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Cycling Dorset’s Beautiful Countryside - May 11th, 2012

West Dorset is a cyclist’s dream. The area has many purpose built cycle paths, with lots of easy, relaxing routes that are suitable for inexperienced cyclists and families with small children. Cycling is one of the best ways to explore the countryside, especially during the summer months when the long sunny days make it an absolute joy to be outdoors.

As well as the spectacular scenery, one of the great things about cycling in Dorset is that there are so many great spots to stop for refreshment. Whether it’s pretty country pubs or traditional English cafes that take your fancy, you’ll find plenty of places to rest your legs and enjoy a drink and a bite to eat before continuing your journey.

Our Dorset caravan park is located just outside Charmouth. From here, a great idea for a cycling trip is to head north along the national cycle path route to the incredible Iron Age Hill forts Coney’s Castle, Lambert’s Castle and Pilsdon Pen. Cycling all the way to Pilsdon Pen is hard work – it’s about 8 miles from Charmouth, and some of the route involves quite steep hills. But it’s definitely worth it for the extraordinary views of lush, green Dorset countryside you are rewarded with when you finally get to the top of the Pen.

There’s a couple of pubs on the route in Marshwood, Shave Cross and Birdsmoorgate, which are ideal places to take a break from all the cycling if you want to. And if you fancy taking a different route on the return leg, then you can head down to Charmouth via Morcombelake, possibly even taking a detour to Seatown if you have the energy left!

Here’s a printable map of the route, with all major points of interest (yes, including pubs!) marked on it.

If you are interested in visiting Dorset for a cycling holiday, why not give us a call on 01297 560259. We have a great choice of comfortable, spacious accommodation on our park, perfect for relaxing and unwinding after a hard days cycling!

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