GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Dorset Cycle Routes

Dorset is a lovely county with some fine countryside and a wonderful coast.
The main attraction in the region is the south coast with its wonderful beaches many of which can be comfortably accessed by bike.
Also of interest is the district of Purbeck which has some fabulous rolling countryside and wonderful coastal scenery.

Use the links to view full route information including elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Dorset Cycle Map>>

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

For more information on cycle routes in Dorset including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here

Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Axminster to Bridport16 miles (25 km)Follow NCN route 2 on this short route through the lovely Devon countryside along minor roads and tracks View Full Details>>
Axminster to Dorchester34 miles (55 km)Travel from Devon into Dorset following National Cycle route 2.
The south coast is never far away as you travel through some lovely countryside on your way to the market town of Dorchester on the River Frome. The route takes you through many pretty Dorset villages including Little Bredy and Winterborne St Martin and has splendid views of the Dorset countryside and coast. View Full Details>>
Baiter Park2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a cycle or walk through this harbourside park in Poole. The route follows a nice surfaced path along the coast from Baiter Park to Whitecliff Park with great views over Parkstone Bay to Brownsea Island. It follows National Cycle Network Route 25 and is suitable for families looking for a traffic free cycle ride. View Full Details>>
Blandford Forum to Gillingham19 miles (30 km)This ride follows NCN route 25 through the Dorset countryside View Full Details>>
Bournemouth to Ashurst New Forest31 miles (50 km)Starting in the south coast seaside town of Bournemouth travel east along the prom to Christchurch and then through the View Full Details>>
Castleman Trailway16 miles (26 km)Travel from Ringwood to Poole along the disused Southampton to Dorchester railway line on this easy cycle and walking route. Route highlights include 3 lovely country parks - Avon Heath Country Park, Moors Valley Country Park and Upton Country Park. View Full Details>>
Corfe Castle Ride11 miles (18 km)This short circular ride starts in Wareham and follows a series of country lanes to the fascinating ruins at National Trust owned Corfe Castle. The route also visits Hartland Moor Nature Reserve, Stonehills Down Nature Reserve and crosses Stoborough Heath before returning to Wareham. You will also pass a series of peaceful, pretty villages including Church Knowle, East Creech and Stoborough Green. View Full Details>>
Dorchester to Castle Cary40 miles (65 km)Follow National Cycle route 26 north from the lovely town of Dorchester through Sherborne to your destination of Castle Cary in Somerset View Full Details>>
Dorchester to Wareham19 miles (30 km)Follow NCN route 2 on this lovely easy route through the Dorset countryside View Full Details>>
Dorchester to Weymouth11 miles (17 km)This ride follows National Cycle route 26 from Dorchester to Weymouth and then onto the Isle of Portland. View Full Details>>
Duncliffe Wood2 miles (3 km)Explore miles of cycling and walking trails in this large area of ancient woodland near Shaftesbury. The woods cover 93 hectares (230 acres) with waymarked trails and lots of bluebells in the spring months. There's also a nice climb to Duncliffe Hill with great views of Blackmore Vale to enjoy. Look out for a variety of woodland birds and butterflies including silver-washed fritillary,white admiralandpurple hairstreak. View Full Details>>
East Lulworth Cycle Ride18 miles (29 km)This super ride takes you through the stunning Purbeck Hills from Wareham to Lulworth Cove. View Full Details>>
Exmouth to Lyme Regis31 miles (50 km)Follow National Cycle route 2 through the Devon countryside from Exmouth to Lyme Regis. You will cross the border from Devon to Dorset on this attractive route which follows the spectacular Jurassic Coast. The route starts near Exmouth train station and heads east along off road paths and a dismantled railway line to Budleigh Salterton. A series of quiet country roads then takes you onto Sidmouth and then Seaton before finishing in Lyme Regis. View Full Details>>
Gillingham to Frome19 miles (31 km)This route follows National Cycle routes 25 and 24 from Dorset to Somerset View Full Details>>
Gillingham to Warminster21 miles (33 km)This route follows NCN route 25 from Dorset to Wiltshire View Full Details>>
Hurn Forest5 miles (8 km)Enjoy a cycle or walk through this pleasant area of woodland near Bournemouth. There are miles of good tracks to explore the area which includes woodland, heathland and ponds. The Moors River also runs past the western edge of the wood. View Full Details>>
Lodmoor Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy a peaceful walk around this country park and nature reserve in Weymouth. The park has a host of facilities with a cafe, outdoor gym, model railway and pitch and putt golf course. The adjacent nature reserve has an easy access walking path taking you through various habitats including reedbed, open water, saltmarsh and wet grassland. The reserve attracts a wide variety of birdlife with Cetti's warbler and Little Egrets common visitors. A cycle path runs through part of the park and the south side of the nature reserve. View Full Details>>
