Headon Warren at sunset, near Totland

Cycling in Totland

Overview

There are plenty of good cycle routes marked on the island. Cycle around the island in a day or two or even three or four. There are big hills around Ventnor but there are flatter routes that follow the island's rivers. Quiet lanes, cycle paths, bike friendly buses are all available and there are plenty of bike hire companies on the island.

YHA Isle of Wight Totland has a secure cycle shed that can store 30 bikes.

What makes it special

  • Cycle routes for all ages and abilities
  • Limited traffic as an island

Hostels nearby

Cycling in Totland

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Map references

OS Map: 196, and Explorer OL29

Lat/Lng: 50.677036, -1.541936

Contact information

Other things to do nearby

Maritime museum

Cowes Maritime Museum

This museum situated in Cowes Library incorporates all aspects of local maritime activity from shipbuilding to sailing.

Beaulieu

Beaulieu

There's lots to enjoy at Beaulieu including the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House, World of Top Gear and the James Bond Exhibition.

theme park

Blackgang Chine Theme Park

Blackgang Chine is an eccentric mix of exciting rides, goblins and fairies, dinosaurs and nursery rhyme characters designed to appeal to the child in all of us.  

Person climbing on a climbing wall

Climbing in Totland Bay

There are various indoor and outdoor climbing walls in close proximity to the Youth Hostel. For something a little different, why not try tree climbing?

cycling

Cycling in Brighstone

Cycle around the whole island in a day on the Round the Island cycle route. The route is clearly marked and will give you plenty of time to enjoy the stunning scenery that the island has to offer.

Swanage Pier

Swanage

A friendly, colourful seaside town with an award winning beach, amazing chalk pillars of Old Harry's Rocks and a very English Victorian pier.

Theatre

Mowlem Theatre

Opened in 1967, the Mowlem Theatre is situated on the sea front at Swanage and has over 200 film productions a year as well as 60-100 nights of live theatre.

Steam train

Swanage Steam Railway

Explore the beautiful countryside around Swanage on the old steam trains that chuff along to Corfe Castle and beyond. Visit the website

Studland Beach

Studland Beach and Nature Reserve

One of the UK’s finest beaches and extensive nature reserve. Enid Blyton lived here, so look for Policeman Plod’s thatched cottage!

Walking

Walking and Rambling in Brighstone

The Tennyson Downs walk is an amazing walk with great views across the entire island. Watch out for the rare butterfly resident to the Isle of Wight “the Glanville Fritillary”.

Watersports

Watersports in Brighstone

Go up to Cowes - the home of UK sailing. From here you can do whatever sailing course you want, you can even sail around the whole island!

Walking a dog along a coastal path

Walking and Rambling in Totland

The hostel is surrounded by National Trust land and footpaths galore. Footpaths go north to Yarmouth, south to Lord Alfred Tennyson's Monument on the Tennyson Trail, east to Freshwater Bay and west

Watersports

Watersports in Totland

Totland Bay and Freshwater Bay provide surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding and coasteering. Colwell Bay is great for kite surfing and at Compton Bay you can go surfing.

New Forest Water Park

New Forest Water Park

Set in 50 acres of beautiful countryside, the park is a great place to try waterskiing, wakeboarding or you the inflatable banana and tyre rides.