Locations and Access

  • Directions: 

    From the Wareham south roundabout on the A351 turn left towards Wareham and Stoborough. Turn right just after the caravan park and then right at the next crossroads. Follow the road through Ridge and on to Arne. There is a car parking charge for non-RSPB members, members can park free. There is no admission charge. Picnic area, marked walks and toilets.

    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
    Main car park 50° 41' 22.65" N, 2° 2' 28.41" W
    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
    No Significant Issues The RSPB do all they can to make much of this site accessible

    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. 

    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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    • Approximate Distance: 3 miles

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    • Approximate Distance: 3 Miles

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    • Approximate Distance: 5 Miles

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    • Approximate Distance: 5 miles approx

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