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Explore Dorset Woodlands
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

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?

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Where are the forests like bluebell wood places that aren't just wareham forest and moors valley. Please add all woodland walks within dorset that's why I came here

Charlene, 12/Aug/2018

Lovely walk but got lost resulting in me walking for over three hours. Thankfully a kind lady helped me and gave me a lift back to the lodge I am staying in. Need direction finders as can be very confusing. Thank you to the lovely lady for coming to my rescue

Chrissy, 2/May/2018

Good but could do with some mtb trails as it would be the perfect spot

Anonymous, 30/Mar/2018
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Last updated: 30th June 2018

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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.
    Prices are
  • 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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