Walking and Cycling
Wareham Forest offers great walks and cycle paths through heathland and forest by Morden Bog National Nature Reserve, one of the largest valley mire habitats in England. There is a signposted walk, picnic benches and cyclists are welcome on 2 metre or wider tracks. Horse riders by permit only.
From Birchwood Tourist Park you can get directly onto the Sika Trail at point 29 (across the Games Field) or point 24 (from the bottom of the Park following the Bridle Way) of the signposted route. Please note: in late 2016 the Forestry Commission replaced the numbered posts along the route with arrows and plan to create an online pdf route map.
There are many other fantastic local walk routes for different abilities and of different distances, around Wareham, and six circular trails in and around Swanage town or further afield around the coast of Studland or Worth Matravers.
A longer 13 mile route along the Wareham Forest Way which runs along the edge of Birchwood and links Wareham Quay to Sturminster Marshall, can also be split into 7 mile sections.
The Purbeck Way is a signposted route from Wareham to Corfe Castle in 6 miles and then either to Ballard Down or Chapmans Pool within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
If you are interested in Nordic Walking the local instructors would happily arrange a walk around the area. Click the link for more information or to book your free taster.
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The Forestry Commission provides cycling information about the seven mile generally flat easy trail or walking information along a two mile generally flat easy trail and the Sika Trail can also be accessed from the car park or via the Northport Greenway. The Northport Greenway provides a safe and pleasant 5 mile circular walking and cycling route into the Forest from Wareham Quay via Wareham Train Station.
For a small fee we sell the Sika Trail and Northport Greenway leaflets in our shop or you can click on the button to the left for the online version. Please note: in late 2016 the Forestry Commission replaced the numbered posts along the route with arrows and plan to create an online pdf route map.
Purbeck Cycle Hire has two hire centres, one at Wareham Train Station and the other in Norden. Cycle routes around the Isle of Purbeck area offers a selection of safe, traffic-free cycling with Wareham as the main start point to access to many routes.
Park Run Upton House Weekly (Saturday)
A free timed 5 km run (walk or jog) at Upton Country Park, Poole Road, BH17 7BJ
Free to take part after registering, running at your own pace, every Saturday.
For anyone over 4 (under 11 years old must be accompanied by an adult).
Find more information on the website: www.parkrun.org.uk/uptonhouse
Wareham Golf Club. Tel: 01929 554147.
18 hole golf course on the edge of Wareham Forest for members, visitors and golfing societies. Wareham Golf Club Offer: 20% discount on Standard Green Fees if you stay at Birchwood Tourist Park. Please contact Wareham Golf Club for information & to ensure the offer is still available.
Dorset Golf and Country Club at Bere Regis.
Tel: 01929 472244. 27 holes in three loops of nine holes around woodland, lakes and parkland.
Moors Valley Golf Course at Ringwood
Tel: 01425 479776. 18 hole course and 4 hole short course.
Other Local Golf Courses can be found here.
Buy a local themed trail pack to explore the area and follow the clues on a self guided trail. Great for seeing new areas and for children and small groups. Most are suitable for dogs, wheelchairs and pushchairs (check on the pack). On sale in our shop or online.
Silent Woman Lakes, Coldharbour Wareham Tel: 01929 554153.
They would appreciate a call in advance if you intend to go fishing in their lake, and there is a charge arranged with the venue. A Fishing Licence is required.
Wareham and District Angling Society (Coarse Lakes) C/O Purbeck Angling Centre, 28 South Street, Wareham Tel: 01929 550770