Hengistbury Head Land Train

A picturesque circular route between Hengistbury Head main car park and Mudeford Spit

Current service status

Land train

The land train service starts again on Monday 17 May running daily from 10am until 5pm (with the last train coming back from the Spit at 5:15pm). Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions we are taking card payments only on the train.

You can get your land train tickets from the guards on the train itself.

Land Rover

Our Land Rover service is currently operating for pre bookings only. Please either email the train office or phone 01202 425517 at least 48 hours before to check availability. Please make sure we have your contact details, travel dates and hut number. Please note, the Land Rover can only take a small number of passengers due to COVID-19 restrictions and we are taking card payments only.

Tickets

Tickets for the Hengistbury Head land train service are only available from the guards on the train. 

Ticket Prices

Ticket prices are one-way. We only accept card payments - no cash. Please pay the guard on the train.

  • Adults £2.20
  • Children (4-16 years) £0.60
  • Family Ticket (2 adults, up to 3 children and 1 dog)  £5.50
  • Dogs £0.20
  • Luggage** from £0.50 (pushchairs are free)
  • Boats/trailers from £5.00
  • Land Rover £20.00. This service is for beach hut and Black House users to transport their luggage or equipment. Booking required at least 48 hours in advance, ideally 72 hours please. Please call 01202 425517 or email us to book.
  • Groups: for groups of 20 or more people, please email us to confirm a price.

The land train can only accommodate carry-on luggage. If you have a lot of luggage, please pre-book our Land Rover service 48 hours ahead (see above for details).

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Location

The train service runs on the scenic route between the main car park (BH6 4EN) and Mudeford Spit.

Enjoy views of Christchurch Harbour and the Priory. There is a wide variety of habitats including heathland, grassland, scrub, woodland, freshwater wetland and coastland.

On this ancient headland you will find places that are windy, sheltered, wet, dry, muddy, sandy, stony, sunny, shady, flat, steep and salty.

These different conditions provide homes, food and water for many species of plants and animals. The headland has national and international wildlife protection.

There is a lot to do at Hengistbury Head. As well as enjoying the land train, there is an outdoor education centre. You will find great places to eat and drink and sandy beaches. 

Of course there is the Visitor Centre with a shop, exhibition, wildlife garden and interpretation area.  

Stations

You can only board the train at either the main terminus (by the Hiker Cafe) or at the Mudeford Spit terminus.  

Please tell the driver or guard if you wish to get off the train at the Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre (only possible in the direction of Mudeford to the Hiker). You cannot get off anywhere else on the route for safety reasons.

Opening times

The train runs daily at regular intervals at the following times (except Christmas Day):

  • Winter - 10am and 3pm
  • Summer - 10am and 4pm
  • School summer holidays - 10am and 5pm

During the winter months, poor weather or very low demand, we may suspend the service for that day. Please check our Facebook page for updates, or call us on 01202 425517 to check before coming.

The train leaves the Hengistbury Head car park terminus (next to the Hiker cafe) every 30 minutes on the hour and the half hour (no trains run between 1 and 1:30pm).

The train comes back from Mudeford spit approximately every 30 minutes at quarter to and quarter past the hour.

On busy days (at weekends and school holidays) we often run two trains. This means they can run about every twenty minutes. 

Questions?

Please call us on 01202 425517 or email us.

Accessibility

One carriage on the train provides access for wheelchairs.