These health cycle rides are a great way to establish a weekly routine of exercise and offer the opportunity to get out and meet new people. Led by trained volunteer leaders, these fun and free cycle rides offer you the chance to ride with other like-minded people and feel the benefits that this fantastic exercise can offer.

Before you take part in a health cycle ride

Make sure you complete the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PARQ) beforehand and arrive 10 minutes before the start time of the ride:

Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PARQ)

All new and returning participants are required to complete an annual Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PARQ) before attending a health cycle ride.

Health cycle levels

Level 1

60-minute ride led at a gentle, leisurely pace on flat terrain (where available) with occasional stops for people who are less active or are less confident with cycling (5-7 miles).

Level 2

60-minute ride on mixed terrain, which has occasional hills. This leisurely ride is for people who are generally more active and confident on a bike (6-9 miles).


Level 1 and Level 2 rides available at each location.
Day  Location  Time


Ferndown Forest Golf Club, BH22 9PH (Meet outside the bar)

10 to 11am

Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, BH24 2ET (Meet outside bike hire)

10 to 11am

Thursdays Kingston Lacy House (National Trust), BH21 4EA 10 to 11am

Bike hire is not currently available at Ferndown.

Kingston Lacy rides will not take place in high winds or yellow weather warnings. Please note there is no ride at Kingston Lacy during Easter Holidays.

Bike hire

Bike hire is available at Moors Valley Country Park and Kingston Lacy for £2.50 per bike. Please contact us to reserve a bike.

New health cycle ride in Weymouth - trial

Dorset Council's Health and Activity Team will be running free hour long rides in Weymouth once a month.

If you feel you would like to try cycling again on a leisurely ride guided by a leader, then just come along, you don't have to book.

The rides start and finish at the Palm House Cafe, Weymouth at 10am to 11am, so there's always the option to have some social time afterwards too.

The ride will use the traffic free route of the Rodwell Trail.

The rides will be running on:

  • Monday 13 November, 10am to 11am
  • Wednesday 22 November, 10am to 11am

Bring a bike and rediscover the joy of pedalling. We look forward to seeing you there.

Volunteer health cycle leader opportunity

The health ride scheme is led by trained volunteers each week, giving lots of people the opportunity to get active outdoors. If you would like to become a volunteer health cycle leader or to find out about other active volunteering roles, please contact the Health and Activity Team.

We are looking for volunteer cycle leaders to set up a new ride in Weymouth. Please get in touch if you would be interested in supporting the team with this activity. 

Our next cycle leader training - TBC

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