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Cycling on the Isle of Wight

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One of the best ways to explore the South East of England is by bicycle. Not only do you get to meet the locals and experience the beautiful cities and countryside first hand, but you get some wonderful fresh air and healthy exercise at the same time.

The network of traffic free cycle paths, bridleways and quiet country lanes all contribute to literally 100s of miles of great cycling routes. And there are plenty of guilt-free pub stops thrown in too!

There are any number of ways to enjoy the cycling experience. For families wanting a quiet day out with the children the traffic free cycle routes provide a safe haven for youngsters just learning to ride.

The ride through Windsor Great Park has the added bonus of spectacular views of Windsor Castle. For some history, take the Tudor Trail from Tonbridge to Hever Castle in Kent.

On the Isle of Wight the traffic free trail from Cowes to Sandown on the Isle of Wight provides a great (non-hilly) way to explore the island and its coastline. For the off road enthusiast the South Downs Way National Park, linking the 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne on the south coast, provides a more than challenging ride.

Alternatively, why not experience the New Forest National Park with its unique landscape that has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. The New Forest has a wealth of cycle routes for all ages and abilities and free parking nearby.

If you fancy half a day or a day away amongst incredible scenery, traditional English villages, historical sites, hidden valleys, woodlands and heaths then let The Surrey Explorer take you on one of his many all inclusive guided bike tours in the Surrey Hills AONB. Bikes, helmets, water and snacks will be provided so all you need to do is turn up.

Cycle Hire

For best results, contact one of the cycle touring companies below and they will give expert advice on the routes most suited to you. Maps, locks and helmets are usually provided.

  • Forest Leisure Cycling, New Forest
    Ideally located in the heart of the New Forest, choose from nine cycle routes including an old railway, deer sanctuary and woodland trails with cream teas a-plenty.
     
  • UK Electric Bike Tours & Hire, Kent
    Enjoy self guided or scheduled tours. The electric bikes are comfortable, reliabile and have a large battery range so suitable for all fitness levels.
     
  • Southwater Cycles, Sussex
    With direct access to the Wey & Arun Canal Path, bikes available for hire include Mountain Bikes, Tandems, Hybrid Bikes, Road Racing Bikes, Kids Bikes, Child Trailer Bikes and Dog Trailers. Bikes can also be delivered within a 50 mile radius.

Best places to go cycling

From country parks to waymarked trails, take a look at some of the best locations for cycling in the south of England and see what's near you for a holiday or day out.

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  1. Staunton Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Havant

    Discover tropical glasshouses, gardens, friendly farm animals and 1000 acres of parkland with follies. Walks and cycle trails, all in Sir George Staunton's 19thC Regency landscape.

  2. Forest Leisure Cycling

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    Waymarked Trail

    Ringwood

    New Forest Cycle hire, from our brand new Cycle Centre, located close to the trails!

  3. Capstone Farm Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Gillingham

    Capstone Farm Country Park is one of Medway's finest green spaces, offering wonderful opportunities for walking, running, cycling and more in 114 hectares of former farmland on the North Downs.

  4. UK Electric Bike Tours and Hire

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    Sightseeing

    Biddenden, Ashford

    UK Electric Bike Tours run scheduled and bespoke electric bike tours in and around Kent. We also hire out electric bikes and help to advise you where to go and what to see.

  5. Yateley Common Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Yateley

    476 acres of heathland, woodland, grassland and ponds providing walking, cycling and fishing in natural surroundings.

  6. Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

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    Forest

    Goudhurst

    Bedgebury offers a world-class conifer collection and the best mountain-biking, cycling, riding, walking and active play facilities in SE England.

  7. Queen Elizabeth Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Horndean

    With over 2,000 acres of downland and woodland, Queen Elizabeth Country Park is the ideal place to explore, keep fit and enjoy the great outdoors.

  8. Royal Military Canal

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    Waymarked Trail

    RYE

    The scenic route this canal takes is perfect for walking and cycling. Dug by hand in the early 19th century, the canal was designed as a defence barrier on the low-lying land between Winchelsea and Hythe.

  9. Alice Holt Forest

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    Country / Royal Park

    Farnham

    Once famous for its oak trees which supplied timber for navy ships, Alice Holt is managed by the Forestry Commission and is a centre for a host of exciting outdoor activities in a beautiful woodland setting.

  10. Riverside Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Gillingham

    Riverside Country Park is an excellent site for Winter birdwatching.
    Situated alongside the Medway Estuary at Gillingham, the park is made up of many different habitats, including ponds, reedbed and grassland.

  11. River Adur - Coastal Link & Sculpture Trail

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    Natural Feature

    Shoreham-by-Sea

    The River Adur, an important trade route since Roman times, derives its name from the Celtic word 'Dwyr', meaning 'water'. It gives its name to the Adur District dividing it roughly in half.

  12. South Downs National Park

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    National Park

    The South Downs, now a newly designated National Park are accessible from Worthing. The South Downs Way runs from Winchester to Eastbourne and can be accessed at several points around Worthing or Adur.

  13. The Cuckoo Trail

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    Nature Trail / Watching

    Polegate

    The Cuckoo Trail is 11 miles long joining three of the district’s towns, Heathfield, Hailsham and Polegate. It also passes through the villages of Horam and Hellingly.

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