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A wheelchair Friendly Woodland Walk Around Blue Pool

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Woodland Walk Around Blue Pool
© Holly Brega
Woodland Walk Around Blue Pool
© Holly Brega
Woodland Walk Around Blue Pool
© Holly Brega
Woodland Walk Around Blue Pool
© Holly Brega

Walk Details

This is a lovely short walk around the Blue Pool at Furzebrook in Dorset. There’s something here for everyone – wildlife, history, fairy rings and a playground. There’s a network of paths that meander through the 25 acres of heath and woodland – this walk takes you on just a small part of that.

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There is an entrance fee to get into the estate (disabled visitors do get in for free) and a map of all the different routes are available from the kiosk near the entrance.

This is the red route – and it is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. There are plenty of seats along the way for anyone who either needs to take a rest or who just wants to enjoy the beauty of this place.

As you walk keep an eye out for the wildlife that call this place home. You could be lucky and see squirrels, rabbits, badgers, deer, a Dartford warbler or various species of dragonfly.

You’ll perhaps notice that the pool changes colour from blue to green. This is because the fine clay that is suspended in the water diffracts light in different ways. There are steps which lead down to a beach area – and there is also a viewing platform which overlooks the pool.

Children will be enthralled by the fairy rings and fairy doors that can be found hidden amongst the trees in the woodland – and there’s a great play area for them too.

Whilst you’re here – be sure to visit the Wareham Bears – a collection of 200+ miniature dressed bears set within their own house, stables and other environments. There is a Giftshop, museum and plant centre on the estate as well as the tearoom which offers lots of home baked cakes and hot snacks.

Access TOG verdict:

Whilst the path is suitable for wheelchairs, manual wheelchair users may find it a little bumpy in places. The all important accessible toilets can be found by the tea rooms.

Carpark: Furzebrook Road, Wareham BH20 5AR.

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Local Information

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Read the Countryside Code before venturing out
Make sure to take a map and compass, and know how to use them before going into our National Parks #BeAdventureSmart

Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".