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Weekend Cycling Trips/Routes Devon/Dorset

KijlaKijla Posts: 2
edited February 2013 in Tour & expedition
I am looking to complete a weekend cycling break, i've looked at organisations which operate these services as well as thought of organising my own, with a small group of 4.
The ability to just pay/turn up/ride/sleep is very appealing as its hassle free. I do however want to have some say in the areas we 'tour'.
Thats why i was thinking about going solo, so my question to you guys really, are is there any places you'd recomend with some good views, some climbs, pubs/b&b accomadations.
I can then look and see about creating my own tour.
My ability would be an intermediate cyclist, so would happily look to ride between on average 60 miles per day over a weekend.
I live on the south coast, on the Isle of wight, and was thinking a good start would be to go through the New Forest.
So any suggestions, advice, similar experiences would be greatfully received.


  • random manrandom man Posts: 1,518
    Welcome to the forum. You might be able to use these routes which were part of a tour I did a couple of years ago. You've got a lovely part of the country to explore so you can't go far wrong setting off from home for a weekend.

    The second route was excellent, some really nice country with lots of short steep hills. There's a good steep climb into Shaftesbury as well. I was using b&b's.

    Have fun.
  • I rode Southampton to Salcombe last summer. Nice ride through the New Forest, then hit the sea around Poole, along the coast roads all the way. It gets pretty hilly as you head past Weymouth. Abbotsbury and Teignmouth are fairly tough. I just clipped on a Carradice saddlebag and booked B&Bs in Weymouth and Exmouth. Some stunning sections. and views.
  • Mikey23Mikey23 Posts: 5,306
    You could try Devon coast to coast which I think is a tad over 100 miles... So you could do it with an overnight stop. Ilfracombe to Plymouth and generally good cycling with lots of off road on the Tarka, the granite and plymbridge trails. Lots of info on the Internet...
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