Five great cycle routes in Dorset


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.


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. At both Summer Lodge and The Acorn Inn in Evershot we can arrange for you to do just this. Whether you cycle straight from the hotel 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

Cycle Routes in Dorset

Evershot – Maiden Newton – Bradford Peverell – Dorchester
Difficulty: Moderate/Easy
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

Cycle Routes in Dorset

Abbotsbury – The Bride Valley
Difficulty: Moderate/Easy
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

Cycle Routes in Dorset

Dorchester – Weymouth – Portland
Difficulty: Moderate/Easy
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

Cycle Routes in Dorset

Marshwood – Charmouth
Difficulty: Moderate/Easy
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

Cycle Routes in Dorset

Bridport – Netherbury
Difficulty: Moderate/Easy
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

After a day spent in the great outdoors, reward all that exertion with a hearty meal at Summer Lodge or The Acorn Inn before a well-deserved nightcap in the bar. 

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