East Isle of Wight Loop 1

14 Mile Easy/Moderate Isle of Wight Cycle Ride

Godshill → Merstone Railway Station → Newchurch → Alverstone → Borthwood Copse → America Woods → Wroxall → Godshill

This attractive East Isle of Wight cycle loop runs in a large and mostly flat circle along attractive cycle paths and bridal ways with a minimum of road cycling. The ground is mostly track but there are a couple of fields along the way.

The ride can be started from almost anywhere along the route but the most convenient start points are Merstone Station, Godshill, Wroxall, or Newchurch. At Merstone Station and Godshill there is free parking in the car parks. It is also possible to join our route by following the cycle track from Sandown.

We will start this ride at Godshill where there is a great public house where we can eat or stop for a drink when we return. Jump to Cycle Ride Detailed Directions »

Start Point

Godshill is our start point. You can buy supplies at the various local shops in the village or have breakfast at one of the cafes in the village. The car park is ample and was free the last time we visited.

1. Head out of Godshill along the main road towards Shanklin and turn left onto a track marked "Sunshine trail" after less than 300 meters. Follow the track past the farm and over open fields. Continue to follow the track as it snakes first left and then right and joins a paved track. After less then 300 meters of paved road turn right off the road and onto a narrow cycle route just before the old railway bridge and follow this down onto the main cycle route which was once a railway line.

The Merstone Station Start Point joins here. If you are starting from Merstone Station you follow the National Cycle Route from the car park in the direction of Sandown till you reach this railway bridge.

2. Go under the railway bridge in the direction of Sandown (which is signposted at this junction) and continue to follow the cycle path for a number of miles across a main road with traffic lights, over the next road in Newchurch, over the following road in Alverstone till you reach a forth road.

There is an optional short cut up the road from Alverstone by going up the hill and rejoining the route at the top of Burnt House Ln

3. Turn right onto this road and then right again after 100 meters onto the bridal way. Follow the bridal way through the woods and around a field till you reach Burnt House Ln which you will turn right onto and follow as far as the paved road.

4. Turn right onto the road and follow it for 300 meters till you see woodland. Just before the woods bear left onto a track going to the left of the woodland area and slightly down hill. Follow the lane past several drive ways and scattered houses and on till you climb a small hill at the top of which there is a blue and white cottage.

5. Continue past the cottage and keep left onto a smaller bridal way. Follow this down towards the grass airstrip and join the road. Follow the road across the end of the airstrip towards the main Newport to Sandown road.

6. Turn left onto the road in the direction of Sandown but take the first track into the woods on the right just before the small roundabout. It is hard to spot as the sign is obscured or removed. Follow the track through a gate and on into the woods straight ahead. The track continues straight over a small cross roads (cross tracks) and on towards a holiday camp.

7. Emerge into the holiday camp and follow the holiday camp road up a hill to the main buildings and the swimming pool. Just past the swimming pool bear right onto another road which leads towards a woodland track. Here you will finally see a signpost in the hedge. Follow the track till there is a clearing and you can see a parallel track running along side. Make you way over to this new track and continue along it in the same direction till you reach the end of the cycle path on the edge of Wroxall. Dismount from the bike and follow the foot path into Wroxall where you will emerge next to a bridge and you will see the main road on your right.

8. Turn right onto the main road in Wroxall and cycle down the hill for 250meters before tuning left onto Appuldurcombe Rd. Follow the road and bear right towards Appuldurcombe House and go through the stone gate pillars of the house before immediately turning right onto the bridal way marked as the Worsley Trail. Follow the Worsley Trail across the fields to the large stone gate called Freemantle Gate. Follow the trail through the Freemantle Gate and down the track on the other side. Go through a gate and onto a paved track down to the main road.

9. Turn Left on the main road and follow it back to Godshill.

End Point

Godshill has a great public house called the Cask and Taverners where they serve excellent pub food. The pub has earned a place in the Michelin Guide and is famed around the Isle of Wight for its dedication to local food.

