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Corfe Castle to Swanage is a 7.8 mile point-to-point trail located near Wareham, Dorset, England and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet Route Type: Point to Point


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historic site

A linear walk along the Purbeck Ridge from Corfe Castle to Swanage returning by train on the heritage steam railway. The Isle of Purbeck, whilst not an island, has water on three sides with the English Channel to the south and east and Poole harbour to the north. The walk follows a stretch of the Purbeck Ridge for much of the way, affording panoramic views of the stunning local coastlines, before joining the South West Coast Path down into Swanage. The Swanage Railway is a six mile heritage railway between Swanage and Norden (including a stop at Corfe Castle). The journey takes just 20 minutes and the trains run every day of the week during the summer months (but only bank holidays and weekends in winter). Timetables vary so check before you travel, especially if you have a preference for steam or diesel. Dogs are permitted on the trains for a small charge. For most of the route the walk follows the wide grassy chalk ridge which makes quite easy walking. The ridge is very exposed and there are two quite long and steep climbs up lots of steps to the ridge tops. There are only two stiles on route and you are likely to be sharing the ridge path with cyclists, horse riders, sheep and cows so take care if you have dogs with you. Approximate time 4-5hrs.

Tue May 07 2019

A fantastic walk from the town up onto the purbeck hills. A nice step initial hill to up along the blowy tops. Was a good route easy to follow the views where really nice and got especially good the further to the Sea. Great end to the walk was a Chicken burger at one of the bars on the chine followed by a train steam train ride back to the car.

Sun May 28 2017

We did this in July 2016. Fantastic views across Poole Harbour. Clear instructions and a good trip back on the steam train.

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