23.3 km long.
The Red Squirrel Trail is a popular family bike trail in the Isle of Wight. The full route goes all the ways to Cowes and back. However, this is the alternate Red Squirrel Loop, which can easily be done in a day. Note that this route will probably be too tough for very small riders. It is also not completely traffic free, plus surfaces vary from tarmac, mud, and gravel.
We collected some bikes from Route Fifty7 bike hire and headed off along the trail in a clockwise direction.
The weather was glorious!
The guys at routefify7 said that if you didn't stop, the alternate Red Squirrel Trail Loop would usually take two and a half hours. However, with exploring, taking your time, and stopping off, you should plan to take four to five hours, making a good day of it.
Finding your way around the route is not too tricky as there are plenty of signs saying 'Red Squirrel Trail'. However, these disappear in a few places. Just keep going in the bridleway until you reach the next sign.
You'll be sharing the bridleway with walkers and horse riders, so keep an eye out.
The path is a mix of surfaces with some hills, and there are some road sections. You can always walk the road sections if you have young kids.
At just over half-way around, we stopped at the Pedallers Cafe and had a good lunch and rest.
On the last stages of the trail, you'll get to the beach at Sandown. Time to have a rest again.
This was a great day out.
It gets the Thumbs Up from us.
Facilities DetailsIf you collect the cycles at the Lower Hyde Holiday Park, there are toilets plus a shop to buy food for the ride, and enjoy a picnic along the route. Alternatively, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the little villages and stop at cafes. Ice creams are also available at Sandown beach. ?
On The Map
These are the directions to routefify7 bike hire.
AddressThe Red Squirrel Trail Loop
Lower Hyde Holiday Park, Landguard Rd, Shanklin
Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight