The Red Squirrel Cycle Trail
The Red Squirrel Cycle Trail

The Red Squirrel Cycle Trail

The Red Squirrel trail is 32 miles of cycling through the heart of the Isle of Wight’s beautiful countryside. The trail takes in estuaries, woodland, farmland, downland, and a stretch of the Island’s fantastic coastline. The route is named in celebration of one of the Isle of Wight’s most iconic species, the native Red Squirrel. Eradicated from the mainland of southern England and much of the rest of the UK, the Isle of Wight is one of the last few strongholds of our native Red Squirrel so see how many you can spot on your trail! Squirrels aren’t all you’ll spot, the route is teaming with wildlife and getting on your bike is one of the best ways to experience the Island’s fantastic natural environment.

Why do the Red Squirrel Trail in the Isle of Wight?

If you are looking for a fun and active way to explore the beautiful Isle of Wight, this is the perfect trail to explore the native wildlife and scenery at your own pace.

The trail makes an ideal two or three-day cycling tour taking time to take in the wildlife along the way and visit some of the many attractions, cafes and restaurants along and nearby the trail. Alternatively, you can cycle a shorter section of it for a great day or half-day out. Many people start at Shanklin and cycle a route that takes them through Wroxall, Merstone and Sandown. It’s 14 miles and relatively easy for families.

  • If you don’t have a bike, don’t worry, there are various places to hire bikes on the Isle of Wight.

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