Classic itinerary day-by-day
1. Day one
Arrive in Wareham and check into your overnight stay in this small and charming market town. With over 200 listed buildings and the River Frome providing the centre piece of the town with a pretty quay and boats to hire if you wish, there is plenty to explore here.
2. Day two
Wareham to Studland circular ride
Explore the Isle of Purbeck today which lies to the south of Wareham. Blessed with glorious unspoilt beaches, this tucked away corner of Dorset – not an island proper, is famous for its stunning coastline and steep ridge of hills. Your ride wonderfully skirts the hills on an off road route through pretty woodland and leads to the village of Studland and its expansive beaches. Return to Wareham following further off-road tracks for a second night here.
21 miles (34 km)
3. Day three
Wareham to Dorchester
Pedalling along the Frome valley on quiet backroads, this charming route leads through a medley of typical Dorset villages set in a very rural scene with an award winning refreshment house a must for a stop. Pause at the Tank Museum if that's your thing and head on to Dorchester through the landscape that inspired so many of Hardy's writings. Take in the cob and thatch cottage where the author wrote his early novels and the house he later designed and lived in. A warm welcome awaits at your overnight stay for the next two nights.
19 miles (30 km)
4. Day four
Enjoy a break from cycling and discover the delights of this fascinating town. Explore the many Roman features remaining, the recent village of Poundbury designed by Prince Charles, the varied museums and the characterful charm of this historic town.
5. Day five
Dorchester to Wareham
Pedal along two river valleys today, retracing the Frome river with a different route at the start of the day. Weave along bridleways and across fords and forests to find hamlets and churches far from the madding crowd. Drop into Lawrence of Arabia's country retreat and return to Wareham refreshed by the delights of Dorset. Depart at your leisure.
21 miles (34 km)
Weave along bridleways and across fords and forests