A great way to explore our local Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is on a bicycle. I hesitate to write this as, fine as I am with cycling down a hill, I’m not keen on the going back up. I love the beauty of West Dorset’s rolling hills, just not when I am puffing up one of them on a bike. This isn’t helped by the sight of my husband and daughter disappearing into the distance ahead. But, if you are not such a wuss as me pedalling up slopes, cycling is a wonderful way to take in the stunning scenery. Explore the varied landscapes in West Dorset, and do it all at your own pace.
Suggested Cycle Routes In The Area
For inspiration have a look here at West Dorset Pedal. It’s got five maps for rides ranging from 11-17 miles. It also suggests pit stops for food and drink. Quite right. After all that pedalling you surely deserve to refuel in a village tea room or country pub. A good route if you are staying at our cottage is the first, exploring Bridport and Netherbury. It has an add-on to West Bay itself. Two other routes take in the Frome Valley and the beautiful villages and coast round Abbotsbury (the route ‘Land of Bone and Stone’). Another explores West Dorset’s finest hill forts. You might want to print off a route or two before your holiday.
From Bridport there is also easy access to the National Cycle Network Route No. 2 (a 30 mile route from Dorchester to Lyme Regis), also with plenty of lanes and villages to explore.
Local Places To Hire Bicycles
If you haven’t got the space or the inclination to bring your own bikes you can hire them locally. Go to Bridport Cycles at Symondsbury. There’s a cycle trail running from the shop in an 5 mile loop on private land.
Alternatively Jurassic Cycles offers free delivery and collection to local holiday homes, including West Bay. They have a small fleet of hybrid bikes and all rentals include helmets, locks, pumps and repair kits. £18 per day for adult bikes (2021).
Bike Storage At Our Cottage
We have a new door on our garage which actually locks. This means that if guests want to bring bikes on holiday we can arrange for them to have a key to the garage to lock them away securely. Happy Cycling!