The Red Squirrel Trail Loop

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A route sign post

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.

Route Map
The Red Squirrel Trail Loop Map
Full route details can be found on
OS Maps, Ordnance Survey
Our Review

We collected some bikes from Route Fifty7 bike hire and headed off along the trail in a clockwise direction.

The weather was glorious!

The Red Squirrel Trail map leaflet

The fulle route goes all the ways to Cowes and back.

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.

A horse and cart on the Red Squirrel Trail

The trail is shared with walkers and horse riders. We weren’t expecting this though ;-)

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.

Red Squirrel Trail Loop Elevation

As you can see, there’s a lot of downhill, but some climbs too.

A bumpy ride across this huge field.

At just over half-way around, we stopped at the Pedallers Cafe and had a good lunch and rest.

Stopping at the Pedallers Cafe

A pitstop at the Pedallers Cafe

On the last stages of the trail, you’ll get to the beach at Sandown. Time to have a rest again.

On the beach at Sandown

The end of Sandown Pier and Tom searching for fossilised shark teeth on the beach.

This was a great day out.

It gets the Thumbs Up from us.

Planning your visit
Picnic Area

If 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. ?

How to get here

Here’s where you can find The Red Squirrel Trail Loop.


These are the directions to routefify7 bike hire.

Nearby Places

Browse the map below to find places near to The Red Squirrel Trail Loop. Remember, you can save any place to your Adventure Planner, helping you plan your trip.

Lower Hyde Holiday Park, Landguard Rd, Shanklin, Isle of Wight 0 mi
Dinosaur Isle, Culver Parade, Sandown, Isle of Wight 2.62 mi
Burnt House Farm, Burnt House Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight 5.27 mi
Monkey Haven, 5 Acres Farm, Staplers Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, Isle of Wight 6.04 mi
Castle Hill, Newport, Isle of Wight, Isle of Wight 6.8 mi
Seaview, Isle of Wight 6.83 mi
3 The Anchorage, Isle of Wight 6.95 mi

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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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