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Sandford Heath

This hidden Purbeck heathland is found on the edge of The Woodlands housing estate in Sandford, near Wareham.

Nearest town:Wareham
Grid reference:SY 940 905
Nearest postcode:BH20 7QJ
Nearest bus stop:Outside Heath Cottages on the Sandford Road (bus numbers 40 or X54) - Bus information
Nearest train station:Holton Heath - Train information
Parking:Parking is on the side roads of the The Woodlands housing estate.
Accessibility:There a number of footpaths which run through and on the edge of the heath. There is a gate at the western corner of the heath adjacent to the A351. Download the  Sandford Heath map (pdf, 253kb) (opens in a new window) which shows access and footpaths.
Dogs allowed?Yes, but they should be kept on a lead due to the wildlife interest of the site.
Habitats:Heath, woodland and a lily pond.
Site designations:Sites of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserve
Owner:Partly owned by Purbeck District Council
Managed by: Natural England (opens in a new window)

Other activities in the area:

Northport Greenway and Sika Cycle Trail, Poole Harbour Trails - Route 4 (opens in a new window) Wareham Forest (opens in a new window), Morden Bog (opens in a new window).

How to get there

Sandford Heath is found adjacent to the A351 at Sandford, near Wareham. Travel Dorset can help plan your journey.

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