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Dorset Beaches and New Forest Views (Self Guided)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): England  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 875 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1705 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Luxury Version

Start & finish: Starts Thursdays and is circular from Brockenhurst. Brockenhurst station is 1.5 hours from London by train. It is also close to Bournemouth airport.

Accommodation: A luxury spa hotel, a waterside boutique hotel, a riverside old priory and a country house hotel. Click on the images on the itinerary page to view the hotels.
Click here for a look at the classic version of this tour.

Cycling mileage: 3 days of cycling 15 - 24 miles (24 - 38 km) per day and 2 days of optional cycling.

Grade out of 5 based on distance and elevation: 1

Terrain: Flattish.

Traffic free: 60%; very low traffic on the rest

Starting in the New Forest, this tour combines forest life at its best with the stunning Dorset coast. With several days of optional cycling, the itinerary is very relaxed and provides plenty of time to discover the many pleasures of this holiday area.

The tour leads through a variety of forests and woods, where you can enjoy some unusually close encounters with animals. Peaceful and traffic free tracks lead to characterful villages and historic small towns that are a delight to explore. The Dorset coastal areas you will visit offer wonderful variety from the charming fishing village and beach at Mudeford to the busy quays where you board two ferries. Enjoy sand spits and beach huts, two piers and beachside and cliff top cycling in Bournemouth. The unspoilt glorious sandy beaches of Studland are part of the route too along with the utterly delightful quay on the river estuary at Wareham and a glimpse of rural Dorset at its best. Add a tank museum or steam trains, a spot of boating or horse riding or simply some time on the beach and it’s quite an adventure!

Options:

Extend the tour to include the Isle of Wight and Beaulieu by taking our 8 night tour - Isles, Coast and New Forest
Extend the tour to Salisbury and Stonehenge by adding our Stonehenge and New Forest tour

Day One - Brockenhurst

Arrive in Brockenhurst on Thursday and check into your hotel in this typical forest village. We will deliver your cycling equipment to the hotel and your host will also meet you to run through your itinerary and to familiarize you with the route.

Day Two - Brockenhurst to Mudeford

15 miles (24 km)

Leave Brockenhurst by pedalling along embankments and steaming through bridge holes. The route then takes you on. tracks with views, forest scenes and pretty woodland lanes as you wend your way south to the coast. Most of the ride is off road on bike paths and forest tracks giving you a peaceful cycle. Mudeford, where you will spend the next 2 nights is a delightful fishing village.Your hotel nestles at the waters edge.

Day Three - Mudeford

Today you can enjoy the seaside scene and take time out of the saddle. Mudeford has a sandy beach and is the ideal place for coastal walks, fishing, boating and water skiing. The quay is a busy spot where you can take the ferry across to Hengistbury sand bank and beach huts.

Day Four - Mudeford to Wareham

24 miles (38km)

It’s fantastic seaside riding today which includes two ferry hops, two piers, cliff top and beachside cycling and unspoilt National Trust beaches, woodland and heath. There is a short ride through the valley gardens which run through the heart of Bournemouth before you take the chain ferry to the Isle of Purbeck . Blessed with glorious unspoilt beaches, this tucked away corner of Dorset – not an island proper, is famous for its stunning coastline and steep ridge of hills. Your ride wonderfully skirts the hills on an off road route through pretty woodland and leads you to the heart of Wareham where you will spend the next two nights. Your hotel, a lovely old priory, sits at the riverside

Day Five - Circular ride from Wareham

Optional 24 miles (13 or 38 km)

Wareham is a small and charming market town that sits on the River Frome with over 200 listed buildings. For those wanting a day without pedalling, there are boats to hire from the quay for an easy spin down river to Poole harbour and back. Horse riding is available and there are steam train rides to Corfe Castle and Swanage. Those craving more beach time can pedal to the idyllic Studland beaches. To explore deepest Dorset, there is a wonderfully rural ride which follows two pretty river valleys dotted with fords, hamlets and forests and includes a Tank Museum and Lawrence
of Arabia’s Dorset retreat.

Day Six - Wareham to Burley

24 miles (38km)

Start the day with a very short train hop before pedalling traffic free along a disused railway line for much of the ride. Cross rivers and heaths, sprint through forests, and enjoy the villages enroute of this woodland area. You will ride through the market town of Wimborne which boasts a fine house in Kingston Lacy, many pubs and an unspoilt collection of centuries old shops, houses and a minster. There is a short uphill to Burley along an upland track to reach your hotel set deep in the forest

Day Seven - Burley to Brockenhurst

20 miles (32 km)

We have designed this route to give you a really good ride through the New Forest and through the varied landscapes of the area. Much is off road on gravel tracks and a disused railway giving you a great opportunity to see deer, donkeys, pigs and horses as they roam freely in their natural setting. Wonder at ancient and majestic trees and absorb the peace and tranquillity as you ride deep into the forest. Civilisation catches up with you as you arrive back in the forest village of Brockenhurst

Day Eight - Depart Brockenhurst

Depart at your leisure.

Classic version

Start & finish: Starts Fridays and is circular from Burley. Burley is a short taxi ride from Brockenhurst station which is 1.5 hours from London by train. It is also close to Bournemouth airport.

