 to Tot­land then take the small road through the forests to Nee­dles Park, which is the best place to see the fa­mous rocks. You can take a walk along the cliffs to get even closer to them, how­ever most sim­ply look through their binoc­u­lars.

Back on the bike and the B3055 takes you to Black­gang Chine, which at over 170 years old is the UK’S oldest amuse­ment park. It’s an ec­cen­tric place and worth hav­ing a look around. From Black­gang the A3055 leads to Vent­nor, then up to Sandown and Ryde be­fore fin­ish­ing the loop at Cowes. Dial into the is­land’s slow pace and enjoy the views ferry, but why not turn in­land and take the A3054 to Newport and cut through the cen­tre of the is­land and head back to Black­gang?

Q Ex­plor­ing gor­geous trails in like-minded com­pany, and keep­ing them open for rid­ers for years to come


Q £40.50 ( by di­rect debit) an­nual mem­ber­ship fee gives you ac­cess to all the groups na­tion­wide, and you’ll be shown where and how to ride re­spon­si­bly on un­sur­faced roads all over Eng­land and Wales

THE ISLE OF WIGHT There are some dra­matic coastal views and plenty of places to camp for the week­end

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