Pedal Power by Nick Veasey
  • Annette Culshaw

You can't beat it.....

Updated: Jun 14, 2018

You really cannot beat a beautiful day on the Isle of Wight on a bike .... unless it is an eBike!!


We had such a lovely day again today cycling around the south of the Isle of Wight, and in this blog I thought I would share some of that pleasure.


We are staying in a really lovely cottage in Brighstone, with a thatched roof and oodles of charm. The cottage exudes the thoughtfulness and care that the owners, Colin and Christine, have put into it. It is the most perfect place to retun to after a day on the bikes. It is comfortable, relaxing and altogether our favourite holiday let ever. (You can see pics of the interior by clicking on the image.)


Cycling around the quiet back roads has been stunning. The verges are covered in wild flowers and the hedgerows laden with elderflower blossom. We have seen wildlife in abundance... deer, many, many rabbits and red squirrels and even a couple of rare yellowhammers, swans, cygnets and myriads of ducks and ducklings.

Yellowhammer




Poppies near Pyle

The Isle of Wight is known as Bicycle Island, and it truly is gorgeous.


For anyone who is thinking of biking it here, these are a few of our favourite places to stop for coffee or lunch. In Newchurch is the cycling favourite, Pedallers Cafe. It is on the Newport/Sandown cycle track and is a haven for walkers and cyclists.


Our other favorite stop is Chale Green Stores Cafe at Chale Green with its pretty and sheltered courtyard garden, its fresh, locally sourced food and lovely, friendly staff. It is situated nearby the infamous Gore Down, above blackgang Chine, so a coffee and toasted teacake is a must before the big climb.


Just to put this climg into context, take a look at todays climbs...It is not as bad as it looks here as the climbs were spread over 36 miles.

Hills climbed today. The big one is Gore Down




So.... an altogether perfect day, made even better by the fact that we have just hit 3,000 miles on our bikes since we bought them eighteen months ago.


Annette


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