Based on a fantastic recommendation from my dear friend Adrian – Mom, Dad and I chose to spend a week of their UK visit on the Isle of Wight. We stayed in the town of Ventnor and enjoyed every moment of our ocean views and amazing scenery. Our main reason for choosing the Isle of Wight was for the cycling and rambling. We lucked out finding the perfect accommodations right on the coast but it did make for some tricky cycling to get out of Ventnor (about a 25% grade to get up to the main roads. We rented hard tail mountain bikes with slicks and originally had planned to do some off road riding but we soon learned that the “downs” are quite difficult to navigate and not that well maintained – the real finds are the quite side roads that road bikes would definitely be suitable for. The week we were there ended up being a cycling festival as well so it was really nice to see so many people out enjoying the roads and trails!
Although I was working on the Isle, we did get out to explore a fair bit and my parents definitely got to enjoy more of our surroundings. A few things that we experienced that are well worth exploring if you happen to be on the isle: the old rail road line converted into a bike path (super accessible for all levels of cyclists), amazing trails for running or hiking along the coast, a donkey sanctuary and we highly recommend the main cycling route around the island (approximately 100 kms).
Thanks for coming to visit Mom and Dad. What a special week and place to get to spend with you. Can’t wait to explore with you again!