Oakdale to Crofe Castle Cycle Route

Cycle Route Details
Route NameOakdale to Crofe Castle
Cycle Route Location
Town/CityDorchester Rd, Oakdale
Start LocationDorchester Rd, Oakdale
End LocationTown Square, Corfe Castle
Cycle Steps
1. Fairly flat road route from Oakdale via the Civic Centre taking the signs to Sandbanks. Just after the Civic Centre a narrow rail arch take the centre line and let the traffic wait. Through Lilliput (author of Gullivers Travels lived here) and then a slight hill to the top of Evening Hill with grand views over Poole Harbour to Brownsea Island and the Purbeck Hills beyond. Down the hill to the road going around Sandbanks Bay, cycle path marked pretty much all the way. Past Shore Road and the Sandbanks Hotel to a mini roundabout (watch it here as the road narrows) then one way road to the chain ferry, cycle path runs on the right side of the 2 lane road, very busy in the Summer with standing traffic for the ferry queuing, watch out for drivers getting out. Then to the ferry, buy your return ticket (£2.00 in 2011). On the Studland side pretty much a flat route until you go under the railway bridge and turn left to the Castle when the road becomes very narrow and steep with 4 bends, at the top turn right in to the square and get set for lunch!
Landmarks/Sites to see?
No bike shops enroute. Plenty of shops selling food and drink, cycle path marked most of the way until the ferry. Whitecliff just after the rialway arch is quite a nice park with free toilets! View from Evening Hill is worth stopping for. Toilets at Shore Rd and Sandbanks main car park. Ferry website - www.sandbanksferry.co.uk)or phone (01929)450203 TIMETABLE LEAVING SANDBANKS (on Poole-Bournemouth side) LEAVING SHELL BAY (on the Swanage and Studland side). Leaving Sandbanks at 0700 then 20 & 40 minutes after each hour and on the hour, until 2300. Leaving Shell Bay at 0710 then 30, 50 & 10 minutes after each hour until 2310. Corfe Castle is worth a visit and plenty of nice pubs and shoppes, enjoy