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Blake’s Bike Packing Adventure Round The Isle Of Wight | GMBN Epic Rides


– Welcome back you beautiful people, today I’m on the Isle
of Wight, where I live. The weather is amazing, it’s Friday and I can’t wait to get out on my bike, but look at what I’ve got to ride. (upbeat music) Yup, I am going bikepacking
around the Isle of Wight. I’ve ridden here so much,
I’ve been all over the place, but I’ve never circularly navigated the whole way round the
Isle of Wight in one go. It’s not very big, but I thought I’d take my time and bikepack. Right, enough chitchat,
I’m jump on my steed and I’m gonna head up the
hill, I’m gonna go east. (dance music) Right, little bit of history for you. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Albert built their summer house
on the Isle of Wight. And this is the Albert Cottage, it’s I’m guessing where Prince Albert used to hang out, have some lunch, it’s a pretty cool place
to have lunch actually. Wow, it’s a big gate. Yeah, East Cowes is
pretty cool to be honest. Seb Clover, born in 1987, in 2003 he solo sailed
across the Atlantic. Why the hell would you do that? That is fricking crazy. The guy who invented the hovercraft lived in East Cowes as well, Sir Christopher Cockerell, I think it was. There you go, a little
bit of history (laughs) about East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Now let’s move on. (smooth music) (train clacks) Oh yes! I waited so long for that one. (smooth music) First stop for food is The Garlic Farm, this place is sick, I
can’t recommend it enough. I love it and I also need
garlic for dinner, so yeah. Garlic beer, uhh, all right. (smooth music) I reckon someone was bored and just wanted to build
a funny, funny something. (smooth music) There’s got to be some sort
of plaque on this thing. To be honest, the Isle of
Wight had a big, big role in protecting UK mainland,
especially Portsmouth and Southampton, because
Portsmouth is a naval base. Oh yeah, look at that, GR. GR, so yeah, world war, what’s that? I thought it was a dead sheep (scoffs) Interesting fact though, the Isle of Wight is the
biggest island in England, but the second most
populated island in England. The most populated (laughs)
island in England is Portsea. Portsea, I didn’t know,
’cause I did some research is Portsmouth, that’s
Portsmouth, Portsmouth is a city. That is is the most
populated island in England. I didn’t know that & we’re the second most populated
island, but the biggest. Right, so I’m gonna go down to Ryde, pedal across all the way, all the way to the far east side of the island, where, like I said, I’m
gonna set up my camp. Because I wanna see an epic sunset, I mean sunrise, sun sets over there, which I’m gonna be tomorrow, so I’m gonna see that
tomorrow on my last night. Kind of worked out pretty well, eh? Right, moving on. (smooth music) Right, this cool building right
in front of me right here, it’s called Appley House,
it was built in the 1870s and the Hutt family owned this. Imagine having a house right
here on the beach front. It is beautiful. (smooth music) (tires crunch) – Right, come through Ryde, done. I’m in Seaview, I’ve got 15
minutes ’til I get there, but it’s all on the tar road, so it’s gonna be pretty
easy and then I’m there. (smooth music) That’s my view, I’m
gonna set up camp here, bike, wake up, I’m gonna
have a fire there actually, I’m gonna have a fire there and drink that garlic beer (groans). Right, run time lapse of
me setting up the camp. (smooth music) Right, done, set up the tent, climbed the tree to get
a cool shot of that. I’m super proud of it, I’m pretty happy. Sunset’s on its way
down, the sun is setting, I can’t wait ’til the
sunrise in the morning. I’m gonna start a fire,
I’m gonna start cooking, I’m gonna crack a beer, maybe
that horrible garlic beer, just to see what it’s
like, ’cause I was curious. So yeah, I’m gonna climb
down this tree though, then I’m gonna start a fire. (fire roars) That’s how you start a fire (laughs), that is working, look at that. (cutlery clatters) That thing’s vicious. (fire roars) Camp fire, good food, good view, tomorrow’s gonna be a good view in the morning, that’s for sure. I’m looking forward to tomorrow though, we’re gonna go all along the east coast and then go west straight away, but it’s flat that other side. I’m just gonna sit here, enjoy and drink this garlic
beer, see what it’s like. Well I tell you what, there’s gonna be no
vampires around me tonight because of this (laughs). (gentle piano music) (slurps drink) Wow, what an amazing
morning, didn’t expect that. To be honest, I didn’t expect that, it is six o’clock in the a.m., there is someone skiing
already, like water-skiing, wow. Look at that man. Now that’s what you call a view. What, look at that, I slept pretty good. My tent, got that, got
my coffee, I’m ready, I’m ready to tackle this day. As long as I want to sit here and just watch this day go
by on this beautiful spot, I’m gonna pack up, I’m gonna get ready. I’m gonna head back onto the road because today, well it’s a big, long day, the biggest day of all three days. (gentle guitar music) Welcome back to my history lesson and today, I’m crossing from
St Helens into Bembridge. And this river right here, well that, basically Bembridge to Yaverland was an island back in, oh I don’t know, some years and years and years ago. Basically the island
was split up into three. Bembridge, Bembridge Island
was an island in itself, but over the years, it’s
just filled up with mud. You’ll get a good perspective of it when I climb up to
Culver Downs in a minute. Right, let’s go and find a windmill, it’s the only windmill
on the Isle of Wight, the only one that’s left over. (gentle guitar music) Wow, look at that. I’ve only seen it from the
road, but I’ve never been here. It looks flippin’ old. (gate latch clanks) (gentle guitar music) Wow. (gentle guitar music) Hah, nice, pretty. Right, let’s move on. I’m gonna go that way, way up there. That is Culver Down, the
