Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Puddletown Forest is open until dusk all year round.

How to find us

How to find us
Puddletown Forest , Puddletown, Dorchester
Sat Nav Postcode: DT2 8QS
OS Grid Ref

50.732482451507, -2.3648334674137

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges and a limited amount of parking spaces. Please do not park on grass verges or block gates, thank you.

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Facilities and access

Contact details

Explore Puddletown Forest

We are the tenant of Puddletown Forest, located near Dorchester. It's leased to us for the purpose of growing timber and public access to the area is restricted to public rights of way only.

People can walk or cycle along the public rights of way and rediscover the beauty of the conifer tree without having to abandon any love of the broadleaf, as here they exist harmoniously side by side, branches softly creaking in the wind together.

The Forest has historic and ecological importance - it's home to rare insects, ground nesting birds such as woodlark and native reptiles in particular sand lizards and smooth snakes.

At a glance

Well behaved dogs welcome 
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Things to do

Although looked on favourably by some from the mountain biking community, the trails they’ve built in Puddletown Forest have created serious issues, often with unseen hazards for other woodland users. Also, many of these trails are inherently dangerous to inexperienced riders. Forestry England has supported off-road and road cycling for many years. Elsewhere, we have extensive networks of family and cross-country trails, with other facilities ranging from skills areas for complete beginners through to expert level experienced riders across the nation’s forests. 

A sustainable approach can only be achieve at Puddletown Forest when people work together to protect the environmental value of the area and take into account all local users, the terms of the woodland’s lease and the local wildlife.

Forestry England is the tenant of Puddletown Forest, it’s leased to us for the purpose of growing timber and public access to the area is restricted to public rights of way only.

Walking in the forest is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful views.

Puddletown Forest is restricted to access only on the public rights of way that cross through the landscape. 

Nearby forests

sunlight through conifers along woodland path

Situated to the east of Puddletown, Affpuddle offers an interesting landscape of both forest and heathland as well as views across the Purbeck Hills.

Popular with local dog walkers, the forest can be explored on its open paths and bridleways. 


Woman in woodland

Comprising of mainly coniferous trees, Moreton Forest is located to the west of Poole.

Explore the varied scenery on the interesting public trails that run through Moreton Forest.

We advise visitors, particularly dog walkers, to keep their dogs under close control at all times and keep a safe distance from the livestock that graze here.

Butterfly on leaf

Located five miles west of Wareham, Hethfelton Wood is a native broadleaf wood and is currently undergoing butterfly conservation efforts. 

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Wareham Forest is a great place to explore and discover the famous heaths and woods of the Dorset countryside.

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