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Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
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Opening hours

Wareham Forest is open 365 days a year, dawn until dusk.

How to find us

How to find us
Coldhabour, Wareham, Dorest
Sat Nav Postcode: BH20 7EJ
By Public Transport

Arriving by train: The nearest railway station is at Wareham (on the London Waterloo to Weymouth line). It is a half mile walk or cycle along the Northport Greenway into the Forest. You can take your bike on the train.

Arriving by bus: Wareham Railway Station bus stop. From Bournemouth take the M1 or M2 to Poole, then transfer to number 40 or X54. From Poole take the number 40 or X54. From Swanage take the number 30 or 40. From Weymouth take the number 30 or X54. It is a half mile walk or cycle along the Northport Greenway into the Forest.

OS Grid Ref
SY 923 872

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Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Wareham Forest.

Additional Information

Disabled parking available

Facilities and access

The government has said that from 8 March you can spend time in outdoor public spaces for recreation, as well as for exercise. This can take place on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble. You must continue to maintain social distancing from those outside your household or support bubble and must not meet in larger groups.

Exercise and recreation should continue to be limited to local green spaces wherever possible, and you should not travel outside your local area. Our car parks remain open for people to visit if they live locally.  

Please be  aware you may need to  be  prepared to make the  necessary  decision  to  turn around  if the car park looks busy, or is full.  

Assistant dogs welcome

Contact details

Wareham Forest is an ideal place to connect to nature

Forestry England’s tree planting has been carried out as part of an existing forest plan, which was developed in close consultation with a range of stakeholders and local communities, including nature charities. Successive plans for Wareham Forest over the last 30 years have delivered significant restoration of heathland and Forestry England has delivered more heathland restoration in Dorset than any other single landowner. 

After the devastating fire, we carefully planted new trees amongst the surviving ones and considered where best to plant them before we went ahead. Our work will ensure that these young trees can reach maturity and really contribute to the goal of reaching net carbon zero. Also, we’ve left large areas unplanted, to expand existing areas of heathland and connect them through unplanted corridors. We discussed this with Natural England and agreed to leave some additional areas of open habitat following their advice.

The public response to the devasting fire indicated how much they love the existing forest and heathland landscape. Creating the right mix of habitats will take many years and we will continue to work closely with local partners to look after this special area.

The way we plan and manage Wareham Forest provides many benefits to the local community – allowing nature and biodiversity to thrive, supplying home-grown timber and bringing invaluable benefits to people’s health and wellbeing through free access to outdoor space, especially during these challenging times.

All the forests we look after have a forest plan which provides descriptions of the area and shows the process Forestry England goes through when deciding what is best for the woodlands in the long term. We aim to protect, improve and expand our forests through active management, so that we can protect our woodlands against pests and diseases, support our wood processing industries, maintain and improve the biodiversity of forests and make them attractive places for people to visit.

The Forest Plan for Wareham is due to be reviewed again very soon and we will welcome the opportunity to work with local people, neighbours and nature charities to frame the future landscape for Wareham Forest.

Further information about the current Forest  Plan

 

At a glance

  • Cycling trail

  • Walking trail
  • Well behaved dogs welcome
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