The Hartland Way

Walking trail

Please note this walk is under revision and may not be accurate in its current form. This walk takes in a wide range of habitats and landscapes affording excellent and lesser seen views of Corfe Castle and of Hartland Moor. There's also the chance to spot some rare and some not-so-rare wildlife. Keep an eye out for all six of our native British reptiles as well as birds such as nightjars, Dartford warblers and even a pair of ospreys. It is a quiet part of Purbeck and a good place to get away from the crowds.

A view of Hartland Moor, near Corfe Castle


A map of the Tramway Tramp


Middlebere Farm track, grid ref: SY963853


Go through the wooden pedestrian gate onto a gravel track – you are now standing on the tramway. Continue along this track taking time to stop at the bird hide created from an old shepherd's hut. Continue along the tramway for around half a mile then bear left and cross the narrow cattle grid into the fields.

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The Hart Hide on Hartland Moor, Dorset


Follow the curved hedges marking the route of the tramway until you reach a gate.

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The Fayle tramway, or plateway, on Hartland Moor, neaer Corfe Castle


Go through the gate and continue on the tramway - this bit can get a bit muddy. Pass through another gate.

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Corfe Castle seen from Hartland Moor


Turn left onto a gravel track and follow this until you reach the road.


Turn left at the road and continue to Scotland Farm on your right.


Go through the farmyard, pausing to admire the the collection of old carts restored in the barn on site. If the barn is open, you might like to knock on the door and ask to take a look inside.


Once through the farmyard, follow the way markers through the hay meadows - look out for short posts marked with discs. Go through the bridleway gate under the power lines.

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Wildflowers on Hartland Moor


Continue following the way markers to Sharford Bridge, a medieval twin arch pack horse bridge which is the lowest crossing point on the Corfe River.


Turn left at the bridge, cross another small wooden bridge and continue through a small area of woodland. Go through a gate onto Middlebere Heath.

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Restored heathland at Hartland Moor


Continue straight on until you reach the road. Turn right and follow the road to your starting point.


Middlebere Farm track, grid ref: SY963853

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The Hartland Way


Mostly flat over gravel and sandy paths with some sections of quiet country lane. Dogs are welcome under close control. Please take care in areas where stock are grazing.

The Hartland Way

Contact us

Tel: 01929 481294
The Hartland Way

How to get here

Hartland Moor, near Corfe Castle, Purbeck, Dorset
By road
From the Norden roundabout on the A351 take the road signposted Norden Park and Ride then turn left onto a small road signposted for Slepe. Continue across a cattle grid across the heath. Just after a gravel track marked Middlebere Farm – Access Only there is space to park off the road
By bus
Wilts and Dorset 40, Poole to Swanage. Nearest stops are Stoborough Green or Corfe Castle
The Hartland Way

Facilities and access

  • Limited parking at Middlebere Farm track
  • Food, accommodation and toilets at Corfe Castle