Cycling from Bournemouth to Yeovil

Sarah’s employers had tasked her with an onsite visit to a customer in Yeovil. We took the opportunity to combine this with a visit to Bournemouth to visit my brother, Chris.

Having travelled down on a Sunday we had met up in the evening, where we also stayed that night. The following morning Sarah drove up to Yeovil while I took the opportunity to get on my bike and cycle there. It was a wet and windy morning, and it would have been easy to query whether I was going a bit mad! The answer of course is I am a cyclist, so yes 🙂

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Leaving the hotel I dropped down to the coast and picked up NCN Route 2.

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And cycled straight in to a headwind as I headed to Poole …

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I took the ferry from Sandbanks across to Studland.

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On the other side I picked up Ferry Road.

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Before soon turning off and into the heart of Studland Nature Reserve.

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It was a lovely place to be be cycling the rain and wet surface made for tough going.

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Indeed at one point the cycle path had become impassable (at the bottom of the path below) and the route sign was a pole in the middle of a lake. Sadly the detailed photo I took didn’t come out.

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It therefore meant a three mile detour.

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That was the only detour required but the rain certainly made other sections of the route ‘adventurous’.

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Leaving Studland Nature reserve I next skirted Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve, and then through Wool and Moreton before eventually reaching Dorchester.

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This was my lunch stop, and after a tough morning of cycling I was ready for it! I found an excellent little cafe just off the high street called Walnut Grove Coffee Shop.

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Refuelled, my journey continued initially alongside the A37.

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Soon however the route turned off and it was back along the quiet lanes and villages of Dorset. As you can see, the rain had finally abated but the south-westerly winds continued to prove challenging.

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I was now following NCN Route 26, part of which also forms the Frome Valley Cycle Trail.

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This cycle route also had interesting off-road sections.

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Next I made my way through Cattistock and Rampisham as the clouds once more darkened.

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I had been steadily climbing all day. This created the opportunity for a sharp downhill into Halstock.

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I crossed over Sutton Bingham Reservoir.

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After one final hill, Eventually I arrived on the outskirts of Yeovil.

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After 59 miles of cycling I was ready for one of these …

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You can view my route to Yeovil below:

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