Cycle Routes in Dorset

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Bournemouth Beach

Dorset is a lovely county with some fine countryside and a wonderful coast.
The main attraction in the region is the south coast with its wonderful beaches many of which can be comfortably accessed by bike.
Also of interest is the district of Purbeck which has some fabulous rolling countryside and wonderful coastal scenery.

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

For more information on cycle routes in Dorset including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here

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 Short Routes: <15 miles (25km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Corfe Castle Ride11 miles (18 km)**
Dorchester to Weymouth11 miles (17 km)**
Maiden Newton to Dorchester9 miles (15 km)*
Moors Valley Country Park3 miles (5 km)*
Poole to Wimborne9 miles (15 km)**
Rempstone Ride12 miles (20 km)**
Rodwell Trail2 miles (3 km)*
Sika Trail7 miles (11 km)*
Upton Country Park2 miles (3 km)*
Wareham to Arne Nature Reserve6 miles (9 km)*
Yeovil to Sherborne10 miles (16 km)**

 Mid Distance Routes: 16 - 30 miles (26-50km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Axminster to Bridport16 miles (25 km)**
Blandford Forum to Gillingham19 miles (30 km)***
Castleman Trailway16 miles (26 km)*
Dorchester to Wareham19 miles (30 km)**
East Lulworth Cycle Ride18 miles (29 km)***
Gillingham to Frome19 miles (31 km)**
Gillingham to Warminster21 miles (33 km)***
North Dorset Trailway17 miles (27 km)**
Poole to Ringwood22 miles (35 km)**
Sherborne to Somerton26 miles (42 km)***

 Long Routes: > 30 miles (50km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Axminster to Dorchester34 miles (55 km)**
Bournemouth to Ashurst New Forest31 miles (50 km)**
Dorchester to Castle Cary40 miles (65 km)***
Exmouth to Lyme Regis31 miles (50 km)***
North Dorset Cycleway71 miles (114 km)****
Poole to Gillingham37 miles (60 km)**
Purbeck Cycleway48 miles (77 km)****
Wessex Ridgeway Trail62 miles (100 km)****


 Dorset Cycling Links
NameDescription
Dorset AONBQuality site that covers the area in depth
Dorset Cycle NetworkLots of information on cycling in the area
Dorset for youCycling and Walking information in the area
Let's Go BikingSelf Guided cycling holidays in the south west
Lulworth EstateInformation on this beautiful estate in Dorset
West DorsetA wealth of information on visiting this lovely area


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