America Wood & Borthwood Copse
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Distance - 16.5 km / 10 miles, Grade - Easy (when dry) / Moderate (when wet)
Type of Route - Bridleways and minor country roads
This leisurely ride passes through two of the island's finest broadleaved woodlands, both now carefully managed for public enjoyment. America Wood acquired its name, so a local story has it, during the American Wars of Independance when oaks were felled to provide ship's timbers for the navy. It is now owned and managed by the Woodland Trust. Borthwood Copse is a National Trust property and was once a royal hunting ground but you will find no wild boar here now!
|Reproduced by kind permission of Ian Williams. "Cycling Wight" and "Cycling Wight 2" include detailed descriptions of this and many other routes along with a route map, places of interest near the route, descriptions of wildlife, places of special historic interest, pubs, tea shops and inns along the way.
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Maps are available for cycle routes and trails from the local tourist information offices.