Accommodation: A forest inn in Burley, a private house in Mudeford and a small hotel in the heart of Wareham
Click here for a look at the luxury version of this tour

Cycling mileage: . 3 days of cycling 15 - 24 miles (24 - 38 km) per day and 2 days of optional cycling.

Grade out of 5 based on distance and elevation: 1

Terrain: Flattish.

Traffic free: 60%; very low traffic on the rest

Starting in the New Forest, this tour combines forest life at its best with the stunning Dorset coast. With several days of optional cycling, the itinerary is very relaxed and provides plenty of time to discover the many pleasures of this holiday area.

The tour leads through a variety of forests and woods, where you can enjoy some unusually close encounters with animals. Peaceful and traffic free tracks lead to characterful villages and historic small towns that are a delight to explore. The Dorset coastal areas you will visit offer wonderful variety from the charming fishing village and beach at Mudeford to the busy quays where you board two ferries. Enjoy sand spits and beach huts, two piers and beachside and cliff top cycling in Bournemouth. The unspoilt glorious sandy beaches of Studland are part of the route too along with the utterly delightful quay on the river estuary at Wareham and a glimpse of rural Dorset at its best. Add a tank museum or steam trains, a spot of boating or horse riding or simply some time on the beach and it’s quite an adventure!

Options:

Extend the tour to include the Isle of Wight and Beaulieu by taking our 8 night tour - Isles, Coast and New Forest
Extend the tour to Salisbury and Stonehenge by adding our Stonehenge and New Forest tour

Day One - Burley

Arrive in Burley on Friday and check into your hotel in this typical forest village. At a time to suit you make your way to our base a few minutes walk away, which is open from 09.00 to 17.30, to pick up your cycling equipment. Your host will also meet you to run through your itinerary and to familiarize you with the route.

Day Two - Circular ride from Burley

21 miles (34 km)

We have designed this route to give you a really good ride through the New Forest and through the varied landscapes of the area. Much is off road on gravel tracks and a disused railway giving you a great opportunity to see deer, donkeys, pigs and horses as they roam freely in their natural setting. Wonder at ancient and majestic trees and absorb the peace and tranquillity as you ride deep into the forest. Civilisation catches up with you as you arrive in the forest village of Brockenhurst before pedalling along embankments and steaming through bridge holes back to Burley.

Day Three - Burley to Mudeford

15 miles (24 km)

This delightful gentle ride includes tracks with views, forest scenes and pretty woodland lanes as you wend your way south to the coast. Most of the route is off road on bike paths and forest tracks giving you a peaceful ride. Mudeford, where you will spend the next 2 nights is a delightful fishing village.

Day Four - Mudeford

Today you can enjoy the seaside scene and take time out of the saddle. Mudeford has a sandy beach and is the ideal place for coastal walks, fishing, boating and water skiing. The quay is a busy spot where you can take the ferry across to Hengistbury sand bank and beach huts.

Day Five - Mudeford to Wareham

24 miles (38km)

It’s fantastic seaside riding today which includes two ferry hops, two piers, cliff top and beachside cycling and unspoilt National Trust beaches, woodland and heath. There is a short ride through the valley gardens which run through the heart of Bournemouth before you take the chain ferry to the Isle of Purbeck . Blessed with glorious unspoilt beaches, this tucked away corner of Dorset – not an island proper, is famous for its stunning coastline and steep ridge of hills. Your ride wonderfully skirts the hills on an off road route through pretty woodland and leads you to the heart of Wareham where you will spend the next two nights.

Day Six - Circular ride from Wareham

Optional 24 miles (13 or 38 km)

Wareham is a small and charming market town that sits on the River Frome with over 200 listed buildings. For those wanting a day without pedalling, there are boats to hire from the quay for an easy spin down river to Poole harbour and back. Horse riding is available and there are steam train rides to Corfe Castle and Swanage. Those craving more beach time can pedal to the idyllic Studland beaches. To explore deepest Dorset, there is a wonderfully rural ride which follows two pretty river valleys dotted with fords, hamlets and forests and includes a Tank Museum and Lawrence of Arabia’s Dorset retreat.

Day Seven - Wareham to Burley

24 miles (38km)

Start the day with a very short train hop before pedalling traffic free along a disused railway line for much of the ride. Cross rivers and heaths, sprint through forests, and enjoy the villages enroute of this woodland area. You will ride through the market town of Wimborne which boasts a fine house in Kingston Lacy, many pubs and an unspoilt collection of centuries old shops, houses and a minster. Return to Burley for the last night of the tour along an upland track with a final view of this outstanding landscape.

Day Eight - Depart Burley

Return your bikes to our base and depart at your leisure.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Classic tour child price: £530.00

Minimum cost is for Classic version. Maxixmum cost is for Luxury version.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation
- Breakfast every day during the tour.
- The services of our friendly hosts to coordinate your travel and brief you on your route
- Emergency support provided by your host
- Luggage transfers between hotels
- A tour brochure
- Safeguarding of your payment.

Price Excludes:
- Airfares
- Travel to and from the tour start and finish points
- Entrances to attractions unless specified
- Lunches
- Other dinners
- Alcoholic beverages
- Mini bars
- Meals pre and post the tour.

All prices are subject to change depending on accommodation availability.

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