Kärdla – Tõrvanina – Lehtma – Tahkuna lighthouse – Malvaste – Kärdla (36 km)
In addition to peace, quiet and beautiful nature, Hiiumaa has some interesting history to offer. Following this trail, you'll be taking a tour of a peninsula that was occupied by the Soviet military for a long time. Even the locals didn't have access to many of these places. You can visit the Lõimastu catacombs, see gun carriages, underground bunkers, coastal defence structures, and visit the thought provoking military museum.
At the top of the peninsula, you can climb up the lighthouse and enjoy a gorgeous view, have a moment of reflection near the memorial for MS Estonia and walk through a maze. Take your time on the way back as you might want to stop at the Mihkli farm museum and the Malvaste wooden chapel.
There are multiple sandy beaches and swimming spots: in the RMK campsite in Tõrvanina, in Lehtma harbour and near the Kalda tourist farm in Mangu beach.
The majority of the route follows asphalt-covered road. A peaceful cycling path runs along the highway, a nice asphalt-covered road from Tareste to Lehtma harbour, a rocky forest road from Lehtma to Tahkuna and a winding road through the forest leads you from Tahkuna back to the highway. The route is equipped with some signposts, but there is still a possibility to get a little lost.
If you feel like taking a little extra detour, you could ride toward Kõrgessaare until you see a sign directing you to the Eiffel tower of Hiiumaa. The complex of attractions one local handyman has managed to construct is astonishing.
The trail is relatively easy and is suitable for a family outing. It's best to start from Kärdla, but Tõrvanina campsite or Kidaste crossroad are also options.