The RSPB nature reserve at Arne is perfect for either a short stroll through the woodland or a full day out walking and exploring.
You can discover stunning expanses of rugged heathland and even small bays of Poole Harbour with views across to the Purbeck Hills and Brownsea Island.
The resident herd of sika deer can be seen grazing in the field as you walk by, or may even roam onto the path as they are used to humans here.
There is also a plethora of other wildlife on the reserve and if you’re not a seasoned ornithologist or would like to know more about hedgehogs, mushrooms or sand lizards, the RSPB team hold regular interactive events and guided walks.
A visitor centre and cafe for coffees, cakes and light lunches can be found a short walk from the car park.
Children and family activities at Arne
There are trails aimed at specifically at children at Arne, as well as year-round and seasonal events.
Harry Potter fans will enjoy this circular walk and play area.
Pick up a map of all the routes around Arne at the welcome area.
Discover the secrets of the forest in the RSPB’s Halloween ‘Wild Woodland’ quiz trail half-term fun.
Keep an eye out in the trees for clues to lead you on to the next discovery point – and learn some weird and wonderful nature facts along the way.
Collect your map and quiz sheet at the entrance near the car park.
How to get to Arne
For your SatNav: BH20 5BJ
Follow the A351 from Swanage until you reach Soldiers Road (past Norden and just opposite the Halfway Inn pub). Turn right and continue until you reach Arne Road. Take a right here and RSPB Arne will be just down the road.
If you’re coming from Wareham, head towards Stoborough on the B3075. Arne is signposted from New Road – turn left here and then right at Ridge. Continue on Arne Road until you reach the nature reserve.
The on-site car park is free for RPSB members or £5 for the day.
There is a secondary overflow car park to cater for the busier days.