|29km/18 mi Circular||364m/1194 ft||Easy|
|Train or Car||Sandown Station||Arreton Barns|
I strongly recommend follow this route using:
1. Sandown to Alverstone
Starting at Sandown Train Station. Take the right hand car park exit, as you face away from the station, to join the Squirrel Trail. At the entrance to Los Altos Park, turn right into the railway underpass - Cycle Route 23. After the underpass follow the shared path sign, (Nunwell Trail/Cycle Route 23) down the track until it meets the road.
Keep to the road, and go past the Golf Course entrance. Before the 'Adgestone Camping' sign, turn left. You are now leaving the Squirrel Trail.
Follow this bridleway to the bridges, crossing straight over the streams, to another gate.
Follow this narrow path in a square shape around the field, past the Nature Reserve, and then turn right, and uphill, to meet the main road.
Cross the road into Youngwoods Way. Continue for 300 metres to just past the 30mph sign, where you turn right on to the NC42 to Alverstone. Follow this track downhill to the road, where you turn left.
2. Alverstone to Arreton
Go over the bridge and the Cycle Track, and continue through Alverstone village until the road turns sharply right. We carry straight on, and uphill on the road signposted:'No Access to the Downs'.
Keep following the road up past Chiddles Farm, until the tarmac road stops at Kern Farm.
Go through the gate and turn left to follow the B35 to Knighton. At the gate go straight on, keeping to the obvious track ahead. After 200 metres, turn right on to the NC5 to Knighton East Wood.
It's a straight forward climb. As you reach the top of the climb, to the tarmac road. Take a left on the unmarked Bridleway, 20 metres before the road. Turn left down the unmarked bridleway which goes steeply downwards, meeting another tarmac road (Knighton Shute), at the site of the most haunted place on the Isle of Wight. Only the Gate posts remain. A previous owner was one of the knights responsible for Thomas a Becket's murder">Knighton Gorges Manor.
Turn left on the road past the stone gate posts. Follow the tarmac road, which becomes Knighton Lane, till you reach the fork after 600 metres. We right on the main road. Keep going on this narrow stretch of road for 400 metres, until you meet a grass island, with road signs. Turn right following the sign for 'Newport'.
After 160 metres, care is required here, turn left on an unmarked bridleway just before the houses.
The next 2.5 kilometres are across sandy farm tracks, flat, but hard going. There's a small dog leg in the middle on of one field, other than that it's very straightforward.
You will eventually reach the road at School Lane, in the village of Arreton, where you carry on to meet the main road.
3. Arreton to Newport
The next road section is not long, but it's a very busy road.
Turn right, going past the White Lion pub, and past Arreton Barns.
When you reach the crossroads, turn right, uphill, then immediately left to join the Byway A28 St. George's Down leading to Newport
You have a steady climb uphill to the ridge of St. George's Down. On the ridge, the track is very obvious and is marked as the 'Bembridge Trail'.
Keep to the ridge for 2 kilometres, where you meet a steep tarmac road just past the Golf Club entrance. Follow this downhill, and just before the the road starts to climb upwards at the National Speed limit sign, turn left and take the gap in the brick wall. Then cross the busy main road here.
4. Newport to Sandown
Opposite the Bengal Palace restaurant, a mock Tudor building, you join the National Cycle Route 23 by turning left.
Remain on the cycle track for 5.5 kilometres, crossing two roads on the journey. At the final road crossing at Merstone, continue until you meet our first Bridge over the Cycle Track.
At the bridge, take the sloping uphill track on your right, which takes you to the top of the bridge, and the road.
At the top of the bridge turn left to cross over the bridge.
When you meet the junction, after 550 metres, turn right on to the A3 to Redway & Horringford
Just before the entrance to Redway Farm bear left following the wooden Bridleway Sign. You have a gentle climb. At the top, turn left, and then right, following the outside of the field.
Keep on the bridleway, and after you've gone alongside the house. Continue by crossing the road, and going through the field. Please don't use the road.
After you've crossed the field and joined the road, bear left, to re-join the Cycle Track.
At the main road at Horringford, where you cross the road, via the pelican crossing, to stay on the Cycle Track.
You will now remain on the cycle track going straight over the road at Alverstone, until you reach the outskirts of Sandown at the next road crossing.
At this last road crossing, immediately go right towards the 'Lake Sign'.
Remain on the road past the school playing fields, where you turn left to re-join the shared path, back to our start point at Sandown Station.
This is relatively easy ride with only a handful of strenuous climbs, and a few fast descents.
Starting and finishing at Sandown Train Station. This route is predominantly off-road, but with sections of cycle track, and road to piece it together.
You head out of Sandown, towards Alverstone mainly on bridleways. After Alverstone you head to the Chalk Ridge that runs from Sandown Bay to Newport. The route keeps as close to ridge as possible - until you reach Newport. At Newport you turn back to towards Sandown - mainly on cycle tracks.
- Ordnance Survey Map
- 1:25000 - Explorer OL29 - Isle of Wight
- 1:50000 - Landranger 196 - The Solent & Isle of Wight
Sandown Train Station
Sat Nav: PO36 9BN
OSGB: SZ 593 844
If you are coming via Portsmouth to Ryde, you can take your bike on the train between Ryde Pier Head and Sandown.
If you need to get back quickly from Newport, stay on National Cycle Route 23 all the way back to Sandown.