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Cycling

The Isle of Purbeck is a excellent location for cycling, either on road or off. The area has everything from quiet winding country lanes to extreme off-road downhill‘s and deep mud in the winter months.

The best way to explore the area is to buy a ordinance survey map of the area, OS Outdoor Leisure 15, which you can obtain from most good outdoor shops.  If you have a handheld GPS device we have included a selection of routes in GPX format which you can download onto your GPS.  The routes below can be printed so you can take it with you on your ride around the Isle of Purbeck.

Off Road Routes

Rempstone Short Loop

Distance: 5.5 miles
A flat ride through Rempstone Forest between Studland and Corfe Castle along smooth tracks. Some sections can be muddy in winter.
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Rempstone Short Loop

Agglestone Rock

Distance: 8.6 miles
A ride from Swanage across Studland Heath past Agglestone Rock and back via heathland tracks. Can be muddy in winter with some steep hills on and off road.
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Agglestone Rock Ride

Old Harry Rocks

Distance: 9 miles
A ride along the Purbeck Hills past Old Harry Rocks and back via Studland Heath with stunning views of the Isle of Purbeck and across Poole Harbour and the Isle of Wight from the top of the Purbeck hills.
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Old Harry Rocks

Norden Single-track

Distance: 9 miles
A mixed ride around Corfe Castle which includes flat forest tracks, open fields, challenging climbs and fast and flowing single-track.
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Nordon Singletrack

Rempstone Long

Distance: 9.85 miles
A challenging ride around Rempstone Forest starting with a two mile climb on loose tracks followed by a two mile decent on twisting and technical single-track with by smooth forest tracks in Rempstone Forest and finishing the ride around the edge of Poole Harbour..
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Rempstone Long

Nine Barrow Down and Rempstone Forest

Distance: 10.6 miles
A hilly ride over the Purbeck Hills, around Rempstone Forest and back via Studland Heath..
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Nine Barrow Down and Rempstone Forest

Encombe, Creech, Corfe Loop

Distance: 12 miles
A challenging loop with some hard climbs and fast downhill sections.
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Encombe, Creech, Corfe Loop

Purbeck Hills Loop

Distance: 13 miles
A challenging ride around the Isle of Purbeck with some long off road climbs and downhill sections with views over Poole Harbour and across Purbeck from the top of the Purbeck Hills.
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Purbeck Hills

Chapmans Pool

Distance: 14 miles
A ride along the Purbeck Hills to Corfe Castle, across the valley on open fields and bridleways, then following a twisting technical single-track down to Chapmans Pool, returning to Swanage via Worth Matravers and the Priests Way.
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Chapmans Pool

Rempstone Forest and Purbeck Hills

Distance: 14 miles
A hilly ride around the Isle of Purbeck going across Studland Heath, Rempstone Forest and returning via the Purbeck Hills with some long off road climbs and downhill sections with views over Poole Harbour, Studland Bay and across Purbeck from the top of the Purbeck Hills.
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Purbeck Hills

Southern Purbeck Hills

Distance: 14 miles
Swanage, Priests Way, Worth Matravers, Kingston, Corfe Castle and Harmans Cross. Some steep climbs on and off road and fast off road tracks.
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Southern Purbeck Hills

Old Harry and Nine Barrow Down

Distance: 15 miles
A hilly ride around the Isle of Purbeck with some long off road climbs and downhill sections with views over Poole Harbour, Studland Bay and across Purbeck from the top of the Purbeck Hills.
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Purbeck Hills

Hills and Heathland

Distance: 15.5 miles
A 15.5 mile ride along the Purbeck Hills past Old Harry Rocks and back via a loop around Studland Heath and the edge of Rempstone Forest.
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Purbeck Hills

Purbeck Hills and Woodland Ride

Distance: 16 miles
A 16 mile ride along the Purbeck Hills past Old Harry Rocks and back via Studland Heath, over the Purbeck Hills and a short single-track woodland section near Harmans Cross.
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Purbeck Hills

