GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Rodwell Trail

2 miles (3 km)

The Rodwell Trail is a nice easy off road trail through Weymouth using a disused railway path. After passing through the Rodwell district of Weymouth you join a lovely coastal stretch at the ruins of 16th century Sandsfoot Castle and the beautiful Sandsfoot Cove. From here the path runs along the coast to the Ferry Bridge that you can cross to the Isle of Portland.
There is a variety of wildlife to be found on the trail, including Kingfishers, Redwings and Great Crested Grebes. Plantlife includes Foxgloves, Bluebells and Meadow Buttercups.
The 2 mile long trail is suitable for both walkers and cyclists looking for a safe, easy off road route.

Rodwell Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Rodwell Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

There's a lovely cafe at Sandsfoot Castle right next to the trail. They serve a fine range of meals and snacks and have a beautiful garden area with views to the coast. It's the ideal place for a pit stop on the route. After your meal you can enjoy a stroll around the castle grounds and gardens as well. You can find them on the coastal side of the trail at postcode DT4 8QE for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The trail makes for a fine dog walk so you will probably see other owners on your outing. The Sandsfoot Cafe mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Near the start of the route there's the Radipole Lake to explore. The Wild Weymouth Discovery Centre is located here and features nature exhibits and programs, trails and viewing blinds.
At the other end of the route you'll finish near to Chesil Beach where there's some nice trails and a good visitor centre with exhibitions of local wildlife and a cafe for refreshment.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dorset Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Rodwell Station - geograph.org.uk - 1430032

Rodwell Station. The path runs along the former route of thePortland Branch Railway. The station closed with the branch on 3rd March 1952. The Weymouth and Portland Railway, was constructed in 1865 to carry passengers andPortland Stone between Weymouth andFerrybridgeinWyke Regis.

Bridge Over The Rodwell Trail - Weymouth To Portland. (3561770791)

Bridge Over The Rodwell Trail

Trackbed of the Weymouth, Portland and Church Hope Railway - geograph.org.uk - 931896

Trackbed of the Weymouth, Portland and Church Hope Railway. The trackbed of the Weymouth, Portland and Church Hope Railway; disused since the 1950s, as it climbs up under Grove Cliffs before curving inland towards Easton Station.

Penn's Weare from the Cliff Top - geograph.org.uk - 1802240

Penn's Weare from the Cliff Top

The old track bed of the Weymouth and Portland Railway - geograph.org.uk - 715657

The old track bed of the Weymouth & Portland Railway. The railway was opened in 1857 and served 3 stations on Portland. The last passenger service was in 1952 and the final train ran in 1965. From then until 1974 the track and Ferrybridge viaduct were removed. The very busy road is on the right.

Dismantled Railway, South of Easton - geograph.org.uk - 1474939

South of Easton. The trail is great for flora and fauna with birds such as Kingfishers,RedwingsandGreat Crested Grebes to look out for. Pretty flora includes Foxgloves,BluebellsandMeadow Buttercups. You can see a variety of butterflies fluttering around the flowers in the warmer months.

Dismantled Railway Track by Derelict Engine Shed - geograph.org.uk - 1801717

Track by Derelict Engine Shed The Grade II Listed Old Engine Shed is visible next to the top of the Admiralty incline, down which stone used in the construction of the harbour breakwater was transported. Sadly it is not possible to follow this line beyond the bottom of the hill (or the corresponding part of the old railway line) as the land at the foot of the incline is owned by Portland Port and is not

Sandsfoot Castle - geograph.org.uk - 29088

Sandsfoot Castle. One of Henry VIII's coastal forts. It formed part of the King'sDevice programmeto protect against invasion from France and theHoly Roman Empire, and defended theWeymouth Bayanchorage. It was completed by 1542but by the early 18th century, Sandsfoot was in ruins. Theclaycliffs on which the castle had been built had always been unstable and subject toerosion.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Rodwell Trail.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)