Heritage and wildlife

Historic castle, summer butterflies and insects in traditional grassland. Heritage railway for steam train rides close-by and cycle hire hub.

Castles and steam trains

Corfe Castle has all you could possible want from a visit to the Dorset countryside! The enigmatic ruined castle gives an insight into 1000 years of history, there’s the quaint village, complete with tea rooms and Corfe Common for a peaceful walk, teeming with wildlife.

Corfe Common is easily accessible. Its open, unimproved grassland is home to a variety of wildlife including the endangered electric blue southern damselfly, with great views of the Castle as a backdrop.

For a more strenuous leg stretch, follow our Drawing Inspiration walk leaflet to see how past artists depicted the Castle.

Purbeck Park  is a good place to park if you want to explore Corfe Castle – with short walks to the Castle, village and beyond. Catch the steam train to Swanage, explore the mineral & mining museum and fun play area for the kids.

If you want to explore the local countryside on 2 wheels Cyclexperience have a bike hire hub here (seasonal) and a free route app to make navigating the local trails easy. Cycle to the beaches at Studland, the market town of Wareham, the RSPB Nature Reserve at Arne or up and over the hills for panoramic views of Purbeck. Mountain bikes or modern electric bikes available. There’s off and on road cycle routes.

Norden, heritage railway line near Corfe Castle