Most people know that the county of Dorset boasts many of the best walks and cycle paths in the country. Spectacular view are to be seen along the many miles of coastal path that border the shores of The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site whilst inland bridal ways and footpaths straddle the rural splendour of the county treating walkers and cyclists to wonderful views and beautiful insights into our natural heritage.

Beautiful as the walks are, when you’re in Weymouth and Portland you have the luxury of not even having to leave the town before having the opportunity to enjoy one of Dorset’s finest walks, The Rodwell Trail.

Starting within just a few minutes walk of Weymouth Town Centre just off the Abbotsbury Road the Rodwell Trail takes walkers and cyclists through 200 years of history as they travel the path of the old Portland Railway line to Portland and beyond. With many of the finest sea views anywhere in the area to be seen this is truly something not to miss for any visitor to the area.

We love this video  of Julia Bradbury’s Railway Walks television programmes it brings the whole walk to life and along with some very interesting historical background from well known local historians David Carter and Stuart Morris who help highlight so well just what to look out for when you do the walk.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council published a really useful leaflet illustrating the walk. We’re not sure whether it is still available in print put you can download a copy and print it off before you visit by clicking the image below:-

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For more about the local history and wildlife you can discover whilst on the walk take a look at the following websites:-