Rempstone Forest to Corfe Castle

Distance: 19 miles
Swanage, Studland Heath , Rempstone Forest, Corfe Castle, back via Kingston , Langton or the Priests Way. Some steep climbs on and off road and open off road tracks.
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Rempstone Forest to Corfe Castle

Kimmeridge Ride

Distance: 22 miles
A challenging loop with some hard climbs, fast downhill sections and technical single-track.
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Kimmeridge Ride

 

On Road Routes

Purbeck Road Ride

Distance: 13 miles
A ride around the Isle of Purbeck from Swanage via Langton Matravers, Kingston, Corfe Castle and back via the B3351 between Corfe Castle and Studland.
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Purbeck Road Ride

Corfe and Arne Road Ride

Distance: 15 miles
A ride around the Isle of Purbeck from Corfe Castle to Creech, Stoborough, Arne and Hartland Moor. Some steep hills with stunning views over the Isle of Purbeck and across Poole Harbour.
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Corfe and Arne Road Ride

Around the Purbeck Hills

Distance: 20 miles
A figure of 8 very hilly ride around the Purbeck hills following the sides of the hills.
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Around the Purbeck Hills

Purbeck Road Long Ride

Distance: 41 miles
A ride around the Isle of Purbeck from Swanage to Lulworth returning via Wool, Wareham and Corfe Castle.
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Purbeck Road Long Ride

Purbeck 50 Road Ride

Distance: 50 miles
A 50 mile ride around the Isle of Purbeck from Swanage to Lulworth and Moreton returning via Wool, Wareham, Corfe Castle, Kingstone, and Langton Matravers. The ride uses country roads as much as possible and avoids the main busy roads.
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Purbeck 50

 

Bike Hire

Swanage Bike Hire

Swanage Bike HireLocated on the High Street, beyond the Purbeck House Hotel, just behind Arkrights convenience store, just before the Black Swan. I have a small fleet of 29er bikes, in a variety of sizes to suit all shapes and sizes. Trailer bikes and child seats are also available.

Charlie The Bikemonger, 5 Queen's Rd, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2EQ

Tel: 01929 475833
Email: Bikemonger@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.charliethebikemonger.com

 
Opening Times
Mon - Sat 10am - 4pm

Purbeck Cycle Hire

Located in Norden Car Park, Corfe Castle, approx 5 miles from Swanage offer a wide selection of hire bikes.

Cyclexperience, Norden Car Park, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5DW

Tel: 01929 481606
Email: info@purbeckcyclehire.co.uk
Website: https://www.purbeckcyclehire.co.uk

 

Bike Shops

There are many bike shops in the south of Dorset. We recommend the following shops who have always given us excellent service in the past.

Charlie the Bikemonger

Swanage Bike HireLocated on the High Street, beyond the Purbeck House Hotel, just behind Arkrights convenience store, just before the Black Swan offering a wide selection of bikes, spares and accessories.

Charlie The Bikemonger, 5 Queen's Rd, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2EQ

Tel: 01929 475833
Email: Bikemonger@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.charliethebikemonger.com

 
Opening Times
Mon - Sat 10am - 4pm

Wareham Cycleworks

Located in Wareham, approx 10 miles from Swanage offer a wide selection of hire bikes, bike sales and servicing, spares, clothing and accessories.

Wareham Cycleworks, Wareham Station, Northport, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4AS

Tel: 01929 556601
Email: info@warehamcycleworks.com
Website: www.warehamcycleworks.com/

Opening Times
Mon - Sat 9.00am - 5.30pm

 

Cycle Clubs

Swanage Cycling Club

Swanage Cycling Club is a friendly and sociable club for all abilities and organises rides for both road and and off road.

Swanage CC was set up by a group of local cyclists for somewhere for all local people interested in cycling to get together and ride. The club is an open to all club and is mainly focused on leisure rides for all abilities and organises both on and off road rides. We are members of British Cycling and the CTC.

Please feel free to get in touch if you want to come out for a ride sometime.

Email: info@swanagecyclingclub.co.uk
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