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The Wareham Two Rivers Walks

These walks are short, circular trails following footpaths and quiet roads alongside the rivers Frome and Piddle at Wareham.

Purbeck's wetlands (seen at their best from autumn to spring) are fascinating, yet relatively undiscovered. They support up to 20,000 birds in the winter as well as water voles, otters, salmon and trout.

Parts of the Wareham Two Rivers Walks overlap with the Frome Valley Trail.

The Wareham Two Rivers Walks

Start point:

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

Distance:Between 2 ¼ and 3 ¼ miles - these routes are signposted as 'Two Rivers Walks' or a picture of a Lapwing bird.
Typical time to complete the walks:Between 1.5 and 4 hours
Route leaflet

Purchase the leaflet from the Discover Purbeck Information Centre or alternatively download a copy of the  Wareham Two Rivers Walks leaflet (pdf, 420kb) (opens in a new window).

Relevant Ordnance Survey map:Explorer Map No.OL15 (Purbeck and South Dorset). You can buy a copy from the Discover Purbeck Information Centre.
Footwear and clothing:

Walking boots are recommended all year as there are some sections which might be muddy, even in summer- wellington boots are better in winter.

The bankside vegetation grows tall and thick in summer, so lightweight trousers and long sleeve t-shirts are advised to guard against brambles and nettles.

Public transport:
Parking:Long stay parking in Wareham is available at Streche Road or Connegar Lane.
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:

Wareham Walls, Northport Greenway and Sika Trail, Purbeck cycle rides, Wareham Forest Way, The Purbeck Way, The Purbeck Way West Route, Wareham Forest (opens in a new window), Morden Bog (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).


View the start of the walk on streetview

This walk along with the Lawrence Trail, Wareham Forest Way and Purbeck Way were created by Purbeck District Council and Dorset County Council.

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