Welcome to Brewery Place, Blandford Travel Plan Site
Hello! And welcome to your Travel Plan website. As you Travel Plan Coordinators, we are here to help you utilise the best of your local area, by providing you with up-to-date travel information for accessing facilities, local services, and public transport services. This page is designed for you, and we want you to find the best way to travel.
On this page you can find information on:
- Local shops and centres
- Bus routes and services
- Train services and station facilities
- Local cycle network
- Pedestrian walking routes
- Groups in your local area
- Local travel news
Much of the information is provided through direct links to other websites, this ensures that the information we provide is up to date.
Your local surroundings
Brewery Place is located approximately 680m from Blandford Forum Town Centre and East Street and Salisbury Street are both located approximately a 10–12-minute walk or a 5–6-minute cycle, to where majority of the local facilities are.
The map below shows the available facilities within your local area:
The Brewery and The Maltings are the closest bus stops to Brewery Place, located along Bournemouth Road, both less than a 150m walking distance. Morebus, South West Coaches and First Bus Somerset operate the services in your area. A variety of services operate between Blandford to Poole, Weymouth, and Dorchester, summarised below.
The X10 First Bus Somerset requires a Somerset Network ticket to travel between Blandford and Yeovil. Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and 5-day bundle tickets are available to purchase and ticket prices can be found here.
Why not save yourself the hassle and download the Morebus or First Bus App! You can plan your journey wherever you are by purchasing tickets from your phone, live tracking your bus, checking timetables, and getting service updates.
Your closest Railway Station is Holton Heath, approximately a 27-minute drive from your home. This station offers hourly services to Weymouth and London Waterloo.
Alternatively, Poole Railway Station is accessible via the Morebus X8 service which operates on an hourly basis Monday-Saturday and every 2 hours on a Sunday, from your closest bus stops. Poole Station offers hourly services between Weymouth and London Waterloo, also serving: Bournemouth, Brockenhurst, Southampton Central, Winchester, Basingstoke, Woking, Clapham Junction, Wareham, and Dorchester.
Poole Railway Station offers 90 sheltered cycle parking spaces, 146 car parking spaces and has strong public transport links.
If you are a cyclist and have questions about bringing your cycle on your train journey, PlusBike is here to help.
PlusBike is a free resource tool which will show information specific to your journey including:
- Cycle facilities at stations, along with the number of cycle parking spaces
- Cycle-hire at stations or nearby hire-stations with links directly to them
- Cycle carriage rules, including taking cycles on train specific to your rail journey
- Whether a cycle needs to be reserved to take on board
Local Cycle Network
There are some great opportunities for cyclists from Brewery place and in the Dorset area. Cycling is a sustainable and enjoyable way to travel which allows you to keep fit whilst being money efficient.
The National Cycle Routes 25, 250 and 253 are directly passing by your home and Blandford Frum and are easily accessible. The full route information can be found at: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/national-cycle-network
Offcamber is a local bike retailer in Blandford Forum. They offer a great range of bikes which are available to purchase with finance options. They offer bike servicing and repairs (£30-£150 depending on the type of service) and provide support for competitive cyclists.
Halfords is located on Ringwood Road, Poole, which offers a free bike check to all customers. This is a great way to ensure your bike is safe to ride on the roads and doesn’t cost you a penny. They also offer bike servicing, starting from £35.
Bike Craft, Dorset offer all levels of servicing and repairs, as well as ‘Bike Doctor’ appointments. The mobile bike mechanic can come to your home or place of work to carry out the work on your bike, with prices starting as low as £15.
Bikeability – There are three Bikeability levels, each designed to improve cycling skills, no matter what is known already. Levels 1, 2 and 3 take trainees from the basics of balance and control, all the way to planning and making an independent journey on busier roads. Bikeability training may be offered in School’s but other training programmes, including family training is available UK wide.
Adult Cycle Training – Dorset Council have teamed up with local cycle trainers to offer vouchers giving you one-to-one bespoke tuition at a reduced rate. Each voucher entitles you to a two-hour session, individually tailored to you with a qualified instructor. You are allowed to purchase up to three vouchers for £12.50. This means you could have up to six hours bespoke cycle training at a time and location convenient to you for just £37.50! (https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/w/adult-cycle-training-vouchers?p_l_back_url=%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dcycle%2Btraining)
Making sustainable travel choices can be easier than expected.
It can start with planning your journey to check for more convenient and sustainable travel options, to considering car sharing or public transport services. Making low emissions a priority is key to being sustainable and you can do this by considering fuel efficiencies and the amount of pollution a trip may emit to our environment.
There are several benefits to walking, whether it is to work or a small journey to the shops, it can be incorporated into your everyday lives. Walking can improve your cardiovascular fitness, lower anxiety, and stress, boost your energy, and strengthen your muscle power. Alongside the positive health impacts, walking helps to decrease the number of trips made by car use and this is a step forward to supporting the local environment and becoming a more sustainable traveller.
Need to find a lift or want to share yours? Why not join the Lift share database?
Benefits of Car Sharing:
- Less cars on the road = less congestion and less pollution
- Reduced demand for parking
- Financial Savings – Share the ride, split the cost
- Social benefits from travelling with someone else
Lift Share have a database of over 700,000 people to car share with. Its free to join and find both drivers and passengers to share with! You could help reduce CO2 emissions, reduce the stress of driving by sharing and could save up to £1000 on average per year!
Local Groups and Surrounding Areas for Walking
Ramblersoffer guided walks run by trained volunteers.Blandford Health Walks Main Weekly Walks which are relatively flat routes are held on Wednesday’s at 2pm and Evening Walks which are likely to venture off-road take place on Tuesdays at 6pm.
Monday Cycle Group, Blandford Forum – MCG offer MTB/Offroad rides as well as Leisure/Touring rides. The MCG also holds maintenance workshops, along with some social events for members and their families.
Dorset Cyclist Network (DCN) offer regular rides and events across Dorset.
Milldown Nature Reserve is located close to Blandford Forum Town Centre. It is ideal for picnics, exercise, wildlife or simply enjoying the superb views and wildlife.
Largely made up of sections of the old Somerset and Dorset Railway which linked Bristol and Bournemouth until the 1960s, North Dorset Trailway is a well-maintained path which extends approximately 14 miles from Sturminster Newton to Spetisbury. This route is perfect for runners, cyclists, walkers, equestrians, and people with mobility scooters.
Local Travel News
If you are hoping to avoid traffic and being late for work, we recommend accessing the following useful links to keep you up t date with any traffic jams, roadworks or accidents that could affect you journey.
The AA will show you incidents that have occurred within the local area. Helpful for letting you know which routes to avoid before you set off on your journey!