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Dorset makes for a wonderful weekend ride

Dorset Map

Persevering with our current development of discovering one of the best discovery routes that the UK has to supply, John Norris particulars a wonderful weekend ride by way of the county of Dorset. 

All through this yr we’ve been teaming up with TomTom to convey you a collection of thrilling routes round probably the most lovely and fascinating elements of the UK. These journeys have been rigorously plotted to absorb the perfect roads and most wonderful points of interest that every nationwide park, space of excellent pure magnificence, or county has to supply, and for this concern we’ve determined to go to the seaside for some summer time coastal driving.

This brief route will assist you discover the magnificent Jurassic Coast World Heritage Website, and whereas it’s simply rideable in a day, to hurry it might be to misconceive its objective. We’ve proposed 9 attraction stops which might be properly spaced all through the ride, and every one will provide you with a little style of what Dorset has to supply. From the imposing ruins of Corfe Fort to the picturesque seaside city of Lyme Regis, there’s lots to see and ride alongside the best way.

So, welcome to Dorset, a pretty little rural county on the south coast of England with no motorways. Right here, towering sea cliffs, good seashores, thatched cottages, and an inland patchwork of historic woodland all mix to create an space of the UK that’s good to discover by motorbike.

Dorset Map

Dorset Map

Actually, whereas it won’t have the sweeping mountain roads of Wales or Scotland, Dorset’s residence to a number of the greatest and most various biking roads within the UK. If you would like scenic coastal rides, you’ll discover them alongside the historic Jurassic Coast, whereas the routes additional inland supply a little bit of every part. In the event you’re considering that it doesn’t sounds very adventurous, assume once more, a few of the historic routes burrow so deep via slender holloways and are so plastered in mud and grass that they don’t look like roads in any respect.

Our route begins within the water, or relatively on the water, as you’re taking the oldest working chain ferry in England throughout the mouth of Poole Harbour. From right here, we twist and switch our method round Dorset, roughly following the shoreline and taking in a host of fascinating sights and points of interest alongside the best way.

Whereas the driving in summer time lends itself to heat temperatures, ice lotions, al fresco brew stops and refreshing swims alongside the coast, I’d additionally advocate this as a winter ride. In the summertime, and on financial institution holidays, visitors descends upon this space of the UK, whereas within the autumn and winter months you’ll have the roads kind of to your self. Not solely that, however on a crisp winter’s day, the views may be even higher than these on a hazy summer time afternoon.

1. Sandbanks Ferry

Whereas following this route you’ll use the ferry to get from Sandbanks to Studland, and at a value of simply £1, it is perhaps the most cost effective ferry route round! Sandbanks is house to a number of the costliest actual property outdoors of our capital, however on the opposite aspect of the ferry you’ll discover fabulous sandy seashores and when you’re up for a brief stroll, it’s value plodding alongside to the spectacular Previous Harry Rocks from Studland village.

The Sandbanks ferry runs from 7am – 11pm, 364 days a yr (in case you are driving on Christmas Day then be there earlier than 8pm!).

Sandbanks Ferry

Sandbanks Ferry

2. Corfe Fort

The spectacular damage of Corfe Citadel, a Norman fortification that was inbuilt 1086, springs into view as you around the final bend earlier than the village of Corfe Fort. It was one of many first castles in England to be constructed utilizing stone, and it has an fascinating historical past that’s greatest advised when you’re standing in its grounds. In the event you’ve obtained the time when you’re right here, you’ll discover the quirky Sq. and Compass Inn close to Corfe Fort, a pub that additionally homes a powerful fossil museum. Over the course of hundreds of thousands of years, erosion alongside the Jurassic Coast has unearthed spectacular fossils that have been shaped through the age of the dinosaurs, and if that’s one thing that often bores you, a minimum of you are able to do it right here whereas consuming native cider.

Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle

three. Tyneham Ghost Village

On the outskirts of Corfe, driving within the path of Wareham, flip left by the carpark in the direction of Church Knowle and Steeple and take a detour to Tyneham. This village and its environment have been requisitioned as a firing vary in 1943 and its inhabitants of 225 forcibly displaced, supposedly solely till after World Struggle Two. They have been by no means allowed again to their houses, and it stays certainly one of solely a few English parishes with a inhabitants of zero. It’s a very fascinating and haunting place to spend a while wanting round, although it’s all the time value checking forward for attainable street closures. The military nonetheless practise round right here, and a detour would drive you additional inland.

