A bit of all Wight!
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
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THE ISLE OF WIGHT There are some dramatic coastal views and plenty of places to camp for the weekend