Accommodation: 2 nights in both Wareham and Dorchester in small inns or private houses.
Cycling mileage: 3 days of cycling 18 to 21 miles (29 - 34 km) per day and a day off in Dorchester
Grade out of 5 based on distance and elevation: 1
Terrain: Flattish .
Traffic free: 40%; very low traffic on the rest
This is unspoilt Dorset at its most delightful - expansive sandy beaches at Studland, tiny back lanes and bridleways linking fords, hamlets and woodland, pretty towns full of history at Wareham and Dorchester and a landscape so evocative that great men from Hardy to Lawrence of Arabia were inspired here.
The tour also offers a real steal. With a smaller price tag than our usual tours, all the essential ingredients for an unforgetable cycling holiday are included but our usual frills are not. We've sourced small and characterful overnight stops with breakfast , an interesting route unique to us allowing time to relax and explore, clear route directions and maps and luggage transfers that leave you freewheeling through this idyllic countryside.
- Add hybrid bike at £60
- Stay an extra night in Wareham at the end of the tour
Day 1: Wareham
Arrive in Wareham and check into your overnight stay in this small and charming market town. With over 200 listed buildings and the River Frome providing the centre piece of the town with a pretty quay and boats to hire if you wish, there is plenty to explore here.
Day 2: Wareham to Studland circular ride. 18 miles (29 km)
Explore the Isle of Purbeck today which lies to the south of Wareham. 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 to the village of Studland and its expansive beaches. Return to Wareham following further offroad tracks for a second night here.
Day 3: Wareham to Dorchester. 19 miles (30 km)
Pedalling along the Frome valley on quiet backroads, this charming route leads through a medley of typical Dorset villages set in a very rural scene with an award winning refreshment house a must for a stop. Pause at the Tank Museum if that's your thing and head on to Dorchester through the landscape that inspired so many of Hardy's writings. Take in the cob and thatch cottage where the author wrote his early novels and the house he later designed and lived in. A warm welcome awaits at your overnight stay for the next two nights.
Day 4; Enjoy Dorchester
Enjoy a break from cycling and discover the delights of this fascinating town. Explore the many Roman features remaining, the recent village of Poundbury designed by Prince Charles, the varied museums and the characterful charm of this historic town. .
Day 5: Dorchester to Wareham. 21 miles (34 km)
Pedal along two river valleys today, retracing the Frome river with a different route at the start of the day. Weave along bridleways and across fords and forests to find hamlets and churches far from the madding crowd. Drop into Lawerence of Arabia's country retreat and return to Wareham refreshed by the delights of Dorset. Depart at your leisure.
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