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Upton Wood

Information board at Upton Wood

Bridge at Upton Wood

Upton Wood entrance

Volunteers at Upton Wood

Upton Wood is found near to Upton Country Park. You will find a Woodland Trail, trickling streams and open glades with bluebells.

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.

Nearest town:Upton
Grid reference:SY 987 932
Nearest postcode:BH16 5SR
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, X53 and 128 buses - bus information
Nearest train station:Hamworthy (2 miles) - train information
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. Download location map (pdf, 138kb) (opens in a new window)  and Upton Wood leaflet (pdf, 826kb) (opens in a new window) .
Dogs allowed?Yes. Dog bins provided.
Size(Ha):5.5
Habitats:Mixed woodland, heath, wet heath, ponds and streams.
Site designation:Site of Nature Conservation Interest
Owner:Purbeck District Council
Managed by:Purbeck District Council. Download the  Upton Wood Management Plan 2013-2018 (pdf, 5Mb) (opens in a new window)

Other activities in the area:

Upton Heath (opens in a new window) , Castleman Trailway, Upton Country Park (opens in a new window)

Get involved

The next volunteer event (opens in a new window)  will take place on 23 March 2014. 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 and Tourism Officer for further details.

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