Corfe Mullen Trailway – October 2007
1st October 2007
A Corfe Mullen railway line that had been disused for over forty years was transformed into a 2km pathway suitable for horse riders and walkers.
The line was shut in 1966 and the land had become unused and overgrown. Dorset County Council, which owns the land, and the Partnership's Environment Theme Action Group, worked together to make the land suitable for leisure use. This included replacement of a previously collapsed bridge.
It is hoped that the path will develop into a “Trailway”. For this to happen, the path would be need to be surfaced, making it suitable for a wide range of users such as parents with push chairs, cyclists and mobility vehicle users.
The section was officially opened in October 2007 at Level Crossing Cottage, Knoll Lane in Corfe Mullen by the Chairman of East Dorset District Council, Cllr Barbara Manuel, Giles Nicholson of Dorset County Council and Jean Heaton of the British Horse Society, who has campaigned for improved access for horse riders in the East Dorset.