The Lonely Planet named the Isle of Wight the best place in the world for cycling, and they clearly know what they’re talking about.
There’s miles of cycling routes to choose from, and a firm favorite on the Island is the Red Squirrel Trail, also known as national cycling route 23. It’s a magical, child friendly trail that runs along a flat disused railway track, through fields, alongside rivers, and along the coast from Sandown to Shanklin Bay.
It is perfect for family cycling, without the constant stream of cars whooshing past. However, the route still covers enough miles to get the blood pumping and the family hungry for tea and cake at the cycling café mecca ‘Pedallers’ which is conveniently based on the red squirrel trail. If you’re looking for something different to entertain the children with, then the Red Squirrel Cycling Trail should be on your hit list. Don’t have the bikes?
Hire them from www.routefifty7.com who are conveniently based on the trail and who offer trail bikes, electric bikes, baby seats, trailers and tandems.