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Cycle Routes and Maps

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Cycle Journey Planner

CycleStreets is a UK-wide cycle journey planner system, which lets you plan routes from A to B by bike.

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Poole Area Cycle Map

A comprehensive map of the South East Dorset area covering all of Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch. We not only have wonderful beaches but attractive green area and interesting towns. We hope you enjoy exploring our area by bike.

The Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch Area Cycle Map can be opened in the downloads area on the right of this page.

The map will open with a broad view of the east of borough. Scroll down for the west of the borough and use the magnifying glass icon in the top menu bar and the hand tool to grab and pull the map from any direction.

Heritage Cycle Route

This is a cycle ride of approximately 7.5 miles, visiting places of historical interest in Poole. The route goes along the Quay and out to Upton House along the picturesque Holes Bay shared-use path. A leaflet is available showing a map and providing historical information.

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Castleman Trailway

One of Dorset's gentlest way-marked routes, this 16 mile trailway takes you through some of East Dorsets most stunning landscape.

The Trailway starts at Upton Country Park in Poole and follows much of the old Castleman Corkscrew railway line through Broadstone and on to the River Stour at Wimborne. After leaving Poole it continues to beyond Ringwood.

The Trailway can take you on foot, bike or horse, when all the links are in place you will be able to travel from Poole to the edge of the New Forest without needing a car, and for the most part you need not even see one.

Walkers are able to follow the entire route but cyclists and horse riders are restricted on some sections:

  • Currently cyclists have to find their own route through Wimborne (i.e. between Canford bottom roundabout and the Willet Arms)
  • Horse riders are restricted to: Ringwood to West Moors section and Ameysford to Stapehill Section

The terrain is relatively level throughout apart from when coming off and on the old railway line. 

The route is marked by waymarkers, please keep to the indicated path and follow the Countryside Code.

A map showing the route is available to download on the right of this page.

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Bourne Valley Greenway

Greenways are largely car-free, off-road shared routes connecting people to facilities, open spaces and within and around our towns.

The Bourne Valley Greenway stretches between Canford Heath in Poole and Bournemouth Sea front and includes nature reserves, heathland and formal gardens. A map showing the route is available to download on the right of this page.

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Romans and Railways Trailway

A tour of Broadstone and district for walkers and cyclists using part of the Castleman trailway and Roman Road bridle path.

This route of about 6 miles can be followed on foot or by bicycle. The surface is variable, particularly on Roman Road, and in some places it will be necessary to get off your bike and walk. Parts of the route are affected by development - proceed with care.

A leaflet describing the route is available to download on the right of this page.

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Cycle West

Cycle West is a cross-channel network of three way marked cycle routes through South West England, Brittany and Normandy.

Petit Tour de Manche

The "Petit Tour de Manche" (PTM), is a 240 mile route from Poole - Dorchester - Weymouth - Jersey - Saint Malo - Cherbourg using Condor and Brittany Ferries. This follows National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 2 and Route 26.

Grand Tour de Manche

NCN 2 also forms part of the larger "Grande Tour de Manche" (GTM) which passes through Poole, Dorset, Devon and Plymouth then crossing the channel to Rosscoff and rejoining the PTM route and St Malo.

Cycling On The Promenade In Poole

Unrestricted cycling is permitted on the promenade in Poole between September and June. In July and August cycling is not permitted between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm. Further information is available on our cycling on the promenade webpage from all Seafront Information Offices and Beach Offices. In Poole telephone 01202 708181 or email beachoffice@poole.gov.uk.

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