Here's our reasons why e-biking is the way forward

Pleasurable exercise

The motor means that cycling becomes a pleasure as well as a way of keeping fit. You still pedal which gives you a cardio-vascular work-out but there's help there when you need it which is why many people use e-bikes for their daily commute - you can get to work in work clothes and not a sweaty mess of shiny lycra. There's lots of science to prove regular exercise helps improve our wellness and reduce stress. Of course, many people say they are just cheating and only for lazy people but who says we must go full pelt all the time - life is about balance and newsflash, exercise can be pleasurable.

Overcome the fitness fear

Many people feel put off getting fit because they are worried about their age, illness or simply put off by the whole competitive fitness culture reinforced by all those FaceBook posts from friends who suddenly train like professional athletes. E-bikes are a great way to begin exercise gently, you are in control. It's also a flexible activity that can dove-tail into your daily routine such as commuting or going to the shops. This small change could reap a massive long-term benefit.

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The motor encourages you to go for longer so you can have an adventure and feel confident that it's not going to be an arduous slog on the way back. There will be some days you may want more of a challenge and you will have the choice to pedal more.

Save money

If you decide to switch some of your daily commute from a car to a e-bike not only will you be getting fit you will save money as the cost of recharging is only pennies. Yes, there re maintenance costs but they are a fraction of car running costs and it's better for the environment.

Electric smile

They are fun and you'll soon be sporting an electric smile. In fact, so much fun that e-bikes are habit forming, according to research from the Transport Research Laboratory e-bikers are twice as likely as regular bikers to get out and pedal.

Nature appreciation

The Island has many lovely off-road cycle paths that take in stunning coastal scenery, pretty countryside and woodland. With over half the Island designated as an Area of Natural Beauty we think e-biking is a wheely good reason to experience this for yourself.


For guests coming from London in a little over 2½ you can transport yourself to the unspoilt beauty of the Isle of Wight. Trains run regularly from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour (journey time approx. 1hr.42mins) where the Wightlink catamaran takes a mere 22 minutes to sail across the Solent to Ryde. There plenty of trains to Portsmouth Harbour from destinations all over England.

Watch this short video to see just how easy it is to leave the car behind and go coasting on the Isle of Wight:

Once on the Island, the cycling is incredibly versatile from quiet rides alongside a river or disused track tracks to exhilarating rides through the forests, coastal cliff paths and over the downs. If you are a road cyclist and killer hills are your thing then there's the challenge of Island roads with their numerous undulating ups and downs. For those who take things a little more recreationally then there are plenty of picturesque routes that take in country pubs along their way and with the island being renowned for good food and local ale you'll be in for a delicious adventure.

Why I'm proud to ride an e-bike

"It's not cheating because we are not racing, life is not a competition and neither is going to the shops."
- Phillippa Perry, The Guardian

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Our Cycle Routes

4 Easy routes to try, taking you no more than 1hr from the Seaview Hotel.

We've partnered with CYCLEWight to create 4 easy routes around our little corner of the Isle of Wight to help you take advantage of our fantastic local scenery and take in some of the best Isle of Wight sights while you’re here.

Simply search for our routes on Viewranger using “IOWCW”, download the GPX route (below) to use in your favourite route planning app or print out the directions PDF and get on your way.