Wareham Forest is there to be explored. Managed by Forest England, there are many tracks running through the woodlands, many of which are wheelchair accessible.
Our short walk takes the wide track from the Sika Trail car park to a magnificent viewpoint. There is a gate to go through which is wide enough for all wheelchairs.
The track is flat and the surface is made of compounded gravel, which means it’s suitable for power or manual wheelchairs. There is a mixture of new and old trees along this track as well as heather and moorland.
It is home to a range of wildlife, such as the sika deer. A good time to see the deer is during October and November, when you are likely to hear the call of the rutting stag.
You may also catch sighting of woodlarks, who make their nest on the ground in the heathlands. They are small, brown, speckled birds, like a thrush. If you’re lucky, you may also see a sand lizard or smooth snake.
There is a picnic area located near the car park; in the summer months there is a small café and cycle hire. The nearest toilets are in Wareham.
For this walk, I used the DaVinci wheelchair with TrailRider attachment, which was ideal for this terrain. It’s a great venue for a family day out. The walk is dog-friendly, but with so much wildlife in the forest, owners are asked to keep dogs on their leads.
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