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Explore Dorset Woodlands
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Wareham ForestThe woodlands of Dorset are a delight to discover

Explore the extensive pine woodlands and heathlands of Ringwood and Wareham Forests.

 Be adventurous at Moors Valley Country Park, Ringwood. Home to the famous play trial, Bike Park and GO Ape!


 Walk the Woodlark Walk or cycle the Sika trail in the heart of Wareham Forest and see if you can spot the secretive Sika deer or Roe Deer.

Learning Opportunities

Whether you are a school or family there are lots of ideas and downloads  to help you explore and discover the wood. To help you get started with your planning we have created an introductory slide show, lesson plans and a sample risk assessment.  If you would prefer a guided visit our learning partners’ details can be found here.

What do other visitors say?

I was very pleased to discover that pigs were foraging on forestry land in Hethfelton, near Wool in the Purbeck area. A helpful forestry commission worker explained the benefits and the pigs looked very much at home in their environment. I think this policy should be encouraged.

linda farnworth, 21/Apr/2017


I would like to visit the colony of non-native carnivorous plants (Sarracenia) in Wareham Forest this year, and wonder if you would be able to tell me where in the forest they are please?

Thank you

Adrian Davies

Adrian Davies, 5/Apr/2017

Thank you for your question. Please can you forward your comment to with your full contact details and a member of staff will make direct contact with you. Thanks.

Forestry Commission Response
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We come to Sandford as often as we can ,the main reason is the great walks around Wareham Forest.The dogs absolutely love it.

Ian Waller, 14/May/2016
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Last updated: 23rd May 2017

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Walking
  • Horse riding
  • If you wish to ride on Forestry Commission tracks in Ringwood or Wareham you are required to have a Forestry Commission Riding Permit.
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  • Viewpoint
  • Located in the heart of the forest the Lookout provides stunning views across the tree tops towards the coast that makes the all the effort worth. It's easy to find - just follow the finger post signs.
  • Wildlife
  • The Sika Cycle Trail takes its name from the sika deer found in this forest and throughout the county.
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