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8 Days Dorset Beaches and the New Forest Luxury Cycling Holiday in England, UK

Brockenhurst, New Forest District, Hampshire, South East, England, UK

Leisure Cycling Tour UK

The Carter Company invites you to join this cycling tour in the very heart of UK, The New Forest and The Dorset coastal areas. You will visit offer wonderful variety from the charming fishing village and beach at Mudeford to the busy quays where you board two ferries. Enjoy sand spits and beach huts, two piers and beachside and cliff top cycling in Bournemouth. Cross rivers and heaths, sprint through forests, and enjoy the villages!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: A few slopes on most days
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10 - 30 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 106 miles / 170 kilometers
  • Bike type: Hybrid bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent

Highlights

  • Self-guided cycling
  • Starts and ends in Burley
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Peaceful ride through beaches and forests
  • Travel protection and adventure handbook
  • Route directions and maps of the area
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast each day

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Accommodation

On your luxury trips, you will use AA / RAC awarded four and five stars (the occasional three star) hotels, manor houses, old inns, and boutique hotels are chosen for their quality, character, and location.

The Pig Hotel

This 30-bedroom country house in Brockenhurst is original, relaxed, and sitting comfortably within its environment. It isn't perfect, but it's comfy, interesting and homely with muted colors, evolved rather than interior designed.

Luxury Spa Hotel in Dorset

Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa is a relaxed coastal spa retreat, set against the backdrop of spectacular Harbour views. This hidden gem is a place to drift away for days of great local food, luxurious pampering and exploring the stunning Dorset coastline.

The Priory Wareham

The Priory is the finest, independently owned, country house hotel and restaurant in Dorset, and is a member of the ‘Pride of Britain’ hotel collection. It is located in the beautiful idyllic setting, where the past is always present and peace and tranquillity prevail.

Burley Manor

Burley Manor offers something truly unique in the New Forest. Somewhere you can come to enjoy stunning food with Mediterranean influences, great service and if you have time, a tranquil grown up’s only stay. The rooms live up to the rest of your experience in the New Forest. A bold use of color, fabrics, and artwork is teamed with antique furniture for a unique look and feel. Comfort is the priority with top quality beds, sumptuous bedding, power showers, and a few luxury goodies.

Program

Day 1: Brockenhurst

Arrive in Brockenhurst on Thursday and check into your hotel, The Pig, in this typical forest village. You will deliver your cycling equipment to the hotel and your host will also meet you to run through your itinerary and to familiarize you with the route.

Day 2: Brockenhurst to Mudeford

Leave Brockenhurst by pedaling along embankments and steaming through bridge holes. The route then takes you on. tracks with views, forest scenes and pretty woodland lanes as you wend your way south to the coast. Most of the ride is off-road on bike paths and forest tracks giving you a peaceful cycle. Mudeford, where you will spend the next two nights is a delightful fishing village. Your hotel nestles at the water’s edge.

  • Distance: 15 miles (24 kilometers)

Day 3: Mudeford

Today, you can enjoy the seaside scene and take time out of the saddle. Mudeford has a sandy beach and is the ideal place for coastal walks, fishing, boating and water skiing. The quay is a busy spot where you can take the ferry across to Hengistbury sandbank and beach huts.

Day 4: Mudeford to Wareham

It’s fantastic seaside riding today which includes two ferry hops, two piers, cliff top and beachside cycling and unspoilt National Trust beaches, woodland and heath. There is a short ride through the valley gardens which run through the heart of Bournemouth before you take the chain ferry to the Isle of Purbeck. Blessed with glorious unspoilt beaches, this tucked away corner of Dorset - not an island proper, is famous for its stunning coastline and steep ridge of hills. Your ride wonderfully skirts the hills on an off-road route through pretty woodland and leads you to the heart of Wareham where you will spend the next two nights. Your hotel for the next two nights, a lovely old priory, sits at the riverside.

  • Distance: 24 miles (38 kilometers)

Day 5: Circular ride from Wareham

Wareham is a small and charming market town that sits on the River Frome with over 200 listed buildings. For those wanting a day without pedaling, there are boats to hire from the quay for an easy spin down river to Poole harbor and back. Horse riding is available and there are steam train rides to Corfe Castle and Swanage. Those craving more beach time can pedal to the idyllic Studland beaches. To explore deepest Dorset, there is a wonderfully rural ride which follows two pretty river valleys dotted with fords, hamlets and forests and includes a Tank Museum and Lawrence of Arabia’s Dorset retreat.

  • Distance: 24 miles (38 kilometers)

Day 6: Wareham to Burley

Start the day with a very short train hop before pedaling traffic free along a disused railway line for much of the ride. Cross rivers and heaths, sprint through forests, and enjoy the villages en-route of this woodland area. You will ride through the market town of Wimborne which boasts a fine house in Kingston Lacy, many pubs and an unspoilt collection of centuries-old shops, houses and a minster. There is a short uphill to Burley along an upland track to reach your hotel, set deep in the forest.

  • Distance: 24 miles (38 kilometers)

Day 7: Burley to Brockenhurst 7

This route was designed to give you a really good ride through the New Forest and through the varied landscapes of the area. Much is off road on gravel tracks and a disused railway giving you a great opportunity to see deer, donkeys, pigs and horses as they roam freely in their natural setting. Wonder at ancient and majestic trees and absorb the peace and tranquility as you ride deep into the forest. Civilization finally creeps back into existence as you arrive back in the forest village of Brockenhurst.

  • Distance: 20 miles (32 kilometers)

Day 8: Depart Burley

  • Depart at your leisure.

Location

This cycling adventure will cover Brockenhurst, Mudeford, Wareham, and Burley. The tour in Dorset and The New Forest area is the best way to enjoy everything this unspoiled area has to offer. Many of the bike routes pass along disused railway lines and in The New Forest, there is 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-colored 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 in maritime history and there are lots of opportunities to do some ferry hopping between the mainland and islands. Home to almost 200,000 acres of stunning forest and heathland, the New Forest is one of Britain's most unspoiled natural habitats with special qualities, including the freedom to ramble across the unenclosed land.

Food

You will be served breakfast each day. In the UK, all breakfasts are cooked. The Carter Company leaves you free to make your own choices for lunch and dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Boating
  • Horse Riding
  • Visit to beaches

What's included

  • Hybrid bikes and additional accessories
  • Route directions and maps of the area
  • Services of friendly local hosts to welcome and brief you, share their local knowledge and look after you
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Adventure handbook packed full with information, history, and photos of the area your tour covers, as well as The Carter Company's insider tips on how to discover the local secrets and hidden gems most tourists never see
  • Emergency call out service
  • This trip may include a train hop on cycling day
  • Boat tickets (where specified)
  • Advice, help, and guidance with all your holiday details before you arrive and during your holiday
  • Travel protection
  • Breakfast each day
  • 7 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfares
  • Travel to and from the trip start and finish points unless specified
  • Entrances to attractions unless specified
  • Boat fares unless specified
  • Lunches and dinners unless specified
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Minibars and meals pre and post the trip

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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