Wareham Forest (Woolsbarrow)

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The site of an iron age settlement offering views across Wareham Forest and surrounded by various other habitat types


Wareham Forest: Woolsbarrow

Site Details: 
Name of Location Wareham Forest (Woolsbarrow)
Highlights Views
  • Limited parking on site
  • No visitor facilities
  • Well made paths
OS Map Reference SY902928
Aspect Detail
Area Southern Dorset
Geology Poole Basin
Manager Forestry Commission
Hazards for the less able: 
Hazard Commentsort descending Description
No Significant Issues If you keep the main forestry paths you should not encounter any hazards

This reserve does not have any significant issues that I identified on my visit but conditions can always change so be prepared for all eventualities. 

Orientation Many of the paths look the same so make sure you know where you are!

How many times have I been asked "Do you know which way is back to the car park?" Some reserves, expecially in coniferous woodland can look the same wherever you are and instead of making a turn back the the starting point you can eaily end up getting further away from your intended destination. With GPS on phones these days alawys track you route. You should always take a phone with you anyway!

Cyclists Some of the paths here form the popular Wareham Forest Way so expect cyclists

Some reserves have cycle paths across them and whilst most cyclist are responsible and will give you warning as they approach it is not always the case so try to be aware of the riusk at all times. Children on bikes can be a problem as I know to my cost.

More site photos (see also link below): 

This map shows the location of the reserve (purple marker) and access points to the reserve (yellow markers). You can use the Google map controls to zoom in get a more detailed idea of where it is and where to park. If you click on a marker more information about directions,  sat nav co-ordinates and parking will display.

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