On the 20th September 2015 we started from Swanage on the Jurassic coast of Dorset (a World Heritage site) with a unique journey by steam train through six miles of beautiful scenery to Corfe Castle and the magnificent ruins of the castle - built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. For info on the trains see www.swanagerailway.co.uk
William de Braose had captured Arthur of Brittany (a rival to his uncle, King John) in Brittany and was ordered by John to castrate and blind the boy. De Braose did not but handed him to King John, who personally murdered his teenage nephew, and imprisoned his sister here.
The wife of William de Braose spoke out about such an atrocity and was captured with her son and both starved to death here or at Windsor Castle: historians differ in the exact location of their deaths.
After visiting the castle join the Purbeck Way heading eastwards at its junction with the A351. After going under the railway take a permissive path steeply up East Hill: the views of the castle are magnificent here.
The permissive path joins the Purbeck Way at Rollington Hill where a water supply was available for a marathon being staged on this day.
On the ridge there are fine views across the heathland to Poole Harbour and to the Isle of White and St Catherine's Down.
For the views, the history, the steam trains and paddle boats this rates as one of the finest walks in England in my opinion.