Isle of Purbeck Cycling Holidays
Either bring your bikes to see even more of Burnbake, the surrounding Forests and the Isle of Purbeck or you can hires them from any number of rental locations the closeest of which is at Norden Park and Ride please click here for information.
The Isle of Purbeck is renowned for both it's on and off road cycling. There are many routes that start right outside the camp and at last cout there were 10 main routes to choose from many with Public Houses on thir routes for refreshments. In addition, there is endless cycling in arround the Burnbake site which covers over 12 acres of secluded woodland.
Here are some popular routes:
Route 1 - Priory Ride 8 miles
A pleasant, gentle cycle route through the Frome Valley from the historic walled town of Wareham to the villages of East and West Holme. Suggested starting point: Purbeck School and Sports Centre Time needed: Average, 1 hour Degree of difficulty: No hills or off-road sections
Route 2 - Rempstone Ride 12 miles +
An exhilarating, mainly off-road route from Norden to Studland and Shell Bay via the Rempstone Estate, passing through fields, wood, sand and heathland, including Sites of Special Scientific Interest with rare flower species and wildlife habitats. Suggested starting point: Norden Park and Ride Time needed: 3 hours to a full day Degree of difficulty: Conditions vary from easy to difficult. Some sandy and muddy sections. Suitable for families with children over 10 years old.
Route 3 - Castle Ride 12 miles
Explore this route across Hartland Moor, enjoying the fantastic views of Corfe Castle, then cycle on through leafy lanes to the village of Church Knowle and the tranquil Blue Pool. Suggested starting point: Wareham Quay Time needed: 2-3 hours Degree of difficulty: No off-road sections. Steep hill between Church Knowle and the Blue Pool.
Route 4 - Lawrence Ride 22 miles
A medium length route through the Frome Valley, taking in Moreton Church, Lawrence of Arabia's last resting-place and looping to the north of Purbeck across Bere Heath. Suggested starting point: Purbeck School and Sports Centre Time needed: 4-5 hours Degree of difficulty: Some light off-road sections near Moreton and Briantspuddle.
Route 5 - East Lulworth Ride 18 miles +
An invigorating ride through the beautiful countryside surrounding Lulworth Castle with an extended route down to Lulworth Cove. Some of the hills may be steep but the views are definitely worth the effort. Suggested starting point: Wareham Quay Time needed: 3-4 hours + Degree of difficulty: No off-road sections. Hilly in parts, particularly around Coombe Keynes.
Route 6 - Purbeck Ride 47 miles
A long distance route for the dedicated cyclist, encompassing stunning coastal views, beautiful rural landscapes and interesting historic landmarks. Suggested starting point: Wareham Quay Time needed: All day/weekend for entire route. Alternatively can be ridden in small sections. Degree of difficulty: Mainly on road, some very steep hills to the south west of the route around Lulworth.
Route 7 - Northport Greenway and Sika Cycle Trail 8 ½ miles
A great opportunity to cycle from Wareham Quay into Wareham Forest for an off-road experience. The Northport Greenway runs through the quiet streets of Wareham and onto Northmoor Park via the train station, where it then joins the Sika Cycle Trail. Suggested starting point: Wareham Quay or Train Station Time needed: 1-2 hours or all day (picnic areas provided) Degree of difficulty: Easy route into Wareham Forest with tracked routes through heath and woodland on the Sika Cycle Trail.