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Wareham Walls

Wareham's Saxon Walls surround Wareham old town on three sides. The grassland provides habitat for various flowers, insects and butterflies.

The Walls and Walls Walk are signposted from various cars parks in the town centre. Once on top of the Walls, there are views of the River Piddle and Wareham Common.

Nearest town:Wareham
Grid reference:SY 921 873
Nearest postcode:BH20 4JZ
LeafletFor more information about the history of the Walls and the route of the Walls Walk, download the  Visitor Guide (pdf, 634kb) (opens in a new window) or purchase a copy from Discover Purbeck Information Centre.
Nearest bus stop:North Street or South Street (Wareham is on bus routes 30, 40, X54 and 105) - information about bus services
Nearest train station:

Wareham (0.75 mile) - information about train services

Parking:Long and short stay parking is available in Wareham - charges apply. The Walls Walk starts from the Streche Road car park.
Accessibility:

Access for less-abled visitors is limited to the foot of the ramparts where they are adjacent to Streche Road car Park, North Walls, Bells Orchard Lane, the public section of North Bestwall Road, and East Walls. A short section of sloping tarmac path leads up to the north west corner of the Walls from North Walls, but this is not suitable for all less-abled visitors to use as it is narrow and the slope increases towards the top of the rampart. There are a number of benches on top of the walls, with views of the rivers and meadows.

Dogs allowed?Yes. Dog bins provided.
Size(Ha):7
Look out for:
  • Dragonflies and damselflies including the nationally scarce chaser dragonfly
  • 21 species of butterfly, including purple hairstreak
  • 7 species of grasshoppers and bush cricket, including the nationally scarce long-winged conehead
  • 4 species of reptile
  • Water birds and cetti's warbler
  • 17 notable Dorset plant species including burnet rose, almond willow and wild clary
Habitats:Neutral and acid grassland, woodland, swamp and fen.
Site designations:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Owner:The Rempstone Estate
Managed by:Purbeck District Council
Other activities in the area:

Wareham Forest (opens in a new window), Morden Bog (opens in a new window), Wareham Forest WayPurbeck cycle rides, Northport Greenway and Sika Cycle Trail, The Purbeck Way, The Purbeck Way West Route, The Wareham Two Rivers Walks, Wareham Museum (opens in a new window)

How to get there

Wareham is found on the A351. Follow signs for long stay parking, which will take you to Streche Road car park. The Walls Walk starts from here, as well as good views of West Walls and Bloody Bank. Travel Dorset can help plan your journey.

 

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