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Purbeck Cycle Ride

A long distance, on-road cycle ride for the dedicated cyclist, encompassing stunning coastal views, beautiful rural landscapes and interesting historic landmarks around Purbeck.

Cycle hire is available from Norden Car Park or Swanage (opens in a new window).

Purbeck Cycle Ride

Starting point:             Wareham Quay - postcode: BH20 4LP

Alternative starting

Norden Car Park, Corfe Castle, Swanage, West Lulworth, Moreton or Bere Regis

Distance:47 miles (75.2km)

Average time

All day/weekend for entire route or can be ridden in small sections


Difficult - Mainly on road, several very steep hills

Route leaflet:

Pick up a copy of the route leaflet at the Discover Purbeck Information Centre or download a copy of the  Purbeck Cycle Ride leaflet (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window).

Note: Sections of this route travel across land owned by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), and as a result is sometimes closed to public access. It is advisable to check in advance that the roads are open - please call 01929 404819.

Cycle parking:Cycle parking  is found at Wareham Quay, Norden Car Park, Corfe Castle, Swanage and Lulworth Castle
Relevant Ordnance
Survey map:
Explorer Map No.OL15 (Purbeck and South Dorset). You can buy a copy from the Discover Purbeck Information Centre.

Public transport:

  • there are railway stations on the London Waterloo to Weymouth line at Wareham and Moreton. Most trains can accommodate a number of bikes on each journey and the Northport Greenway cycle route links Wareham Railway Station to Wareham Quay
  • Travel Dorset can help plan your journey
  • Swanage Railway operates a local train service between Swanage, Herston, Harman's Cross, Corfe Castle and Norden. The Railway has a guards carriage for bicycles. For more information visit their website: Swanage Railway (opens in a new window)
Car parking:

Long stay parking is available at Streche Road car park, Wareham

If you would like to start the ride in Corfe Castle, parking is available at Norden Car Park.

Facilities and
There are  pubs, cafes or restaurants (opens in a new window) in Wareham, West Holme, East Lulworth and West Lulworth.
Other activities
in the area:

Northport Greenway and Sika Cycle Trail, Priory RideCastle RideLawrence RideEast Lulworth RideThe Lawrence of Arabia Trail, RSPB - Arne Nature Reserve (opens in a new window) Corfe Castle Model Village (opens in a new window), Swanage Railway (opens in a new window), Lulworth Castle and Park (opens in a new window) Tadnoll and Winfrith Heaths (opens in a new window), Clouds Hill (opens in a new window), Higher Hyde Heath (opens in a new window)

Spending a few days in the area? 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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