Ride 13: Sanctuary on the Solent

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Ride Information

START/FINISH: Yarmouth ferry terminal, Quay Street PO41 0PB, 50.707250, -1.4998783

DISTANCE: 26.5 miles/42.6km

ASCENT: 2900ft/884m


TERRAIN: Mostly wide chalky bridleways and forest tracks. All but the final climb are modest in gradient, with the toughest saved for last.

NAVIGATION: Fairly straightforward. Look out for NCN Route 22 signs to Wellow on leaving Yarmouth. NCN Route 231 will guide you back to the ferry from Freshwater. After crossing the road between Brighstone Forest and Shalcombe Down ignore a right turn then the left 100m on; instead continue to climb a steep chalky bridleway to the golf course. OS Landranger 196 covers the whole of this ride.


Ordnance Survey Map

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Open Street Map with information markers and elevation

Book Map



Download .GPX file (right click to download)

Download map.pdf from the book (right click to download)

How to navigate using .GPX files

Eat & Drink

The Bargeman’s Rest, Little London Quay, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5BS, 01983 525828, www.bargemansrest.com
The Sun Inn, Hulverstone, Isle of Wight PO30 4EH, 01983 741124, www.sun-hulverstone.com


YHA, Hurst Hill, Totland Bay, Isle of Wight PO39 0HD, 0845 371 9348, www.yha.org.uk
Camp: Chine Farm, Military Road, Ventnor, Isle of Wight PO38 2JH, 01983 740901, www.chine-farm.co.uk
Bivvy: near viewpoint at Limerstone Down


Off The Rails, Station Road, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight PO41 0QT, 01983 761600, www.offtherailsyarmouth.co.uk
Wight Mountain, 31 Orchard Street, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 1JZ, 01983 533445, www.wightmountain.com

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