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The Dorset Dirt will test all your off road skills. If you get it right you will arrive back at Top o'Town with a big smile on your face. Following many years tradition cyclists meet at Top o'Town car park and ride off together at 10am on the first Sunday in September. But you can do it any time or any day, just download the route and go.


Now for the ride

Little has changed on the high chalk ridges and quiet, wild places of Dorset in the 30 plus years this classic has been run. The early autumn weather is perfect for the riders, headbangers and loiterers alike. The first finishers usually show their extreme fitness and cycling skills by returning soon after lunch. Many others enjoy taking their time to appreciate and enjoy the quiet in the sunshine. You see an enormous variety of wild life from rabbits to deer and pigeons to buzzards.

Starting from Dorchester it takes in countryside near to Piddlehinton and Cheselbourne. It then goes west towards the Dorset Gap and along the Wessex Ridgeway to Buckland Newton. You then climb Batcombe Hill and return to Dorchester along the high ridge of the chalk downs.

This is a self led reliability ride. You will need to find your own way round. Latest updates are on Facebook. Many riders use GPS and/or a smart phone. Please be prepared to be independent and for example pay for a taxi back if things go badly wrong.

 
 

 

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WHAT?
A beautiful cross country 50km (about 30 miles) off-road bike ride around central Dorset.

WHEN?
Whenever you like but traditionally:
First Sunday in September every year
START: 10:00am
FINISH: Up to you!

Fast Action on the Ride

WHERE?
Starting from Top O'Town car park, Dorchester, the route forms a loop that reaches out towards Ansty, cuts westwards through Buckland Newton and flirts around Cerne Abbas before dashing south towards the finish back in Dorchester. Phew!

WHY?
Stunning scenery and great company on the way round

HOW?

Please use the link on the left to read our disclaimer before taking part.