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Never knew cycling on the Isle of Wight was such fun!

We have had the most wonderful weekend on the Isle of Wight and had the best weather!  When friends suggested a cycling weekend on the Isle of Wight, we agreed that it would be a great idea, but didn’t think that we were actually going to do it!

Map comes out over breakfast

Map comes out over breakfast

I found myself packing my tracky bottoms (not into lycra yet!) and all weather gear for a weekend away in a holiday cottage on the Isle of Wight.  Emptying our fridge at home, remembering the suncream and cycling helmets, we set off for Lymington to catch the ferry to Yarmouth.  Something about being on a ferry puts you in the holiday mood and we arrived in Yarmouth with a raised pulse and full of excitement.

The sun was shining over the Isle of Wight and when we arrived at Lock Farm Cottage, the place looked gorgeous.

Lock Farm Cottage is wonderful

Lock Farm Cottage is wonderful

We unlocked the door and dumped our bags, couldn’t wait to look round!

We loved the kitchen

We loved the kitchen

Very happy with our bedrooms

Very happy with our bedroom

We met our lovely cycling friends and I felt a little nervous at the thought of doing more than a couple of miles!  They are seasoned cyclists and have already got the bug!  We explored the cottage and the lovely garden and then unpacked.  Seemed to have brought an awful lot of luggage for a long weekend!

We decided to eat out on Friday night and were bowled over by Salties in Yarmouth, what an amazing supper, such delicious seafood and beautifully cooked.

Back to our holiday cottage and slept soundly before beginning our cycling adventure which started with hiring our bikes.

The bike shop is situated at the old Yarmouth station

The bike shop is situated at the old Yarmouth station

We went to the most gorgeous bike shop, situated in an beautiful old railway station at Yarmouth, Wight Cycle Hire, so friendly and helpful and sorted us out with the right size bikes, with well padded seats, glad to say!

Very helpful staff

Very helpful staff

They have a great stock of bikes

They have a great stock of bikes

After studying the map, we set off on one of the Hire shop’s planned routes and it was amazing.

Amazing views of the coastline

Amazing views of the coastline by Compton Bay

Of course we had some great pubs to visit for coffees and lunch, essential and ended up biking 28 miles in one day!

Which way?

Which way?

That may not sound much for those regular cyclists, but for a novice it was pretty good going!

Time for lunch!

Time for lunch!

We explored West Wight with it’s wonderful views over the River Yar, the coast with views over Compton Bay and then inland to the gorgeous little villages with thatched cottages and great pubs (for lunch stop!).

Need a map stop

Need a map stop

And of course a drink to discuss the next stage!

And of course a drink or two to discuss the next stage!

After lunch we did a little off road biking!  It was a bit bumpy but so quiet with just the birds tweeting and the wind in our hair!

Just beautiful countryside

Just beautiful countryside

Such lovely sunshine, we were really warm, so it was good to go through the woods heading towards Yarmouth.

Into the woodland

Into the woodland

So much variety of countryside

So much variety of countryside

Then onto the road again and more wonderful scenery.

Freshwater Bay in the sunshine

Freshwater Bay in the sunshine

We finally got to The Needles

We finally got to The Needles

What an amazing weekend in the Isle of Wight, we absolutely loved it and will be back for another cycling weekend as there is so much more to see!

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