Close to Dorchester, this 26 hectare mixed woodland and heath site is listed on the Ancient Woodland Inventory.
Thorncombe Wood has a great diversity of trees including mature oaks, Sweet Chestnut and beech. The woodland gives way to Black Heath, an area of birch, bracken, heath and Rushy Pond, a small watering hole for many birds, mammals and damselflies and dragonflies. Running through the site is a well preserved Roman road. This Scheduled Ancient Monument, would have stretched from Dorchester to Badbury Rings.
There are a lots of paths to explore both the site and further afield using the local rights of way to Puddletown Forest and Dorchester.
The site is also adjacent to Hardy's Cottage, birthplace of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy. Black Heath is now a small fragment of the one famous Hardy's Egdon Heath and Rushy Pond is mentioned in 'The Withered Arm'.
|Look out for|
Dormice, Common Lizards, Adders and Grass Snakes. Song Thrushes, Marsh Tits, Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Dartford Warblers and Nightjars. Scare Hoverfly.
|Habitats||Woodland, heath and a pond|
|Nearest bus stop||A35 nr Dorchester or Kingston Maurward College - information about bus services|
|Nearest train station||Dorchester (Both) - information about train services|
|Grid reference||SY 725 921|
|Parking||On the site|
|Accessibility||Open Access area. No cycling or horse riding|
|Other activities in area|
|Owner||Dorset County Council|
|Managed by||Dorset Countryside (Inland Team)|
How to get there
Located 5 kilometres to the northwest of Dorchester.
There are local public footpath links from Dorchester.