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Castle Cary to Dorchester Cycle Route

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Cycle Route Details
Route NameCastle Cary to Dorchester
Distance : miles (km)32.87  (52.90)
Posted ByDorsetboy
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Cycle Route Location
Town/CityCastle Cary
Start LocationCastle Cary Train Station (A371)
End LocationDorchester West Train Station (off B3147)
Cycle Steps
A very pleasant road ride, on A and B roads, through some of the best Somerset and Dorset Countryside. The route is also a mixture of hills and flats, with medium hills between Sherborne and Cerne Abbas.
This can either be an approx 65 mile return journey, for those fitter people amomgst us, or a one way journey, as detailed, in either direction with a simple train journey back. There are car parking facilities at both Castle Cary and Dorchester West Train stations or nearby.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
En route there are plenty of places available for breaks. Castle Cary is a pretty little town. Between Castle Cary and Sparkford you pass the internationally famous Haynes Motor Museum, which has a cafe. Sherborne is famous for its schools, whilst further south you have Cerne Abbas. This is an idyllic village with a famous chalk carving of the Cerne Abbas Giant alongside this route. There are plenty of places to have a mid journey break here. Dorchester is also a pretty town, and is the County town of Dorset, again with plenty of refreshment places. Train services are approximately every two hours and take nearly an hour.

Near By Cycle Shops
Dorchester Halfords
Cycling Clubs located in this region
Dorset Rough Riders
UK Biking
Your comments?
posted by:domboothRating : difficult :
I will be cycling this route next week. Dorsetboy got any tips? I am an occasional cyclist, so thinking of breaking it up into two stints.... Going to be coming from Weymouth... Do you know the best route to cycle up from Weymouth to Dorchester? Cheers man

posted by:AdrianRating : difficult :
Dombooth, I did Weymouth to Dorchester today, I went up using the new relief road and came back over Came Down. The new road is a lot easier and safer, there are cycle paths along it's entire length, apart from about 1/2 mile leading up to the top of the Ridgeway.

Like you I am a casual cyclist and this was an easier climb than I had on my return trip. If you are returning from Castle Cary by train, remember Glastonbury starts mid week and the station gets chaotic. Enjoy the ride whenever you do it.

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