Cycle around the Isle of Wight
Saturday, 15th May 2021
The Needles Pleasure Park
THE CHALK RIDGE CHALLENGE
Chalk Ridge Extreme is not for the faint hearted! Test those leg muscles by tackling some of the steepest hills on the Island. Pedal up and over the western coastline and witness some of the Isle of Wight's most stunning scenery. Cruise along the chalk cliffs and hear the sea lapping on the beach below.
The Chalk Ridge Extreme route is hugely challenging due to its steep gradient and the variety of track surfaces, ranging from mud to slippery chalk. Along the way there are some relatively easy sections to give your legs a bit of a rest! These are where the route intersects public byways across rural farmland.
The Tennyson Trail in West Wight makes up a good section of the Chalk Ridge Extreme and is extremely popular with local and visiting cyclists. The Good Mountain Biking Guide describes the Tennyson Trail as ‘probably the best chalk trail in the UK’. The Tennyson Trail itself begins in Carisbrooke and ends at The Needles situated at Alum Bay.
The route passes some of the Island's most important historic landmarks including:
Carisbrooke Castle - a medieval castle where King Charles I was imprisoned in 1649
Mottistone Longstone - dated between 3000BC and 2000BC, the Mottistone Longstone is situated on Mottistone Down, approximately halfway along the route
The Needles Battery - in the care of the National Trust, the Battery is a fort that was built in the 1860s. It's open to visitors in the summer months so you can take a peek inside and see the gun barrels it still houses from war days.