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Woodlark Walk - Wareham Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Length of trail:

2 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

The woodlands of Dorset are a delight to discover on foot and provide a fantastic opportunity for walking. We have miles of tracks that take you through beautiful and ancient landscapes, where if you are lucky you’ll see some of its special wildlife.

The trail starts at Wareham Forest car park and is generally flat with a couple of inclines and is suitable for walkers of all ages and abilities.

Heathland restoration at Wareham Forest, Dorset, New Forest FD

Simply follow the waymarked posts around a 3km (2 miles) loop that starts and finishes at the car park.

The walking trail is named after the rare Woodlarks that can be found here.

Woodlark is a very special bird, which nests on the ground. These birds lay their eggs and raise their chicks on the open heathlands, which makes them more vulnerable to disturbance than birds that nest in trees. Woodlarks are a small, brown speckled bird looking rather like a small thrush. The most characteristic thing about it is the very short tail that can be seen as it flies. Woodlarks also have bold white stripes over each eye that meet in a V shape on the back of the neck.

Your walk will take you through the forest and past open heathland, with a chance to view a variety of wildlife that thrives within this mosaic of landscapes. The trail gives you a stunning view as you walk down the steep hill and reach the viewpoint which looks right across the gorgeous habitat.

Dog on leadWhen you are out walking on the heathland between March and August, please keep your dog on a lead and stay on the main tracks to reduce disturbance to ground nesting birds.

Download our free walking map for Woodlark Walk

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

I'm sitting on top of the world

Just humming this song

As I wander along

Seeing trees as they rest

Sheltering gorse in full bloom

Waving in tune

As the breeze gently airs

Alert ears of the hares

As they search for food,

So goodbye winter's thrall,

Spring's joy blesses all

Sunny days now unfold,

As dun turns to gold.

The walk along Gorse Valley is utterly, but utterly gorsegeous!!

Ima Nourse, 24/Mar/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Ooh Eck

Wottle I do now

Both wanna skip and cry

See one year out

And another one in

Acting shoe size not age

Happiness surrounds

Peace within and without

Bounteous joy

My heaven on earth

Alone not lonely

Together not part

Natures communion

With love and thanks to you all

At Wareham Office.


A Nonny Mouse, 31/Dec/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

Aska and it shall be given you

Sika and ye shall find

Look and you shall see

The beauty all around

A wondrous union

'Tween nature and man

Bringing joy to the heart

Peace to the soul

Food for the mind

Fullness for all those

Lucky enough to be

Here in this space

At this time

In our country

In this county

In this now

'Peace which passes all understanding'. Thank-you.

Jonno, 16/Dec/2016
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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.
  • Wildlife
  • The Sika Cycle Trail takes its name from the sika deer found in this forest and throughout the county.
More about what's here


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