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Cycling in Dorset - best routes
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Dorset Cycle Routes: Our guide to Cycling in Dorset

Cycling in Dorset is not the most popular activity, that’s why cyclists love to come here and enjoy a number of routes only by themselves. If you are using Strava app for cyclists, you will notice that there are not many routes completed in Dorset. Well, at least not as many as elsewhere. But don’t miss out, Dorset has a lot to offer!

You can test yourself with a clifftop climb or take a gentle ride through the countryside. Why not get dirty on an off-road trail or follow the highway? It’s your choice. On top of that you visit the most iconic places along the Jurassic coast such as Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Portland Bill.

One of the most challenging cycling routes in Dorset is around the isle of Portland starting at the Osprey Quay. The one-mile-long road that takes you up into Portland averages six percent and believe us, it’s tough to walk it up! If you can tear yourself from the coast, a climb up the cobbled Gold Hill in Shaftesbury is a must.

There’s a wide range of routes that are suitable for all fitness levels. Visit Dorset gathered 28 cycling routes from short to long distance trails you may wish to try. Read about where to cycle in Purbeck on our blog – you will pass a number of Purbeck’s historic landmarks and will enjoy amazing coastal views.

For those staying in one of our Weymouth cottages, a cycle route from Weymouth to Abbotsbury would be a perfect choice. It leads mainly along country lanes to the chocolate box village of Abbotsbury.

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Cycling events Dorset

The Jurassic Beast Sportive

It has become a ‘must do’ ride for many cyclists and one of the most popular events in UK. Check out the map, it has three different levels of difficulty and it looks just amazing!

Great Dorset Cycle Challenge 2019

All three routes start in Dorchester at the Borough Gardens. You will follow three different routes around the Dorset countryside joining back together for a group finish in Dorchester.

If you are not keen to bring your own bicycle to Dorset, you can easily rent it out from Weymouth Bike hire, Jurassic Cycle hire and Tilleys motorcycles and bicycles.

There are groups and clubs in Dorset that organise events and activities for cyclists all year round. You can check their websites for weekly rides if you wish to join them whilst you are on a holiday. There’s CTC West Dorset (Dorchester) club, CTC Wessex (Bournemouth) and Dorset Rough Riders (Swanage).

If you are still not convinced that cycling in Dorset is an amazing activity, read Chris Marshall-Bell’s article ‘Eight reasons why cycling in Dorset is absolutely great’.