Trans Isle of Wight

From £175.00 inc. VAT

(13 customer reviews)

Ride info

Location: Isle of Wight
Duration: 4-6 hours
Style: Cross-country (XC)
Level: 6

MTB Ride Level 6

Bike type

Mountain bike
Electric mountain bike
Gravel bike


30 mi | 48 km


2,800 ft | 850 m

Trans Isle of Wight

From £175.00 inc. VAT

(13 customer reviews)

Sun, 2 June – THREE places left!

This summer it’s time for a new adventure with a difference. We’ve created the exciting feeling of a big Marmalade weekender, but as a one-day experience.

The Isle of Wight is a biker’s paradise: a haven of rolling chalk hills surrounded by the sea, with quiet trails and stunning views. This is your chance to bike across the island – from Ryde in the east to Yarmouth in the west: a big day out that could be the highlight of your mountain biking year.

Two ferry crossings and minibus travel back to Portsmouth are included.

Fancy this as a private experience?


Taking a bike across the Solent to ride around the Isle of Wight and savour its landscape has long been a rite of passage for road cyclists. Now it’s time for mountain bikers to enjoy an island adventure of their own. Resident bikers know how good the riding is, basking in seclusion from the mainland. For 2023, we have created a trip to remember and it’s back for 2024 – delivering the best mountain biking experience on the Isle of Wight with all the logistics taken care of by the Marmalade team.

A big day out

  • Sail to Ryde Pier from Portsmouth on the Wightlink passenger ferry, specially designed to carry bikes
  • Enjoy a seaside warm-up along Ryde promenade towards Nettlestone Point
  • Connecting with the vast off-road trail network we head towards Alverstone and the first of our exhilarating descents
  • More superb cross-country miles bring us close to Newport then on to Brighstone Forest
  • The white cliffs past Freshwater Bay and the Needles come into view as we ride over Compton Down
  • Rounding up a brilliant trans-island adventure with a cold drink in Yarmouth before the ferry to Lymington
  • The final leg back returns us to Portsmouth in a luxury minibus and bike trailer

If you are still not sure whether this ride is for you, then please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

What’s included

  • Ferry crossings: Portsmouth to Ryde and Yarmouth to Lymington
  • Minibus and trailer transport from Lymington to Portsmouth
  • Fully guided by a professional MTB leader

Riding with Marmalade

A vital part of the ride is the special Marmalade MTB ingredient: fun. Marmalade events are known for their friendly, sociable and welcoming buzz. We ride and we laugh. With this new Isle of Wight trip, we have captured the adventurous feeling of a big Marmalade weekender into a superb one-day trip. We think you’ll love it.

Bike choice

This route is a traditional cross-country mountain bike ride. There will be fun bumpy descents, rooty forest trails and wide-open pastures. So a hardtail or short travel full suspension mountain bike would be perfect. Big travel bikes are welcome – just be prepared for some extra effort.

This ride can be enjoyed on a conventional mountain bike, e-bike or gravel bike. If this ride is right for your level of experience and fitness, then bring your choice of machine. Marmalade rides have a friendly welcoming atmosphere, and e-bike riders who find themselves first up the hill are always patient and understanding of those relying on human-power alone.

Ensure your bike of choice is maintained and ready to ride, and please pack a spare mech hanger with your usual trail pack spares. For e-bikes please consider bringing a spare battery or range extender if you feel your power consumption may call for one.

Ride details
  • Duration: 4-6 hours
    • We have all day, if we need it, but we expect to take around 4 to 6 hours, with plenty of stops
  • Distance: 30 mi | 48 km
  • Ascent: 2,800 ft | 850 m
  • Level: +Advanced Beginner
    (If you have any questions about your level, just contact us)
  • Meet time: 8.00am for a 9.00am ferry crossing
  • Meet point: Wightlink Passenger Terminal, Portsmouth Harbour
  • Group size: 5-7 (max.)
What do I need?

