Isle of Wight is one among many favourite locations of mine for a cycle tour of the island. It is a gorgeous part of the England and a popular tourist destination from Victorian times.
The Isle of Wight known as Vectis in ancient time, is a county and the largest island of England, located in the English Channel, off the coast of Hampshire, separated from mainland United Kingdom, by a strait called the Solent.
How to get to Isle of Wight – There are three ferry ports Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth that links to Isle of Wight by vehicle ferries, high speed passenger catamarans and hovercraft.
Best Season – It goes without a say Summers. But the best part of Britain is that every season adds a beauty to this place. Isle of Wight is host of famous music festivals. So summer is crowded with fantastic crowd, tourists, music lovers, bike lovers, campers. Perfect holiday destination.
Places to Visit- Oh there are many, you can do a round trip of Wight by walk, driving around. Since I am a biking enthusiast, I saw the places on my bike. One can visit – Newport, Ryde, Cowes, Shanklin, Sandown, East Cowes. We visited Shanklin, Ryde, Sandown, Cowes on this trip.
Places to Stay- There are lots of options from 5 start hotel to a hostel. We stayed in a youth hostel at Cowes(PO31 7PQ) at £15/night in a shared dormitory. A lovely hostel to relax, meet some new people. There are lots of water sports organizers as well. Youth hostel people will be glad to help you with information.
Cycle Hire- There are numerous places, you can rent a cycle on per day basis or for a week. I can recommend – http://www.islecycle.co.uk/. They will provide helmets and locks. Never forget to lock your cycle 🙂
A highly recommended place by me 🙂 Sharing few pictures of our visit, Ash has captured some of the beautiful landscape.
Like always, feel free to get in touch with me in case you require any further information.