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The Lawrence of Arabia Trail

The Lawrence of Arabia Trail follows a route near Bovington along country lanes and through leafy woodland and heathland.

This circular trail starts and finishes at Bovington's famous Tank Museum, taking in Lawrence of Arabia's home at Clouds Hill and his last resting place - the cemetery at Moreton.

The Lawrence of Arabia Trail

Start point:The Tank Museum at Bovington - postcode: BH20 6JG
Distance:6 ¾ miles but the trail can be split into shorter sections. This route is signposted.
Typical time to complete the walk:4 hours

Section 2 (¼ mile) between Moreton and the ford over the River Frome is the most accessible part of the route for wheelchairs/mobility scooters. It is a wide, well surfaced quiet lane. The track to St Nicholas Church is also well surfaced. Parking is on nearby roads.

The rest of the route is mostly on a fairly level walk along footpaths or gravel tracks. There are inclines through Moreton Plantation. There are no stiles to climb over on this route.

Route leaflet:Purchase the leaflet from the Discover Purbeck Information Centre or Clouds Hill (opens in a new window) (now owned by the National Trust). Alternatively you can download the Lawrence of Arabia Trail leaflet (pdf, 839kb) (opens in a new window).
Footwear:Walking boots are recommended all year - wellington boots are better in winter or after heavy rain.
Relevant Ordnance Survey map:

Explorer Map No.OL15 (Purbeck and South Dorset). You can buy a copy from the Discover Purbeck Information Centre.

Public transport:
Parking:Parking is available at the  Tank Museum (opens in a new window) provided you visit the museum.
Facilities and Refreshments:There is a cafe inside the Tank Museum. There is also a pub in Bovington and tea rooms and pub in Moreton. The nearest public toilets are at Wool Railway Station however there are facilities at all the eateries mentioned above providing you make a purchase.
Things to do in the area:

Purbeck cycle rides, Tank Museum (opens in a new window), Clouds Hill (opens in a new window), Tadnoll and Winfrith Heath Nature Reserves (opens in a new window), Monkey World (opens in a new window)

Staying a while in the area?You can find walker-friendly accommodation on the Visit Dorset website (opens in a new window).

This walk along with the Wareham Two Rivers Walks, Wareham Forest Way and Purbeck Way were created by Purbeck District Council and Dorset County Council.

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