A dog friendly walk from DogPeople
Corfe Castle and Church Knowle circular 7.8 miles
- Map - Outdoor Leisure 15 Purbeck and South Dorset
- Distance - About 7.8 miles with 900 ft of ascent
- Stiles - Two stiles, one with dog flap and the other with gaps our two climbed through (avoidable by simple route alternative).
- Date walked - 7.9.14
This is intended to be a basic route guide only so you will need to follow a map and or the GPX file. There will be opportunities for your dogs to run free (depending on how good their recall is). Some care will be needed if livestock are present (we didn't encounter any). There are some sections of road where care will be needed for your dog's safety.
If you would like to receive by e mail a free GPX file (track converted from the trail we walked) produced by our Satmap Active 10 GPS please contact us quoting Corfe Chknole. Please note this file is for personal use only and must not be further reproduced without our explicit permission. Those wishing to use the file commercially should make their intentions clear when contacting us. Please note we can not guarantee this file will work successfully on any other GPS or that the data might be corrupted in transfer but we are confident, in most cases when it is loaded into a robust GPS, it will greatly assist navigation.
We started from a self catering cottage in Corfe (Tavern Way managed by Doggy Cottages) - alternatively leave Corfe Castle on West Street.
Cross Purbeck way on footpath almost at rear of cottage to West St. Turn left on lane and follow through cattle grid and across common. On left hand bend go ahead through gate (unmarked) and across short field. Then ahead through next gate (footpath marked to right) and follow track with fence on your right hand side. Ahead through gate and across another field aiming to right of farm buildings (East Orchard Farm). Through gate then join track marked as footpath to right of last farm building.
Follow path to farm and join lane (a track at first) to right of farm (West Orchard Farm) passing in front of house almost at once. Turn right at t-junction and follow lane uphill to cross roads. Turn right towards Church Knowle. We stopped for tea and cakes at The Animal Santuary a short way along on right. Follow road to the church then turn left to join bridleway running uphill to the right hand side of the church. Go through a gate to join a track, turn left then join path going uphill via a stile with dog paddle. Follow the path uphill to reach a memorial stone to Mary Baxter. Go ahead passed stone then over stile with dog gaps on to path beyond, turn left and follow the path close to a fence on your left (it may be easier to follow the ridge path left from the stone). Before reaching the road turn right and follow a path downhill to reach a lane. Turn right (more or less ahead) and follow the lane passed a memorial to The Creech Barrow 7 and an information board, then to a bridleway on your right (on left hand bend).
Turn right to follow bridleway through woods . Just after second pond (on your left) turn right on footpath through gate and across fields, then left on to Purbeck Way. Follow this back to Corfe. Just as excellent views of the castle ruin come into sight go through a gate and then turn right keeping a hedge row on your left and open steep hillside on your right. Turn left through next gate and then left again through another gate and cross over wooden pedestrian bridge over river as you near the castle (Murphy and Lottie paddled here among the stepping stones). Cross over road then go through gate ahead (or the gap), the path then runs around the base of the castle grounds in a clockwise direction back to the town).
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