Dorset is best known for its spectacular coastline, but there is also a wealth of beauty to discover inland. One of our favourite places to explore, especially during the autumn months, is Puddletown Forest, thanks to its mature trees and array of wildlife.
Puddletown Forest is located on the outskirts of Dorchester – Dorset’s county town. It’s well worth a visit after checking out other attractions such as Maiden Castle, The Keep Military Museum and Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park.
The land is owned and managed by the Forestry Commission and is a great choice if you’re planning a dog walk or cycle ride. It’s over 300 hectares in size and there are a variety of well-marked footpaths of varying difficulty, with something to offer avid walkers as well as those looking for a leisurely afternoon stroll.
Dogs are welcome here and able to explore off lead if under close control. In the autumn it’s a great place for puddle splashing with the children, nature spotting or building dens!
Puddletown Forest is a popular spot for mountain bike riders, with mud trails, jumps and downhill sections to negotiate. If you’re in the mood for a challenge there a number of hills to tackle, which offer commanding views over the local area from the summit.
There are numerous access points with nearby parking, meaning you can explore a different area on every visit. There are no facilities within the forest itself, however there are sometimes toilets and a café available at Hardy’s Cottage.
Whilst Puddletown Forest is a great spot for a picnic, barbecues are not permitted. In recent years there have been an increase in forest fires here due which has had a devastating effect on local wildlife.
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