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The annual Isle of Wight Tractor Ride out takes place this weekend (Saturday) and will be raising money for charity.  

The tractors will be forming up at the Eight Bells in Carisbrooke from 08:00 and will disperse at approximately 10:00 – 10:30.

All proceeds will be going to 2 great local causes – the Alzheimer’s Cafe and Mountbatten – in memory of John Butcher “Butch”.

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If you see the tractors out during the ride out, be sure to wave and donate if you can.

Below is the route that the tractors will be taking, it’s also a great opportunity to capture some photographs of some old farm machinery still in action today.

Most of the route will be off-road, although there will be some instances where driving on the highway will be unavoidable.

The route for the ride out will be as follows.

Start at the Eight Bells. 

Turn left out of the Eight Bells up to the Waverly Inn.

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Head straight over at the mini-roundabout and head towards the Blacksmiths Arms.

Opposite the Blacksmiths Arms, turn left and follow the route up over Whitelane Farm before turning right back onto Bowcombe Road – (Please note this route may be subject to change and will be confirmed on the day).

Alternatively, the route will turn left at the Waverly Inn and head down Clatterford Road to re-join the route.

Once on the Bowcombe Road, turn left into Bowcombe Farm and head up and over Farstons to Gatcombe.

Carry on through Gatcombe past the church towards the bus shelter on the main road.

Turn right and head towards Chillerton taking the left turn into Loverstone Lane and ultimately Cridmore Lane.

Stop at Cridmore Farm for a short break. 

Set back of down to North Grounds and turn right at the former Star Pub.

Head down Pyle Shute and all the way through Atherfield Green to Shorwell mini-roundabout (Crown Inn).

Turn left towards Brighstone and travel through Brighstone Village, Hunnyhill to Strawberry Lane.

Turn right into Strawberry Lane and then left into Lynch Lane and down the hill to the Entrance to Westover Farm.

Turn left through Westover Farm and exit on the Middle Road.

Turn left towards Chessell and proceed the route.

Turn left at Chessell and travel through to Brook towards the Military Road.

Turn right at the end and travel along to Compton Farm.

Refreshments at Compton Farm and disperse at your leisure. 

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Bob Frapples

Get ready for More bad driving on the IoW

Az-zahra Aziz

Stuck behind slow moving, diesel, paraffin and oil burning environmentally unfriendly unsafe, mud and worse dropping off the wheels adding to the growing carnage on our roads this wet, dark, poorly lit and maintained roads.

Still it is for a good cause so I guess it is overall worth the delays and misery it causes for other road users.

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