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Taste Round The Island Route

The Round the Island Cycle route was first created in 1985 using the Island Wayfarer cycle Touring clubs Randonee route. This 100Km course is attempted by over 3000 people on the May bank holiday.

The whole route in a day is a definite challenge, but the Taste Round the Island Cycle route doesn’t have to be that rushed.

Round the Island Cycle Route

We at Bicycle Island recommend you to take your time, at latest four days, so that you can stop along the way to enjoy the places and people you will meet. That way you will only need to be in the saddle for half of the day and still complete the whole route.

Click here for a map of the full Round the Island Cycle Route

Round the Island Route at Newtown

The worst hills on the route are between Chale and Godshill but remember these do reward you with some of the Island’s best coastal views! If you get tired of the hills, from Spring to Autumn you can let the bus do the climbs along the Southern coast. The “coaster bus” is a dinosaur themed bus route that has specially designed bike racks inside the buses.

Round the Island Coaster Bus

Five Foodie Favourites

  1. Heritage tomatoes (red, green, black, striped… you name it)
  2. Garlic (buy the beautiful bulbs or forage for wild garlic)
  3. Asparagus (its delicate flavor is prized by top chefs)
  4. Cherries (the sweetest you’ll find anywhere)

Ventnor Bay lobster (found on all the fanciest menus).

Coming Soon

Visit Isle of Wight is currently working with the Island food and drink providers to promote the very best “taste locations” on or near the Round Island Cycle Route. Watch out for updates on this webpage in the coming weeks to help you plan your favourite food and drink stops on the route.

Taste Round the Island

As you travel along the Taste Round the Island Route, just off it or right on the route, you will find numerous food and drink locations. Many of these locations supply or serve local produce. Isle of Wight provenance food and drink has blossomed in the last ten years with a large number of boutique and specialist suppliers investing in their particular food passion.

Click Here for Food and Drink options

The Islands unique climate helps. In a maritime climate off Southern England, parts of the island receive more sunshine hours than anywhere else in the UK. Britain’s holiday makers are voting with their feet with over 70% of them wanting to try local food when on holiday (Visit England data 2013). By sampling the best the Island has to offer on the Taste Round the Island Cycle Route you are helping to support the rural economy and in turn, the beautiful rural landscapes you roll through.

Taste Round the Island Itinerary

With a bike repair and hire shop right on the route, Yarmouth is the ideal launching point for your tour. Starting easy and level on the estuary lined rail trail you then climb those famous chalk hills and descend into the “back of the Wight”. These country lanes with close access to wild and natural beaches will lead you to your fist night stop at Chale Bay Farm. The large rooms are set around a relaxing courtyard. Sit back and soak up the view of your day route with a panoramic view of the coast. 

With your legs rested,  it’s time to climb the routes highest hills. From these downs you gain wonderful views over the island coast and southern tip. Rolling down into the fertile Arreton Valley, reward yourself with afternoon tea at the Garlic Farm where food hero Colin Boswells family have grown garlic since the 1940’s. Award winning B&B Rosemary Cottage in Newchurch is your haven for the night. With large gardens and an extensive guest wing to relax in. 

Day three reconnects you with the coast at Bembridge where you can enjoy a seafood lunch at the Crab and Lobster pub. Through the Island’s northern woodlands to your third night at the regal Albert Cottage Hotel. Step back in time and imagine yourself a royal guest of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. 

The last day of wooded country lanes leads you through historic Newtown village and its stunning estuary. From here it’s a relaxing wind down in preparation for a last night of luxury in the George Hotel, a 17th century town house in the heart of Yarmouth.