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Upton Wood

Upton Wood is found near to Upton Country Park. You will find a Woodland Trail, trickling streams and open glades with bluebells. Upton Wood won a Gold Award in the 2016 South and South East in Bloom Competition in the small conservation area category.

You can access the wood from Pony Drive, Upton Heath Estate, Gorse Lane and Poole Road. These entrances are for pedestrians, cyclists, pushchairs, wheelchairs and medium sized mobility scooters.

On the Woodland Trail, stroll through the trees and alongside the streams. Take a seat and listen to the birds or maybe see dragonflies or butterflies in the spring and summer.

If you want to cycle through the wood, the hard surfaced tracks are the best to use and allow you to take a short cut from the housing estates through to Upton County Park. They are also a good place for children to learn to ride a bike away from busy roads.

Purbeck District Council bought Upton Wood in 2004. The previous owners were The Llewellin Estate who also owned Upton Country Park.

Nearest town:Upton
Grid reference:SY 987 932
Nearest postcode:BH16 5SR
Nearest bus stop:Upton Country Park stop (these bus stops are adjacent to the Wood - a stile allows direct access into the Wood for pedestrians). This stop is on the route of the 9, 10 and 40 buses - bus information. To gain access for pushchairs, wheelchairs etc, from the bus stops head along the straight road in the direction of the centre of Upton (i.e. away from the road junction) until you reach a traffic island. Cross the road here, turn left and then right into Pony Drive. The entrance is on the right.
Nearest train station:Hamworthy (2 miles) - train information
Parking:There is roadside parking for a small number of cars on Pony Drive or the dog walkers car park just inside the entrance gates to Upton Country Park is found a few minutes walk away.
Accessibility:There is wheelchair and medium sized mobility scooter access from Poole Road, Pony Drive, Upton Heath Estate or Gorse Lane. The main tracks are suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. There are two benches within the wood. Download location map (pdf, 138kb) (opens in a new window) and Upton Wood leaflet (pdf, 826kb) (opens in a new window).
Dogs allowed?Yes, dogs are allowed off the lead. Dog bins provided.
Size(Ha):5.5
Habitats:Mixed woodland, heath, wet heath, ponds and streams.
Site designation:Sites of Nature Conservation Interest
Owner:Purbeck District Council
Managed by:Purbeck District Council. Download the  Upton Wood Management Plan 2013-2018 (pdf, 5Mb) (opens in a new window)

Other activities in the area:

Upton Heath (opens in a new window), Castleman Trailway, Upton Country Park (opens in a new window), Lytchett Bay Nature Reserve (opens in a new window), Holes Bay Nature Park (opens in a new window)

Get involved

Events are held in conjunction with the Dorset Countryside Volunteers (opens in a new window). If you are interested in volunteering to help look after Upton Wood, contact the Countryside and Tourism Officer for further details.

 

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