Our final day in this area of the Island was spent on our bikes again. This time we cycled just 1.5 miles to the nearby Garlic Farm and shop. It was an interesting visit for garlic lovers and we left safe in the knowledge that we can put garlic in pretty much anything. In fact somebody tell Peter Kay – garlic beer, it’s the future, we’ve tasted it! 🍻
We then cycled back on ourselves to Landbridge where we joined the ‘Red Squirrel Cycle Trail’ to take us the four miles or so down to Sandown. It’s a cycle path created over an old railway line so it’s pretty flat for the most part. The whole trail runs for approx. 23 miles through the countryside from East Cowes down to Sandown. We look forward to completing the rest of this trail on our next visit to the island.
Once in Sandown we enjoyed a delicious crab sandwich at The Beach Shack Bar on the Western Esplanade as we soaked up the sun and views, just watching the world go by for a while before riding further along the front to Yaverland.
The beach at Yaverland is considered to be one of the best on the island and is very popular with water sport enthusiasts.
It turned out to be another glorious sunshiny day. Absolutely perfect for cycling. Once off the trail there were a few challenging hills but it was always worth the effort. There are lots of cycle hire shops hiring out electric bikes for those who might prefer an easier cycling experience on what is known as ‘Bicycle Island’.
By early evening, after a day generally exploring Sandown, we returned. We rode/walked up the hill back into Newchurch, stopped for a flyer in the Pointer Inn, and then got back to site. We’d timed it well as the fish n chip van was parked up on site (it visits twice a week), so we ordered our chippy tea, set the table back at Jolly and enjoyed our well earned supper as we watched the sun set.
Here’s a very short snippet-of-a-video taken along part of the Cycle Trail and on Sandown beach …
The next morning we packed up, waved goodbye to Newchurch, and headed off to Freshwater on the north part the island for the second half of our stay. Already though, we had fallen in love with the Isle of Wight.
Suzie & Bri