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Enjoy the Island by bike, foot or bus, and escape the car this Summer

When you’re coming to stay at The Clifton, why not leave the car in the hotel car park and instead enjoy the Island by bike, foot or bus instead? If you’ve got the weather for it, as we often do here on the Island, then we’d always recommend getting out and about and making the most of all the Island has to offer – the fresh air, the beautiful scenery, the coastal views…

There are so many things to see and do on the Island that can be accessed without a car – and making your way through towns, villages, countryside and along the coastline via bike or via foot may be a much more rewarding experience.

Explore by bike

Cycling holidays are especially popular here on the Isle of Wight, precisely because it appears that the Island was tailor-made for cycling. We get a variety of guests here at The Clifton that enjoy a cycling holiday with friends, as a group of young adults, or even as pensioners – all making the most of the Island’s 200 miles worth of cycle routes.

These routes have been specially created and designed to ensure that they take all cycling visitors through some of the most scenic countryside and lovely views in the whole UK. It’s not surprising that the scenery is so delightful when considering that over 30 miles of the Island is considered Heritage Coast and half of the Island is currently designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There’s a great variety of terrain – taking cyclists of all ages and abilities through level countryside trails and up more challenging climbs and hills. And after all that exercise? Peddle by plenty of the local pubs and restaurants and stop in for a bite to eat or a refreshing rest stop in the sunshine.

Whether you’re looking to take a gentle peddle down to the nearby beach with the family, or you’re looking for more pedal power and adrenaline – there’s a cycling holiday ready for anyone and everyone coming to the Isle of Wight with their bike this year.

No room in your boot for a bike? You can hire a bike locally from Routefifty7 bike hire – Routefifty7 Website


Explore by foot

If you don’t feel comfortable on the bike and feel firmer on two feet than two wheels, there’s still plenty to see and do on the Isle of Wight outside of the car.

Without doubt, the Isle of Wight contains some of the finest countryside walking in whole of the UK, so it is little wonder that each May the Island hosts what is now the UK’s largest walking festival.

With over 500 miles of marked footpath across the Island, running through green country and beside the sea, there’s a walking holiday for everyone – if you fancy a plod on down to the pub, or a challenging hike around the whole Island.

Check out the Clifton’s top 5 walks here


Explore by bus

Whether you’re here on holiday or are lucky enough to live on the Island, Southern Vectis have some great routes taking you to areas across the Island that you’ll want to explore. There are four seasonal routes, two of which are open top, so you can really catch the refreshing Island air as you Breeze around the Island!

The Needles Breezer is one of the most spectacular bus rides in all of England, an open-top ride with views that will simply take your breath away, with buses running up to every 30 minutes. There’s that cliff-hugging, dizzy climb from Alum Bay right up to the Needles Battery, high up where the vistas out to sea are intoxicating. The route also links Yarmouth to Freshwater Bay, Dimbola Museum and Galleries and Fort Victoria Country Park.

The Downs Breezer follows a circular route through pretty countryside, across the tops of the Downs with views out into the English Channel, across the Island and further on towards mainland England. The bus links the Esplanade with Ryde town, Wootton Station, Robin Hill Adventure Park, Sandown Seafront, Isle of Wight Zoo, Dinosaur Isle, Browns Golf Course and Bembridge. The open-top double-deck buses with friendly local drivers run every hour from Ryde.

Check out the Clifton’s top 5 days out by bus here


This summer, consider leaving your car parked in the car park – and instead enjoy all the Island has to offer by bike, foot or bus. Explore the scenery, enjoy nature, and benefit from all of that Island fresh air. Quite simply, there’s nothing like it!