Cycling is a very popular pastime for the occasional participant or the serious tour riders. There are many tracks and trails that are waiting to be discovered around Weymouth and Dorchester are of Dorset. Lending themselves to the family fun ride or to the hard core enthusiast. Here are a few routes to enjoy while on holiday. You are able to hire bikes from Dorchester Cycles, Electric Bike Hire and Tours, Jurassic Trails, Weymouth Bike Hire and Portland Cycle Hire
Wessex Ridgeway: 16 mile section Folly to Lower Kingcombe
Starting at the Wessex Ridgeway Farm Walks , then Minterne Parva before arriving at Cerne Abbas with its famous chalk giant and pretty medieval village. Hilfield Hill and down to Sydling St Nicholas with its 1000 year old yew trees. Cycle across rolling downlands at Hog Cliff National Nature Reserve then down to Maiden Newton and along the valley floor to Lower Kingcombe.
NCN Route 2: 13 Mile section Hardy’s Monument to Moreton
Starting at Hardy’s Monument with its magnificent views and down to Martinstown then around one side of Maiden Castle. Dorchester with its offering of refreshments with Max Gate, Thomas Hardy’s home. You then follow the Frome Valley to Moreton, where you stop at the Moreton Tea Rooms. This is also the route of the Tour de Manche.
NCN Route 26: 41 mile section Sherborne to Portland Bill
Go through Barwick, Sutton Bingham Reservoir the route is quiet country lanes and mainly flat, with one steep climb at Closworth. Maiden Newton to Dorchester is approximately 8 miles and large sections are off-road making it ideal for novice cyclists and children. From Dorchester you head to the coast at Weymouth, where you join the Rodwell Trail to Portland Beach. The trail follows the old route of the Weymouth and Portland Railway and is part of the South West Coast path.
Portland Trail: 28.5 mile loop Weymouth to Portland Bill
The Portland Trail is normally a 17 mile loop from Overcombe, but this route extends by 11.5 miles to the end at Portland Bill Lighthouse . Go through Lodmoor Nature Reserve and Radipole Nature Reserve and Weymouth Harbour. Then join the Rodwell Trail which follows the old railway line to the Isle of Portland. Arriving at Osprey Quay home to the National Sailing Academy, Portland Marina and near by Portland Castle. You can the head around Portland with its panoramic views and rocky coves, before returning back across the causeway to Weymouth.
Lodmoor Trail: 3 miles around Lodmoor Nature Reserve
Great for a short easy family ride with plenty to see and do.
Weymouth Trail: 8.5 miles around Weymouth
Weymouth to Abbotsbury: 25 mile circular route
Ride west along country lanes to the village of Abbotsbury and visit Abbotsbury Swannery and Gardens. The return trip follows the old Bridport to Weymouth railway line to Portesham where you head slightly inland on a country lane through small hamlets and past Friar Waddon House. Through Upwey and then back into Weymouth for an ice cream.
Frome Valley Trail: 22 mile around the Frome Valley
Frome Valley Cycle Trail: 14.3 miles Evershot to Dorchester
Follow the River Frome along country roads and farm tracks across downland, water meadows and through woodland.
Weymouth Cycle Routes 12 different routes short and long
Off Road Trails
Mountain Bike Guide Dorset A book with three Dorchester area rides
For additional trails and rides simply visit the I Coast website to enhance your exploration and you will be able to plan additional routes for your stay in Dorset.
With both delivery and collection available this is an ideal activity for a self-catering cottage stay. Explore Weymouth and its surrounds and cycle the Rodwell Trail.
For an easier ride Jurassic Electric offer guided tours or hire of their electric bikes. It’s a fantastic way to explore west Dorset without having to endure those enormous hills!
Ride The Jurassic Cycle Trails which are Safe, Flat, Family Friendly and Fun….
A 8.5 km walk or cycle from the centre of Weymouth out to Portland following the old railway line passing many small bays and inlets as you meander along.
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