Dorset Cycle Routes

Cycle Routes around the Isle of Purbeck

If you are looking for cycle routes in the Swanage and Purbeck area then a great source of information including routes and maps can be found on the Virtual-Swanage website (external link)

The Dorset Council have also put together an excellent Pedal Around Purbeck (external link) cycle route information leaflet in pdf format that you can download. It includes several well thought out routes with maps and information about the local area.

Pedal Around Purbeck

Route 1 – Priory Ride 8 miles
Priory Ride leaflet (external link)

Route 2 – Rempstone Ride 12 miles +
Rempstone Ride leaflet (external link)

Route 3 – Castle Ride 12 miles
Castle Ride leaflet (external link)

Route 4 – Lawrence Ride 22 miles
Lawrence Ride leaflet (external link)

Route 5 – East Lulworth Ride 18 miles +
East Lulworth Ride leaflet (external link)

Route 6 – Purbeck Ride 47 miles
Purbeck Ride leaflet (external link)

Northport Greenway and Sika Cycle Trail 8 1⁄2 miles
Northport Greenway and Sika Cycle Trail leaflet (external link)

The Dorset Council website is also an excellent resource for suggested bike routes in other parts of Dorset. Check out their webpage and just follow the links.

Useful Dorset Council cycle route leaflets include:
West Dorset Pedal (external link)

Tourist Information Centres in Wareham & Swanage have cycle route maps and helpful staff.

Discover Purbeck Information Centre
The Library, South Street, Wareham, BH20 4LR

Swanage Information Centre
The White House, Shore Road, Swanage, BH19 1LB

East Dorset

A good place to start when looking for cycle routes in East Dorset is the Dorset Council webpage

Castleman Trailway 10 miles
Castleman Trailway cycle map

Badbury Rings 13 miles
Badbury Rings cycle map

Witchampton 3 miles
Witchampton cycle map

Horton Tower Circular 10 miles
Horton Tower Circular cycle map

Sixpenny Handley 14 miles
Sixpenny Handley cycle map

Cranborne Chaser 12 miles
Cranborne Chaser cycle map

West Dorset

Dorchester to Lyme Regis 30 mile route
(National Cycle Network Route 2)
Dorchester to Lyme Regis Route Map

Sherborne to Portland 41 mile route 
(National Cycle Network Route 26)
Sherborne to Portland Route Map

West Dorset Pedal (AONB)
West Dorset Pedal

North Dorset

Cycle around North Dorset pack
An introduction to the cycle around North Dorset pack

Bonsley Common 12 mile route
Bonsley Common cycle map

Blandford 16 mile route
Blandford cycle map

Gillingham 16 mile route
Gillingham cycle map

Marnhull 18 mile route
Marnhull cycle map

Sixpenny Handley 10 mile route
Sixpenny Handley cycle map

Sturminster Newton 13 mile route
Sturminster Newton cycle map

Sturminster Newton and Ibberton 18 mile route
Sturminster Newton and Ibberton cycle map

Weymouth & Portland

There are 24 miles of cycle routes in Weymouth & Portland, the majority are traffic-free.

This includes National Cycle Network route 26 which provides a direct and traffic-free connection to Dorchester and beyond by bike.

Jurassic Cycle Trails
Jurassic Cycle Trails leaflet pdf

The Jurassic Trails are

Lodmoor Trail 3 miles
This trail is ideal for short family rides where many youngsters have achieved their first rides or first experience safely tucked up in a child seat, trailer or tagalong.

Weymouth Trail 8.5 miles
Explore the delightful seaside Georgian town of Weymouth with its award winning beach and picturesque 17th Century working harbour – lots of places to explore.

Portland Trail 17 miles
The full Jurassic Trail will take you to Osprey Quay and the world famous Isle of Portland with its 180,000 million years of history and unique landscapes and views.