Equipment, kit and clothing


  • Suitable mountain bike in good working order (bikes can be hired in advance)
  • Helmet (in good condition, with no damage)
  • Clothing and shoes appropriate for cycling and weather conditions on the day
  • Personal choice of drink and ride snacks


  • Gloves
  • Glasses, sunglasses or eyeshields
  • Backpack
  • Spare inner tube
  • Puncture repair kit and bicycle pump
  • Padded cycling shorts for comfort

What’s not included

  • Bike hire – this can be booked via the ‘Bike Hire‘ section
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Pre, during or post activity refreshments
  • Personal travel or accident Insurance
Is this for me?
  • You will need reasonable fitness, happy to cycle for around 4-5 hours, with breaks
  • You will be confident in mountain bike handling skills and proficient with operating your bike in the correct manner
  • The trails will include features such as roots, small rollable steps and loose stones
  • Your bike (whether your own, or hired) must be a suitable quality mountain bike. Road, hybrid and budget bicycles are not suitable for this ride
    • Gravel bikes may be suitable for skilled riders who are confident in their bike-handling
    • E-mountain bikes are welcome if they are well maintained and fully charged.
  • The ride does contain a number of undulating – and in places challenging – climbs
  • Riders must be aged 18 or over unless accompanied by an adult also participating on this ride
  • If this ride sounds a little beyond your current skill and fitness level, please contact us and we’ll help you look at other options
Bike hire

If you need to hire a bike, we can recommend these excellent providers. Based in Sussex and Surrey, you may have to co-ordinate carefully with them to agree when you pick up and return your bike before and after our full-day Isle of Wight experience.

  1. Ross Smart

    Had a really great day riding the Isle of Wight, the biking was excellent and the route was well planned, challenging enough but still fun and took in some beautiful scenery. This was my first group ride with Sean and I was a little apprehensive as to what to expect but meeting up with the group I soon relaxed and would encourage anyone who is a bit unsure to give it a go. The whole day was well organised by the Marmalade team and I can’t wait to ride with them again.

  2. Michelle Smith

    Isle of Wight June 24
    The perfect day to ride across the middle, not round the island !! Sean is such a top bloke and puts so much organisation and fun into all his cycling trips. Encouraging and supportive with a cheeky sense of humour, his enthusiasm for what he does best soon rubs off! A great route, on the bucket list of many a cyclist, with timings to perfection and spectacular scenery.
    Yes I got off and pushed on the steeper climbs, with nothing to prove, but still a sense of achievement at the end of the day with like minded people.
    Marmalade is the company to ride with! ‍♀️

  3. Geoff

    Great ride across the island. Some stiff climbs rewarded with great flowing descents and amazing views. Great fun and all sorted for you by Sean and the team!

  4. Sean

    What a great day out we had. Excellent trip. Lovely weather, 2 ferry crossings and a ride from one end to the other. A great overall adventure.

  5. Richard Mason

    Another fantastic trip from Sean and Marmalade, with epic countryside and trails and some fantastic views, not to mention a bit of sea time thrown in for good measure. An excellent day out.

  6. Roy Whitney

    My second 1 day ride with Marmalade MTB and it didn’t disappoint.
    From start to finish a well thought out ride by Sean.
    The climbs where tough but the descends and the views where fantastic.
    Cheers Sean

  7. Dave Collin

    Fab ride with Sean showing some the island’s phenomenal views. This ride is packed with ballsey climbs and descents to complement them. Fantastic day with laughs and giggles all day. This is now one the best one day rides I have done and would recommend to any XC rider.
    Thanks Marmalade.

  8. Chris Marshall

    Another fantastic ride by marmalade with Sean being a great guide. The countryside and views were amazing! Would definitely recommend and will be booking again for next year

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    Another wonderful marmalade adventure , seamless organisation, in the company of great people , lead by our expert guide Sean , stunning scenery and a wonderful stop for lunch .

    Thanks to Rachel and Wayne for their logistical support .

    Another first , and memories made

  10. paul martin

    A wonderful adventure in the company of great people and our excellent guide Sean !! , seamless organisation , a stunning ride and scenery to match, wonderful lunch time stop, toasted sandwich was amazing thanks to Rachel and Wayne for the faultless logistical support , an absolute credit to the team , another first ticked off and another memory made

  11. Mark Baker

    Another fantastic ride, brilliantly organised by Sean & the Marmalade team. Great views and the perfect venue for lunch. Highly recommended

  12. Mark Bennett

    Yet another amazing mountain bike ride by Marmalade MTB. Expertly planned and guided by Sean, this was a unique way to experience the stunning scenery and variety of trails that the Isle of Wight has to offer. It’s no wonder this trip is becoming so popular.

  13. Pete

    A unique ride across the Island, with stunning views before fun fast descents either side of lunch at a great tea room. All with the usual banter, fun and great guiding from Sean.

  14. Jonathan Blackmore

    This was a long and rewarding day of mountain biking exploring a new area. As always extremely well organise by Sean and the Marmalade crew. Highly recommend

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