Just a short drive from Bournemouth, are 8 great foodie routes for cycling and walking that take you through some of the most beautiful parts of Dorset. Enjoy the stunning countryside, and explore the amazing range of food this unique county has to offer.
Four routes cover Eastern Dorset and the Purbecks, and four routes cover Northern Dorset and the Stour Valley. Both have three cycling and one walking route.
Stay at the Arlington, get on your bike and find out why Dorset is known as the ‘food larder of the South West’.
Eastern Dorset and Purbecks
Route 1: Milton Abbas & the Chalk Downs
Route 1 starts in Milton Abbas, and takes in the Piddle Valley and the chalk downs. The wildflower grasslands of this area are what make the local lamb and beef worthy of international acclaim. There are also numerous cherry orchards, most of them selling cherry juice to thirsty travellers. Sparkling wine is produced from the vineyards at Langham Wine Estate. Get details
Route 2: Dorchester & Hardy Country
This route is for walkers. It takes you through the lush former water meadows of Hardy country, and on through Dorchester, a hub for Dorset food lovers. This route is also the home of the Dorset Knob – a unique savoury biscuit made in Dorset since the 1880s, it even has its own festival, the Dorset Knob Throwing Festival. Get Details
Route 3: Corfe Castle & the Purbeck Ridge
Get back on your bikes for this one. It will take you around Purbeck to the Jurassic Coast with some great local farm shops and village stores. Pop in to Corfe Castle, and if you like you could even get a steam train to take you back to Swanage. Get Details
Route 4: Studland & Wareham
This gentle route takes you around Rempstone, and includes some award winning hotels and restaurants. Spot the Mangalista pigs grazing on the heathland, and if you know what you’re looking for this area is a forager’s paradise Get Details
Northern Dorset and Stour Valley
Route 1: Badbury Rings & the Stour Valley
Route 1 takes you through ancient landscapes with Iron Age hill forts and the Badbury. Look out for the sturdy Red Devon cows (known affectionately as Ruby Reds) on the Kingston Lacy estate, and where there are cows, there will be milk, and where there is milk there will be…ice-cream! Get Details
Route 2: Cranborne
Hop off the bike, and drag on your walking shoes. Cranborne Estate and Cranborne village are home an eclectic mix of food and drink producers. Beer, cheese, cakes and bakes, and some great places to stay. Get Details
Route 3: Child Okeford
Don’t pack lunch for this ride – this route provides the perfect place to pick up local bread, cheese and beer on this gentle ride betwee Blandford Forum and Child Okeford. Get Details
Route 4: Shaftesbury & the Blackmore Vale
Blackmore Vale, described Thomas Hardy as “The Vale of Little Dairies” and id the home of the famous Dorset Blue Vinny. Enjoy a tranquil ride through this stunning landscape that is home to Shaftesbury’s Gold Hill, one of the most photographed streets in England. Get Details
The Arlington Hotel offer secure cycle storage, drying facilities and packed lunch (although you won’t need it on any of these routes!
Call the Arlington on 01202 552879 or book online