If you can drag yourself away from its sandy beach and glorious parks, you’ll soon discover that cycling in Bournemouth and its neighbouring countryside offers pure, unadulterated pleasure. Riding along the spectacular coast is the key to the best days out here, regardless of direction. Pedal west and catch the Sandbanks ferry to find yourself on the incredible Isle of Purbeck in just two shakes of a stick.
This vast conservation area has got everything from the sea stacks of Old Harry Rocks, to the central chalk ridgeline and nature reserves bordering Poole Harbour. Bike rides anywhere in Purbeck promise quintessential countryside beauty and outstanding sea views.
Cycle routes from Bournemouth going eastward lead you along the coast to Hengistbury Head, an intriguing headland with important habitats and beaches. Inland, ride north to explore heathlands and conifer forests or north east for the endless delights of the historic New Forest National Park.
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