Isle of Wight Cycle Challenge Weekend


Fri-Sun Jul 30th-Aug 1st


Tim P


Camping, £25 for 2 nights per person including supplement. Option to hire caravan or chalet direct from Waverley Holiday Park. Also, option to stay at B&B in Cowes. Due to island being very busy during holiday season it is advisable to book accommodation as soon as possible. Ferry cost (with cycle) Southampton to Cowes £22 return. Cycle hire (if required) £20 for 1 day.


We are staying at Cowes on the Isle of Wight for a cycle holiday with sightseeing. Our stay coincides with Cowes Week, the biggest sailing regatta in the world. Festival features sailing races, beach food stalls and bars, and live music, all taking place in Cowes. Event leader is well versed in all cycle routes on the island and will guide all rides.

Friday - Early arrivals can explore marina and historic parts of Cowes. Meal prepared by event leader.

Saturday - Breakfast followed by a fairly early start for our ride around the island (about 60 miles). This is on a hilly route taking in a number of towns and villages including Yarmouth, Ventnor, Shanklin, Sandown, Ryde. Lots of great pubs and views on route. Also, option for shorter alternative cycles e.g. across the island north to south and return to Shanklin / Sandown (25 miles). Majority decision can be made about exact route depending on weather conditions etc. Evening at the festival, pub meal and music.

Sunday - Flexible. Another short cycle or a walk, possible cycle to Newport. Option to take in sailing on the second day of Cowes Week. Return via ferry on Sunday. For those without a cycle, bike hire may be possible - best to book in advance (link below).


Friday evening meal at event leader's residence in heart of East Cowes. Waverley holiday site has café on site. Cowes has great selection of pubs, cafes and shops. Pubs and cafes on cycle route.


Regular ferry service Southampton to Cowes, see link below for Red Funnel ferry services. Trains: London to Southampton. Can take cycles on trains.


Waverley Holiday Park, Old Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6AW. Camping or caravan / chalet options, to be arranged directly with Waverley. Second campsite option Comfort Farm (if Waverley full).


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