Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives - the nation’s forests and essential facilities are open for people to exercise once-per-day, if they live locally - read our coronavirus guidance.
Felling work is underway, please pay attention to safety signs, some paths will be temporarily closed.
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Opening hours

Puddletown Forest offers 24 hour access, 365 days a year. 

How to find us

How to find us

Please note: Tree felling is underway in Puddletown Forest, removing some of the trees in order to allow more room to grow. Although the site remains open during the felling operation, people are being urged to pay attention to safety signs and some paths will be temporarily closed to allow for the machinery to work safely.

Puddletown Forest , Puddletown, Dorchester
Sat Nav Postcode: DT2 8QS
OS Grid Ref

50.732482451507, -2.3648334674137

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Puddletown Forest. The Forest may be busy at times, but parking is not permitted anywhere other than within the official car park. Please do not to park on grass verges or block gates.

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Coronavirus update

The government has said the single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.

The government has instructed that you should minimise time spent outside your home, minimise the number of journeys you make and only travel a short distance within your local area to exercise. Our forest and essential facilities are open for people to exercise once-per-day, if they live locally.

Please follow the government’s rules on exercising and meeting other people when considering a visit.

You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.

Tree felling underway
We’re removing some trees from this area of woodland, this is essential thinning to give remaining trees more space to grow. Public safety is our main priority, so we ask people to follow safety signage and not enter the areas where machinery is working. Please look out for heavy vehicles, which are working Monday to Friday.

Forestry England is the tenant of Puddletown Forest, which is 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 

  • Walking on public rights of way
  • Well behaved dogs welcome 
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