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Rempstone Cycle Ride

The Rempstone Ride is a circular 12 mile (19.2km), mainly off-road cycle route between Norden and either Studland village or Shell Bay via the Rempstone Estate.

This ride passes through fields, wood, sand and heathland including Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Cycle hire is available at Norden Car Park on a pre-bookable basis or Swanage (opens in a new window).

Rempstone Cycle Ride

Starting point:            Norden Car Park  - postcode: BH20 5DW
Alternative starting

Sandbanks Ferry Terminal, Studland Village, Swanage (via Swanage Railway) and Wareham (via bus)

Distance:12 miles (19.2km) plus extended route

Average time

3 hours or up to a full day if stopping for lunch


Easy - Mostly off-road cycling and fairly flat

Degree of difficulty:

Due to the superb landscape, unique ecology and wildlife, as well as ongoing commercial operations, it has not been possible to upgrade the route in its entirety and it may be necessary to push your bicycle over sandy, rough or muddy sections, especially after rainy weather. Children should be carefully supervised.


For families with children older than ten years.  A good hybrid or 'off road bike' is sufficient, a mountain bike is easier.

Route leaflet:Pick up a copy of the route leaflet at the Discover Purbeck Information Centre or download a copy of the  Rempstone Cycle Ride leaflet (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window).
Relevant Ordnance
Survey map:
Explorer Map No.OL15 (Purbeck and South Dorset). You can buy a copy from the Discover Purbeck Information Centre.
Cycle parking:

Cycle parking is found at Norden Park and Ride and all the beach car parks in Studland.

Public transport:
  • if you would like to  hire a bike (opens in a new window) from Norden Car Park, and travel by bus to collect it, catch the number 30 or 40 bus. The 40 bus stops outside the Car Park at the Castle View Visitor Centre - follow the wooden signposts to Norden. Download bus timetables

  • Travel Dorset can help plan your journey

  • Swanage Railway operates a local steam train service to Norden Railway Station from Swanage, Herston, Harman's Cross and Corfe Castle. The Railway has a guards carriage for bicycles. For more information visit their website:  Swanage Railway website (opens in a new window)

Car parking:

Long stay parking is available at Norden car park, Corfe Castle, Dorset or at Studland there are car parks at the main beaches of Shell Bay, Knoll, Middle or South Beach - all run by the National Trust (opens in a new window).

Facilities and

There are  cafes (opens in a new window) at Norden Railway Station (next to Norden Car Park), and Knoll and Middle Beaches at Studland. There are also restaurants and pubs at Shell Bay and in Studland village.

Other activities in
the area:

Castle Ride, Purbeck Ride, The Purbeck Way, Corfe Castle (opens in a new window), Corfe Castle Model Village (opens in a new window), Swanage Railway (opens in a new window), The Blue Pool (opens in a new window), Arne RSPB Nature Reserve (opens in a new window), Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (opens in a new window)

Spending a few days in Purbeck? Find  cycle friendly accommodation (opens in a new window).

Please take care on all roads and follow The Highway Code (opens in a new window).

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