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|Cycle Route Details|
|Route Name||Isle Of Wight Sunshine Trail|
|Distance : miles (km)||12 (19.31)|
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|This is a lovely route called the Sunshine Trail on the Isle of Wight. It is only 12 miles long so is suitable for everyone, except there are some off road sections that may put roadies off. It passes through New Church, Horringford, Godshill, Shanklin and Sandtown. It is based on route 23, and hence has signs along the way keeping you on track.|
|If you exit New Church on The Shute road, a 3rd of a mile later you will see the path to the side of the road. Exit off the road to the left and cycle on to the path.|
|Cycle for a mile until you arrive parallel to Horringford, follow the path around to the right, be careful crossing the road here.|
|Another mile later after you cross under the small road bridge, turn immediate left on to East Lane.|
|Head south on East Lane, follow the road left when you arrive at the big farm. Keep heading south, you will pass right through another farm until you arrive at Shanklin road.|
|Cross Shanklin road looking out for the path that continues on your left just at the opening in the trees.|
|Stay on the path passing Freemantle Gate until you pass a car park on your left, just at Appuldurcombe Road. Turn left here around the side of the carpark.|
|Head along Appuldurcombe Road passing the caravan park. At the T-Junction turn right. Cycle south for quarter of a mile and turn left leading onto Station Road. Turn first left again on to Yarborough Road and first left again. At the end of this road you will see the path start on your right. Cycle on to the path.|
|Stay on the path, you will eventually pass under Shanklin road again. When you arrive at the next road, Landguard Manor road, turn left and then right on to Green Lane. Cycle to the end of Green Lane Road. Cross the main road and carry straight on crossing the railway line.|
|Turn immediate left and travel alongside the railway onto Araluen Way, cycle to the end and cross the road into Losaltos Park. Cross the railway line at the station.|
|Turn right on to Perowne Way, just after the caravan park on your left the path starts again, leading back to New Church.|
|Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?|
|Freemantle Gate, Appuldurcombe House.
|posted by:Velocio||Rating :||difficult :|
|My wife and I tried out the route on Easter Monday 2010. It was a warm sunny day so we were looking forward to a lovely ride. Sandown to Merstone was lovely. Merstone to Godshill, over pothole-peppered roads and muddy dirt-track fields was most unpleasant.|
The road up to the Freemanlte gate was deep mud and totally impassable so we followed the round island cycle route to Appuldurcombe and Wroxall instead.
The cycleway to Shanklin was in a very bad state ...full of mud and deep puddles. Overall ...not a satisfying ride at all.
|posted by:tired old legs||Rating :||difficult :|
|Waste of time I found, takes you through congested tourist areas riddled with traffic, mainly buses. Much prefer coastal routes in south |
|posted by:family group||Rating :||difficult :|
|Not sure about other reviews - maybe they got lost, because this trail is great. We went with 2 adults and 4 children (2 riding and two in child's seats). |
The trail is fairly smooth - probably not great for pure road bikes but perfect for hybrids and touring bikes. It takes you through both rural and coastal areas.
A couple of short road sections - but these aren't the busy road sections, so can't understand comment about the buses!
|posted by:Charlotte||Rating :||difficult :|
|We really enjoyed this ride! |
We are absolute beginners and didn't find it too hard (got off and pushed up a couple of hills). Although it took us 3.5 hours stopping off and having a look round at the lovely sights and some lunch.
The road sections are fine, not busy at all.
The first half is such a pretty ride with some gorgeous houses to look at.
Overall we loved it!
|posted by:Clive Womack||Rating :||difficult :|
|The trail from Shanklin Lower Hyde to Wroxhall is very poor very muddy uneven, and fallen trees, spoilt the ride, but lovely Sunny on open sections.|
|posted by:Wosy||Rating :||difficult :|
|Very disappointed as thought this route was being upgraded, from Shanklin Lower Hyde to Wroxhall is very poor, uneven, muddy and fallen trees, the only part I enjoyed was the open area which as they say is very sunny. It is in urgent need of upgrade as could be a lovely ride if made more cycle and person friendly.|
|posted by:Kevan||Rating :||difficult :|
|I think some of the comments on this page must be very old as the trail has been upgraded. Yes, there is a very short road section at Wroxall but you can cut out that bit if road really isn't your thing. The rest of the route is amazing, and yes it does go across fields in places but to my mind these are the best bits. (There might be some mud at certain times of year (this is England!). We hired bikes and a trailer from routefifty7 and my three year old son and wife loved it!|