Cycling at the Beach

The promenade from Shore Road/Sandbanks to Hengistbury Head is approximately 10 miles long and as it is all flat it makes for perfect (and easy) cycling!

Cyclists of all ages and abilities will enjoy getting on their bike and having a leisurely ride along this beautiful stretch of coast.

And of course you do not have to cycle all of it if you don’t want too!

Please note that the following also applies to skating, skateboarding and the use of e-scooters on the seafront.

Please cycle responsibly and do not exceed 10mph. Pedestrians have priority at all times and please watch out for young children (and some excited grown ups) crossing the promenade eager to get from the beach huts onto the beach! Please dismount and push your bike where you see the signs ‘cyclists dismount’ or the ‘no cycling’ sign.

Weekends, especially hot and sunny ones, can also be a popular and busy time, so extra care should be taken. A bike bell is advisable!

In July and August cycling is not permitted on the promenade between 10.00am and 6.00pm but as it’s summer time the mornings and evenings are light so why not enjoy an early morning ride and watch the sun rise or catch the glorious sunsets whilst out on an evening pedal!

Please note that there is no cycling allowed at any time at the following:

•  All zig-zag pathways leading from the cliff top to promenade
Bournemouth Lower Central Gardens (although there is a cycling lane that runs behind mini golf through to the seafront)

Restrictions were lifted at Pier Approach meaning you can now cycle in this area, however extra care should be taken here as this area can get very busy, and if need be please dismount.

And if you’re feeling very fit you don’t have to finish at Shore Road, Sandbanks or Hengistbury Head!

At Sandbanks you can get on the chain ferry and cross the entrance to Poole Harbour to Studland where the miles and miles of Purbeck countryside await you!

Or you could choose to stay this side and cycle around Poole Harbour into Whitecliff Harbourside Park and Baiter Park which has a great cycle path along the water’s edge at Parkstone Bay, finally leading up to Poole Quay.

And if you’re at the other end at Hengistbury Head you could get the ferry across to Mudeford Quay and explore all there is to offer over there!

The towns of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have over 155 miles of cycle routes. Please check out BCP Council’s area map showing routes recommended by cyclists, comprising signed routes, quiet roads, traffic-controlled areas and useful off-highway links. The map also has details of their bike hire scheme and nearby parking.

Our Beaches

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