Upton Wood is found on the edge of Purbeck near to Upton Country Park. Inside the wood you will find a winding Woodland Trail, trickling streams and open glades with bluebells in the spring.
You can access the wood from Pony Drive, Upton Heath Estate and Gorse Lane. These entrances are for pedestrians, cyclists, pushchairs, wheelchairs and medium sized mobility scooters.
On the Woodland Trail, stroll through the trees and alongside the streams. Take a seat and listen to the birds or maybe see dragonflies or butterflies in the spring and summer.
If you want to cycle through the wood, the hard surfaced tracks are the best and allow you to take a short cut from the housing estates through to Upton County Park. They are also a good place for children to learn to ride a bike away from busy roads.
Purbeck District Council bought Upton Wood in 2004. The previous owners were The Llewellin Estate who also owned Upton Country Park.
Grid reference: SY 987 932
Nearest postcode: BH16 5SR
Habitats: Mixed woodland, heath, wet heath, ponds and streams.
Site designation: Site of Nature Conservation Interest
Dogs allowed? Yes
Owner: Purbeck District Council
Managed by: Purbeck District Council
Nearest town: Upton
Nearest bus stop: Upton Country Park stop (adjacent - a stile allows direct access into the Wood). This stop is on the route of the X8, 40 and 128 (Wilts and Dorset), X53 (First) and 347 (Damory) buses - for information visit the Traveline website (opens in a new window) .
Nearest train station: Hamworthy (2 miles) - for information visit the South West Trains website (opens in a new window) .
Parking: There is roadside parking for a small number of cars on Pony Drive or the walkers car park just inside the entrance to Upton Country Park is found opposite.
Accessibility: There is wheelchair and medium sized mobility scooter access from Poole Road, Pony Drive, Upton Heath Estate or Gorse Lane. The main tracks are suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. There are two benches within the wood.
Get involved: The next volunteer events will take place on 18 and 19 May, and 23 June 2013. The events are held in conjunction with the Dorset Countryside Volunteers (opens in a new window) . If you are interested in volunteering to help look after Upton Wood, contact the Countryside Officer for further details.