Saturday, 5 February 2011


The route we intend to take is based on the Isle of Wight Council's Round the Island route. We've made a few alterations to make it a bit more convenient for us travelling to and from the Totland YHA on the first day. Also, there are some just plain nicer places to go!

This route is loaded at Google Maps, for all you simple internet users. This can give you an idea of what we intend to do, albeit this online map is a little limited (and chops our route up!).

The main route is in red and alternatives in blue.

If you don't use Google Earth, can I recommend it! It is free and from this download spot. It allows a vast amount of useful geographical analysis (and fun!).

If you have Google Earth, you can download* the Google Earth Map (in KML) to see our route and play about with it (showing 3D mapping images, terrain data, elevation charts, etc) or simply download* our Google Earth Flyover to fly over our route in 5 minutes, something that will take us 2 days of cycling!

Some stills taken from touring. An overall viewpoint.

The Yarmouth Ferry Port.

Compton Down, the first big uphill with the east end of the island in the distance.

Cowes Floating Bridge. Or as most of England calls it, a boat.

* Downloading is simple. If you have Google Earth set, clicking on these links should allow you to just open them in the software. After that it's all automatic, noting that it takes a few seconds to load and run the documents. Alternatively, you can save each document on your computer and open it from your saved location.

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