Tuesday 10th September 2019
The Lulworth Estate is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on South Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, just over a 2 hour train journey from London’s Waterloo. Encompassing 20 square miles of rolling countryside, unique geography and picture-perfect views, the Estate is home to five miles of UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast which includes the internationally renowned Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Incredible views, turquoise seas and natural marvels provide the backdrop for some of the world’s most memorable off-road biking experiences.
Back for the fourth consecutive year, the Lulworth Off-Road bike ride is a challenging and exhilarating day for cycle enthusiasts organised by outdoor adventure specialists Lulworth Outdoors. The ride allows both amateur and experienced riders to enjoy challenging climbs and fantastic descents over varying terrain, from chalk downlands to broadleaf woodland, these routes have it all – not to mention some of the Jurassic Coast’s most stunning views. The coastal element of the course takes in panoramic views along the coast towards Weymouth and Swyre Head, the highest point of the Purbeck Hills and the Isle of Purbeck. Inland, riders will see beautiful 17th century follies, the Estate lake and will start the course outside the majestic Lulworth Castle.
Run in association with British Cycling, Lulworth Off-Road is rideable in around 7 hours on cyclo-x bikes, but the descents are far more fun on cross-country and trail bikes. Participants can select from two course lengths of two ride levels: 29km or 58km. The shorter route is largely untechnical and involves easy riding (green to blue level) whereas the longer route is a red grade trail with technical elements including a steep descent, thick mud and a rock garden. The shorter route is suitable for families, including children from the age of 16 and up.
Participants travelling to Dorset for Lulworth Off-Road can make a weekend of it by staying in a very special holiday cottage right on Lulworth Estate itself. Beautifully renovated and all a stone’s throw away from Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, the cottages offer a very special and luxurious way to enjoy the Estate with bespoke services available for those who would like to upgrade their stay: https://www.lulworth.com/holiday-cottages/ The newest properties, The Lindens and Woodside Lodge, are incredible holiday ‘manors’ that can accommodate groups of up to 18 and include Hypnos beds with cashmere mattresses, cinema rooms and heated swimming pools…among other things. Find out more here: https://www.lulworth.com/stay/the-lindens/ & https://www.lulworth.com/stay/woodside-lodge/
For more information about the Lulworth Off-Road bike ride, and to register a place, riders should visit: https://www.lulworth.com/events/whats-on/offroad2019/. The ride costs £25 for adults and £20 for under 18s (T&Cs apply) and spaces are limited with booking essential.
Included in the Lulworth Off-Road event:
– Well-stocked water stations
– Bike wash facilities
– Mechanical support around the route
– Flapjacks to keep energy levels up!
– Bike hire is available (if booked in advance)
Lulworth Outdoors can also organise bespoke off-road and guided rides for visitors throughout the year. For more information, please email: [email protected] or call 01929 400 155