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Sika Cycle Trail
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 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?

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
4 Stars 4 Stars

What a wonderful area to cycle in. We came last year, and returned again last week with our cylce map. However, although new posts have been installed, there were no numbers. We muddled round trying follow the map but found the powerlines more of a useful guidance than the posts! Please put the numbers back, it was much more relaxing!

Anonymous, 10/Oct/2016

Thank you for comment on the website and I am pleased you have had wonderful experience in Wareham Forest. The numbered posts are not due to come back and have been replaced with arrows directing people to and from Northport and the Sika Trail car park. Soon there will be a new pdf version of the map which you will be able to download off of the website to help navigate the trail. I do hope our new upgrade has not caused too much inconvenience and you return soon.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Hi Wardens

Having cycled the Sika trail last year, we came back to Wareham to repeat the wonderful experience. Using the same map guide with the numbered marker posts, we were surprised that the replacement posts were not numbered. Luckily, because we had previously cycled the route, we were able to muddle round and extremely grateful for the powerlines as a landmark. I am sure we shall be back again, and hopefully to see the numbers reinstated.

Anonymous, 5/Oct/2016
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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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Location

OS Grid ref: SY906894

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