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Corfe Castle

The ruins of Corfe Castle sit on the top of a steep hill overlooking the village of Corfe, the structure that prior to the civil war was one of the most impregnable fortresses in England. The walls were built to withstand assault and were so successful that the only way that the castle fell was as a result of internal treachery.
The Castle provides a commanding view of the Isle of Purbeck, and protects the gap between the Purbeck hills. The origin of the castle's name is Anglo Saxon, Corfe being Anglo Saxon for gap and the area was originally known as Corfe Gate.

Corfe Castle is part of the Kingston Lacy estate that was left to The National Trust in 1981 by Ralph Bankes. Even as a ruin there is still a substantial amount of the original castle remaining, a visit is worth while. There is a fairly large car park that can be found at the nearby ticket office, however the pathway around the base of the hill to the castle entrance is steep in places. Parking is limited in the village, but there is always the option of using the Steam Railway from Swanage to make your visit. The village of is quite small with limited facilities.

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