The Isle of Wight is an ideal destination for lovers of both cycling and top foodie spots, with beautiful scenery to admire along amazing cycle routes, and recommended places to stop off along the way. From tea rooms using home grown produce to locations with a divine backdrop, here are some excellent cycle routes and cafes to explore on the Island…
For those with a love of history and culture
Quarr is truly a unique place to visit for both couples and families. It’s nicely located on the National Cycle Network Route 22, so cyclists are linked from Ryde to Wootton and onwards to Cowes and Sandown. The stunning Quarr Abbey monastery is located between Ryde and Fishbourne and is a must-see attraction for visitors in the area. Cyclists can stop off at the Quarr Abbey Tea Toom which is a lovely place to relax and unwind. Locally sourced and home grown produce is served in the café, with a delicious selection of lunches, soups and cakes to choose from.
For those that love to admire art
The Island has plenty to offer for those looking to enjoy the art scene – Dimbola Museum & Galleries at Freshwater Bay showcases a range of artwork from both local and nationally-renowned artists, set in the former home of celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Cyclists c
an ride along one of the Freshwater cycle routes and stop off at the museum along the way. Better still, Dimbola Lodge Tea Room offers freshly ground coffee and cakes made locally – the ideal treat for thirsty and peckish cyclists with a view of the iconic Freshwater Bay to admire.
For something to experience with the family
For a cycling route for the whole family to enjoy together, the Round the Island Route is perfect. Offering 50 miles of on and off-road biking, it’s a great way of exploring the whole Island by bike, with plenty of places to stop along the way for some tasty treats. The Cow at Tapnell Farm Park is known as one of the best places to have lunch on the Island and there’s plenty of on-site activities and animals to see, which is great for keeping everyone occupied!
There’s so much more to explore on the Isle of Wight and plenty of other cycling routes and foodie spots. Wightlink sailings are priced from just £65.25 return travelling by car (based on a ticket travelling out at 0800 on 2nd October 2018). For more information and to book, please visit www.wightlink.co.uk.