As a keen cyclist, I can safely say there is nothing better than having the fresh sea air caressing your face as you cycle along Bournemouth and Poole’s 10 miles of glorious seafront. You’ll see a lot of people on their bikes with big grins on their faces when you stay at your Beach Lodge this year. So why not join them? You don’t even have to bring your bike with you as there are lots of bike hire companies in the area with Front Bike Hire – located near the iconic Bournemouth Pier , a charming 30 minute stroll away from The Lodges. If you want to get on your bike directly however, the very nice Front Bike team there will even deliver your very own holiday wheels to your Lodge!
Bournemouth and Poole have a great promenade for cycling which stretches from Hengistbury Head in the east, to Sandbanks in the west although it’s not permitted to cycle on the prom between 10am and 6pm in July and August. However, even at these very busy times you can benefit from an exhilarating early morning pedal to any of the local beach cafes and restaurants or at the other end of the day enjoy a sunset cycle.
We have selected 3 great cycle rides to make the most of the scenery around Bournemouth:
To the east – Mudeford and Christchurch
A short distance from the amazing Bournemouth Beach Lodges you can find the picturesque market town of Christchurch nestled next to Mudeford Spit and Harbour.
The route from the Beach Lodges along the prom to the east, takes you towards Hengistbury Head – a stunning headland well worth exploring. Further on you will find the Mudeford Beach Huts. Once you have had a good look at the huts, jump on the small ferry to take you across to Mudeford village. The small harbour here is perfect location for sampling local fresh seafood, or you can buy a bucket and hook and catch a crab or two yourself!
After a short cycle ride from Mudeford you will find yourself in the historic town of Christchurch. You will see the ruins of a 12th century castle and Saxon harbour. The 900 year old Priory was built by a one of King William II’s chief advisors. The Red House Museum gives a fascinating and interactive look into the history of Christchurch from the Saxons to the present day.
To the west – Purbecks
You can’t beat a relaxing cycle from Bournemouth to Sandbanks which is famously known to the be one of the most expensive places to live in the UK.
The cycle route from Bournemouth will take you past some of these mansions until you come to the chain ferry. A quick 15 minutes across the water to Studland and you will arrive on the stunning Isle of Purbeck. It’s not a true island, but a peninsula, where every twist and turn on your cycle ride will afford a picture-perfect view.
There are a few hills and dips on this cycle ride so be prepared to have a few power breaks on your journey, depending on your ability.
The beaches that hug this particular coastline are a must for a picnic and one point of interest to put on your cycling itinerary is Old Harry Rocks. The three chalk cliff formations mark the most easterly point of the Jurassic Coast – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s definitely a camera moment!
The New Forest
Although it’s a little further afield, taking bikes on the train from Bournemouth to Brockenhurst is a great day out. The train journey from Bournemouth Station is only 22 minutes and when you arrive at Brockenhurst Station you can hire bikes directly from CycleXperience at the train station. They will even deliver them to your chosen location if you prefer!
The New Forest is a haven for cyclists of any age and you be sharing the roads with free roaming ponies and cattle – so there’s no rushing in the New Forest!
Take a well packed picnic in your rucksack or stop off at some of the Forest’s beautiful pubs. You’ll find a multitude of picnic areas throughout the New Forest. The New Forest has cycling routes using the off-road tracks and low speed-limit road or family rides designed for all ages and abilities.
Here’s some cycle routes to choose from: