Dorset Food & Drink Foodie Routes

Discover the great tastes of Dorset!

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A match made in heaven is the combination of good food and exercise and so thanks to support from the Food is GREAT campaign we have come up with eight new food routes that encourage you to use Dorset Pedal Power to explore the culinary delights our unique county has to offer.

“Get on your bike” or for an even more leisurely approach, pull on a pair of walking boots and enjoy the thrill of discovering the new Dorset food routes that often lie off the beaten track but are sure to offer culinary delights to make your toes tingle.

Look out for the Dorset Pedal symbol in the windows of cafes and shops along the routes and enjoy some tasty treats and with some offering discounts designed especially for Dorset Pedal people!

 

Dorset Pedals and the great tastes of Dorset

Find out more about what makes Dorset taste so good and the Food is GREAT campaign.

When you've given our food routes a go, please let us know what you think through our short online survey ... there's a chance to win a Dorset Food & Drink hamper as a thank you if you do!

Eastern Dorset & Purbeck

Northern Dorset & the Stour Valley

 

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These new food routes have been produced by Dorset Food & Drink with support from Defra through the Food is GREAT campaign.

 

West Dorset Pedal

You can also find other food routes in the West Dorset Pedal - choose from a leisurely tour round the Marshwood Vale, two routes taking in West Dorset's finest hillforts, a pedal along the Frome Valley and a tour of the top of the lesser known Bride Valley. 

Pick up your copies of the Dorset Pedal Collection from Tourist Information Centres or Libraries or download your copy here.

We have been busy collating offers and discounts for you as you pedal or walk your way around Dorset using our foodie routes. The following outlets have said that they will offer Dorset Pedallers either a discount or something for free while you are on your journey.  Print off the Dorset Pedal voucher and hand it in to any of the establishments listed below.

Northen Routes

Eastern Routes

Pamphill Dairy - Route 1 - Route 1 Steeptonbill Farm - Route 1
Cranborne Garden Centre- Route 2 Langham Wine - Route 1
Holebrooks Fine Food - Route 3 Athelhampton House - Route 1
The Tap House ( H & W brewery) - Route 3 Yalbury & Yvons Cafe Wine Bar - Route 2
Turnbulls Deli - Route 4 Chococo - Route 3
The Udder Farm Shop - Route 4  
Orchard Park Garden Centre- Route 4  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find Seafood and Salt Pig

 

Hartland Heath by Tony GillIf miles of golden sands sound appealing, flanked by a massive National Nature Reserve and outstanding views across one of the largest natural harbours in the UK, you need to take a gentle cycle around Rempstone.

 

This route takes you to some award winning hotels and restaurants where you can sample some of the area’s delicious seafood, or you could try some foraging around Purbeck as this area is popular with those who know how to get the best free food from the land.

 

Spot the eye-catching woolly pigs known as Mangalista grazing on the heathlands and sample the quality of salt pig from Food and Farming hero James Warren or try some wild venison from the sika deer populating the area.

 

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Photo credit: Tony Gill

Find “The Vale of Little Dairies” - did someone say Cheese?

 

Dorset Blue Vinny by Lara Jane ThorpeSlow down with this tranquil ride through the Blackmore Vale, described by Dorset novelist Thomas Hardy as “The Vale of Little Dairies” and it is still an area with a big population of dairy herds.

 

The cheese heritage of the area is regularly celebrated with Shaftesbury’s Gold Hill Cheese Run in May and Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival in September.

 

Dorset’s famous Blue Vinny Cheese lives on thanks to the efforts of Woodbridge Farm on the edge of the Blackmore Vale. Reviving production of this cheese after World War 2, it now makes a number of star appearances including in Dorset Blue Vinny Soup, sausages, bread and even chocolates and ice-cream.

 

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Photo credit: Lara-Jane Thorpe

Find the perfect “Ploughman’s”

Ploughmans Lara Jane Thorpe

When you are busy exploring, whether by pedal or plod, it is always good to have some sustenance “while on the move”.

This route provides the perfect place to pick up local bread, cheese and beer as a gentle ride through the Stour Valley takes you from Blandford Forum to Child Okeford where Hambledon Hill dominates the landscape.

Whichever way you decide to go, you can either start or end your ride at Hall & Woodhouse brewery in Blandford where you can quench your thirst with an award winning beer. Anyone fancy a Fursty Ferret?

 

 

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To help you discover the great tastes of Dorset and make the most of your day, download all the information you will need:

Photo credit: Lara-Jane Thorpe

Find the larder of the aristocracy that’s now a gold mine of local food producers

 

Dorset Deer by Emma GrantPut your bicycle to one side and take a stroll around the Cranborne Estate to experience the true taste of North Dorset’s fertile landscape.

What was once a hunting lodge and larder to the aristocracy for over 1000 years is now a magnet for an eclectic mix of food and drink producers.

From the Sixpenny Brewery to makers of Chalke Valley Cheese, a talented “cakesmith” to a traditional baker, there is so much to tempt the palette and some lovely hostelries like the Inn at Cranborne or La Fosse where you can even stay for a couple of nights to truly appreciate all the delicious food on offer across Cranborne.

 

Find out more!

To help you discover the great tastes of Dorset and make the most of your day, download all the information you will need:

Photo credit: Emma Grant