Locations and Access

  • Canford Heath

    Site Details: 
    Name of Location Canford Heath Local Nature Reserve
    Highlights Reptiles and amphibians, Dragonflies and damselflies
    • Some parking nearby
    • Information display
    • Defined paths
    OS Map Reference SZ032950
    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
    Car park 50° 45' 41.3352" N, 1° 58' 46.2468" W

    Leave Poole at Fleets Corner on the A349 Wimborne Road. At the Darbys Corner roundabout the road becomes single carriageway and you pass Poole Grammar school on your right. A little further on (also on the right hand side) is a large lay-by next to woodland. Park here and enter the heath via the wooded area. Note: there are other places where you can access Canford Heath but this is my preferred spot.

    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
    Bog and Myre On the lower areas of the reserve

    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!

    Loose Footings The paths are very soft sand in places

    Some reserves, often coastal ones, can have loose footings on shingle, sand, even rocks. Not only can this be hazzardous they can be very tiring to walk across and one can sometimes find one has walked too far! 

    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.

    • Approximate Distance: 1

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    • Approximate Distance: 2 miles

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    • Approximate Distance: 3 miles

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    • Approximate Distance: 4 Miles

      A popular spot to take the children or dog for a run but provides access to the saltmarsh, a place for wintering wildfowl and waders 


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