Isle of Wight Cycle Friendly Cottages En Route

Godshill, Isle of Wight Cottages
4 Star Self Catering Holiday Cottage

Stag Cottage

Isle of Wight » East » Godshill

£399.00 - £1349.00

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms; Children welcome
This lovely stone cottage was originally a large and ancient stone barn at Sainham Farm. It is situated in the attractive courtyard and has marvellous open views from the rear across the fields to the downs. Stag Cottage is in one of the loveliest parts of the Island lying at the foot of Appuldurcome Down and above the picturesque village of Godshill in ‘An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. Godshill can be reached by taking a pleasant stroll through the beech copse and across the fields. The village has a variety of tea shops and restaurants as well as two public houses.

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Stag Cottage

Godshill Isle of Wight

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Rosemary Cottage

Isle of Wight » East » Godshill

£295.00 - £949.00

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms; Children welcome
Rosemary Cottage is situated on a delightful farm in one of the loveliest parts of the Isle of Wight lying at the foot of Appuldurcombe Down and above the picturesque village of Godshill in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A pleasant ten-minute stroll through the beech copse and across the fields leads to the centre of Godshill. This village is renowned for its church and pretty thatched cottage.

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Rosemary Cottage

Godshill Isle of Wight

4 Star Self Catering Holiday Cottage

The Coach House

Isle of Wight » East » Godshill

£0.00 - £585.00

Sleeps 2 plus a baby under 12 month in 1 bedroom
Situated on the South East side of the Island in an attractive farm courtyard with ancient Grade 11 listed barns and a traditional farmhouse which dates back to the 17th Century. Sainham Farm occupies a delightful position, lying at the foot of Appuldurcombe Down and above the picturesque village of Godshill, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This village is renowned for its church and pretty thatched cottages. The sandy beaches of Shanklin, Sandown and Ventnor are only a ten minute drive away.

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The Coach HouseGodshill, Isle of Wight
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The Coach House

Godshill Isle of Wight

4 Star Self Catering Holiday Cottage

Honeysuckle House

Isle of Wight » East » Godshill

£0.00 - £0.00

New Cottage; Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms
Honeysuckle House is situated within a 5 minute walk of the centre of the pretty village of Godshill and is within a 10 minute drive of the sandy beaches of the small resorts of Shanklin and Ventnor. It is also in a good walking area with a nearby network of footpaths over the downs and easy access to cycle routes. This is a semi detached property on an estate of similar properties. It is centrally heated and has been furnished and equipped with care. It has 3 bedrooms - a double, a twin and a bunk bedroom plus a bathroom with bath, built in shower basin and w.c. On the ground floor there is an open plan sitting room and dining area with patio doors opening into the garden. The fitted kitchen is equipped with a electric cooker, gas hob, microwave, refrigerator with icebox and washing machine. At the rear there is a fenced garden with patio and garden furniture.

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Honeysuckle House

Godshill Isle of Wight

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Lavender Cottage

Isle of Wight » East » Godshill

£299.00 - £949.00

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms
Situated on a delightful farm in one of the loveliest parts of the Isle of Wight lying at the foot of Appuldurcombe Down and above the picturesque village of Godshill in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A pleasant ten-minute stroll through the beech copse and across the fields leads to the centre of Godshill. This village is renowned for its church and pretty thatched cottages.

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Lavender Cottage

Godshill Isle of Wight

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The Hayloft

Isle of Wight » East » Godshill

£0.00 - £0.00

Sleeps 5 + 1 in 3 bedrooms; Children welcome
This lovely stone cottage occupies an attractive position in a quiet country lane, on the outskirts of Godshill. It has been converted from the original milking parlour of Lower Yard Farm and the building is thought to date back to the 1700 ‘s. A small riding stables is within a few minutes walk and most of the surrounding fields are home to horses. The centre of the picturesque village of Godshill, with its pretty thatched cottages, restaurants and tea shops is only 3/4 mile away.

