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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.

Easy
01:38
11.8 mi
Difficult
04:46
50.8 mi
Intermediate
02:23
17.2 mi
Easy
01:51
19.7 mi
Intermediate
03:05
30.4 mi
Difficult
05:16
53.6 mi
Intermediate
02:51
28.9 mi
Difficult
04:09
41.2 mi
Intermediate
02:23
23.4 mi
Difficult
03:23
26.5 mi
Intermediate
02:20
21.2 mi
Difficult
04:40
48.0 mi
Easy
01:30
15.8 mi
Intermediate
02:28
19.7 mi
Easy
01:11
8.66 mi
Difficult
03:47
32.3 mi
Easy
01:14
9.75 mi
Difficult
06:03
59.0 mi
Intermediate
03:28
36.7 mi
Intermediate
03:56
39.7 mi

Top 20 cycling routes in Dorset

    1
    Easy
    01:38
    11.8 mi
    7.2 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    2
    Difficult
    04:46
    50.8 mi
    10.7 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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  • 3
    Intermediate
    02:23
    17.2 mi
    7.2 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    4
    Easy
    01:51
    19.7 mi
    10.6 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    5
    Intermediate
    03:05
    30.4 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    6
    Difficult
    05:16
    53.6 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.
    7
    Intermediate
    02:51
    28.9 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    8
    Difficult
    04:09
    41.2 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    9
    Intermediate
    02:23
    23.4 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    10
    Difficult
    03:23
    26.5 mi
    7.8 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    11
    Intermediate
    02:20
    21.2 mi
    9.1 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    12
    Difficult
    04:40
    48.0 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,875 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.
    13
    Easy
    01:30
    15.8 mi
    10.5 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    14
    Intermediate
    02:28
    19.7 mi
    8.0 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    15
    Easy
    01:11
    8.66 mi
    7.3 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    16
    Difficult
    03:47
    32.3 mi
    8.5 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    17
    Easy
    01:14
    9.75 mi
    7.9 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    18
    Difficult
    06:03
    59.0 mi
    9.7 mph
    3,725 ft
    3,725 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    19
    Intermediate
    03:28
    36.7 mi
    10.6 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    20
    Intermediate
    03:56
    39.7 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

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