Cowes to Sandown

Cowes to Sandown:- Following the route of the old Cowes to Sandown Railway. Route uses
part of National Cycle Route No 23.

Mainly a dedicated cycle path, but you will encounter some riding on streets for a short distance through the town of Newport and at both the start and end of the ride.

Approx:- 26 miles return journey.

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Start point: – Shepards Wharf marina, Medina Road, Cowes,
PO31 7HT.

From the car park at the marina cycle along Medina Road
towards ‘West Cowes floating bridge’, which incidentally was established in 1859 and is one of the few remaining that, has not been replaced by a physical bridge. As you cycle along after a short distance (100 yards or so) you will come to a turning on your right, Bridge Road. Turn right along Bridge Road and then take the second turning on your left, Pelham Road.

After about 200 yards you will come to South Road on your right. Turn right along South

Note: – It was on this road junction that Mill Hill Railway Station used to stand which was the main railway terminal for the area in years gone by.

At the end of South Road (approx 70 yards) turn left along Artic Road. As you cycle for
about a third of a mile Artic Road bends ninety degrees to the right. Do not go around this bend; instead as the road bends to the right follow the lane which is straight ahead of you which follows the river bank.

After a very short distance you will pass a small industrial quay on your left. At this point the lane ends and you will come to the old Medina Wharf Railway Station. An interesting fact is that this station never appeared on any timetables even though at its peak it was one of the main stops for workers.

It is at this point you will join the National Cycle Route No23 which follows the course of the old railway line down to Newport.

Cycle all the way along Route 23 on the way you will pass through the disused Cement Mills Halt Station. After about 2 miles you come to the end of Route 23 which will bring you out into the suburbs of Newport. It is at this point that you will start to cycle on roads
down to the end of Shide Road, Newport. I will give you the details of the way we took on our ride but if you know the area well you may know a better route than us. The aim is to reach the start of the next stretch of disused railway line which has been converted into a dedicated cycle path.

To continue…. At the end of route 23 you come out onto River Way, we cycled along River way, following the river bank. After about 500 yards you will cycle under theA3054 ‘Medina Way’ and then come to the end of River Way. At the end of River Way you will reach a roundabout. Take the second exit off the roundabout, Holyrood Street. ( to your right)

After approx200 yards turn right along Lugley Street. Take care now as you are cycling through the town centre.

Cycle to the end of Lugley Street where the road turns sharp right onto Hearn Street. As you cycle along Hearn Street turn immediately left along Ceaser’s Road.
After approx. 150 yards turn left along Drill Hall Road and then right along Carisbrooke Road. You should now be out of the one way system.
After about 400 yards there is a bend in the road to the right and there is a turning on your left, Castle Road.

Turn left down Castle Road. Carry on to the end of the road, about 500 yards and then turn left along Whitepit Lane B3401.

Carry on along this road which runs into Shide road after about a third of a mile. After about 350 yards take the fourth turning on your left, Medina Ave. and then after 100 yards turn right down Shide Path.

After about 50 yards or so this small road takes onto a path which in turn takes you under the small flyover and into a park area. Keep to the path on the left hand side of the park and follow the path through the park. This is the start of another stretch of disused railway line.

Very quickly you will be cycling in the countryside passing through a wooded lane and past some small lakes. Follow this lane now all the way to Sandown.
On the way you will pass through Blackwater and a number of small disused railway stations.
As you enter Sandown the cycle path comes to an end by Fairway Holiday Park on the junction with Perone Way.

Turn left along Perone Way and cycle a few hundred yards to the end of Perone Way where you will come to a ‘T’ Junction. At the junction turn right and cycle along Ave Road.

Cycle all the way along Ave Road, about 700 yards and you will come out onto the Esplanade on the sea front. This is the end of the ride. Sandown is a busy holiday resort on the island and is famous for its beach and pier amongst other popular attractions.

You can if you wish plan a different route back, maybe via Bullys Hill and Robin Hill. I would recommend that you consult a map if you are planning an alternative route back to Cowes.

You may know a better alternative. If so why not add your route onto for others to enjoy.



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