Our Dorset & New Forest cycling holidays
Our cycling adventures in Dorset & The New Forest are the best way to enjoy everything this unspoilt area has to offer. Many of our bike routes pass along disused railway lines and in The New Forest there are a large network of woodland trails - both of which provide great traffic-free cycling. Coupled with the fact that the land is relatively flat, the area is an ideal destination for families. The area boasts an astonishing variety in terms of landscape: there are forests and woodlands, breathtaking beaches with charming brightly-coloured huts, nature reserves, coastal towns (where you can ride along the cliff tops), and mile upon mile of protected Dorset countryside. The region is rich with maritime history and there is lots of opportunity to do some ferry hopping between the mainland and islands. Many of our tours include a ferry ride or two.
We offer a range of gentle (on average around 20 miles/day) holidays by bike in Dorset & the New Forest, from short breaks to longer trips lasting 8 days or more. The holidays are self-guided but we can provide a guide on request. We carefully select our accommodation so you can expect excellent service, the best locations and authentic English character wherever you stay; most tours have a choice of either luxury hotels or classic quality inns. For a real spot of indulgence, our Isles, Coast and The New Forest tour includes overnight stays in the very best hotels in the area.
Most itineraries start in Burley or Wareham and head north towards Salisbury and Stonehenge, east to Beaulieu, south to the Isle of Wight, and west as far as Dorchester.
Our routes are carefully put together by local experts who know the area better than anyone else, so you can expect to encounter not just the headline attractions but also the hidden gems of Dorset & The New Forest, away from the tourist spots. Along with your route directions (or guide), you will also receive a Carter Company Adventure Handbook, which is packed full of insider tips, stories about the history of the area and other interesting nuggets of information that give you the opportunity to really get to know this unspoilt area of England.
A taster of our top tips to check out in Dorset & The New Forest:
-Bucklers Hard on the Beaulieu River where Nelson's war ships were built. It also has a great museum
-The Pig Restaurant and Rooms in Brockenhurst. Locally foraged food, a market garden brimming with home-grown veg and hand-reared pigs on site
-Stonehenge (obvious perhaps but not to be missed)
-Studland Beach, which is owned by the National Trust. A conservation area that is truly beautiful
-Wareham village on the river. Very pretty and full of listed buildings
-Moreton Tea Rooms. Award-winning cafe with a lovely garden. Great flapjacks!
-Lawrence of Arabia's house at Cloud's Hill
Bespoke tours are also available on request - we are more than happy to tailor-make an itinerary to suit your interests and requirements. Please drop us a line and we'd be happy to help.