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  • Wareham Forest (Lower Hyde Heath)

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    Site Details: 
    Name of Location Wareham Forest (Lower Hyde Heath)
    • Limited parking on site
    • No visitor facilities
    • Defined paths
    OS Map Reference SY870930
    Top Species
    Access Points: 

    WARNING: I have not been able to test all of these co-ordinates, they are based on where I placed the markers so use with care!

    Name SatNav Coordinates
    Limited roadside parking 50° 43' 40.3176" N, 2° 9' 49.7268" W

    From the roundabout at the end of the Bere Regis by-pas take the A35 towards Poole. After the next roundabout take the next turning right towards Wareham. On 8/10th of a mile you come to the edge of Wareham Forest and there are entrances to the forest on both sides of the road and small parking areas around these entrances. Lower Hyde can be accessed from the gate on the western side of the road. There are other places along that road where you can access this walk.

    Location Map: 

    The blue pin mark the approximate centre of the reserve, the yellow pin(s) mark the approximate locations of parking places that enable you to access the reserve.

    Potential Hazards: 

    Any walk in the countryside is going to have its potential hazards but the primary aim of this function is to forewarn less able people of difficulties they may face although some may apply to other people as well.

    Hazard Commentsort descending Description
    Rough Ground The paths are not suitable for anyone with mobility issues

    Nature reserves exist for the wildlife and plants that are found there and are not always visitor friendly, especially some smaller reserves. The ground on some reserves can be very rough going even when there are paths present and would not be passable by those who are less mobile.

    Bog and Myre This area can be very boggy so it pays to keep to the main paths

    Bog and myre on heaths can be lethal if you get stuck in them and often there is no help for miles around. On heathland it pays to keep to well made pathways and not to stray off into boggy areas. Never do this alone and always one person stay on firm ground. Helicopter rescues from such situations are not uncommon!

    Nearby Sites: 

    These are sites near to the one you selected. Distances given are VERY approximate! Click any photograph to go to the full details of that site.

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