The ten-mile journey from Wareham to Swanage can be taken by car or bus – or partially by steam train.
For your SatNav: BH19 1AN
This will take you to Swanage’s Main Beach car park, just off Victoria Avenue.
There are two, simple routes to get you directly from Wareham to Swanage with ease – through the town of Wareham or bypassing Wareham.
Journey time: around 20 minutes
Through Wareham town
If you’re coming from, or stopping at, the pretty Saxon walled town of Wareham en route to Swanage, simply continue along the B3075 through Wareham and across the causeway through to Stoborough.
Take the first exit onto the A351 at the Stoborough/Furzebrook roundabout. Follow the A351 through the villages of Corfe Castle and Harman’s Cross, and continue on until you get to High Street in Swanage, which leads on to Victoria Avenue.
The car park will be on your right, just after the signs for Swanage Golf Games.
Simply follow the A351 bypass, taking the second exit at the Furzebrook roundabout to continue on the A351 towards Corfe Castle and Swanage.
No. 40 Purbeck Breezer MoreBus
Journey time: Around 40 minutes.
This direct bus route stops in the heart of Swanage town at the bus station.
You can view the bus timetable on the morebus website: www.morebus.co.uk/services/SQ/40
By steam train
Norden to Swanage on the Swanage Railway heritage line.
Journey time: Around 20 minutes (variable)
Drive, or catch a bus or grab a taxi from Wareham station to Norden, where you can pick up a steam or diesel train on the Swanage Railway line.
Check the Swanage Railway timetable: www.swanagerailway.co.uk/calendar
A handy way of getting to Swanage from Wareham or beyond (if you are arriving to the area on the London Waterloo – Weymouth train, for example) is by taxi.
You can pick up a cab at Wareham Station, where there is a small taxi rank, from which a number of local taxi firms run.
To book a taxi from Wareham to Swanage in advance you can contact the individual Wareham-based taxi companies:
- Excel Taxis – 📞 01929 448066 ℹ️ www.exceltaxiswareham.co.uk
- Everest Taxis – 📞 07473 330063
- Jurassic Cabs – 📞 01929 558119 or 01929 554 223 ℹ️ www.kingskabs.co.uk/
- Phil’s Cabs – 📞 07824 492463
- Wareham Forest Taxis – 📞 07902 924131
Alternatively, many of the Swanage taxi companies may be available to collect you from Wareham Station and take you to Swanage.
- Bill’s Taxis – 📞 07549 776 736 ℹ️ billstaxiswanage.co.uk
- Harrisons’ Taxis – 📞 07594 282525 ℹ️ https://harrisons-taxis-swanage
- Swanage & Purbeck Taxi – 📞 07969 927424
- Swanage Taxis – 📞 01929 421122 or 01929 425350 ℹ️ www.swanagetaxis.com
Many of these local Purbeck taxi firms also offer airport transfer services to Bournemouth Airport, Southampton Airport Parkway and further afield, such as London Heathrow and Gatwick.
There are two main cycle routes from Wareham to Swanage, one of which includes more off-road than the other, following part of the National Cycle Route 2.
Cycle time from Wareham to Swanage – Around one hour – one hour and 15 minutes
If you’re catching the train to Wareham with your bike, you can cycle into town via an underpass to avoid traffic and stock up on any essentials you might need before continuing on to Swanage. It’s worth noting that South Western London Waterloo to Weymouth trains do have facilities for bikes, but during peak times numbers may be limited. You can check the South Western Railway’s bike policy on their website: www.southwesternrailway.com/travelling-with-us/travelling-with-a-bike
You can find useful information on cycle routes at the Discover Purbeck Information Centre, based at Wareham Library, which is near the quay.
On the way, depending on which route you take you’ll find shops, cafés, pubs and public toilets in Wareham and Corfe Castle. Harman’s Cross also has some shop facilities (a petrol station). However, if you’re heading over the Purbeck Ridgeway, there will be no facilities after Corfe until you reach Swanage.
Cycle repair and assistance
It might be useful to know that at Wareham Station itself there is a friendly cycle repair shop, Wareham Cycleworks, as well as a mobile bike mechanic, Furmage Cycles, based in Swanage.
Cycleworks contact details
You can get in touch with Cycleworks by phone or email, or just pop into the shop, which offers sales, repairs and servicing.
- 📞 01929 556601
- 📥 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- ℹ️ www.warehamcycleworks.com
Cycleworks is open six days a week.
- Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm
- Sundays – Closed
If you’re staying in Swanage and need an unexpected repair, there is also a mobile bicycle mechanic, David Furmage, who can come to you, which is handy if you get a puncture and you’re stranded somewhere unfamiliar.
Check out Furmage Cycles’ Facebook page or phone for assistance:
Furmage Cycles contact details
- ℹ️ www.facebook.com/furmagecycles/
- 📞 07592 543373
On foot – walking from Wareham to Swanage
If you’re a keen rambler, why not make a day of it by parking at Wareham or catching the train, and walking the Purbeck Way all the way to Swanage. The waymarked route will take most people just over three hours.
There are plenty of places to stop for coffee and/or lunch en route – Corfe Castle village is a good half-way point. You’ll find various cafés and pubs here to fuel you up for the second leg of your journey, as well as, of course, the Corfe Castle ruin itself.
The walk will take you through the Saxon walled town of Wareham and across around five miles of heathland toward Corfe. After a lunch-stop, head up into the Purbeck Hills for some excellent views across Purbeck, Studland and Poole Harbour, and follow an easy path across them all the way to Swanage.
After you’ve made the descent into Swanage you can explore the town, beach and bay for the day before grabbing a bite to eat in one of the popular restaurants or pubs and head back into Wareham on the hourly No. 40 bus or take the steam train back to Corfe Castle, and a bus or taxi on to Wareham from there.