If you’re visiting the Isle of Wight with your family and are looking for a gentle day out cycling, The Squirrel Trail will be perfect for you. Stretching from coast to coast, this leisurely cycle route runs through the centre of the island and has many interesting features along the way.
The Red Squirrel trail runs for just over 23 miles so you can take on a section for a calmer day, or more advanced cyclists could tackle the full route. Beginning in Cowes, the first part of the route is wonderfully car-free and offers stunning views across the Medina Estuary. This is a great place to try to spot some of the famous and rare red squirrels that inhabit the trail. The trail then goes on to Newport where you will find some of the fascinating troll statues and wonderful picnic spots, ideal for enjoying a rest. The next section of the route runs along a disused railway and is nice and flat, perfect for children and beginners.
Along the way be sure to visit some of the unmissable attractions en route. With the Garlic Farm, Alverstone Mead Nature Reserve and Shanklin Chine all easily accessible from the cycle path, there is so much to see and do when enjoying a lovely day with your family on The Red Squirrel trail.