cliffs are insane, right. (upbeat dance music) This is the top of Culver Down, I’m heading all the way down there, but I wanna get a better view than this, this is fricking cool though. (upbeat dance music) Culver Downs, another
spot for World War Two. Basically these two things
right here, one, two, had 9.2 inch massive
guns, firing out there. That’s a perfect spot, because
these cliffs around here are 341 feet, which is 104 meters. Perfect spit to annihilate your enemies, ’cause look at all these ships all ready, you could just be (makes
explosive noise) blowing up ships. Right, I’m gonna head back the way I came and I’m gonna drop down into Sandown, which is over there, right
along that to Shanklin and then over that hill over there, then all the way round, so
I’ve got some riding to do. But riding along the seafront down there is really cool, super easy, like it. (cool music) This is a beautiful
little bit of cycle track that links Sandown all the way to Shanklin and then I go over into Ventnor. But I’m gonna stop in Shanklin for a cream tea I think,
’cause it’s England and that’s a British thing. (cool music) Right, perfect cream tea,
enough energy for me to climb to the highest point on the Isle of Wight. (cool music) Right, I’m officially heading west I’m getting towards the sunset, but this campsite that I’m gonna
find is on a friend’s farm. So I probably won’t see the sunset, but I’m gonna try and
get a time-lapse of it. But look at that, I’ve just
come from miles down there, that was a tough little climb. It’s all downhill now, going
west to Cheverton Farm. Got a bit of tarmac, I’m gonna go across, along a golf course and
then drop into Knighton and go up into Blackgang. Then I’m gonna stop at a pub for lunch and then I’ve got the military road, which is a long, flat, ass, tire road, but I know the back roads, so I’ll be fine (grunts) It is so hot, (exhales). (cool music) The military road, great road, boring for cycling, busy in the summer. It’s just not comfortable, tractors over, aah it’s just death, so I try and avoid it like the plague when I’m cycling,
so I know some back roads. This is way better, no cars, no speeding tourists, no
tractors to run me over, just a nice country lane (exhales). Funny, my friend lives
down this road somewhere. Harry Steel his name is,
we’re not going there though, we’re going to the farm. (cool music) Campsite, let’s find a
good spot to pitch up tent. I think I’ve found one, under this tree. I’ve just gotta move a few logs and I’m gonna set up
camp right here, nice. I’ve set up camp, there it is. You know what it looks like, didn’t wanna show you how to do it again. I am shattered, so I’m
gonna take a little nap and by the time I wake up, it’ll be a little bit darker. I could start the fire up, cook my dinner and then just relax. Let’s just say that little
nap lasted all night, I woke up the next
morning fresh as a daisy. Made myself a cup of coffee, packed up camp, hit the road to finish off this epic adventure
around the Isle of Wight. (cool music) (laughs) What a trail. (cool music) I am nearly at the end
of the Isle of Wight, I haven’t got long to go. But a little history lesson for you, again, welcome to my class (laughs). Today is all about Tennyson Down. Tennyson Down is this huge
grassy whaleback hill, that starts in Freshwater
Bay which is there, just down there and starts at
482 feet, which is 147 meters, right up at Tennyson’s basically monument. And Tennyson, Lord Tennyson, was a poet and he lived in this area
for roughly about 40 years. And he always used to come
up and down this place, he said the sea air was
like six pence a pint, I’m guessing that was super expensive. But this place is so beautiful. And unfortunately you can’t
actually ride on that, ’cause it’s National Trust
and it’s for walking only, you’re not allowed going
even with your horses there. So I hiked up and took some stuff, some footage of Tennyson Monument. Now I’ll cycle all the
way around to Alum Bay, up the hill, which is a horrible climb, you don’t wanna see me suffering and this is the Needles (laughs). (upbeat music) Right, the Needles, yes
there’s those things right behind me there, three of them, sticking about 30 meters out of the water. There is three, trust me, the
other one’s around the corner, can’t really see it from here. Maybe if I go to a different spot, we’re gonna see all three. But you’ve got that lighthouse, that lighthouse is super old, that thing was built in 1859, super old. Basically to protect ships from smashing into those big, white, tusky teeth thing on the edge of the Isle of Wight. But as soon as you say the Isle of Wight, those things definitely spring to mind, it’s an iconic piece of landscape. But see all this behind me,
they are rocket test sites. Basically there’s two of them, they used to test rockets here, fire them up into space to
see if they can, I don’t know, I think there was a race between NASA and, or they actually did testing
here, I’m not too sure. My history is a bit vague on this area. I only come here to see
them though, the Needles. Wow, I’m gonna end it right here, ’cause it can’t get any better than this. Man, I’m super hooked on
bikepacking it’s so much fun and it goes to show
that you don’t actually have to go far afield to seek
adventure with bikepacking. You could do it on your local doorstep, like I have on the Isle of Wight. I did a massive tour all the way around and it was super fun. So hopefully this has inspired
you to get into bikepacking and given you a little
bit more of an insight, get your juices flowing,
’cause it’s super fun. I love it, I don’t want it to end, but actually it’s not ending here, I’ve gotta go all the way back home. Which that part is pretty boring, I’m gonna end it right
here at the Needles. But if you wanna see another rad video, where Neil does an epic
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