GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wareham Walks

2 miles (3.5 km)

The pretty Dorset town of Wareham has some lovely waterside walks along the rivers which pass through the area. There's also the interesting walk along the historic town walls and a number of long distance trails running through the town.
This circular walk takes you around the town visiting the River Piddle, Wareham Common, the town walls and the River Frome.
The walk starts near the North Bridge and heads west along the Piddle towards Wareham Common. You then pick up a section of the Purbeck Way to take you to the west walls and south bridge where there are nice views of the River Frome. There's some good pubs and cafes with outdoor seating here.
The walk then takes you along the east walls before returning to North Bridge where you pass the noteworthy St Martin's Church. TheAnglo-Saxonchurch is aGrade I listed buildingand aScheduled Ancient Monument, dating from 1030. On the north wall of the chancel are 12th-century frescoes depicting Saint Martin on horseback.
The long distance Purbeck Way passes through the town and is a great way of extending your walking in the area. Following it south will take you to Stoborough Heath and the village of Corfe Castle where you will find the fascinating ruins of the 11thcenturyruined castle.
The Wareham Forest Way also passes through the area. Head north and you can explore the River Piddle Valley before passing through the conifer plantations of the forest where you can look out for an abundance of wildlife.

Wareham OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wareham Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Other Walks around Wareham

  • Sika Trail - This signed off road 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
  • Hartland Moor - This walk visits the splendid Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve near Wareham in Dorset
  • Purbeck Way - This beautiful walk takes you from Wareham to Swanage giving splendid views of the Purbeck Hills and the Dorset coast
  • Wareham Forest Way - Follow the Wareham Forest Way from Wareham to Sturminster Marshall on this pleasant walk.
    You start on the River Frome in Wareham and head north to Wareham Forest for a lovely wooded section through the heart of the forest
  • Arne Nature Reserve - This beautiful coastal nature reserve is located near Wareham in Dorset
  • Blue Pool Dorset - This extraordinary lake in Dorset is located near Wareham and Corfe Castle
  • The Hardy Way - Wareham-Corfe Castle-Kimmeridge - The Hardy Way is a long distance walk created to celebrate the life and works of the author Thomas Hardy
  • Corfe Castle - This circular walk takes you around the Dorset village of Corfe Castle, visiting Corfe Common and passing the fascinating ruins of the 11thcenturyruined castle


R. Piddle and flood plain - - 762941

River Piddle and flood plain

Wareham North Walls, and flood plain of the River Piddle - - 1327744

Wareham North Walls, and flood plain of the River Piddle

Wareham St Martin's Church 3

The Anglo-Saxon St Martin's Church

Flood plain of the R. Piddle - - 762947

Flood plain of the R. Piddle

Wareham Town Wall, west - - 762804

Wareham Town Wall, west

The Old Granary, Wareham - - 725038

The Old Granary, Wareham

Town walls, east, Wareham - - 762822

Town walls, east, Wareham

On top of the town wall, Wareham - - 762833

On top of the town wall, Wareham

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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