This signed off road circular trail takes you on a tour of the peaceful Wareham Forest in Dorset.
You will pass through the high forest and open heath of the area with its variety of wildlife. Look out for crossbills and sand lizards as you make your way around this 7 mile circular ride.
This trail is suitable for families with older children as the trail is relatively flat but has a couple of climbs. It is signed for its duration and though it is advertised as a cycle trail it is also suitable for walkers. You can start off from the Sika Trail car park located at postcode BH20 7PE.
This route links with the Wareham Forest Way. It runs from Wareham to Sturminster Marshall with nice views of the River Frome and the River Piddle Valley.
Also nearby are the Hartland Moor and Arne Nature Reserves. Here you will find more nice footpaths with a variety of wildlife to look out for.
PostcodeBH20 7PE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Sika Trail Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Sika Trail Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Sika Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Sika Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Silent Woman is located in a lovely spot just north of the car park. The pub has a literary connection it changed its name from 'The Angel' after Thomas Hardy referred to it as ‘the Quiet Lady’ in his novel ‘The Return of the Native’. The inn has a particularly attractive outdoor area with a garden gazebo and picturesque landscaped garden. They serve good quality food and can be found at postcode BH20 7PA for your sat navs.
The trail and the surrounding expanse of the forest are ideal for dog walking. The Silent Woman pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dorset Walks page.