Red Squirrel Trail
This super cycle trail explores the central and south eastern part of the Isle of Wight using a mixture of traffic free paths, coastal trails and country lanes.
The route starts in Cowes and first heads south to Newport along the River Medina. After passing Newport you branch off to the east along the Yar River Trail and a dismantled railway line. The trail will take you along the river to Sandown on the eastern coast of the island. The coastal town has a lovely beach and some nice cafes for refreshment. At Sandown you turn south to follow the coastal path to Shanklin before heading inland toward Wroxall. The route then heads north to rejoin the opening part of the route at Merstone.
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Red Squirrel Trail Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Red Squirrel Trail Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Red Squirrel Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Red Squirrel Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The trail passes close to the expansive Parkhurst Forest near Newport. The forest is criss crossed with miles of good walking and cycling trails. It's also great for wildlife spotting with the eponymous red squirrels of particular note.