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Green locomotive on yellow circle on green backgroundCastleman Trailway

Dorset, Hampshire

26 km / 16 miles
This trailway is suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders alike. It follows the route of the old Dorchester to Southampton railway, built in 1847 by Charles Castleman. The twisting stretch of track became known as the 'Castleman Corkscrew'. The railway was closed in the 1960s by Dr Beeching and the land sold. Public access has since been granted along the resurfaced path, which now takes visitors through some of Dorsetís most scenic countryside including heathland, mature pine forest and the River Stour valley. It can be linked with the Stour Valley Way at Wimbourne Minster.


Waymark: Green locomotive on yellow circle on green background
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Green locomotive on yellow circle on green background
Attributes: Easy
Former Railway
Cycle Route
Horse Ride (Multi User)
Start: SU137050 - Ringwood, Hampshire View on StreetMap
Finish: SY993930 - Upton Country Park, Poole, Dorset View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Dorset Council - Castleman Trailway Castleman Trail [YouTube video]


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 195
OS Landranger Active 195
OS Explorer 15, 22, 118
OS Explorer Active 15, 22, 118

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Route Profile:

23.9 km (14.9 miles)
198 m (650 ft) ascent
54 m (177 ft)  maximum height

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