Welcome to the website of the ‘Friends of
Rodwell Trail and Sandsfoot Castle’.
We are a friendly community group of volunteers from Weymouth in Dorset, England, founded in 2005 that work closely with Dorset Council Coast and Countryside to maintain and improve the Rodwell Trail and with the Parks Department of Weymouth Town Council to enhance the enjoyment of Sandsfoot Castle and Gardens.
Both the Rodwell Trail and Sandsfoot Castle Gardens are easy access for all. Everyone is reminded to respect other users and the environment and be considerate. Trail cyclists need to be mindful and moderate their speed to conditions on the day with a maximum speed of 10mhr, please do not speed past walkers. All dogs must be on leads and under control. No dog poo and no littering please.
Membership of the Friends is open to all with a nominal
subscription (currently £1) per family per annum.
The Rodwell Trail is a 3.4 km walk/cycleway along the route of the disused Weymouth to Portland Railway from the centre of Weymouth to Ferrybridge in Wyke Regis which spans the world famous Fleet Lagoon and links the Isle of Portland to the mainland. It is part of National Cycle Route 26 which extends southward to the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, the country’s premier sailing venue and host venue for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events.
Sandsfoot Castle is a Tudor castle built in conjunction with Portland Castle by Henry VIII in 1539 to protect our shores from foreign invaders that fell into disrepair in the 18th century. Thanks to a substantial Heritage Lottery Fund grant this Scheduled Monument is currently being stabilised to allow full free public access early in 2012.