Purbeck Hills

Swanage from the Purbeck Hills

Route

  1. Start from the Car park in Victoria Avenue, exit the car park and turn right onto Victoria Avenue
  2. Northbrook Road - Turn left onto Northbrook Road and continue up Northbrook Road. At mini roundabout go straight ahead and follow the road until the junction with the main road.
  3. Junction - Turn left onto main road and continue along the road until a right bend with a wide track on your left and double gates.
  4. Start of Off Road - Turn left and go through the gate and follow the rough track through the valley and up the side of the Purbeck Hills towards Corfe Castle.
  5. Junction - Continue right up the hill at T junction on the track.
  6. Metal Gate - Go straight ahead through the gate and continue to follow the track up the hill.
  7. Top of the hill - At the top of the rough track bare left and follow the track along the top of the hill.
  8. Gate - Continue straight ahead at the gate.
  9. Gate - Continue straight ahead at the gate.
  10. Gate - Continue straight ahead at the gate.
  11. Gate - Continue straight ahead at the gate.
  12. Cross Roads - At the transmitter site, continue straight ahead at the gate and follow the track down the hill towards Corfe Castle. At the next gate continue straight ahead on the tarmac road (Sandy Hill Lane) down to the T junction with the A351 and East Street.
  13. T Junction A351 - Turn left onto East Street and follow the road up the hill until you come to the village square and turn right into the square . This road is very busy so take care when turning right at the village square.
  14. The Square - Turn right into the village square and continue along West Street until you come to a cattle grid at the entrance to Corfe Common.
  15. Corfe Common - Turn left onto the common before the cattle grid and follow fenced in section for approx 30m until you come to a gate.
  16. Gate - Go straight ahead at the gate and follow the path across the common until you come to a cross roads and gate at the B3069.
  17. B3069 Crossing - Go straight across the B3069 onto the east section of Corfe Common and go through a wooden gate and follow the track up a small slope and then bare left and follow the track east across the common until you come to a wooden gate and Valley Road.
  18. Valley Road junction - Turn right onto Valley Road and follow the road until you come to a junction on your right with a sign for Afflington Manor Farm.
  19. Junction Afflington Manor Farm - Turn right onto the narrow road and follow the road until you come to the farm yard.
  20. Farm Bridleway - Go through the farm yard and turn right behind the farm buildings and follow the bridleway up a rough track.
  21. Gate - Continue to follow the rough track up the side of the valley.
  22. Gate - Continue to follow the rough track up the side of the valley until you come to a T junction and road.
  23. Road Junction - Turn left onto the B3069 and follow the road towards Swanage until you come to the third junction on the right side with a red phone box on the left and sign for Acton.
  24. T Junction Acton - Turn right and follow the narrow road past the houses in Acton which then changes to a rough track which bares left and then right to the Priests Way
  25. Priests Way Junction - At the T junction, turn left and follow the Priests Way track down the hill past several gates until you come to a left turn with an open field on your left. Follow the track down to a wooden gate.
  26. Wooden Gate - Go through the gate and turn right and follow the track past farm buildings to a metal gate.
  27. Metal Gate - Go straight ahead at the metal gate and through the next metal gate and follow the rough track heading east.
  28. Gate - Continue straight ahead at the gate until you come to a junction with a wooden sign.
  29. Junction - Turn left and follow the narrow track down the hill and though next gate. At a small cross roads turn right and follow the narrow track down the hill until you come to a T junction on a tarmac road.
  30. Junction - Turn left onto the road and at the next Y junction continue straight ahead and then bare right along Priests Road until you come to a steep road on your left, Gordon Road. Go down the hill until you come to the cross roads with the High Street.
  31. High Street - Turn right onto the High Street then bare left down Court hill until you come to a cross roads at the bottom of the hill.
  32. Cross Roads Junction - Go straight ahead at the junction onto Court Road and follow the road past the railway on your left until you come to a T junction with a stone bridge on the left side. Turn left over the bridge and follow Northbrook Road down to Victoria Avenue cross roads and turn left back to the start.

Details

Type: Off Road Ride
Distance: 13 miles
Start From: Victoria Avenue Car park, Swanage
Total Ascent: 420m (approx)
Description:

A challenging ride around the Isle of Purbeck with some long off road climbs and downhill sections with views over Poole Harbour and across Purbeck from the top of the Purbeck Hills.

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