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Castle Cycle Ride

Explore this 11 mile (17.6km) on-road circular cycle route with views of Corfe Castle. Cycle through leafy lanes to the village of Church Knowle, then pass by the tranquil Blue Pool and Hartland Moor.

Cycle hire (opens in a new window) is available from Norden Car Park.

Castle Cycle Ride

Starting point:         Norden Car Park - postcode: BH20 5DW
Alternative starting

Wareham Quay

Distance:11 miles (17.6km)

Average time

2 to 3 hours


Moderate - Two short A-road sections and one steep hill between Church Knowle and the Blue Pool.

Route leaflet:

Purchase a copy of the route leaflet at the Discover Purbeck Information Centre or download a copy of the  Castle Cycle Ride leaflet (pdf, 3Mb) (opens in a new window).

Cycle parking:

Cycle parking is found at Norden Car Park, Corfe Castle Railway Station and on Wareham Quay.

Relevant Ordnance Survey map:

Explorer Map No.OL15 (Purbeck and South Dorset). You can buy a copy from the Discover Purbeck Information Centre.

Public transport:
  • there is a railway station on the London Waterloo to Weymouth 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 (opens in a new window) and catch a bus to collect it, Norden Car Park is on bus routes 30 and 40. The 40 bus stops outside the Car Park at the Castle View Visitor Centre - follow the wooden signposts to the Norden. Download the bus timetables

  • Travel Dorset can help plan your journey

  • Swanage Railway operates a local steam train service to Norden Car Park from Swanage, Herston, Harman's Cross and Corfe Castle. The Railway has a guards carriage for bicycles. For more information visit the  Swanage Railway website (opens in a new window)

Car parking:

All day parking is available at Norden Car Park.

If you would like to start the ride in Wareham, long stay parking is available at Streche Road Car Park.

Facilities and Refreshments:

There are  pubs, cafes or restaurants (opens in a new window) at Norden Car Park, Church Knowle, Stoborough and Wareham.

Things to do in
the area:

Rempstone Ride, The Purbeck Way, RSPB - Arne Nature Reserve (opens in a new window) Stoborough Heath (opens in a new window) Hartland Moor (opens in a new window), Corfe Castle (opens in a new window), Corfe Castle Model Village (opens in a new window), Swanage Railway (opens in a new window), The Blue Pool (opens in a new window)

Spending a few days in the area? Find  cycle friendly accommodation (opens in a new window).

Please take care on all roads and follow The Highway Code (opens in a new window).

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