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Sika Cycle Trail
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.5/5)

Trail details

Grade of Trail:

  • Easy

Length of trail:

7 miles

Trail is currently open

Northport Greenway and Sika Cycle Trail Map and Leaflet


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.

What do other visitors say?

3 Stars 3 Stars

I found the trail too bumpy for cycling. I was disappointed as I it was described as family friendly for all ages. I think children might struggle on the rough, stones surface and get bogged down in the sandy areas.

Anonymous, 3/Sep/2018
5 Stars 5 Stars

Just back from a couple of days cycling throughout the Sika Cycle Trail and further afield but mostly on trails with a bit of road work. Went North as far as East Morden and South to the River Frome in Wareham. The forest trails are extremely well maintained. It is a remarkable place, absolutely brilliant. Will be coming back for sure. Well done the Forestry Commission - thank you!

Barry, 28/Apr/2018
5 Stars 5 Stars

I like the trail very much and always take a couple of long walks with my dogs whenever we come to Wareham to our caravan. I totally agree with comments about picking up dog poo. There is no excuse for not picking up, there are bins provided so no problem with disposal. Comments about dogs sometimes justified, but will add that some cyclists can be just as thoughtless when approaching. There is room for everyone with some thought from all users.

John Ruderman , 1/Apr/2018
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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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