Isle of Wight Cycle Route 1
10 Mile Easy/Moderate Isle of Wight Cycle Ride
Freshwater → Yarmouth → Totland → Alum Bay → Freshwater
This signposted route takes you around the small towns and villages of the West of the Isle of Wight. There are a number of attractive locations along the way to stop and enjoy.
The ride starts in Freshwater Bay, joins a cycle track on the edge of Freshwater town going to Yarmouth. After seeing Yarmouth, with it's castle and boutique shops, the route continues to Totland and Totland Bay, where there is a beautiful beach, and on towards Alum Bay where we turn back towards Freshwater.
This route has many opportunities for detours and it is worth taking the time to see the secrete rocket testing facility (now no longer in operation) up above Alum Bay. Jump to Cycle Ride Detailed Directions »
The route starts at Freshwater Bay where there is a large council run car park. Free road side parking is available at other locations along the route. Freshwater Bay also has an excellent local shop located a hundred yards or so up towards Alum Bay and here you can buy provisions for the journey.
1. Leave Freshwater Bay along the road to Yarmouth (Afton Rd) and cycle till you see a garden centre on your right. Just before the garden centre is the start of the cycle track which you turn right onto.
2. Follow the cycle track till you come to a junction with a bridge on your left. Cross straight over the road and cycle along the track while keeping the estuary on your left.
3. The cycle path takes you all the way to the edge of Yarmouth and here signs direct you back onto the road and into Yarmouth.
Yarmouth is a pretty seaside town with plenty of small shops and places to eat. There is a historic castle and a pier which are both worth getting off the bike to have a look at.
4. Leave Yarmouth on the road to Freshwater via a bridge over the estuary. Cycle along this road toward Totland and Alum Bay.
5. When you reach Totland turn right on Granville Rd which takes you down to a cross roads.
At this point you have a chance to take Madeira Rd down to Totland Bay. Here you will find the remains of an old pier and a choice of cafes which by the sea. You can leave you bikes and take a short walk up the coast where sea birds are known to congregate.
6. Back at the junction go straight over onto Cliff Rd and follow it all the way to the main Alum Bay - Totland Rd. Turn right onto the main road toward Alum Bay and cycle along it for 800 meters to where there will be a hairpin turning to your left.
Here there is an optional detour to see The Needles from the old rocket testing site. Simply continue down the road to Alum Bay, through the Needles Park and through a wide gate up toward the National Trust run The Needles Battery. Continue up till you reach the rocket testing site which is free to enter and has amazing views of The Needles.
7. Back at the hairpin turning to the left take this turn towards Freshwater Bay and follow the road all the way till you see where you stated from.
Back at Freshwater Bay where there is a teashop and lifeboat charity shop from where you can buy ice creams. Freshwater Bay is also popular with swimmers so you might like a refreshing swim.
Isle of Wight Cycle Friendly Cottages En Route
Freshwater, Isle of Wight Cottages
Sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms; Children welcome
This picturesque thatched cottage is very attractively situated, in peaceful surroundings overlooking Pound Green, on the outskirts of Freshwater. It is within a 15 minute walk of Freshwater Bay and Totland Bay. The sandy cove of Colwell is also nearby. The centre of Freshwater is five minutes walk away. Here there are a small number of shops, a public house for meals and a leisure club with indoor swimming pool.
Sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom; Not suitable for children
This charming cottage is beautifully sited on the cliff top above Freshwater Bay in ‘An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. There are wonderful sea views of the bay and South coast from the cottage and garden as well as fine views of Tennyson Down. Visitors can walk down for a swim, in Freshwater Bay, in less than 5 minutes.
Sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom plus a baby under 12 months
Tennyson's View stands within a 2 minute walk of the beach at Freshwater Bay in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Lovely views of Tennyson Down from the property which has accommodation which is all on one level. Private balcony and communal gardens. Wonderful walking and cycling area close to coastal path and downland walks with spectacular views. Public House, tea shop and 10 hole golf course within 5 minutes walk.
New Cottage; Sleeps 4 + child up to 18 months in 2 bedrooms
Milton Stables is situated on the south west side of the Isle of Wight within a 5 minute walk of Freshwater Bay, Tennyson Down and the coastal path which is particularly dramatic on its route westwards to The Needles. It is a detached property which has been converted from original stables - renovated with care to provide spacious, light and comfortable accommodation for 4 people with a large plan open plan living room with doors opening onto the courtyard garden; a fitted kitchen, and wet room. There is a ground floor twin room and upstairs there is a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a small sitting room. The cottage has an enclosed courtyard which is fenced and gated.
Yarmouth, Isle of Wight Cottages
New Cottage; Sleeps 9 in 5 bedrooms
Lovely thatched, stone cottage, on the west side of the Isle of Wight within a 10 minute walk of the sea and within a very short drive of Yarmouth and the bays of Colwell and Totland. The cottage is furnished and equipped to a high standard to provide very comfortable accommodation for 9 people in 5 bedrooms and 3 bath/shower rooms. Two separate sitting room areas and delightful fitted kitchen. Sunny garden and parking for 3/4 cars. Wonderful walks along the coastal path and nearby Tennyson Down.
