Royalists, Rings and Romans

Saturday 13th October 2012 at 10.00am This is what time the ride will set off. It’s best to get to the starting point at least 15 minutes beforehand to avoid missing the start.

Starting Point & Postcode
Vine Hill car park opposite St Stephens Church, Kingston Lacy BH21 4ED
Overall Duration On a long ride, it’s sometimes good to have a little break in the middle, or maybe a catch up at the beginning or end to keep it sociable. This means that the overall ride duration may be longer than the actual cycling time.
2 hours 0 mins  (1 hours 20 mins cycling)
Bike Type You probably don’t want to drag your road bike across bumpy trails. Maybe you want to make the most of the suspension on your mountain bike. This helps you match your ride to your bike.
Mountain Bike, Hybrid (off road tyres) 
Suitable for Child Trailers
Sky Ride Local
Guided Rides Great routes and support from trained leaders


What other riders think of this route

Sky Ride Local in Bournemouth

If you're fairly confident on your bike on dirt and gravel surfaces and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, our Off-Road Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, there is barely a metre of tarmac in sight on these rides so come and enjoy the scrunch of gravel and the squelch of mud under your tyres with us! Rides are between 6 and 15 miles long, at a moderate pace of between 7 and 10 miles an hour.

This is a real history trip touching many eras. Starting in sight of the lovely St Stephen's Church, we circle National Trust property Kingston Lacy on wide bridleways with beautiful countryside views. We then go on to visit Shapwick village via country lanes before climbing up and around Badbury Rings to observe the mile long Beech tree avenue planted as an anniversary present for the Lady of the Manor. Join us on this 9 mile off-ride that really is the jewel in the crown!

Additional Information

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
The minimum age for these rides is 11, there must be no child trailers or child seats, the child capable of riding within the demands of the off-road specification.
Please bring equipment with you to repair punctures.
Ride Leaders are there to help but are not responsible for your bike.
All rides leave at the time stated you must arrive early Ride Leaders will not wait.

Car Parking
Yes, at Vine Hill carpark - venue
Nearest Train Station
Poole or Hamworthy Stations 6 miles from the start  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • William Simmons
    William Simmons I have been a member of the Bournemouth Jubilee since 1985, and have taken part in many local Time Trials from 10 miles to 12 hours. This included the national 12 championship in 96.As well as racing I have also completed many Audaxes and Sportives including the Dragon Ride in Wales . I just have a Passion for being out on my bike. I hope you find the rides fun and discover the joy of being out on your bike.
  • Matt Matthews
    Matt Matthews Hi, I have been a keen cyclist for over 30 years and with the exception of about 3 years, I have commuted to work by bike come snow, rain or sun, since 1982. I have a mountain bike to get to work at Ringwood School and a racing bike I use when I am out with Christchurch Bicycle Club. I am glad to have the opportunity to encourage members of the public to either get back on a bike again or get on one for the first time. If you are new to cycling and need any advice on buying a bike please feel free to ask for some advice when you come on a Sky Ride event. Hope to see you soon.
  • Rob Doyle
    Rob Doyle This is my second year as a Sky Ride Leader. I also deliver the National Standard Cycle Training (Bikeability) all across the local area. I have recently set up a social cycling group based at Ferndown Leisure Centre - mainly off road rides on the local trails. I have discovered a real passion for cycling, especially in the last 5 years or so and I am keen to encourage more people, young and old, to get on their bikes.

Rider Comments on the Route

  • Maxine Tomczynska Sunday 11th August

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