Isle of Wight Cycle Route 10
12 Mile Moderate Isle of Wight Cycle Ride
Carisbrooke - Kingston - Shorwell - Bowcombe - Carisbrooke
A cycle loop on roads and small lanes around the central part of the Isle of Wight with views of attractive central Isle of Wight countryside and Carisbrooke Castle.
This route takes in pretty villages like Shorwell and Carisbrooke as well as tiny hamlets like Loverstone, Kingston and Bowcombe. There are lots of options to leave the route and explore the local area including stopping at the public houses along the way or walking around Carisbrooke Castle.
The ride can be started in town or village of Carisbrooke but you may wish to start a small way along the route where there is a free car park. The alternative start points is in Shorwell where you will be able to park and there is a small (very small) shop for picking up provisions. Jump to Cycle Ride Detailed Directions »
Our start point of Carisbrooke has a small supermarket for picking up provisions for the journey as well a small cafe for pre-ride breakfast.
1. From the centre of Carisbrooke cycle East on High Street in the direction of Newport till you reach a small roundabout. Take the 2nd exit heading uphill along Cedar Hill Rd to the next roundabout which you cross over onto Whitcombe Rd and follow for 400meters where you see a gravel car park on your right.
Here is a Car Park which is an alternative start point.
2. Follow Whitcombe Rd for another 2.5 miles till you reach a turning to the left signposted for Loverstone. Follow this country lane always bearing right till you rejoin the main road.
3. Turn left on the main road towards Chale and follow it for almost 1.5 miles where you turn right at the junction heading towards Shorwell and Brighstone. Follow this road into the centre of Shorwell.
Shorwell has a plea sent public house called the Crown Inn which serves lunches and dinners. There are tables by the river if you wish to view the bird and fish life while you eat.
4. In the centre of Shorwell turn right on the roundabout (second exit) signposted to Newport. Follow this road till you reach the edge of Carisbrooke. At the roundabout turn right to continue in to the centre of Carisbrooke and where this ride ends.
Carisbrooke has a beautiful Castle which is open to the public through English Heritage. It is possible to view the outside of the castle free of charge by following the bridal way which goes around the outer walls of Carisbrook Castle.
To reach the castle simply follow the road signs to "The Castle". At the top of the road there is a car park. From the car park there are signs that lead to the bridal way running around the castle.
Isle of Wight Cycle Friendly Cottages En Route
Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight Cottages
Sleeps 6 plus a baby in 3 bedrooms; Children welcome.
Dairy Cottage is an attractive stone cottage enjoying rural views and with glimpses of Carisbrooke Castle from the master bedroom. The castle is within a 15 minute walk. The cottage is located at the heart of the Isle of Wight and within a short drive of the coast in any direction. Local walks follow the top of the Downs as far as Freshwater and Alum Bay and enjoy wonderful views all along the way.
Sleeps 7 in 4 bedrooms, Children Welcome
This picturesque Grade II listed cottage dates back to 1676 and is attractively situated at the end of a quiet lane with a lovely ford and footpath leading to the nearby medieval castle of Carisbrooke. Located in the oldest part of Carisbrooke village which is a conservation area lying within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The castle is only 5 minutes walk away and can be glimpsed from the garden and main bedrooms. This is a wonderful walking area as within 5 minutes walk of the cottage visitors can join the famous Tennyson Trail which follows the downs westerly towards The Needles.
Shorwell, Isle of Wight Cottages
Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms; Children welcome
In the centre of the small rural village of Shorwell on the south west of the island and is only a 5 minute drive from a quiet beach at Brighstone. The cottage stands adjacent to a beautiful 11th century church. A pleasant old public house with a large duck pond is within a 1 minute walk and Shorwell still has its own village shop. There are a variety of small sandy coves within a short drive where visitors can enjoy swimming, paddling, boating and fishing.
Bowcombe, Isle of Wight Cottages
Sleeps 7 in 4 bedrooms
This lovely stone cottage is situated in the small rural hamlet of Bowcombe which stands between the pretty village of Shorwell and Carisbrooke with its medieval castle. Shorwell and Carisbrooke are both within a 5 minute drive and have public houses which are good for meals. The cottage offers easy access to the small bays and coves on the south west side of the Isle of Wight. Brighstone beach is within a 10 minute drive and the larger sandy beaches of Ventnor and Shanklin are within a 20 minute drive.