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  • Affpuddle Forest

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    Site Details: 
    Name of Location Affpuddle Forest
    • Ample parking on site
    • Picnic area
    • Signed routes and trails
    OS Map Reference SY804924
    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
    Alternative car park at Culpeppers Dish 50° 43' 56.3052" N, 2° 15' 44.37" W
    Car park 50° 44' 23.64" N, 2° 16' 19.1316" W

    Leave the main A35 at the Tolpuddle Ball exit and take the B3390 south. After passing a couple of sharp bends and a few houses in Affpuddle you come you a turning on the left and the car park is right on this junction.

    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 It one stays on the main paths there are no real safety issues.

    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. 

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