West Dorset Cycling

Cycling UK Affiliated Group

West Dorset Cycling

Come and join us for great rides and events in West Dorset, new members welcome.

Our activities 
Leisure/Touring rides
Family rides
Campaigning group
About us 

Cycling West Dorset is a new affiliated club where all members are involved and contribute as they wish. We have a free and easy organisation appropriate to our free and easy cycling activities.

Our heritage with CTC goes back to 1926 and the affiliated club status gives us a different and better club future, one where members are fully involved and active at the level which suits them.

New members are welcome, beginners through to experts. We have three organised rides every week ranging in length from 25 to 60 miles, come and try one. We have a very active folding bike group which has rides and events accessed by public transport. We welcome electric bikes on all our rides.

We organise the Dorset Dirt off road ride held on the first Sunday in September each year, though we do not currently have led off road rides. We also lead the riders on the Great Dorset Bike ride held on the first Sunday in June each year.

We expect to see, and welcome, a large increase in electric bikes on rides. We also actively encourage car assisted rides. Members drive continuation and change, so rides and other activities are planned and supported by other members.

Existing members are involved in every aspect of cycling from going to the shops to long distance foreign tours, commuting to work to sportive and road racing. But most of us just enjoy cycling in the country lanes of West Dorset.

Everyone taking part in our rides and events must be a member of West Dorset Cycling. This is because Rides leaders are only covered by Cycling UK liability insurance where those taking part are members.

It is easy to join West Dorset Cycling and you can do this on your first ride. Communication is by email and the various social media platforms so an email address is required.

Members of West Dorset Cycling don't need to belong to Cycling UK but if they do they get a reduced subscription. All members of West Dorset Cycling are encouraged to have third party insurance.

We hope to see you on a ride soon.

Information about the group rides 

The following is the web address of our rides calendar:


Click on an entry for more detailed information.

Regular rides:

Longer Sunday rides

Meet 9.15 for 9.30 start at Dorchester Top o’ Town 

Shorter Sunday rides

Meet 10.15 for 10.30 start either at Dorchester Top o’Town or RSPB hut, Swannery Car Park, Weymouth 

Wednesday Wanderers

Unled ride, meet at lunch. 

Thursday Folders 

The time and meeting point are dependent on public transport timetables.

Saturday Saunterers

Meet 10.15 for 10.30 start either at Dorchester Top o’Town or RSPB hut, Swannery Car Park, Weymouth

New Riders 
Please contact one of the runs organisers for information and advice before joining a ride, and maybe try a Saturday Saunter (short ride) first.  Be reassured, you won’t be left behind if you do this.  Sunday long rides are approx. 50-60 miles.  Saturdays and Sunday shorter rides vary from about 25 miles.  Please note that the ride leader has the right to cancel a ride at the outset if in their judgement the ride is not feasible or appropriate.

All riders ride at their own risk