Saddle up

Hayling Island, the Isle of Wight and Warwickshire are paradise for cyclists with largely traffic-free and flat routes for getting the ball – or perhaps that should be wheels – rolling.

For Lakeside and Sinah Warren

The Hayling Billy Coastal Path is flat and traffic-free with almost 10 miles of track following the bed of an old railway line. From here, it’s easy to spin off towards Hayling Billy Cycle Trail, an easy five-mile round trip, which starts at North Hayling Halt and ends at the junction of Station Road and Sinah Lane, just a few minutes from Sinah Warren.
Alternatively, the Seafront Circuit on the south coast is a lovely 10-mile ride, always with a sea view and the temptation of many refreshment pit stops en route. The Rural Ride is a shorter five miles through open countryside in the less-visited north of the island. A little further out, there’s even a circular cycle trail around Langstone Harbour for seeing the wildlife at close quarters.

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For Norton Grange and Bembridge Coast

The Isle of Wight is so bike friendly that it’s earned the nickname Bicycle Island. There are more than 200 miles of cycle routes here, including short rides, half-day rides and more challenging journeys.
The Red Squirrel Trail is car-free and mainly flat and gentle along disused railway lines. The 32-mile route (join it at any point) runs from East Cowes to Newport, then alongside the river Medina and all the way to Sandown on the coast. It passes attractions like Shanklin Chine and the Garlic Farm and there’s always a chance of spotting those rare little fellows after which it’s named.
A shorter eight miles – around an hour of cycling – the Freshwater Flyer is a circular route, full of beautiful views, from Yarmouth (close to Norton Grange) to Freshwater Bay.

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For Studley Castle

Travelling from Redditch to Stratford-upon-Avon on National Route 5 is an 18-mile bike ride which passes through historic villages, glorious countryside and with important landmarks to stop at along the way. It can be joined at any point but in its entirety begins by following the River Arrow and passing the Arrow Valley Country Park and lake. It’s then on to Studley (right by the hotel) and Coughton, where there’s a National Trust Tudor house. Next is Wilmcote, the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother, before the home straight to Stratford-upon-Avon along the canal.

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