The undulating Dorset countryside is the ideal terrain for two-wheeled exploration, with winding country lanes, small villages and a stretch of coast to discover. Whether you cycle locally or travel a short distance to access winding trails through the spectacular rural scenery, these are some of our favourite cycle routes in Dorset to try on your next trip.
Frome Valley Cycle Trail
Evershot – Maiden Newton – Bradford Peverell – Dorchester
Length: 14.3 miles
From Evershot this signposted off-road route leads cyclists along farm tracks and country roads, along the banks of the River Frome and through some of West Dorset’s villages before reaching the banks of Mill Stream. The Frome Valley Cycle Trail then continues on to the town of Dorchester.
The Valley of Stones Cycle Trail
Abbotsbury – The Bride Valley
Length: Inner loop 11 miles / outer loop 16 miles
Named after the ancient Sarsen stones scattered throughout the area, The Valley of Stones is a fascinating spot to explore. And as a part of the Bridehead estate, it’s also a nature reserve. From the historic village of Abbotsbury, the The Valley of Stones Cycle Trail leads cyclists in a circular route.
Distance from Evershot to Abbotsbury, around 16 miles / Journey time: 28 minutes
National Cycle Network Route 26, Sections 5 and 6
Dorchester – Weymouth – Portland
Length: 14 miles
In its entirety, the National Cycle Network Route 26 stretches all the way from Sherborne to Portland, across a distance of 41 miles. But, this route is conveniently split into six sections, making it easier to explore. Sections five and six make up the popular Dorchester to Portland trail, which is easily ridden in a day. The track winds through the countryside, past Radipole Lake and through the seaside town of Weymouth to Portland Beach, where you can explore the marina and castle.
Distance from Evershot to Dorchester around 13 miles / Journey time: 21 minutes
Hillforts and The Vale Cycle Trail
Marshwood – Charmouth
Length: 12 miles
On the Hillforts and The Vale Cycle Trail pedal from Marshwood to Charmouth, a village that’s recognised as the gateway to Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. En route, stop by the ancient hill forts of Coney’s Castle and Lambert’s Castle as well as Pilsdon Pen, where visitors are rewarded with sweeping views over Marshwood Vale.
Distance from Evershot to Marshwood around 15 miles / Journey time: 31 minutes
Bridport’s Market Garden Cycle Trail
Bridport – Netherbury
Length: Loop 15 miles
Bridport’s Market Garden Cycle Trail takes in the Jurassic Coast, in the circular route between Bridport market town and Netherbury village. Both locations were historically rope-making hubs, making each one a fascinating insight into Dorset’s industrial past.
Distance from Evershot to Bridport around 13 miles / Journey time: 30 minutes