Ryde to Bembridge Windmill cycle trail

Cycling trail

Ride from Ryde Pier to Bembridge Windmill, following our cycling route from the fast catamaran landing terminal to the Isle of Wight’s only windmill. Take a short detour to visit St Helens Duver on the way. We have suggested an optional 4 mile (6.5km) extension to take in Bembridge and Culver Downs.

Sail over to the Isle of Wight and cycle to our favourite places

Why not leave the car at home and cycle to our properties? Bicycles are carried on all of the car ferries which serve the Isle of Wight (arriving at Yarmouth, East Cowes and Fishbourne), and also on the fast catamaran service from Portsmouth harbour to Ryde. Full information is given in the 'How to get here' section, along with places to hire a bike if you arrive without one.

Bembridge Windmill in early morning sun


Ryde To Bembridge Windmill cycle trail map


Ryde To Bembridge Fort Elevation Profile


Wightlink fast cat terminal, Pier Head, Ryde, grid ref: SZ 593936


Cycle along the pier (10mph max) and turn left onto the Esplanade. Go straight ahead at the roundabout and bear left just before the lake, signed Appley Tower. Go left at the next junction, then left again just before the beach café. Giving way to pedestrians, follow the shared cycleway/footpath along the seafront, passing Appley Tower. Follow the tarmac pathway, bending right before the next beach café, and take the road through Puckpool Park, observing 10mph through the park.

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Cycling along the Esplanade at Ryde on the Isle of Wight


Turn left, follow the Seaview Duver seafront road and go around a sharp-right bend into Salterns Road. Go straight ahead when the main road shortly bends left. Turn first left into Fairy Road and ahead at the junction, following signs to Ryde. Turn left into Steyne Road, up a steep hill and on. Bear left at the end of the road where the major road joins.

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Seaview one-design  dinghies, a class of wooden boats dating back to 1931


Follow the road into St Helens. Visit our St Helens Duver by taking a short diversion, turning left when the road bends sharp right into St Helens village. It is signposted Duver and Baywatch Café. Enjoy the location (and the beach) but be aware that there are no cycle paths on the Duver itself – walking only – then return to the same bend.

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Horses canter along the beach at St Helens on the Isle of Wight


Bear first left into Lower Green Road, then left down Latimer Road just before a garage. Turn left at its end, cycle past Bembridge Harbour and into Bembridge village. Follow the road around the centre then go straight ahead, passing a war memorial on your right. When the road bends left, Bembridge Windmill is straight ahead down the lane.

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An autumn glow on Bembridge Windmill


Optional extension: Bembridge Fort, and Bembridge and Culver Downs are a further 3.3 miles (5.3km) away, but most of the journey is along a busy road (B3395) and it is quite hilly. Turn right after leaving the windmill, then go across a mini-roundabout and follow Hillway Road until it meets Sandown Road by Bembridge Airport. Turn left and follow this B-road to a sharp-left turn onto Culver Down. It is a steep climb to Bembridge Fort, then a pleasant ride along the ridge top to Culver Down. Return to the windmill by the same route.

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Bembridge Fort is open for guided tours and well worth a visit


Return to Ryde by mostly the same route. Shortly after reaching Nettlestone’s 30mph zone, turn right up Cawes Avenue at the apex of a right-hand bend. Follow this estate road until a left turn up Solent View Road just before the road bends sharp right. Turn right at the bottom after admiring the Solent view. Go straight ahead at the mini-roundabout and down past Seaview’s shops. Follow the seafront road, which eventually joins Bluett Avenue. Now follow the outward route back to Ryde Pier, except the road leads you left around the boating lake.

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The fine sands and tower at Appley on the Isle of Wight


Take your bike onto the fast catamaran, and have a safe journey back to Portsmouth. Come back and visit us again soon.

the fast catamaran leaves Ryde Pier heading for Portsmouth


Wightlink fast cat terminal, Pier Head, Ryde, grid ref: SZ 593936

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Ryde to Bembridge Windmill cycle trail


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This is a linear route, all on-road, mainly B-class, unclassified roads or shared footpaths/cycleways, and is all tarmac. It is suitable for all abilities, but some of the roads can be busy. The extension to Bemdrige Fort is hilly, and in particular this stretch of the B3395 from Bembridge Windmill can be busy, even though it forms part of the round-the-Island cycle route.
We strongly advise you wear a cycle helmet. 
Ryde to Bembridge Windmill cycle trail

Contact us

Telephone: 01983 741020
Ryde to Bembridge Windmill cycle trail

How to get here

Wightlink fast cat terminal, Pier Head, Ryde, PO33 2HF
By road
Ryde is a town on the north east of the Isle of Wight, on the A3054 and A3055. Bembridge Windmill is 0.5 miles (0.8km) south of Bembridge on the B3395. Free (non-National Trust) parking in a lay-by 100 yards (90m) away from the windmill.
By foot

The Isle of Wight coastal path passes Ryde pier.

By ferry

The nearest car ferries (which also carry bicycles) are

  • Portsmouth to Fishbourne (Wightlink, 0871 376 1000): 3.5 miles (5.5km) away
  • Southampton to East Cowes (Red Funnel, 0844 844 9988): 8.5 miles (13.5km) away

The fastest service from the mainland to Ryde is the hovercraft (Hovertravel, 01983 717700) which travels from Southsea to Ryde, close to the bus station. Bicycles are not allowed on the hovercraft but they can be hired in Ryde (see the By Bicycle section).

Private boats can also be moored at Ryde harbour (01983 613879). 

By bus

Southern Vectis Island Coaster buses run daily through the summer linking Yarmouth to Ryde and points on the south coast in between. These buses are adapted to carry bicycles whereas normal service buses do not allow bikes. 

By bicycle

Our trail follows the 'Round the Island' Sustrans regional route 67 for about half of its length, from Nettlestone to Bembridge Windmill, and on the extension as far as the foot of Bembridge Down.

Bicylces can be hired at many locations on the Isle of Wight, including Ryde. Further information is provided on the tourism website.

Ryde to Bembridge Windmill cycle trail

Facilities and access

  • All on-road cycling
  • Refreshments at Bembridge Windmill kiosk (when the mill is open)
  • Other refreshments in Ryde, Seaview, St Helens, Bembridge
  • Toilets in Ryde and St Helens Duver