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Whether you’re looking for a day out with the kids or a biking adventure that involves steep climbs, hairpin descents and cruising down country lanes, cycling in Dorset has something to offer all abilities.

Take a look at the following three cycle routes and try the one that best suits you! They are located in Christchurch and Purbeck in Dorset so, if you are on a family holiday, you could check out nearby tourist attractions and see if you can combine your cycle ride with a visit to a place of interest.

Saxon Square to Avon Beach, Christchurch (just under 3 miles)

This is a flat ride that is mainly on the National Cycle Route (NCN) that starts from Dover and reaches the Eden Project in Cornwall. Saxon Square is located in the heart of Christchurch (directions can be found online). Avon Beach is located to the east of Mudeford Quay between Gundimore Beach and Friars Cliff Beach. Part of Avon beach is dedicated to watersports and the rest of the beach is a bathing beach. Take the children’s swimming costumes so they can have a dip in the sea and make sandcastles after their ride! There is also a café, public toilets, a restaurant and a beach shop, as well as beach huts for hire.

Castle Ride (11 miles)

Castle Ride is a fabulous circular ride that is 11 miles on-road, with views of Corfe Castle. It is not too difficult but involves one steep hill between Church Knowle and the Blue Pool. Take a look on the map to find out where these locations are so you’re ready for the challenge! You can start at Wareham Quay or Norden Car Park, where there are also pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Purbeck Ride (47 miles)

This ride has the same starting locations as Castle ride but is more difficult, with lots of steep hills. The cycle route is mainly on-road and suits middle-distance cyclists that are dedicated to training. A great combination of challenging and beautiful surroundings, the Purbeck ride will show you amazing coastal views, peaceful rural landscapes and a number of Purbeck’s historic landmarks.