Axminster > Dorchester[ Cycle routes Tour de Manche ]
- 55.8 km
The route explores the pretty Marshwood Vale, home to hill forts, stone circles and attractive hamlets which have maintained their historic character. Riding along quiet lanes through farmland, the going is occasionally hilly with a steady climb to the Hardy monument near Dorchester and unrivalled views across four counties.
The 2 stages of the section « Axminster > Dorchester »
Axminster / Bridport [25.1 km]
The route affords you a glimpse of Dorset's most secluded byways, an area unknown to most tourists. You'll pass along rural lanes through quiet, pretty villages such as Wootton Fitzpaine and Whitchurch Canonicorum, the latter notable as the only place in England outside London where you’ll find a saint’s relics. Bridport, with its lively market and history of rope-making, makes for a pleasant stop.Difficulty: Intermediate view the detail
Bridport / Dorchester [30.7 km]
For the first part of the route, the path follows quiet country lanes through the valley close to the River Bride, winding its way through pleasant open farmland and passing numerous hamlets. Coming out of Littlebredy a challenging climb takes you to the Hardy monument, 250m above sea level. Take time to admire the outstanding views from the top, before heading past the impressive hill fort of Maiden Castle and into Dorset’s county town.Difficulty: Expert view the detail