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  • 75 km

This section traverses idyllic Dorset countryside immortalised in many of Thomas Hardy’s novels: dramatic coastlines, across Purbeck’s heathland and into the huge natural harbour of Poole, with its fine sandy beaches. History comes alive as you pass Iron Age forts, and ancient landscapes that reveal layers of human occupation.

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Stages of « Dorset »

  • Weymouth / Dorchester

    Weymouth / Dorchester [13.7 km]

    Leaving Weymouth’s Georgian seafront, and its arc of golden sand and historic Nothe Fort, with its labyrinth of underground passageways, you cycle through Dorset’s unspoilt landscape, exploring many places which inspired Thomas Hardy’s ‘Wessex’ novels - arriving at Dorchester… the real life ‘Casterbridge’.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details
  • Dorchester / Wool

    Dorchester / Wool [18.8 km]

    From Dorchester the route continues on quiet roads through typical Dorset villages, including West Stafford with its thatched cottages. The rolling countryside is dotted with woods, pasture and heath. Refuel at the award-winning tea rooms in Moreton, the village where Lawrence of Arabia is buried.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details
  • Wool / Corfe Castle

    Wool / Corfe Castle [17.7 km]

    Wool’s ancient bridge is worth a detour; a sign warns anyone who defaces it that they will be transported. The going is largely flat, passing rare heathland habitat. Corfe Castle’s crumbling iconic profile can be glimpsed between gaps in hedgerows as you turn south and pick up the Rempstone Ride.

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details
  • Corfe Castle / Poole

    Corfe Castle / Poole [22 km]

    The trail follows the route of a former tramway through remote heathland with the gently undulating Purbeck hills your only companion. Views to Poole harbour start to open up as you approach the chain ferry across to Sandbanks, the UK’s greatest concentration of multi-million pound homes. Level: Intermediate

    Difficulty: Intermediate View details