Tyneham Ghost Village

Tyneham Ghost Village

four. Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door

The Jurassic Coast is residence to a few of Britain’s most unimaginable coastal areas, and Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are two of probably the most well-known and picturesque of them. Each locations, that are inside straightforward strolling distance of West Lulworth, supply the prospect to see the great thing about nature up shut and private. The pure rock arch of Durdle Door is likely one of the UK’s most photographed points of interest, whereas Lulworth Cove is taken into account to be one of many world’s greatest examples of a cove. It’s a busy place to go to in peak season, however properly well worth the time taken.

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door

5. The Tank Museum

From the beautiful pure great thing about Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, we head north to the Tank Museum. Located close to Bovington Camp, it homes a assortment of over 300 automobiles, together with the world’s first tank (Little Willie), the German Tiger tank, and the extra trendy and fearsome Challenger 2. The Dorset museum is excellently introduced, with exhibitions telling the story of armoured warfare from World Struggle One to the current day unfold throughout six giant halls. Entrance to the museum prices £13 per grownup, and it’s cash nicely spent.

The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum

6. Clouds Hill

Simply a brief ride down the street from the Tank Museum we attain Clouds Hill, also referred to as Lawrence of Arabia’s Cottage. It’s right here that T. E. Lawrence lived whereas he was stationed at Bovington Camp and when he left the Royal Air Pressure. The cottage is a quirky and fascinating place to go to, and it’s made all of the extra related if you realise the impression that Lawrence of Arabia had on the world of motorcycling. In 1935, simply a few weeks after he moved to Clouds Hill after leaving the forces, he crashed his beloved 998cc Brough Superior on the street that you’ve simply ridden (you’ll see the Lawrence of Arabia Memorial) and died from the top accidents that he sustained. On the time of the accident, Lawrence wasn’t sporting a motorbike helmet, and this crash set about a chain of occasions that may ultimately result in the Home of Commons making it obligatory for motorcyclists to put on crash helmets some 38 years later.

Clouds-HillClouds-Hill

7. The Hardy Monument

From one army hero to a different, this Dorset route will take you previous the bottom of the Hardy Monument, a 22m excessive monument on the summit of Black Down which was erected in 1844 in honour of Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Hardy. Hardy captained HMS Victory within the battle of Trafalgar (1803), and gained fame because it was in his arms that Lord Nelson lay dying and uttered the immortal phrases “kiss me Hardy”. The monument is definitely accessible from the street between Martinstown and Abbotsbury, and the views from its base are expansive and delightful.

The-Hardy-MonumentThe-Hardy-Monument

eight. The Jurassic Coast Street

Our tour ends with a bang as we be a part of the Jurassic Coast Street by Abottsbury. This stretch of the B3157 offers probably the most fulfilling driving of the day because it twists and turns alongside the shoreline. Instantly after leaving Abbotsbury we start the ascent of Abbotsbury Hill, and it’ll be value stopping in one of many laybys to admire the view of Chesil Seashore under you. For sheer driving enjoyment, this street is up there with the perfect in Britain, although it’s not simply the standard of driving that makes it a memorable expertise. To your left you’ve obtained the dramatic shoreline, and to the fitting you’ve got superbly lush and inexperienced farmland rolling away into the space.

Jurrasic-Coast-Road

Jurrasic-Coast-Road

9. Lyme Regis

And so our route ends in Lyme Regis, a scenic harbour city on the western-most finish of Dorset’s well-known Jurassic Coast. The city is a magnet for fossil hunters (there’s even an annual fossil pageant) and in addition a widespread hang-out for photographers who’re drawn to The Cobb, the harbour wall which options in The French Lieutenant’s Lady. For us, Lyme Regis is the right spot to name it a day and seize a chew to eat after a nice ride, earlier than heading house.

Lyme-Regis

Lyme-Regis

Need to ride this wonderful Dorset route?

Enter the next waypoints in your SatNav and also you’ll comply with, as close to as dammit, the TomTom and ABR Dorset a Route.

1. Sandbanks

2. Studland

three. Corfe Citadel

four. Tynham

5. West Lulworth

6. Wool

7. Tank Museum (BH20 6JG)

eight. Dorchester

9. Martinstown

10. Abbotsbury

11. West Bay

12. Lyme Regis

Complete distance: 69 miles

The route can also be obtainable to obtain so as to stick it straight in your SatNav. Merely head to the ABR Discussion board and enter the thread titled ‘TomTom and ABR Dorset Discovery Route’.

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