Cycle through leafy lanes to the village of Church Knowle and the tranquil Blue Pool, then continue across Hartland Moor enjoying the fantastic views of Corfe Castle.

Cycle hire is available from Cyclexperience.

Details of the Castle Cycle Ride

Starting point: Purbeck Park - postcode BH20 5DW. Bike hire is available from Norden Car Park.
Alternative starting
Wareham Quay - postcode BH20 4LP
Distance: 11 miles (17.6km)
Average time
2 to 3 hours
Grading: Moderate - Two short A-road sections and one steep hill between Church Knowle and the Blue Pool.
Route leaflet:

Download a copy of the Castle Ride leaflet for free.

For a copy of the leaflet in large print, please call 01929 557237.

Cycle parking: Cycle parking is found at Purbeck Park (for 30 bikes), Corfe Castle Railway Station (for 10 bikes) and on Wareham Quay (for 4 bikes).
Relevant Ordnance Survey map: Explorer Map No.OL15 (Purbeck and South Dorset).
Public transport:

There is a railway station on the Weymouth to London Waterloo line at Wareham. Most trains can accommodate a number of bikes on each journey and the  Northport Greenway cycle route links Wareham Railway Station to Wareham Quay.

If you would like to  hire a bike and catch a bus to collect it, Purbeck Park  is on bus routes 30 and 40. Please note: the 40 bus stops outside the Car Park at the Castle View Visitor Centre - follow the wooden signposts to the Norden.

Swanage Railway operates a vintage train service to Norden Car Park from Swanage, Herston, Harman's Cross and Corfe Castle. The Railway has a guards carriage for bicycles.

Car parking: All day parking is available at Purbeck Park . If you would like to start the ride in Wareham, long stay parking is available at  Streche Road and Connegar Lane.
Facilities and Refreshments: There are refreshments available at Purbeck Park, Church Knowle, Stoborough and Wareham. There are public toilets at Norden Car Park and Wareham Quay.
Other things to do in the area:

Swanage Railway, Hartland Moor, Stoborough HeathThe Purbeck Way, Corfe Castle, Castle Castle Model Village, Dorset Waterpark, The Blue Pool

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Please take care on all roads and follow  the Highway Code.