Corfe Castle A Great Place to Stay in the Heart of the Isle of Purbeck

The Purbeck peninsula and Corfe Castle are one of the jewels of England. Those who know it well come back time and time again. For those who don’t know it here is its secret…

The Purbeck peninsula offers in easy reach some of the most spectacular landscape in England; the quiet stillness and moorland of Poole harbour, the largest natural harbour in Europe, the best sandy beach on the South Coast, a World Heritage Coast line of unique geology, an ecology of national importance, some of the best Great Outdoor activities within easy reach of each others, some of the best walking along the South West Coast Path to Lulworth Cove and beyond and a traditional family seaside resort at Swanage At its heart is one of the most beautiful and magical villages in England, Corfe Castle. If you enjoy the great outdoors Corfe Castle is the place to stay and visit in all seasons.

The Isle of Purbeck has some great outdoors activities, which are as good as anywhere in England and can be enjoyed all year round.

Although off the beaten track Corfe Castle is only just over two hours from London by road outside the peak and the fastest Waterloo to Wareham train is only 2 hours 10 minutes (with connecting bus or taxi).

Corfe Castle for Landscapes and ecology

The Isle of Purbeck is one of the most special ecology sites in England with a World Heritage Site from Studland to Exmouth and several sites of special scientific interest. The Government has just granted Wild Purbeck nature improvement area status and is investing in conservation projects. Purbeck has 80% of the mammal and butterfly species in the UK and 90% of the birdlilfe. There are four organisations that promote access to the treasures in Purbeck:

  • The National Trust has a regular programme of countryside activities
  • Dorset County Council operates Durlston Country Park with good interpretative displays and events
  • Dorset Wildlife Trust is one of the largest wildlife trusts in the UK. It operates 40 reserves in Dorset; four in Purbeck and one, the Purbeck Marine Reserve in Kimmeridge is one of national importance. The Trust has a visitor centre there and a new snorkelling trail to view the fantastic seallife.
  • RSPB Arne and Purbeck.