The Two Castles of Corfe Castle Village

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Corfe Castle is a very popular destination for visitors to Dorset and this walk explores almost all of it. Starting off at the National Trust Visitor Centre the route immediately heads away from the crowds of tourists to a minor lane and a permissive footpath for a short 'out-and-back' section leading you steeply up to a superb viewpoint on East Hill.

The viewpoint overlooks the entire village and its spectacular castle ruin (see general photo) and worth the little extra effort to view. From here the path crosses the old steam railway line and then Corfe Common to pick up a path on the west side of the village.

This path leads across open fields with great views up to the castle ruins, but also leads you to a rarely visited historical feature called The Rings. These earthworks are of a motte and bailey castle which was constructed to lay siege to the large castle!

From here is a choice of a simple return along a footpath or a slightly longer route via the bustling village centre.

England - South West England - Dorset - Purbecks

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Cafe, Castle, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife

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