Use the steam railway to enjoy some of the island’s best cycle trails through beautiful rolling scenery. Many of these routes follow disused railway lines that now see use as cycle paths. With gentle gradients and no traffic they’re ideal for families.
All our trains have large luggage vans that are ideal for bicycles. Bikes are carried FREE on all our services.
We’re happy to recommend Wight Cycle Hire, based on the quayside at Newport. They have a wide range of bikes available to hire, including tandems, tagalongs and e-bikes.
Follow the disused railway line from Wootton to the old station at Whippingham, built to serve Queen Victoria’s Osborne House. Continue to the River Medina where you’ll see the sadly decaying Ryde paddle steamer. Finally a pleasant trail besides the river leads to Newport, the county town of the Isle of Wight with its many shops, pubs and cafes.
Cycle from Wootton to Newport, then continue along the old railway cycle path to the yachting town of Cowes. Stop for lunch then cross the river on the chain ferry and return to Wootton along quiet lanes.