From railway to trailway...
The Castleman Trailway is one of Dorset's gentlest way-marked routes. This 16.5 mile (27.9 kilometres) trailway follows much of the old Southampton to Dorchester railway line. The trailway takes you through some of East Dorset's stunning landscape whilst also connecting a string of settlements between Ringwood and Poole.
As you travel along the trail you will pass some of the county's internationally important heathland, cross rivers and pass through forestry plantations. The trailway in particular links with three country parks in the: Avon Heath Country Park; Moors Valley Country Park; and Upton Country Park.
The Trailway is named after Charles Castleman, a Wimborne Solicitor, who was responsible for building the original railway line and the first to connect Dorset to the wider rail network.
Follow the Castleman Trailway Logo which is a green steam locomotive framed within a yellow footprint, which can be found at main entrances, on way marker posts and on street lamp posts. Within the Borough of Poole it is also identified as National Cycle Network Route 25.
There are bike shops in Wimborne, Ferndown, Longham, Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch. Bike hire is available in Moors Valley Country Park.
There are several cycle trails at Moors Valley Country Park which you can link to from this trail.
How to get there:
The trail can be accessed from several points, including:
Ashley Twinning, just off the A31 near Ringwood
Avon Heath Country Park, also just off the A31 near Ringwood and linked to the Trailway by a cycle path
Moors Valley Country Park, between the A31 and B3072
Cannon Hill Plantation (Uddens Drive), just off the A31 near Wimbourne Minster
Upton Country Park, just off the A35 near Poole
There are also train stations in Bournemouth, Poole and Hamworthy (near Upton Country Park).
For more information about the Castleman Trailway, and detailed route maps to download, visit the
For more information about the Castleman Trailway, and detailed route maps to download, visit theDorset for You website.
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