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New Forest Walks on our Doorstep!

Our central New Forest location is ideally placed for exploring the surrounding New Forest countryside from. In fact, right on our doorstep is the disused Brockenhurst to Ringwood railway line, a fantastic route to explore.

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Bournemouth Echo: Castleman's Corkscrew: a walk along an old New Forest railway line near Brockenhurst

Castleman’s Corkscrew: a walk along an old New Forest railway line near Brockenhurst

Castleman’s Corkscrew: a walk along an old New Forest railway line near Brockenhurst

Distance: 5 miles, Time: Allow 3 hours, Map: OS Explorer OL22 – New Forest


There are many appealing areas of heathland and pine woodland in the south west corner of the New Forest and running through them is the Castleman’s Corkscrew.


This was the name given to one of Hampshire’s oldest railway lines which ran from Brockenhurst to Ringwood and on to Wimborne. Completed in 1847 the line was promoted by Wimborne solicitor, Charles Castleman. The ‘Corkscrew’ referred to the circuitous route the line followed.


A link from Ringwood to Christchurch and Bournemouth was built but as the latter grew in popularity a direct line from Brockenhurst to Bournemouth was completed in 1888. Use of the old Castleman route declined, but it continued for almost a further 100 years and was not closed until the mid 1960s as part of the infamous 'Beeching Cuts'.

 

Today long stretches of the track bed have been retained as walking and cycling routes and The Old Station Tea Rooms at Holmsley are very popular.

 

Walks in this area follow a particularly attractive section of the line across heathland to the south west of Brockenhurst. It also explores woodlands on each side of the route at Set Thorns Inclosure and Hincheslea Wood, and in the other direction up towards Burley.


Article extract taken from the Bournemouth Echo


Bournemouth Echo: Castleman's Corkscrew: a walk along an old New Forest railway line near Brockenhurst

The AA website recommended route from Burley

Distance: 6 miles (9.7km)
Difficulty: Easy
Suggested map: OS Explorer OL22 New Forest
Start/finish: public fee-paying car park, Burley; grid ref: SU 211030
Trails/tracks: quiet lanes and an old railway route
Landscape: bare open heathland contrasts with pretty cottages and wooded village lanes


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