Sandford Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 7DF
Bed & Breakfast by Sandford's National Nature Reserve
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Swanage Beach (12.2 mi, 25 mins) - The beach is one of the main attractions of the town with thousands flocking to Swanage every summer to relax on the sand. The waters are clean, and the beach has won many European Blue Flag Awards, as well as the Encams Quality Coast Award. Swanage beach has a well earned reputation for being a good place to soak up the sun and play in the sand and sea.
Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (11.8 mi, 26 mins) - Fine sandy beaches stretch continuously for 3 miles from South Haven Point to the chalk cliffs of Handfast Point and Old Harry Rocks and include Shell Bay. A designated section of naturist beach is at Knoll beach. The heathland behind the beach is a National Nature Reserve with many rare birds.
Wareham Forest (3.6 mi, 9 mins) - Walk or cycle through heathland and forest by Morden Bog National Nature Reserve, one of the largest valley mire habitats in England. There are picnic benches and a signposted walk. Cyclists are welcome on 2 metre or wider tracks. The Sika Cycle Trail, a 7 mile family trail is accessed from the car park or via the Northport Greenway.
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Badbury Rings (11.4 mi, 24 mins) - Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hillfort in east Dorset. The site dates from around 800 BC and was in use until the Roman occupation of 43 AD. Now forming part of the Kingston Lacy estate, and under the guardianship of The National Trust, the site has been restored to light grazing land as this has always played an important role in establishing centuries of wild herbs and flowers.
Wimborne Minster (9 mi, 21 mins) - There has been a church in Wimborne since 705 AD when Queen Cuthburga founded her nunnery here. Each generation has left its mark and the Minster today has something to offer visitors of all ages. Apart from the fine Norman architecture, there is the famous astronomical clock with the quarterjack, a life-size soldier, on the side of the west tower who strikes the quarter hours on his bell.
Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve (13.5 mi, 29 mins) - Durlston Country Park is a gateway to England's first natural World Heritage Site and has been awarded The Green Flag Award since 2006. The combination of geology and accessible wildlife making Durlston a very special place to visit. Durlston is a 100 hectare paradise, consisting of sea cliffs, countryside, limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland.
Upton Wood (4.3 mi, 10 mins) - Small woodland on the edge of Upton (opposite Upton Country Park). Various events and volunteer events take place throughout the year. The Wood includes footpaths, cyclepaths and Woodland Trail, also running streams, open glades and seats to sit and rest a while. Map and leaflet available from Purbeck District Council.
Margaret Green Animal Rescue (9.3 mi, 16 mins) - Animal Sanctuary and Visitor Centre in the Purbecks rescuing a variety of animals including cats, horses, farm animals, rabbits and other small furries and birds (dogs at our Winterborne Kingston Centre). Picnic in some of Dorset's most beautiful scenery, feel free to wander around and see the care we take of our animals.
Wareham Walls (2.6 mi, 8 mins) - The Walls are saxon ramparts which surround the historic town of Wareham. Paths on the walls give good views of the rivers and town, and link into the ‘Bowling Green’ open space. Different grass cutting times encourage a variety of flowers. The Walls surround Wareham on three sides and are found in the heart of the town.
Tyneham Village (8.6 mi, 22 mins) - Tyneham village was evacuated in December 1943 for military training during the second world war and the village has been deserted ever since, but many of the buildings survive and the Church (still used for occasional services) and School now houses excellent exhibitions about the village and villagers. Click here for opening times.
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