This gentle ramble around the Blue Pool, Furzebrook, Dorset, has something from everyone, be it wildlife, history, fairy rings or playground. It really is a walk for the whole family. A network of paths meander through the25 acres of heath and woodland.
There is an entrance fee to get into the estate, but disabled visitors get in for free. A map of the different routes around the estate is available from the Kiosk at the entrance to the estate.
The red route, which we followed, is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, though it might be a bit bumpy in places for manual chair user, where tree routes interrupt the tracks.
There is plenty of seating along the way to rest and to take in the peace and tranquillity of this walk.
Visitors may be lucky enough to spot squirrels, rabbits, badgers and deer as well as the Dartford Warbler, dragonflies or a Green The Blue Pool constantly varies in colour.
The pool changes colours from green to blue as the fine clay suspended in the water diffracts the light in different ways. It is very beautiful. There are steps which lead down to the beach area but for those who just wish to sit and admire the wildlife and the views, there is a viewing platform which looks over the pool. Children will love discovering fairy rings and fairy doors that can be found hidden on the trees amongst the woodland.
There is a great children’s play area too. The Blue Pool is also home to 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.
For this walk I used the Da Vinci power wheel, which was ideal for this terrain. The track is rough and undulating in places which might prove a little tricky for a manual wheelchair. Disabled visitors can get into the estate for free. A refreshment stop at the tearooms is a must. There are those all-important accessible loos there too. It’s a great venue for a family day out.
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