The gentle, scenic and picturesque cycling route, from South Lytchett Manor to Poole Park is a great way to get the heart pumping whilst taking in wonderful views and having fun. An ideal activity for a family day out.
Cycling from the campsite couldn’t be easier! If you don’t have your own bicycle, we have a number of bikes available for you to hire.
The route there is roughly 6 miles long, and allows for a mid-way pitstop, at the beautiful Upton Country Park, where refreshments are available.
Beginner adult and intermediate children cyclists will be more than enough for the route. So, this is something that the whole family can enjoy. However, adequate protective gear and a fully serviced bike is advised before you embark on the journey.
At the entrance of the campsite, turn left and go over the flyover, keeping to the cycle lane.
When you’ve gone over the flyover, make an immediate turning to the right. This will take you onto Policeman’s Lane.
Follow Policeman’s lane until it changes to Sandy Lane (it continues round to the left).
At the end of Sandy Lane, at the junction, make a turning right. This takes you onto Blandford Road, which is very busy with no cycle lane, so take great care.
Continue down the road until you reach the railway bridges. Just past the first one, you will find the start of the off-road section (clearly sign-posted through black gates). This is the path that will take you to Upton Country Park.
Be sure to take the time to explore the Park and what it has to offer. Some of which include formal gardens, woodland and parkland, and a comprehensive tea room.
The formal gardens, woodland and parkland offers over 135 acres of parkland, shoreline & formal estate to explore. We believe cycling on the grounds really is the best way to experience such a place, due the sheer size and caliber of it.
When you’re ready for a pit stop, the tea room offers a good variety of hot and cold food and drink. From coffee and coke, to homemade sandwiches and pick n mix, you’re bound to find something that takes your fancy.
When you’ve had enough of the stunning views, tasty food and serene nature (if that’s even possible), locate the main car park.
From there, follow the signposted Heritage Cycle Route, that will take you round Holes Bay to Poole, where you will arrive at the Asda junction.
From there, using the pedestrian crossing, cross the junction and go under the bridge and take a right.
Follow the pathway round onto North Street that leads into Lagland street, which at the end of you will find a roundabout. Take the second exit that will take you right.
This will take you onto Newfoundland Drive. Roughly 800 metres down this road, you will come across an intersection. Take the left and go down it, followed by the first right (just before Aldi). This will lead you to Seldown Bridge.
Follow Seldown Bridge to the main roundabout where you can take a right that will lead you onto Kingland road.
When on Kingland road, the first left will then bring you on onto a road that leads to Poole Park.
On arrival at the park, you can expect lots to do and see. Ranging from a leisurely walk along the boating lake to having a picnic at one of the many seating areas, that features stunning views.
Also available is The Kitchen, which is a cafe with ideal views, that offers coffee, cake, lunch and more. Something perfect for refuelling yourselves after the ride.
We hope you will enjoy this cycling route. Starting from the campsite, going through Uptown Country Park and ending up at Poole Park. it offers a wide range of scenery to take in and lots of places to explore.
Enjoy the ride!
In the picture above, you can find a brief overview of the route, so you know what to expect.
We booked for two nights in our Motorhome and ended up staying six nights. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Shower blocks were kept clean and water was lovely and hot. Bus stop directly outside site going to Poole and Swanage on the he number 40 bus route. Worth getting a return ticket to save money Mo, Oct 2021
We had a simply fabulous time at South Lytchett Manor last month. We were not sure about camping in October but the site is well insulated, the playground kept our kids well entertained and the facilities were super clean and comfortable. We loved having a shop onsite and there are water taps and electricity points in abundance.. we have stayed at a number of sites and couldn’t recommend this Beth, Nov 2020
Great campsite, really friendly and polite staff. Very clean facilities and felt ‘safe’ with all the hand sanitizer and clear signage, highly recommend - we’ll probably book one of the huts next time.... Richard , Oct 2020