Cycling is the best way to appreciate the Dorset countryside and enjoy your stay on Portland. Almost all of West Dorsets 400 plus square miles is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it is at the heart of the Thomas Hardy's Wessex.
The coastline changes dramatically, from the fossil encrusted cliffs of Lyme Regis to the 570 ft Golden Cap and to the spectacular Chesil Beach.
Chesil Beach is the 18 mile pebble bank which joins the isle of Portland to the mainland.
Various national cycleway routes can be accessed from Portland while the island itself offers the car-based cyclist as much as the long range traveller much to see.
There's few things that can beat cycling through the English countryside but here in West Dorset peddling up the hills can be exhausting to say the least.
Local outdoors activity company, Marshwood Trails, have come up with an ingenious idea to make things a whole lot easier....... electric bike tours.
These guided tours are a great way to explore the stunning coast and countryside of West Dorset and their fleet of state of the art bikes make cycling an absolute breeze. Quiet routes on Portland and near Weymouth and Bridport have been carefully selected to introduce guests to the area's spectacular landscapes and vibrant history.
Scheduled half day tours from £ 30 per person run throughout the year departing from various convenient locations. Tour price includes bike, helmet and pannier hire while child seats and tag-alongs are available for a small additional fee.(
They can also organise tailor-made tours with a range of refreshment options and bike rentals. For more information, visit the website at www.marshwoodtrails.co.uk or call Martin on 07796 135256.