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The Island’s Red Squirrel Trail has been featured in Sustrans’ Traffic Free Cycle Rides, a comprehensive guide to traffic-free cycling in the UK.

Sustrans – a leading UK charity promoting sustainable transport – produce a complete range of maps and books, including the new Traffic Free Cycle Rides, which lists the Red Squirrel Trail as one of “150 Great Days Out”.

Inspiring and informative, this comprehensive guide to traffic-free cycling is a fitting tribute to the Network Cycle Network on its 20th anniversary with a foreword from Olympic gold medallist, Joanna Rowsell MBE.   The new guide includes maps, routes for all ages and abilities and the best cycle friendly places to stay, eat and drink along the way.

Tom Ransom, Sustainable Transport Marketing Executive for Visit Isle of Wight said: “It’s great to see the Island’s top family-friendly, rail trail cycle route in this influential Sustrans’ book.

“Having the Red Squirrel Trail rubbing shoulders with the popular Camel and Tarka trails in the West Country, quite literally puts us on the traffic-free cycling map.

“As our rail trail cycle network gradually expands, it will garner even more notoriety providing opportunities for landowners and Island businesses to reap the rewards from an increasing numbers of cycle tourist’s choosing to holiday on Bicycle Island.”

Councillor Luisa Hillard, Isle of Wight Council Executive member for sustainability, environment and public realm, said: “We have an excellent cycling network on the Island and it is fantastic to see it recognised in this important guide book.

“We are working hard to upgrade many of our cycle routes to make them as accessible as possible to riders of all ages and abilities. The Squirrel Trail is a great example of an accessible family ride, which I’m sure will grow in popularity as a result of this endorsement by Sustrans.”

The book can be purchased from the Sustrans’ website and selected bookshops.


For further information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail:

Notes to editors:

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Sustrans is a British charity to promote sustainable transport. The charity is working on projects to encourage people to walk, cycle, and use public transport, to give people the choice of “travelling in ways that benefit their health and the environment”. They work with schools, communities, workplaces and decision-makers to make it easier to travel safely on foot or by bike. For more information, visit

Celebrating 20 years of the National Cycle Network

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the National Cycle Network (NCN).    NCN is a series of safe, traffic-free paths and quiet on-road cycling and walking routes that connect to every major town and city. The Network passes within a mile of half of all UK homes and now stretches over 14,000 miles across the length and breadth of the UK.

The Red Squirrel Trail

The Rail Trail has been well used and much loved for over a decade and has been tailored for cyclists who prefer car free cycling.