The RSPB nature reserve at Arne is perfect for both a short stroll through the woodland or a full day out walking and exploring.

Path through rowan trees At Arne nature reserve View of island and boats from Arne beach Deer in field at RSPB Arne pathway in the woods at Arne

As you explore Arne, you’ll 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 through the woods, and there is a plethora of other wildlife on the reserve – and if you’re not a seasoned ornithologist, or would like to learn more about hedgehogs, mushrooms or sand lizards, the RSPB team hold regular interactive events, guided walks and educational activities.

A visitor centre and café for coffees, cakes and light lunches can be found a short walk from the car park.

Woodland path at Arne nature reserve

Woodland path at Arne

Children and family activities at Arne

There are trails aimed at specifically at children at Arne, as well as year-round and seasonal events.

Dumbledore Trail

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.

Dumbledore trail at Arne Nature Reserve

The start of Arne’s Harry Potter-inspired trail

Halloween trail

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

From Swanage

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.

From Wareham

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.

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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.