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Kev Raven 11 Feb 14:14  

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My partner and I, and the 2 stepkids, are holidaying on the Isle of Wight this year, at St. Helens [nr Bembridge & Ryde].
Now heres the crux, we want leisurley family rides that are gonna suit kids aged 9 & 6. Not too long a ride, easy gradients and something to interest the kids along the way. Eg. Family friendly Pub for lunch, nice sheltered beach, or kids play area. A bonus if its local to that part of the island, so I dont have to load the bikes onto the car for us to go anywhere.

We are not tooled up with the gadget-show style must haves, we just have budget bikes for pleasure.
I have a: Halfords Apollo XC26 - Front only suspension - 18 speed.
She has a: British Eagle Tundra - Full suspension - 18 speed.
9yo Lad has: Argos Challenge Thunder 20"wheel - Full suspension - 6 speed.
6yo Girl has: Adventure Tag Along - that attaches to either adult bike.

Oh yes - I can also sport a Luggage trailer - that will no doubt be laden with all the trappings that kids want to take everywhere on holiday. [This may also have something to do with a perverse need of mine to attach a trailer to everything with wheels that I own]

I've checked out some of the IOW rides listed on this site - but only 1 or 2 may suit little kids.

So any suggestions welcome. Cheers; Kev



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suegrieff 14 Mar 10:21  

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from yarmouth along the river to freshwater (flat) keep following the track over the bridge til come to main road (not very busy). turn left follow road to end about 1 mile and you come to south coast with several beaches. if you turn right at the end of cycle way small cafe immediately on right with cycle racks to back (very nice food). furthur along the road 1/4 mile is freshwater village. Pubs , shops, swimming pool.


suegrieff 14 Mar 10:26  

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cowes to newport cycleway. mostly flat . runs along the river medina. pubs either end. cowes is lovely and can cycle along the sea front to gurnard also on the flat.nice pubs and cafes. newport (main town) lots of shops pubs and cafes.


Kev Raven 15 Mar 17:45  

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Thanks for your two ideas, Yarmouth route in particular!

I have used the Newport to Cowes route in 2009, and indeed Cowes to Gunard, carried on back to Thorness Bay holiday camp, as thats where we were camping.

Cheers
Kev

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BusterG 22 Mar 12:53  

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Hi Kev.
I second the Yarmouth to Newport route.
lots of places to stop along the way rivers to explore etc.


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Kev Raven 06 Apr 14:09  

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Cheers Buster

That Yarmouth route both of you have suggested sounds great. In fact it would have been ideal if we were returning to Thorness Bay and West Wight as a whole again this year.
However we are camping over towards the Nettlestone and Bembridge area this year. Beleive me it can be a bit hilly there. I can just imagine my 6 yo lil girl developing leg muscles like a Russian Olympist.

to Everyone,
HELP! I'd love some kid friendly ideas for rides around North - East IOW. And don't anyone dare suggest the Knighton Downs, even for a joke. I've had fun with a people carrier on some of those lanes.

Keep the ideas coming,

Thanks

Kev

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Juiced24 08 Apr 21:20  

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Have you tried the Troll Trail from Cowes down to Merstone? http://www.gifttonature.org.uk/pages/visit/2-troll-trail

Joyce


BusterG 15 Apr 12:08  

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Ryde to St helens is mainly flat along the sea front.
http://www.sunseaandcycling.com/Files/Documents/route8.pdf

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