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Sika Cycle Trail
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.4/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Length of trail:

7 miles

Trail is currently open


Trail description

The woodlands of Dorset are a delight to discover on bike, and provide a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling.

Cycling with the family in Dorset Woodlands is a perfect way to relax and build up confidence on your bike. Take to our forest roads and Green graded Sika Cycle Trail to explore the beauty of the woods.

The Sika Cycle Trail runs for 7 miles around Wareham Forest. Its southern point links to the Northport Greenway thereby providing a safe, off-road route from the town of Wareham to the forest.

The trail follows tracked routes through the forest and heath. It is generally flat with a couple of inclines, and is suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Simply follow the numbered posts around the route.

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What do other visitors say?

1 Star 1 Star

Far far to much dog poo on this trail, absolutely disgusting. My son managed to step in some. People who can't be responsible for their dogs shouldn't have them.

Anonymous, 22/Oct/2017
2 Stars 2 Stars

As per other comments, signage is appalling and needs to be reconsidered. We got lost and ended up on walking / bridle paths. Website says suitable for all ages and abilities, in my opinion I would say 8 year old plus, if only for the size of bike to ensure the bumpy paths can be safely negotiated. Nice location though, just print a map and memorise it!

David, 10/Aug/2017
3 Stars 3 Stars

Two adults and a ten-year-old enjoyed the ride in the end, after a tricky start due to some sandy parts of the track. I'd second the comments about numbers; we weren't really sure where we were for quite a lot of the time, and resorted to satnav to be sure of getting back to the car park. Wouldn't numbers be a cheap addition? Alternatively, a simple map (schematic would do) would allow riders and walkers to confirm where they are.

Good ride though, interestingly varied vegetation.

David Kennedy, 12/Apr/2017
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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Cycling is permitted on forest roads.
  • 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
  • Ancient Monuments
  • This woodland contains an excellent example of an Iron Age hill fort.
  • Orienteering
  • A permenant course has been devised by Wrekin Orienteers. Courses are suitable for beginners and maps can be bought from Ludlow Tourist information Centre for approximately 1.50.
  • Picnic
  • There are two picnic tables in the car park.
  • Walking
  • There is one walking trail from this car park that leads up to the hill fort.
  • Viewpoint
  • Views across the surrounding countryside can be seen from the hill fort.
  • Wildlife
  • Bluebells are out in the woodland Apri/May time.
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OS Grid ref: SY906894

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