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If you are wondering about the ’s’ in Poole Harbour Trails there will not be just one trail. There are footpaths that walkers can use, on which cyclists are not allowed and bridleways that cyclists can use that walkers might want to avoid and so a cycling route will not necessarily cover all the same ground as a walking route. While the linear walking route round the Harbour had to be divided into several stretches, we are hoping for a pleasant, dedicated cycling route that can be covered in a day.
It is already possible to cycle round the Harbour. For instance, you could try this route from cycle-route.com but unfortunately there are sizeable chunks of main road that cannot be avoided and new cycleways need developing. We hope sometime to develop a new route through Holton Heath to avoid this, eventually to be open to cyclists, see Walk 5 .
Some cycling routes that you can use now have been published in the area, which can give you an idea of what should be possible in the future. The Rempstone Ride from Norden to Studland or Shell Bay has been published as a Purbeck Cycleway and the Northport Greenway and Sika Trail are rides taking you out of Wareham and onto a number of cycleways through Wareham Forest.
There are also published rides between Upton House and Poole and some other routes that you might like to try.
Page updated 1st August 2016.