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Stage 1: Lyme Regis to Up Cerne — Greater Ridgeway Trail

Stage 1: Lyme Regis to Up Cerne — Greater Ridgeway Trail

36.3 mi
7.0 mph
3,850 ft
3,400 ft
Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
78 yd

Lyme Regis

Bike Touring Highlight

14.0 mi

Lewesdon Hill Lane

Bike Touring Highlight

24.7 mi

Kingcombe Nature Reserve

Bike Touring Highlight

35.0 mi

Gravel road on Wether Hill

Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

36.3 mi



Tour Profile


Singletrack: 3.82 mi
Path: 2.99 mi
Access Road: 376 yd
Cycleway: 26.8 mi
Street: 0.35 mi
Road: 1.11 mi
State Road: 0.99 mi


Natural: 0.75 mi
Unpaved: 18.9 mi
Gravel: 1.61 mi
Paved: 10.2 mi
Asphalt: 3.80 mi
Unknown: 1.03 mi

Weather Forecast

Katherine Moore planned a mountain bike ride.

March 24, 2021


  • Katherine Moore

    Why not start your Wessex Ridgeway stage with a cuppa on the Marine Parade, looking out to the English Channel beyond the sandy beach of Lyme Regis? You might get the chance to do some fossil hunting now, but from here on in you’ll be heading inland, up onto the chalky ridge deep into rural Dorset and onto Wiltshire on this first section of the Greater Ridgeway Trail.

    Stocked up with snacks for your hilly day ahead, leave the gorgeous town to the north, climbing straight away on the Charmouth Road before peeling off onto a doubletrack into the woodland. Here you pass within metres of the Devon border, before crossing the busy A35 road at Penn. Take great care here.

    A sharp descent down Mill Lane track leads you onto lanes back up to Wootton Hill, and then up again to Fishpond Bottom. Fly down the valley side on the bridleway to cross the stream, before climbing more gradually past Pilsdon. The gradient ramps up as you take a series of tracks to join the road up Cockpit Hill, leading up to the slopes of Lewesdon Hill. From up here, the highest point in Dorset, you’re rewarded with some really spectacular views.

    The next section will take you around pretty Beaminster to the north, so take a short detour if you need any supplies. You’ll pass the glorious Kingcombe Nature Reserve, which is well worth exploring, before crossing the main road and descending to cross the River Frome in Maiden Newton.

    The official route finishes in Up Cerne, but you might want to take a detour to Cerne Abbas to spend the night. There are more places to eat, drink and stay in this gorgeous tourist honeypot village, not to mention it has the mighty Cerne Abbas Giant on the hillside!

    • March 24, 2021

Katherine Moore

Stage 1: Lyme Regis to Up Cerne — Greater Ridgeway Trail