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Cycling in Purbeck

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

Planning a cycling event in Purbeck?

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. Download the Purbeck Cycling Plan.


Pedal around Purbeck - overview of routes

Cycle routes around Purbeck

Wareham to East and West Holme (Priory route)

8 mile route -  Wareham to East and West Holme (Priory route) cycle map

Norden to Studland Village or Shell Bay (Rempstone route)

12 mile route -  Norden to Studland Village or Shell Bay (Rempstone route) cycle map

Norden to Church Knowle and Stoborough via Corfe Castle (Castle route)

11 mile route -  Norden to Church Knowle and Stoborough via Corfe Castle (Castle route) cycle map

Wareham to Moreton and the Piddle Valley (Lawrence route)

22 mile route -  Wareham to Moreton and the Piddle Valley (Lawrence route) cycle map

Wareham to Lulworth (East Lulworth route)

18 mile route -  Wareham to Lulworth (East Lulworth route) cycle map

The Purbeck route

47 mile route - The Purbeck route

Northport Green Way and Sika Cycle Trail route

10 mile route:

Cycle parking in Purbeck

Cycle parking in Purbeck
Arne/Ridge   Arne RSPB Nature Reserve - main car park 6
 Shipstal Point on edge of Poole Harbour 4
Bovington  Tank Museum - at side of building
Corfe Castle    Entrance to Castle Chain on wall opposite ticket office
Corfe Castle Railway Station 5
Norden Park & Ride 15
Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve 2
Harmans Cross Village car park for village hall and railway station 4
Holton Heath/Sandford Holton Heath railway station 4

Lulworth Castle

Lytchett Matravers

Village library


Moreton railway station


National Trust car parks at Shell Bay, Knoll Beach, Middle Beach and South Beach



Outside the Mowlem Theatre (south beach) on seafront



In front of Stone Quay (on seafront)

Post Office 2
Swanage Railway Station (at end of platform) 4
King George Playing Fields 2
Durlston Country Park 2
Wareham Outside the Old Granary Public House on Wareham Quay 2
St Mary's Church, St John's Hill (concrete blocks on ground, not lockable) 12
St John's Square 3
Howards Lane car park 4
Bonnets Lane East car park 2
Sports Centre 6
Purbeck School 50 under cover
Wareham Railway Station 5
Sainsburys Supermarket car park 6
South Street (outside Library) 4
Purbeck District Council offices 4
Wool Wool Railway Station 10

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