Cyclists are welcome at Gatton House. West Lulworth is on the Purbeck Cycleway, which is 47 miles long and caters for cyclists of all abilities. If you would prefer a less strenuous cycle ride you can try one of the shorter loops. For example:-
The Frome Valley Loop (22miles)
This starts outside Wareham, passes Woolbridge Manor where Tess of the D’Urbervilles spent her honeymoon and ends at Moreton, where Lawrence of Arabia was buried.
The Isle of Purbeck Loop (12 miles)
This hilly route passes through Langton Maltravers, Kingston and Corfe castle, with scenic views over the Corfe Valley.
A leaflet and map describing the complete cycleway is published by the Purbeck District Council. Copies are available at Gatton House or can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centres at Wareham, (Tel. 01929 552740) and Swanage, (Tel. 01929 422885).
Cycles can be hired from:-“A1 Bike Hire”, in Wareham (Tel. 01929 556460)
“Trax MTB Hire” in Wareham (Tel. 01202 383898)
“Bike About” in Swanage (Tel. 01929 425050)
“Cool Cats” in Poole (Tel. 01202 701100)