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

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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Just outstanding, awesome, thank you, but please please please, sort out some direction finders showing where you are at various points and routes backed to named car parks eg. Car park number 1 etc. II know the area, but never venture too far through fear of getting lost. Goodness knows what visitors make of it, especially if they have kids. I have had many uncomfortable experiences where I have felt lost and these experiences have marred an otherwise wonderful day out.

Rob, 2/Oct/2017

Who decided to replace the very helpful numbered juction signs with useless arrows which do not identify your location on the map. The numbered posts made finding our way around the forest very easy. The arrows were totally confusing and we ended up going back onto the main road to reach our destination.

Elizabeth Harding, 16/Aug/2017

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
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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.
    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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