Corfe - Nine Barrows Down - Swanage

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This walk was originated by Colin Campbell. Walkingworld would like to say a big thank you to Colin for all his superb contributions to the website over the years.

This is one of several walks you can do between stations on the old resurrected Swanage Steam Railway. From the Corfe Castle Visitors' Centre, you walk towards Corfe Village, pass under the railway line and then ascend gradually on an easy track to the top of Rollington Hill. You pass along Allwood Down and Nine Barrow Down, enjoying fantastic views over Poole Harbour on the east and the Purbecks on the west. The going is easy in all weathers and the climbs are not steep. Coming down, you pass by the magnificent Godlington Manor, part of which dates from the 13th Century and make your way across flat but interesting land to Swanage. From there you can go back to Corfe by steam train or bus. Naturally the whole thing could be done in reverse if you wanted to.

England - South West England - Dorset - Purbecks


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Castle, Church, Flowers, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Museum, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Sea, Stately Home, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife
5/20/2024 - Kai Chandler

I recently revisited this walk and enjoyed it so much that I did it a few days later with my wife and son! We took the No. 40 bus back from Swanage station to Corfe Castle which was very efficient. Minor updates made to the route to bring it up to date.

5/7/2024 - Michael Corfield

A lovely walk in April 2024. Easy walking with great views. Swanage is a nice little seaside town to explore and getting the steam train (with our dog) back to Corfe Castle was delightful. It's a pity that walk author's rarely keep the walk details up to date. The descriptions from waymark 7 to 10 seemed meaningless and the farm mentioned in waypoint 10 was clearly replaced by a large housing estate many years ago. However, the direction of travel, together with the Walking World app made navigation straightforward.

5/21/2017 - Kai Chandler

Walk checked 21 May 17. A fantastic walk with commanding views to North and South and if you choose to return the way you came, you'll also have amazing views of Corfe Castle from the East just before you descend to the village.

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