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Cycling in Purbeck

Enjoy cycling around the Isle of Purbeck with cycle routes and maps

Whether you have your own bike or hire one - don't miss the opportunity to discover Purbeck by pedal power!

Purbeck Cycling Code

The Purbeck peninsula is an area of breathtaking views, sweeping cliff walks as well as quaint villages and busy towns.

The Purbeck cycling code has been created to assist those who wish to explore this area of outstanding beauty. Covering an area in excess of 200 square miles there are several cycle routes and maps available to assist you with planning your day.

We ask that you please follow both the Highway Code and this Purbeck Cycling Code which is supported by cycling groups and local organisations.

We ask that you:

  • never ride more than two abreast and move into single file when necessary and safe to do so
  • be polite and courteous to others
  • do not drop litter or feed any animals
  • shut any gates behind you to ensure animals do not escape
  • please keep to a safe speed on all roads, especially steep, narrow lanes. You must be prepared to stop if necessary so never ride too fast for the road or off road conditions
  • take extra care when passing animals, especially horse riders
  • always wear a helmet and use bright, reflective clothing especially in poor or dark conditions alongside lights at night
  • if you are planning on cycling off the main roads then please follow the off-road code. This will also give you guidance about where to cycle such as on the Sika Cycle Trail and Rempstone Ride
  • not cycle on footpaths. Not all bridleways will be suitable for cyclists and may have steep or uneven sections
  • lastly we ask that everyone, if they are cyclists, walkers or horse riders follow the Countryside Code (opens in a new window)

You can download a PDF of the Purbeck Cycling Code (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window).

Planning a cycling event?

The Purbeck Cycling Plan has been created to assist event organisers arrange cycling events in Purbeck by giving guidance, providing contacts and website links for further information. It is supported by Dorset County Council, Purbeck District Council, the National Farmers' Union, the Dorset Association of Town and Parish Councils and Dorset Police.

Topics within the Plan include: Safety considerations, choosing a date and venue, advice for off-road events, fixing and removing of signs and identification of riders. You can download a copy of the  Purbeck Cycling Plan (pdf, 363kb) (opens in a new window).

  • Cycling Purbeck cycle rides

    There are seven cycle rides around the Purbeck area which are suitable for a variety of ages and abilities, ranging from 8 to 47 miles (12.8km to 75.2km).

  • Cycle parking at Corfe Castle railway station Cycle Parking in Purbeck

    Find out where to park your bike in Purbeck. Locations and numbers of cycle parking in towns, villages and at visitor attractions.

  • Cycling Cycling groups and clubs

    Find information on cycling groups and clubs in and around Dorset and the Purbeck area.

  • Cyclists on the Rempstone Ride Off-road cycling in Purbeck

    When cycling off-road in Purbeck, follow the 'off-road code'

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