Maiden Newton to Dorchester9 miles (15 km)This is a lovely short, easy ride through Dorset with many traffic free sections and some short on road sections. View Full Details>>
Moors Valley Country Park3 miles (5 km)Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, is situated in Ashley Heath, on the Dorset/Hampshire border. The park has a number of peaceful woodland paths so is a great place for a safe and easy cycle or walk. There are a number of well waymarked cycle and walking routes through the park, while there is also cycle hire available throughout the year. View Full Details>>
North Dorset Cycleway71 miles (114 km)This terrific signed circular route takes you on a tour of some of the prettiest villages and finest countryside in this beautiful county. You will pass through the Dorset Downs and Cranborne Chase Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the delightful Blackmore Vale. View Full Details>>
North Dorset Trailway17 miles (27 km)This splendid walking and cycling path runs along a dismantled railway line from Stalbridge to Spetisbury in Dorset. View Full Details>>
Okeford Hill1 miles (2 km)Visit Okeford Beacon in Dorset and enjoy cycling and walking trails with wonderful views. You can park at the Okeford Hill Picnic Site, about a mile to the south of Okeford Fitzpaine. From here you can pick up the Wessex Ridgeway trail to explore the woodland and countryside around Okeford Hill. Many other tracks will take you into Blandford Forest or you can head south west towards Bell Hill and Ibberton Hill. View Full Details>>
Poole to Gillingham37 miles (60 km)Travel from Poole on the Dorset south coast northwards to Gillingham via Shaftesbury and Wimborne Minster.
The route follows National Cycle route 25 for much of the way and includes a lovely stretch along the River Stour and a variety of quiet paths and lanes through the countryside. View Full Details>>
Poole to Ringwood22 miles (35 km)Travel from Poole to Ringwood along National Cycle route 25 and view some lovely coastal scenery, heathland and countryside.
Starting in Poole near the train station follow the path around Holes Bay and Upton Park before joining the Castleman Trailway to Wimborne Minster. The trailway then continues through West Moors and Ashley Heath to Ringwood on the River Avon. View Full Details>>
Poole to Wimborne9 miles (15 km)This short route takes you from Poole to Wimborne along designated cycle paths View Full Details>>
Puddletown Forest4 miles (6 km)This large area of woodland near Dorchester has miles of footpaths and mountain bike trails. There are a number of easy walking trails and some more challenging climbs to Green Hill and Beacon Hill. If you are on a moutain bike you can enjoy miles of bridleways, short natural singletracks, downhill sections and some jumps. The forest is located just to the west of the village of Puddletown and the River Piddle. It is a nice walk to do if you are visiting Thomas Hardy's cottage which is located on the western fringe of the forest. View Full Details>>
Purbeck Cycleway48 miles (77 km)Take a trip around the stunning Purbeck Hills on this exhilarating ride. View Full Details>>
Rempstone Ride12 miles (20 km)This is a lovely, largely traffic free cycle or walk across Rempstone Heath. View Full Details>>
Rodwell Trail2 miles (3 km)The Rodwell Trail is a nice easy off road trail through Weymouth using a disused railway path. After passing through the Rodwell district of Weymouth you join a lovely coastal stretch at the ruins of 16th century Sandsfoot Castle and the beautiful Sandsfoot Cove. From here the path runs along the coast to the Ferry Bridge that you can cross to the Isle of Portland. View Full Details>>
Sherborne to Somerton26 miles (42 km)This route starts at Sherborne Abbey in Dorset and then follows National Cycle route 26 north to Castle Cary before heading west along the South Somerset Cycle Route to Somerton in Somerset View Full Details>>
Sika Trail7 miles (11 km)This signed off road trail takes you on a tour of the peaceful Wareham Forest in Dorset. View Full Details>>
Upton Country Park2 miles (3 km)Upton Country Park, consists of 100 acres of parkland situated on the north west edge of Poole, Dorset View Full Details>>
Wareham to Arne Nature Reserve6 miles (9 km)Starting at the train station at Wareham, follow local cycle routes to the beautiful Arne Nature Reserve. There's plenty to see at Arne with a variety of wildlife including Sika Deer. The ride finishes at Shipstal point on the coast with fabulous views of Poole harbour and Brownsea Island. View Full Details>>
Wessex Ridgeway Trail62 miles (100 km)Follow the Wessex Ridgeway Trail and enjoy specatular views of the Dorset countryside on this shared walking and cycling path. View Full Details>>
Yeovil to Sherborne10 miles (16 km)This short route follows NCN route 26 from Yeovil in Somerset to Sherborne in Dorset View Full Details>>

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