Cowes – Newport

Ride beside the beautiful Medina Estuary

4.5 miles

Many cyclists aren’t keen on hills, and steam trains didn’t get on with them too well either, so former railway lines make great cycle tracks. This section of the trail follows the former Cowes-Newport railway line, the first railway opened on the Isle of Wight. For most of this section you’ll pedal alongside the Medina Estuary and an old railway bridge will take you right over Dodnor Creek affording you great views of the Medina Estuary, Dodnor Creek and the surrounding local nature reserve.


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Wildlife on this section

Estuaries are very difficult places to live due to the constantly changing conditions but a range of specially adapted plants and animals can be found here in large numbers including the tiny creatures that are packed into the glorious estuary mud! These support a large number of estuary birds, many of which you will see on your journey as the views open out across the estuary.  Local residents include the black and white oystercatcher, the little skittering dunlin and the curlew with its distinctive long, curved beak.