GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Arne Nature Reserve

3 miles (5 km)

This beautiful coastal nature reserve is located near Wareham in Dorset. There are miles of footpaths to follow through woodland, heathland and countryside to the stunning coastline. Here you can enjoy fabulous views of the islands in Poole Harbour and look out for a wide variety of coastal birdlife. Visitors include wading birds, ducks, avocets, black-tailed godwits, curlew and brent geese. Ospreys are regularly seen on migration in late summer and in autumn.
With 1,392 acres to explore you can spend most of the day at the reserve. The area also has a large herd of Sika Deer which are usually seen in the fields but are often near the waters edge too.
There's a friendly visitor centre next to the car park where you can learn all about the reserve.
If you would like to continue your walk then the Purbeck Way runs through nearby Wareham. Here you can also enjoy a lovely waterside stroll along the River Frome. The Blue Pool is also nearby so you could continue your outing at this lovely turquoise lake and nature reserve.
Just to the south you will find Hartland Moor Nature Reserve with Middlebere Heath and Middlebere Lake. There's more nice walking trails and a number of bird hides to make use of here.


BH20 5BJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Arne Nature Reserve OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Arne Nature Reserve Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The reserve includes an on site shop and cafe where you can enjoy a range of snacks and meals. The shop stocks bird food, bird care, books and gifts. You can also pick up a pair of binoculars here before you go off to view the wildlife.

Dog Walking

The reserve is an excellent place for a dog walk with its woodland paths and beaches. Please keep them on leads because of the resident deer and other wildlife. You can also find water bowls at the cafe.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Arne RSPB reserve - - 292561

The reserve on a stunning autumn day in 2006. View across thesalt marshes with deer grazing

Viewpoint on the RSPB Arne reserve - - 1445832

Viewpoint on the RSPB Arne reserve. Looking across Poole Harbour with Round Island on the right and Long Island on the left. Note the stunning heather as viewed in August 2009

Boardwalk on nature trail at Arne reserve - - 1769407

Boardwalk on the nature trail

Sika Deer, Arne Nature Reserve - - 1021572

Sika Deer. The deer came out of the bracken right in front of the hide.

Heathland - woodland at Arne Nature Reserve - - 1769387

Here dense woodland gives way to a more open heathland landscape with birch and pine.

Sika deer at Arne Nature Reserve - - 1769362

The herd of Sika deer at Arne are wild but are used to visitors

St. Nicholas Church, Arne - - 48754

St. Nicholas Church. This noteworthy Saxon church has a congregation with a deep love and sympathy for the natural world that surrounds them. They were recently awarded aSilver Gilt Awardfor the quality of wild flowers in Churchyard.

Arne RSPB Reserve Viewpoint - - 732972

The view down the steps leading up to the viewpoint on the heath near Shipstal Point looking over Poole Harbour


GPS Files

GPX File

Arne Nature Reserve.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Arne Nature Reserve.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)