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The Rodwell Trail

LOCALITY: Weymouth, Dorset
DISTANCE: 5 miles (8.05 km)
FACILITIES: There & back, Parking, Toilets, Cafe

GRADIENT: Mostly flat
TERRAIN: Easy
OS MAP: Purbeck and South Dorset

Walk description:

When you get to Weymouth follow the signs for Portland. When you get to Ferrybridge on the A354 there is parking by Ferry Bridge Inn. If this is full there is parking in the Chesil Fleet Nature Reserve, which is on your right just pass the Ferry Bridge Inn. There are toilets and a cafe here.

The trail starts opposite the Ferry Bridge Inn. It is tarmac all the way. You can make the walk as long or as short as you wish.

When you start walking there are lovely views over Portland Harbour, across to Weymouth Bay. After a while you will come to a slope on your right. This goes to Sandsfoot Garden and Castle. There is a small cafe and toilet here. The opening times are eleven to four. Weather permitting.

The gardens has two entrances. The one on your left goes down a tarmac path and forks around to your right. There is then a grassway thay enables you to walk to the castle. You then need to turn around and make your way back to where you entered the gardens. The entrance on the right of the gardens enables you to walk around flower beds. There are seats in both halves of the gardens, where there are lovely views over Weymouth Bay.

The toilet is large enough for wheelchairs and buggies but does not have disabled facilities.

Next you need to rejoin the trail. You walk under several railway bridges and through a short tunnel. This part of the walk is through a tunnel of trees. Keep walking until you get to a seating area on your left. This is the Rodell Trail " at war" seating.

This is as far as you can go along the trail unless you are able to manage two steep slopes.

If you are able to manage the two steep slope you can continue with the trail. The trail goes down a slope on your left. At the end of the slope, the trail forks right and then you walk up to the road.

Cross the road, walk left and re-join the trail on your right. Go up the slope and turn left at the top. Walk all the way to the end, and this is the end of the trail.

To make your way to the town or sea front from here, cross the road, walk towards your right and follow the path under two sub ways. When you have have through the second sub-way turn right and walk toward the bridge.


When you get to the bridge, turn left across the bridge, and make your way into the Town Centre or the beach.

If you are making your way back to parking if you have started the trail from this end,
go across the bridge and at the end of the bridge go immediately left along a half cobbled and half tarmac path. A little way down the path you will come to a restaurant on your left and a tearoom on your right.

Just pass this is a small recreation ground.

Next at the waters edge, walk under the bridge and this will bring you back to the car park.

If you start from the Weymouth end of the trail you need to do this all in reverse.


Additional notes:

You can start this trail from either end if you are able to manage the two slopes at the beginning of the trail at the Weymouth end.

There are several entrances all along the trail but not all are suitable for wheelchairs, and buggies as they are steep.

For further information you can ring the Tourist Information on 01305 785747

There are toilets and cafes about a six or seven minutes walk from both ends of the trail.


16/08/2008 | Walk posted by cathy nettley

Walks With Buggies User Reviews

Fantastic Walk

18/02/2008 | Reviewed by Marie Houlden

This was a really lovely walk, the views are amazing so well worth trying this walk. The terrain is very good
for buggies and pushchairs - I tried this with my Maclaren and it coped very well. Plenty of places to stop
for a picnic or a rest to enjoy the views. Several cyclists and dog walkers on this route, so great if you
want to have a complete day out with canine friends!