Cycling

Cycling trail

Mottistone to Compton cycle trail

Cycling trail

Follow our mainly off-road circular cycle trail to visit the Mottistone Estate, Compton Downs and our newly-acquired Dunsbury, enjoying one of the best chalk ridge cycle rides in Britain.

A cyclist on Compton Down, heading for Freshwater Bay seen in the distance

Map

Mottistone Compton Circular cycle trail map

Elevation

Mottistone Compton Circular cycle ride Elevation Profile

Start:

Mottistone Gardens National Trust car park, grid ref: SZ405838

1

Turn left out of the car park. Follow the B-road through Mottistone and take the first left turn into Strawberry Lane at the top of a gentle rise. Turn left just after our estate office buildings into a car park under the trees, and follow the gravel track up the hill to the Long Stone and Mottistone Common. This track leads to our holiday cottage, so beware of cars.

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A cyclist passes the Long Stone at Mottistone

2

After seeing the Long Stone, carry on upwards, but take the first right through a gate and into the wood (BS88). After the next gate, follow this grassy track left and upwards along the side of Harboro Down until it meets the Tennyson trail (BS44). Turn left, go through the gates and down the hill. Cross the road and continue along the Tennyson trail, now BS53. Take the more steeply rising chalk track up Brook Down. Follow the terrific ridge track over Compton Down and descend Afton Down through a golf course, keeping a look out for golfers. Bear left near to the main road into the top corner of the chalk car park.

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Two cyclists engage low gear to climb up the track onto Brook Down

3

Turn left onto the A3055 Military Road and up over the crest of the hill overlooking Compton Bay. Then enjoy a good free-wheel down to a farm and camping site entrance in the dip just before the next rise. Turn left and over the cattle grid to Compton Farm. Bear right through the farmyard and through a gate on Byway F55. The track is narrow and can be muddy as it leads steeply upwards onto open land. Go through more gates, keeping just to the left of the ridge top, to reach a path junction.

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The blue sea at Freshwater Bay and cycle route following the road round the cliff top

4

Turn right into the lane and descend, pass Dunsbury Farm, and carry straight on down the grassy BS49 between hedges. Always descending, follow this bridleway to its end in Brook.

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The bulkof Compton Down forms a backdrop to the ridge at Dunsbury, with the sea in the distance

5

Turn left onto the road through Brook village, turning right at a fork just before it meets a B-road. Follow this road through Hulverstone and back to Mottistone Gardens car park. Mottistone Gardens opening hours are: Sun-Thu 10.30am-5pm from mid March to end of October. Note that the manor is not open to the public apart from two days a year, in May.

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Mottistone Manor on the Isle of Wight, seen from the churchyard

End:

Mottistone Gardens National Trust car park, grid ref: SZ405838

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Mottistone to Compton cycle trail

Terrain

Download a GPX file of the trail here for your smartphone or GPS.
 
This is a circular route, with
  • Off-road: 6.5 miles (10.5km)
  • On-road: 3.3 miles (5.3km)
  • Gates=3
Two thirds of the route is off-road, over chalky and grassy terrain, but there is some road cycling along A- and B-class roads. There are steep off-road sections leading onto Brook Down and up from Compton Farm. The chalk sections can be slippery in wet seasons and the tracks on Mottistone Common and around Compton and Dunsbury farm can be wet and muddy. The Military Road (A3055) can be busy.
 
We strongly advise you wear a cycle helmet. 
Mottistone to Compton cycle trail

Contact us

Mottistone to Compton cycle trail

How to get here

Address
Mottistone Estate, Longstone Farmhouse, Strawberry Lane, Mottistone, Isle of Wight. PO30 3EA
By road
Mottistone lies on the B3399, between Brighstone and Brook. Mottistone Gardens car park is to the west of the property. The nearest post code is PO30 4ED.
By foot

Mottistone lies approximately 1 mile (1.6km) north of the Isle of Wight Coast Path. 

By ferry

Yarmouth-Lymington 7 miles (11km), Fishbourne-Portsmouth 14 miles (Wightlink, tel: 0871 376 1000); East Cowes-Southampton 15 miles (24km) (Red Funnel tel: 0844 8449988). Both car ferry services carry bicyles. 

By bus

Southern Vectis Island Coaster buses run daily through the summer linking Ryde to Yarmouth and coastal points in between. Alight at Freshwater Bay or Brook. 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 from Freshwater Bay to Compton, and from Brook to Mottistone.

Mottistone to Compton cycle trail

Facilities and access

  • Refreshments and toilets at Mottistone Gardens (when Gardens are open)
  • Other refreshments and toilets at Freshwater Bay
  • Two-thirds of the trail is off-road, the remainder is on A- or B-roads