Travel from Ringwood to Poole along the disused Southampton to Dorchester railway line on this easy cycle and walking route. Route highlights include 3 lovely country parks - Avon Heath Country Park, Moors Valley Country Park and Upton Country Park.
The trail runs for a distance of about 15 miles on a fairly flat path so it's a good ride for families or anyone looking for an easy, sheltered walk.
For more information about this route please click here.
Castleman Trailway Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Castleman Trailway Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Castleman Trailway OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Castleman Trailway Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The country parks on the route all have good cafes where you can stop off for some refreshments. At Avon Heath for example there's a splendid cafe with a good menu serving delicious coffee, cake, breakfasts & lunches. It's located at a postcode of BH24 2DH for your sat navs.
At Upton Country Park there's tea rooms with a lovely terrace where you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Walled Garden. It's a great spot for a rest on a warm summer day.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Near Upton Country Park the trail passes Upton Heath. The nature reserve includes some good footpaths with heathland, lakes and fine views from the high points. Near here you will also pass Delph Woods in Corfe Mullen. The nature reserve includes some peaceful trails running along a pretty stream.
In Ferndown Forest the trail links up with the circular Ferndown, Stour and Forest Trail. There's some nice riverside paths and a visit to the pretty Longham Lakes on this pleasant route.
Head east and you can follow another section along the railway on the Old Railway New Forest Cycle Route. The trail runs from Brockenhurst to Burley on the Castleman's Corkscrew, another section of the old Southampton to Dorchester railway.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dorset Walks page.