Dorchester to Weymouth
This ride follows National Cycle route 26 from Dorchester to Weymouth and then onto the Isle of Portland.
It starts off near Dorchester's railway stations and heads south along a roadside traffic free path to Upwey and then onto Weymouth. Near Weymouth the path passes through the delightful Radipole Lake RSPB Nature Reserve. With a lake, reeds and lagoons it is a nice spot to stop for a rest and look out for Kingfishers, Cetti's warblers and bitterns.
Soon after you join the Rodwell Trail - a nice off road trail along a disused railway path. It includes a lovely coastal stretch at the ruins of 16th century Sandsfoot Castle and the beautiful Sandsfoot Cove. From here the path runs along the coast to the Isle of Portland where you will ride alongside Chesil Beach before finishing at Portland Castle with fabulous views of the harbour.