• Daniel Wretham

Dorset Landscape Photography Locations, Corfe Castle

Updated: Jun 10

Corfe Castle Mist
Corfe Castle Rising Through The Mist

Iconic, Perhaps the best way to describe one of Dorsets most loved and photographed places, Corfe Castle.

Few will have never heard of this mystical castle, and even fewer will have never seen a photo of this magnificent castle floating in seas of mist.

This atmospheric location is really special mainly down to the fact that its in a small valley which acts as a mist trap and is capable of giving you dream conditions for landscape photography and guaranteed to give you a picture with a real wow factor.

If you live in Dorset you will be under no illusions just how popular Corfe Castle is and how it acts like a magnet to the thousands of landscape photographers who visit each year.

If you like solitude then this venue is possibly not for you, but I have to say you will miss out if you choose to avoid it, it really is one of the most breathtaking sights you can see in the UK

So a little bit of history about the castle to give you a flavour of its heritage.

Corfe Castle was built by William the conqueror in the 11th century and sits on top of a chalk hill which had been cut away by the path of two rivers which flowed around the outside of it leaving a perfect cone shaped hill for the castle to nestle on.

Around the edge of the castle were a further two large hills which gave good defensive positions for the castle unless of course they were breached then it was a sitting duck, These are known as East hill & West hill.

Dorset Photo Locations Corfe Castle
West Hill & East Hill

Corfe Castle is of particular significance as it was built from Purbeck stone from the area which was unusual for this time period, most being made of wood & mud etc...

The stature of Corfe Castle was therefore deemed to be very high and desirable and it is thought that it is even mentioned in the Doomsday book.

Corfe castles ownership changed hands many times over the years and it was the scene of many epic battles but eventually it ended up in the hands of the National Trust in 1981 when it was left to them by Henry John Ralph Bankes along with the entire Bankes estate including Kingston Lacy.

The National Trust did some extensive renovations on the castle between 2006-2009 in order to make it safe and open it to the public where it quickly became one of the most popular landmarks to visit in Dorset.

Now this is a VERY brief history of the Castle but I don't want to go into too much detail as you can all use google I'm sure and we're here to concentrate on the landscape photography aspect rather than the full history of Corfe castle.

Pretty much all of the pictures you will see of Corfe castle are taken from West Hill from near the top but Corfe has 4 faces and each of them offers something completely different and are all well worth exploring as they are great shots in their own right.

The other element you will see 95% of the time with photos of Corfe castle are the traditional misty ones with the castle rising out of a sea of tranquility.