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The Hayloft

Godshill Isle of Wight

Merstone, Isle of Wight Cottages
4 Star Self Catering Holiday Cottage

Fodder Stable

Isle of Wight » East » Merstone (nr Godshill)

£289.00 - £669.00

Sleeps 2 + 2 in 1 bedrooms; Children welcome
Fodder Stable is on a lovely farm in beautiful countryside. From the cottage there are views across the fields to the downs of Ventnor in the distance. This is a wonderful walking area with footpaths leading from close to the cottage towards the picturesque village of Godshill or the coastal village of Niton. There is also easy access to the cycle route which crosses the Island. The sandy beaches of Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor are all within a 15 minute drive.

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Fodder Stable

Merstone (nr Godshill) Isle of Wight

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The Brew House

Isle of Wight » East » Merstone (nr Godshill)

£299.00 - £999.00

Sleeps 4 + 1 in 2 bedrooms; Children welcome
This lovely stone cottage nestles in beautiful countryside on an attractive farm on the East side of the Island. There are wonderful open views from the cottage and garden across fields towards the downs. The Brew House is at the end of a country lane with no passing traffic. This is a wonderful walking area with footpaths leading along the course of the River Yar and to the nearby picturesque village of Godshill. There is direct access across the fields to the cycle track which links Sandown to Newport and Cowes. The sandy beaches of Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor are only a 15 minute drive away. Ferries can be booked for you at greatly discounted prices.

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The Brew HouseMerstone, Isle of Wight
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The Brew House

Merstone (nr Godshill) Isle of Wight

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Parlour Cottage

Isle of Wight » East » Merstone (nr Godshill)

£325.00 - £1009.00

Sleeps 4 + 1 in 2 bedrooms; Children welcome
This lovely 17th century cottage is built of Island chalk and brick and enjoys beautiful views across nearby lakes and open countryside to Ventnor Downs. Parlour Cottage is situated on a lovely farm in beautiful South Wight countryside. It is a marvellous walking area with footpaths that can be followed directly from the cottage in most directions. There are particularly attractive walks along the course of the river Yar; to the picturesque village of Godshill and to the nearby village of Arreton which has a public house, farm shop and cafe for meals. The cottage is excellent for cyclists as there is access to a network of cycle paths directly from the farm and arrangements can be make for the storage of bikes. The sandy beaches of Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor are all within a 15 minute drive.

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Parlour Cottage

Merstone (nr Godshill) Isle of Wight

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Manor Stable Cottage

Isle of Wight » East » Merstone (nr Godshill)

£325.00 - £1009.00

Sleeps 4 + 1 in 2 bedrooms
Manor Stable is situated on a lovely farm in beautiful South Wight countryside. It is a marvellous walking area with footpaths that can be followed directly from the cottage in most directions. There are particularly attractive walks along the course of the river Yar; to the picturesque village of Godshill and to the nearby village of Arreton which has a public house, farm shop and cafe for meals. The cottage is excellent for cyclists as there is access to a network of cycle paths directly from the farm and arrangements can be make for the storage of bikes. The sandy beaches of Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor are all within a 15 minute drive. Ferry bookings can be made at greatly discounted prices.

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Manor Stable Cottage

Merstone (nr Godshill) Isle of Wight

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Hackney Stable Cottage

Isle of Wight » East » Merstone (nr Godshill)

£375.00 - £1459.00

Sleeps 6 + 1 in 3 bedrooms; Children welcome
This delightful stone cottage which dates back to 1761 is built of Isle of Wight chalk and brick. Hackney Stable cottage is situated on a lovely farm in beautiful South Wight countryside. It is a marvellous walking area with footpaths that can be followed directly from the cottage in most directions. There are particularly attractive walks along the course of the river Yar, to the picturesque village of Godshill and to the nearby village of Arreton which has a public house, farm shop and cafe for meals. The cottage is excellent for cyclists as there is access to a network of cycle paths directly from the farm and arrangements can be make for the storage of bikes. The sandy beaches of Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor are all within a 15 minute drive. Ferries can be booked for you at greatly discounted prices.

