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Cycling in Dorset - best routes

Cycling in Dorset

There is no denying that Dorset is most famous for its spectacular clear water beaches and idyllic countryside walks, but if exploring on two wheels is more your scene then Dorset is the perfect destination for you too! From a gentle ride on scenic, tucked away trails to a faster paced clifftop climb, cycling in Dorset is sure to offer something for everyone. Whether getting mucky on an off road hike or following a simple bypass route is more your thing, you’ll certainly be blown away by Dorset’s exquisitely diverse setting.

On top of that you can visit the most iconic places along the Jurassic coast such as Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Portland Bill – all boasting spectacular views over the sea and hillside.

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 takes you up into Portland and believe us, it certainly is a tough ascent! And if you can tear yourself from the coast, a climb up the cobbled Gold Hill in Shaftesbury is a also a must.

Cycling in Dorset really does offer 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. You can also read about where to cycle in Purbeck on our blog. These route will navigate you past a number of Purbeck’s historic landmarks and again enjoy amazing coastal views.

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

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Cycle hire and clubs

If you haven’t got room in the car to bring your own bicycle then not to worry! Visit Weymouth Bike hire, Jurassic Cycle hire or Tilleys motorcycles and bicycles where you hire one during your stay here.

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).

Happy cycling!