So we have camped and cycled a few times, but never together. So after having read lots of Enid Blyton recently, we decided to go in search of adventure to the Isle of Wight. We packed up tents, sleeping bags and Flossie and headed to Southampton to catch the ferry over to Cowes.
We rode the Red Squirrel Trail which runs on old railway lines from Cowes to Sandown. Flat, mostly metalled and wide enough to ride side by side.
To keep off the big roads we took a few smaller bridleways, these even after the rain the previous week were dry and easy to cycle on.
We past a few good eating places, and sampled their food and of course the ice cream. Best were The Peddlers Cafe on the side of the track in Langbridge its well worth a stop to refuel before the long climb out of the valley to the campsite. and Quay Arts on the riverside in Newport. Both very cycle friendly.
After about 19 miles we stopped at Ninham Country Holidays. One of the best campsites I have stayed at. Wonderfully kept loos and showers, a heated outdoor pool and lots of things like climbing walls, TV and Games room.
We stayed for two nights but could have easily made it more, then cycled home.
Over the three days we cycled over 40 miles, went on 4 ferry rides and 2 train journeys. I wonder where we will head next time.