Ashey Down Circular
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Distance - 14.5 km / 9 miles, Grade - Moderate
Type of Route - Bridleways and quiet country lanes
Ashey Down is the focus for this ride and the white triangular pillar, erected on the down in 1735 as a Sea Mark, is a constant reference point. From the top of the downs there are fine views toward Bembridge Harbour and across the Solent. Sheep graze the hillsides and pastures to the north and remnants of Nunwell's once extensive parkland of fields dotted with isolated oaks are a feature. You may even be lucky enough to see a steam engine puffing through the valley as the route crosses the tracks of the I.W. Steam Railway.
|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.