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Harmans Cross

Beach Picnic Area Walking

Catch the Swanage Railway train from here to Herston and Swanage, or to Corfe Castle and Norden.

Harmans Cross makes a great starting point for exploring the Purbeck countryside, why not walk or cycle from here, then pick up the train from our stations at;

There are footpaths south to the stunning Jurassic Coastline, the Portland stone mining areas, to Corfe and to Swanage. Local camp sites provide the ideal place to stay, our trains run frequently in both directions so you can explore further what the Purbecks have to offer.

The station is located in a tranquil spot, within unspoilt rolling Dorset countryside which retains its agricultural charm and rolling hills which has inspired artists and writers for generations, including Thomas Hardy and Enid Blyton.

Local volunteers continue the traditions of station staff by carefully tending the station gardens, alongside period buildings typical of branchlines throughout Dorset – though you will find it unbelievable that the station was only opened in 1989! This was the only new station built in Dorset since the days of steam. The platforms, period buildings with Portland stone, signalbox and semaphore signals have all been rescued, restored and installed at Harman’s Cross. Many of our train services pass each other using the two tracks at this station, with platform indicators guiding you to the correct platform. With plenty of seating and picnic benches, it makes an ideal spot to stop off and watch the trains majestically steam in and out of the station.

Many of our special events are hosted at Harman’s Cross on the adjacent field and newly built village hall.