The attractive rural village of Godshill is known for its thatched cottage, pretty village church, boutique shops and excellent pubs. The village has a wonderful atmosphere and from the village there is excellent access to walks and cycle rides along the Isle of Wight footpaths and cycling trails. From Godshill it is possible to cycle or walk to Shanlin on the East coast along the old railway line which has been turned into a cycle track.
Godshill has a number of holiday activities including a model village, a riding school and a small chocolate producer.
From Godshill it is only a short drive to the coast at Shanklin or Ventnor.
Chocolate Island is a factory and a shop and a café, all in one. They make their own delicious chocolates and there is a delightful café courtyard where you can make those difficult decisions over real hot chocolate and cake.Website: www.chocolate-island.co.uk Address: Chocolate Island, Godshill, Isle of Wight. PO38 3HH
The Garlic Farm nestled along a tiny country lane below the Downs near Newchurch is one of the Islands most famous visitor attractions. We've been growing garlic for over 30 years now and are the UK's largest specialist garlic grower. We are proud of our exceptional quality garlic which is renowned for its flavour, keeping quality and beauty. We welcome visitors to our farm, farm shop & café and for food lovers, garlic lovers and the curious, our shop is bursting with traditional, innovative and some downright off-beat products guaranteed to make you reek with joy!Address: Mersley Farm, Mersley Lane, Newchurch, PO36 0NR Telephone: 01983 868732
The IOW Donkey sanctuary is a registered charity rescuing donkeys in need. Over 80 donkeys enjoy a happy and secure home in 50 acres.
Visitors can join the "Adopt a Donkey" scheme, make donations and purchase from the gift shop. Open from Easter until the end of October. Free car park. Free admission.Website: iwdonkey-sanctuary.com Address: Lower Winstone Farm, St Johns Road, Wroxall. PO38 3AA Telephone: 01983 852693
Family fun park with lots of outside activities and rides for the whole family to enjoy.Website: www.robin-hill.com
Delicious food and very friendly people at a wonderful village pub and restaurant. Popular with locals and visitors to the Isle of Wight alike.Website: pointerinn.com Telephone: 01983 865202 Address: Pointers Inn, Newchurch, Isle of Wight. PO36 0NN
The Essex Godshill, Quality food, quality time, it’s as simple as that. Situated in the picturesque old Village of Godshill in the heart of the Isle of Wight. The new owner Teri Wood has over 20 years experience in the catering trade.The team at the Essex aim to provide great service and food of the highest quality with an emphasis on using local produce.Website: www.theEssex.co Address: High Street, Godshill, PO38 3HH Telephone: 01983 840909
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The village at Godshill has a number of boutique shops, tea rooms and public houses. It is a chance to buy gifts, pick up local foods and enjoy tea in the sunny gardens. The village has a large number of traditional and thatched buildings which make beautiful photographs.
The Stenbury Trail runs past Godshill in the direction of Newport to the North West or Shanklin to the East. You don't have to walk the whole trail to enjoy as there are highlights like the Freemantle Gate only 20 minutes from the village in the direction of Shanklin.
The Worsley Trail passes to the South of the Village and can be reached by a number of routes including taking the walk to the Freemantle Gate along the Stenbury Trail mentioned above. The Worsley Trail runs East to Sandown and Shanklin and South to St Lawrence and Ventnor but again you can take part of the route near Godshill and turn them into a circular route back to the village.
There are a number of ways of cycling to Shanklin without having to cycle for all but the smallest distance along any roads. You can cycle (or walk) along the Isle of Wight Cycle Network which passes either side of Godshill. The two routes below both start from the Stenbury Trail which is crosses the main road between Shanklin and Godshill within 2 minutes cycle ride along this road in the direction of Shanklin.
Route 1 - Follow the Stenbury Trail south towards Freemantle Gate and on into Wroxall. Follow cycle route signs into the centre of town and then across a small bridge which is closed to cars. Turn left after the bridge and continue to follow cycle route signs onto the main bike route which runs along a disused railway line. This clearly marked track takes you all the way to Shanklin.
Route 2 - Head North along the Stenbury Trail and pass through a farm and across a large field. The track bends first to the left and then to the right and continues in much the same direction as before till you reach a bridge crossing a railway cutting. Follow the signs down the track which takes you to below the bridge and into the cutting. Follow signs to Sandown which take you under the bridge and along a firm wide track all the way to Sandown. From Sandown you must follow the road into Shanklin.
Isle of Wight cycle routes are listed on the Island Cottage Holidays Isle of Wight Cycling pages.