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Wareham Town Walls walk

Wareham Town Walls were originally built in Saxon times to defend the town from Viking attacks. This circular walk follows the walls around the town.

Wareham Walls surround the heart of the town on three sides and date from the 9th century. The Walls (now grassy, earth mounds) are managed to improve the local wildlife. For example, the grass is cut at certain times of the year to allow plants to flower, which benefits a variety of butterflies.

Wareham Town Walls Walk

Start point:

Wareham Quay
Nearest postcode: BH20 4LP or grid ref: SY 923 872

Relevant Ordnance Survey map:Explorer Map No.OL15 (Purbeck and South Dorset). You can buy a copy from the Discover Purbeck Information Centre.
Distance:1 mile - this route is signposted
Typical time to complete the walk:45 minutes

There are slopes to get onto the walls, but once on top, the walk is fairly level and benches are provided to take in the views over the River Piddle.

Route leaflet:

A guide incorporating the Walls Walk is available to buy from Discover Purbeck Information Centre or you can download a copy of the Wareham Town Visitors Guide. (pdf, 634kb) (opens in a new window).


Walking boots are recommended in winter or after heavy rain.

Public transport:

Long stay parking is available at Connegar Lane car park .

Facilities and Refreshments:

Wareham has a variety of cafes, pubs and restaurants (opens in a new window). The nearest public toilets are found on The Quay or at Howards Lane car park.

Other activities in the area:

Northport Greenway and Sika Cycle Trail, Purbeck cycle rides, Wareham Forest Way, The Purbeck Way, The Purbeck Way West Route, The Wareham Two Rivers Walks, Wareham Forest (opens in a new window), Morden Bog (opens in a new window) Stoborough Heath (opens in a new window), Hartland Moor (opens in a new window), Arne RSPB Nature Reserve (opens in a new window), Wareham Museum (opens in a new window)

Are you staying a while in Wareham? You can find walker-friendly accommodation on the Visit Dorset website. (opens in a new window)

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