Totland, Isle of Wight Cottages
Sleeps 6 + a baby under 10 months in 3 bedrooms. Children 5+ welcome
This superb cottage is one of 5 very individual properties skilfully converted from a beautiful church in Totland. It stands within a 10 minute walk of the beaches of Totland and Colwell Bay. It is also in a lovely walking and cycling area with wonderful downland and coastal paths nearby. It has been furnished and equipped to a very high standard with deep cream carpets and attractively co-ordinated fabrics. There is a feeling of luxury throughout the property.
Sleeps 6 in 4 bedrooms; Children welcome
This lovely detached house is very attractively situated, close to the cliff top above Totland Bay, on the west side of the Island. There are sea views from the balcony, bedrooms and dining room and the lighthouse at Hurst Point can be glimpsed in the distance. The sandy bay of Totland where swimming, paddling and boating can be enjoyed is only a 3 minute walk away. This is also a marvellous walking area.
Sleeps 4 + 1 in 2 bedrooms
Apple House is situated on the west side of the island, within a 10 minute walk of the beach at Colwell Bay. Here swimming, paddling, fishing and boating can be enjoyed. Totland Bay is also within easy walking distance. The coastal path from this area can be followed westward to Alum Bay, Tennyson Down and The Needles - a wonderful walking area with panoramic sea views. The centre of Freshwater is also within a 10 minute walk.
Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms; children 12 + welcome.
Delightful self catering cottage at Totland within a 12 minute walk of the sandy beaches of Colwell Bay and Totland Bay. This west side of the island is a wonderful walking area with easy access to the coastal path to The Needles and marvellous downland walks and bike rides. The centre of the small market town of Freshwater is within a 15 minute walk and this offers a good range of shops, public houses and restaurants plus a sports centre with indoor pool and a golf course with panoramic views. Romany Cottage is furnished and equipped to a high standard and an open fire in the sitting room and a wood burning stove in the dining area. These fires provide a lovely central focus in colder weather. In the warmth of summer three sets of french doors can be opened from the ground floor rooms into the garden giving the cottage a lovely open feel - the garden is a delightful protected spot to enjoy a barbecue and drinks in the sunshine.
Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms; Children welcome
Sea Haze is a lovely detached bungalow situated on the outskirts of Freshwater with a large garden and sea views from the garden and kitchen. It is in a secluded area with individual well spaced properties and on a quiet unmade road. Sea Haze is 1/3 of mile from the sandy bays of Colwell and Totland.This west side of the island is renowned for its beautiful countryside, pretty villages and small sandy bays.
Sleeps 4 plus a baby in 2 bedrooms; Babies under 12 month and children 4+ welcome
Lovely detached bungalow within a 3 minute walk of the beach at Colwell Bay on the west side of the Isle of Wight. Delightful walking area close to the coastal path linking to nearby Alum Bay, The Needles and Tennyson Down. Restaurant and bar overlooking the sea within a short stroll. The property has been furnished and equipped to a very high standard. It offers very attractive and comfortable accommodation which is all on one level apart from one internal step. Fenced and gated garden with parking for 2/3 cars in the drive. Large raised garden area with outside furniture so that meals can be enjoyed in the sunshine.
Alum Bay, Isle of Wight Cottages
Sleeps 4 + a baby in 2 bedrooms.
Tennyson Wing is beautifully situated in a lovely rural location above Alum Bay and enjoys panoramic views of the nearby downs and across fields to the sea. This is a wonderful walking area within a two minute walk of Tennyson Down and a nearby footpath leads to the coastal path. Tennyson Wing is the first floor south west wing of a large detached property with a wonderful large terrace where meals can be enjoyed. It has two bedrooms - a twin room and a double bedroom with a king size bed and en-suite shower room; family bathroom; fitted kitchen; charming sitting room and dining area. Sea views from most main rooms. Only a short drive from several sandy coves on the west side of the island.
Alum Bay, Isle of Wight
Alverstone, Isle of Wight Cottages
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedroom
Situated in beautiful East Wight countryside on the outskirts of the attractive hamlet of Alverstone and within an easy 10 minute drive of the sandy beaches of Sandown and Shanklin. The property enjoys beautiful views across open countryside towards Culver Cliffs and the sea can be glimpsed in the distance.
Alverstone, Isle of Wight
Sleeps 4 + 1 in 2 bedrooms; Children welcome
Mead Cottage is attractively situated on a 12 acre farm on the edge of the small rural hamlet of Alverstone in “An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. This is a wonderful position for outdoor pursuits, walking, cycling, fishing and golf. In the village there are lovely water meadows and fishing ponds with hides for bird and red squirrel watching. There are many footpaths leading up on to the downs and towards the coast.
Alverstone, Isle of Wight
Sleeps 4 + 1 in 2 bedrooms; Children welcome
Two Mead Cottage is one of a pair of cottages which stand in the attractive rural hamlet of Alverstone and is less than a 5 minute drive from the lovely sandy beaches of Sandown on the east coast of the Island. The cottage is located on a small 12 acre farm which is home to horses, cows and a few free range chickens. The farm is in “An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” and has a charming large pond which attracts ducks, moorhens and the occassional heron.