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Cycling in Dorset is never the same twice thanks to this coastal county’s diversity of landscape, wildlife and trails. Ride into the Isle of Purbeck, one of the most biodiverse regions of the UK. Pedal across its chalk ridge to the phenomenal Old Harry Rocks, bright white sea stacks that mark the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Cycle routes in Dorset whisk you across swathes of colourful heathland, rolling chalk hills, old forests and even past an ancient carved hill figure in his birthday suit. As around 40% of the county falls within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) as well as encompassing part of Cranborne Chase AONB, you’re surrounded by natural wonder wherever you pedal. 

Dorset’s Lyme Bay coastline is home to strenuous hills but equally mesmerising views west to Devon on clear days. Quaint villages abound too, so there’s always the possibility of a cake stop.


Top 20 cycling routes in Dorset

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    Easy
    01:25
    11.4 mi
    8.0 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:21
    10.5 mi
    7.8 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:50
    19.5 mi
    10.6 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    4
    Intermediate
    04:55
    50.4 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    5
    Difficult
    03:09
    30.3 mi
    9.6 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
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    6
    Difficult
    02:30
    23.6 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    7
    Difficult
    04:11
    38.6 mi
    9.2 mph
    2,550 ft
    2,550 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    8
    Intermediate
    02:09
    19.0 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    9
    Difficult
    05:38
    56.5 mi
    10.0 mph
    2,675 ft
    2,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    10
    Intermediate
    02:00
    18.7 mi
    9.3 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    11
    Difficult
    05:56
    56.4 mi
    9.5 mph
    3,550 ft
    3,550 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    12
    Difficult
    04:18
    44.0 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,525 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
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    13
    Intermediate
    02:10
    22.7 mi
    10.4 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    14
    Intermediate
    03:47
    35.0 mi
    9.3 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    15
    Intermediate
    05:00
    51.5 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.
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    16
    Intermediate
    02:30
    25.8 mi
    10.3 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    17
    Difficult
    03:33
    32.7 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    18
    Intermediate
    02:41
    21.0 mi
    7.9 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    19
    Intermediate
    03:33
    36.1 mi
    10.2 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    20
    Intermediate
    02:22
    18.6 mi
    7.8 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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