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Price: £6.00

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  • Distance: 4 Miles
  • Date: Wed 5th June
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Location Name: Whitesheet_2
  • Address: unnamed road, Higher Row, BH21 7DB, United Kingdom
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Main Instructor:

Chris Pole

Hosted By:

Chris Pole

Walk Description:

A wlk across a nature reserve and a SSSI managed by the National Trust. From the carpark we can

explore on wide paths and some smaller paths in any direction.

Acquired in the 1630's by Sir John Bankes as part of the Kingston Lacy estate the heath is an important

lowland heath which is one of the largest areas of its type in Dorset. 

Rich in flora and fauna, home to the dartford warbler, curlew, stone chat and nightjar.

Buzzards, Hen Harriers and Merlin are sometimes seen.

There are 400 hectares, at certain times of the year cattle roam to control the scrub allowing rare plants

to flourish.

This is only 15% of what for thousands of years was ancient heathland east and north east of Wimborne. 

Although low lying there are some far reaching views towards Hengistbury Head and the IOW.

Often muddy. Ground undulating.

Short bumpy track to carpark.

Walk around 4 miles in length.

There are no toilets but Stewarts garden centre is close by. The Coffee Roasters just past Whitesheet

will be opening again this summer 2024.

Crossing back over the A31 if turning right is tricky so there is a route along back roads to Colehill then

down to Canford Bottom roundabout or into Wimborne. Ask if directions needed. I can if needed guide

you out.

Location Notes:

From Whitemoor head up the hill past Pilmore Growers then sharp right along a small bumpy lane to a large carpark under the trees at White Sheet. No facilities but Stewarts garden centre Broomhill in God's blessing lane is 5 mins away.