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Hackney Stable Cottage

Merstone (nr Godshill) Isle of Wight

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Redway Granary

Isle of Wight » East » Merstone (nr Godshill)

£375.00 - £775.00

Sleeps 6 + 1 in 3 bedrooms; Children welcome
This wonderful property is situated on a lovely farm in beautiful countryside. It has recently been converted from a large old granary, the foundations of which date back to the 1700s. A fire in 1889 resulted in much of it being rebuilt. Redway Manor Granary has been renovated with the greatest care and wherever possible original features have been retained. There are beautiful views across the fields and nearby lakes to the downs. The sandy beaches of Sandown and Shanklin are within a 15 minute drive.

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Redway Granary

Merstone (nr Godshill) Isle of Wight

Newchurch, Isle of Wight Cottages
4 Star Self Catering Holiday Cottage

Squire Thatchers Barn

Isle of Wight » East

£299.00 - £1245.00

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms;
This pretty stone cottage is situated on a lovely 12 acre farm, surrounded by beautiful open countryside. Delightful walks can be enjoyed directly from the cottage and footpaths can be followed to join the Bembridge Trail over the downs. Squire Thatcher's Barn has been carefully converted from an 18th Century Grade II Listed stone barn.

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Squire Thatchers Barn

Newchurch, Isle of Wight

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Knighton Gorges

Isle of Wight » East

£555.00 - £1945.00

Newly Updated; Sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms;
Knighton Gorges occupies a wonderful position nestled in lovely East Wight countryside, in ‘An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. It has uninterrupted views across the beautiful Yar Valley to the Ventnor Downs. The house offers an oasis of peace, being a detached property with its own two acres of grounds and no near neighbours. The property dates back to the 17th century and used to form part of the buildings of the famous Manor House which once occupied the site.

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Knighton Gorges

Newchurch, Isle of Wight

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Mokolodi Wight

Isle of Wight » East

£339.00 - £1089.00

New Cottage; Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms;
Lovely traditional cottage with beautiful rural views, across fields to nearby downs, from all of the main rooms in the cottage. It is delightfully situated on a small 12 acre farm which is home to horses. This is a wonderful walking and cycling area. Footpaths can be followed across beautiful countryside directly from the cottage and these is easy access to a cycle path which links the seaside resort of Sandown with the pretty villages of Newchurch and Godshill and then extends to the market town of Newport with its lovely medieval castle of Carisbrooke. The cottage is within a 10 minute drive of the sandy beaches of Sandown and Shanklin. The accommodation is all on one level and the cottage has been furnished and equipped to a high standard. A nearby public house serves excellent food.

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Mokolodi Wight

Newchurch, Isle of Wight

4 Star Self Catering Holiday Cottage

Paper Barn

Isle of Wight » East

£289.00 - £945.00

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms;
The cottage occupies a delightful position on a lovely 12-acre farm, where horses are kept. The farm is surrounded by beautiful open countryside. It is a delightful walking area and visitors can follow footpaths over the Downs from close to the cottage. Great location for exploring the East of the Isle of Wight and only a short drive from Seaview or Shanklin. A nearby public house serves excellent food.

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Paper Barn

Newchurch, Isle of Wight

Alverstone, Isle of Wight Cottages
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Meadow End Wing

Isle of Wight » East

£299.00 - £949.00

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.

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Meadow End Wing

Alverstone, Isle of Wight

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One Mead Cottage

Isle of Wight » East

£299.00 - £965.00

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.

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One Mead CottageAlverstone, Isle of Wight
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One Mead Cottage

Alverstone, Isle of Wight

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Two Mead Cottage

Isle of Wight » East

£299.00 - £965.00

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.

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Two Mead Cottage

Alverstone, Isle of Wight

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