There are any number of places to go cycling in Dorset. The quiet country roads, heathland and network of cycle ways open up the possibilities.
National Cycle Routes
There is a network of waymarked National Cycle Routes including the number 2 which links Lyme Regis with Dorchester and onto Poole. Further details on this and other National Cycle Routes can be found on the Sustrans website.
West Dorset Pedal
There are five suggested cycle routes designed to help you pedal and eat your way around the beautiful countryside of West Dorset whilst discovering the delicious local produce the county has to offer.
The routes are:
- The Valley of the Stones – Explore Abbotsbury and the Bride Valley.
- Bridport’s Market Garden – Discover Bridport and Netherbury were once the centre of rope-making in West Dorset.
- Hillforts and The Vale – Tour the ancient hillforts of Pilsdon Pen, Coney’s Castle and Lambert’s Castle.
- The Frome Valley – Explore the home of the 180 foot high Cerne Abbas Giant.
- Eggardon Hillfort – Discover the ancient myths surrounding Eggardon Hill and explore the villages of Loders and Powerstock.
Purbeck Cycle Rides
There are seven suggested circular cycle routes in the Purbeck area.
The routes are:
- Priory Ride – Ride from the historic walled town of Wareham to the villages of East and West Holme.
- Rempstone Ride – Cycle route between Norden and either Studland village or Shell Bay via the Rempstone Estate.
- Castle Ride – Views of Corfe Castle whilst passing Church Knowle, Blue Pool and Hartland Moor.
- Lawrence Ride – Take in St Nicholas Church at Moreton, Lawrence of Arabia’s last resting place.
- East Lulworth Ride – Cycle through the beautiful countryside surrounding Lulworth Castle.
- Purbeck Ride – 47 mile cycle route for the dedicated cyclist.
- Northport Greenway and Sika Cycle Trail – Wareham Quay to Wareham Forest.
Not sure about tackling the hills in Dorset? Then join an organised electric bike tour by Marshwood Trails and let the bike take the strain. Operates just like a normal bike but with a motor to provide assistance getting up the hills. The tours operate regularly throughout the year and you get a guide who will take you to all the hidden gems Dorset has to offer.