GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Castleman Trailway

16 miles (26 km)

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 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.


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Castleman Trailway. View of the trail near Ringwood. The way is part of the formerSouthampton and Dorchester Railwayline which ran fromBrockenhursttoHamworthy Junctionvia Ringwood. It was known as "The Old Road".

LDP Waymark Castleman Trailway

LDP Waymark Castleman Trailway. The trail is named after Wimborne solicitorCharles Castleman who promoted the old train line in the 19th century. It was required back then because of the need to run a line through populated areas at a time whenBournemouthwas just a small village.

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Seat on Castleman Trailway. A metal seat with a leaf motif on the north side of the cycleway.

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Castleman Trailway on a sunny day in 2009

Bridge carrying Castleman Trailway over River Avon mill stream - - 173909

Bridge carrying the Trailway over River Avon mill stream near Ringwood. The trailway follows the course of the dismantled Brockenhurst-Ringwood railway.

Castleman Trailway in Ferndown Forest - - 29592

Castleman Trailway in Ferndown Forest. View of The Trailway crossing Uddens Water and heading south west

Castleman Trailway, West Moors - - 28508

A view looking west towards West Moors village

Castleman Trailway near Lions Hill - - 28517

Tree lined sectionnear Lions Hill. A view looking north-east towards Ashley Heath

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

Castleman Trailway.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Castleman Trailway.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)