A couple of weeks ago, Ella and I decided to cycle around the Isle of Wight.

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We got the inspiration from Alastair Humphreys Circular Journey microadventure. I liked the idea of exploring somewhere new and pushing ourselves physically.

Admittedly, Alastair cycled around the island in two days and slept in fields. We didn’t quite go that far (yet!). Instead, we booked a couple of b&b’s and decided to take 3 days and explore the island a little.

We stayed a night in Bournemouth (seeing family) and then we headed off first thing in the morning. We cycled to Lymington, where we caught the ferry to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. And that’s where our journey properly begun!

As soon as we got off the ferry, we headed towards Alum bay to see the needles. Immediately it dawned on us how hilly it was probably going to be. Neither of us had done much hill cycling, so it was a bit of a shock to the system! However, we were rewarded with a great sight of the needles when we got to Alum bay.

Ella and me - Needles

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We then took the Military road all the way to Ventnor. The weather and the sights were absolutely amazing. It felt great to be out in the open and doing something active.

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We finally arrived in Ventnor having cycled close to 40 miles.

We stayed at a lovely b&b called Pine Point. Debbie, the host was really nice and the breakfast view was out of this world!

breakfast view

In the morning we headed off to Fishbourne, stopping at Shanklin, Bembridge and Ryde.

Shanklin was nice and we stopped for a swim in the sea. Well, I did. Ella watched me. ;-) We also had to fix a puncture there (Ella rode over a gigantic thorn!), so there was a bit of messing around fixing that.

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awesome-view

There wasn’t much in Bembridge, but the views as we cycled through Sea View onto Ryde were lovely. Ryde had a lot more to it and was really nice.

After Ryde, all we had left was a slightly scary, uphill A road into Fishbourne. We’d ticked off another 20 miles!

There isn’t much to Fishbourne so we just stayed at the b&b/pub for a meal and got an early night.

We set off early and headed to Cowes, our last day cycling. We took the chain ferry to West Cowes and had a good walk around the shops. We also stopped at lovely bakery / cafe called Well Bread.

After eating a scone close to the size of my head, we were off again with Yarmouth in our sights. The journey from Cowes to Yarmouth was really nice. Lots of nice villages and some amazing views. More hills too!

We were rewarded with a nice downhill ride into Yarmouth to finish the trip off.

We stopped for an hour at the George hotel for some lunch and champagne. We then got picked up at Lymington by my Dad and Grandad (we couldn’t face the boring cycle from Lymington back to Bournemouth!).

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We did close to 80 miles in 3 days. Not too shabby for a first cycle trip. I’m already thinking about a longer one and getting some camping into the mix!

All in all, I loved it. I would say, Ella just liked it ;-). Given that she didn’t have a fancy bike and doesn’t do much exercise, she did really well and got properly stuck in.

In general, it just felt great to push ourselves, do something different and to be active. The weather being perfect really helped too.

I’ve got my sights on a few more little adventures in the near future. I want to cycle the tour de yorkshire and hike in the Yorkshire dales. I also want to do some camping with friends. Watch this space!

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Promoting From Within vs. Hiring From the Outside is the most popular post on this site by a long stretch.

I went back and re-read it today and the first thing that jumped out was how much my writing has improved since I wrote it (nearly two years ago!). The content still felt good, but the post could have been clearer and more concise in parts.

So, I took the opportunity to clean it up, removing and adding a few bits here or there.

I think it’s much better as a result, but hey, I will let you be the judge of that ;-)

Just click the link at the top of this post to see the new version.

Enjoy!

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