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Suitable for anyone who enjoys a reasonably active life. The pace is gentle and the terrain flat to undulating. Distances no more than 30 miles (50km).

Suitable for those with slightly more cycling experience. the terrain can be a little hillier than grade 1.5 and distances up to 45 miles (70km).

For the regular and reasonably fit cyclist. The terrain may include some challenging hills and distances up to 75 miles (110km).

These routes require a good level of fitness and stamina and feature challenging inclines and/or a longer time in the saddle. Distances can be up to 100 miles (160km).

THIS IS A SPONSORED CHARITY RIDE. Your entry fee only covers the costs of running the ride so please ask family and friends to sponsor you generously to make a real difference. THANK YOU.
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Dorset Coast and Harbour

Sunday 09 Jun 2013

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This ride has now passed.

Thanks to everyone who came along to take part in the Dorset Coast & Harbour on Sunday. The weather was generally nice all day and the event was a big success - the photos from the event are available to view here:

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Greet the Spring with a choice of 4 great routes (17 mile family route, 33, 42 and a more challenging 54 mile route) on the 3rd year of this lovely ride through the beautiful Dorset countryside and along the famous 'Jurassic Coast' to raise money for the Lewis-Manning Hospice. Starting in Poole Park, the routes take you around one of the largest natural harbours in the world, before heading out into the lush countryside of the Isle of Purbeck.

The challenge route (54 miles) then heads west to sweep down through Lulworth rejoining the long route at Corfe Castle. The long route (42 miles) climbs up to Worth Matravers with stunning views of Corfe Castle en route at Kingston, before heading down the coast to Swanage and back to Poole via the Ferry at Studland Bay. The medium route (33 miles) follows the long route to Corfe Castle where the two routes part ways as the medium riders cut across to Studland where it rejoins all the the other routes. The short route riders cycle to Studland and back crossing the water by ferry twice. The 54, 42 mile and 17 mile routes are all on road. The 33 mile route includes approx. 2 miles on unmetalled Sustrans cyclepath, some of which has a loose gravel surface.

For those of you who are bringing family down to see you off / greet you on your return, you may like to know that that from 10am-11am Bournemouth University will be down by the water in the West Field opening a moth trap and explaining what they found the day before during their BioBlitz event click here for more information.

For a wealth of further information on the history and geology of the area visit the following website:

Jurassic Coast logo Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

Ride Details
StartWest Field, Poole Park, Poole BH15 2SF
FinishWest Field, Poole Park, Poole BH15 2SF
Distance17 (family route) / 33 / 42 / 54 miles (approx)
Challenge RatingChallenge Route Long Route Med Route Short Route
Getting There: CarFrom the East: A31 then A348/A3068 to Poole train station and follow our signs.
From the West: A350 to Holes Bay and Poole train station then follow our signs. Parking: Pay & Display at Poole Council House Multistorey entrance (off Sandbanks Road) - if you park here you MUST buy a ticket. There is also a limited amount of parking available next to the Dolphins Leisure Centre. Event area is not near the ice-rink/parking - follow our signs.
Getting There: TrainFollow signs from Poole station to the start at Poole Park.
National Rail enquiries 08457 48 49 50
Start Times8am - 10am at a time to suit you
Other InfoFerry tickets MUST be purchased from us at the start of the ride at a cost of £1 per person.

Tyre size 1.5'' plus recommended on the medium route.

Minimum age 16 years on the 54 mile route, 15 years on the 42 mile route, 12 years on the 33 mile route and 9 years on the 17 mile route.
Cyclists under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult over 18.

All riders are required to wear a helmet. A selection of helmets will be available for purchase on the day
** We recommend that all riders have both bike and personal liability insurances as we cannot be held responsible for damage, loss or theft of your bike or personal items or personal liability.**
PricingCycle Club Entry (£12.50)
Entry Pack (£16.50)
Kids Entry (under 15 yrs) (£8.00)
Student Entry (£9.00)
Team Entry (6 riders or more / per person) (£15.50)



Lewis-Manning Hospice is Poole’s voluntary hospice offering free specialist palliative nursing care to around 650 local people living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

We aim to promote acceptance, hope and peace of mind in a safe and calming environment. It is our aim to ensure that local people are given access to the support they may need to help them cope with their illness and the changes it may bring.

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Wessex Cancer Trust is committed to the improvement of cancer care services throughout Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands. With your help we can support patients, families and carers, provide education and information for patients, families and professionals, promote cancer prevention and fund early detection and research.

THIS IS A SPONSORED CHARITY RIDE. Your entry fee only covers the costs of running the ride so please ask family and friends to sponsor you generously to make a real difference. THANK YOU

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