Reaching out into Poole Harbour, this sandy peninsula is home to all six British reptiles, managed and protected by the RSPB. Wander through the ancient woodland, minding out for the odd WW2 bomb crater, to reach the white shell beach of Shipstal, lined with trees clinging to life by their roots. Admire views across the harbour to the town of Poole and another internationally important nature reserve of Brownsea Island. Return by exploring the heathland, bordered by the silver bark of the young birch trees and the gnarly trunks of the older oaks.

Distance: 3 miles/ 5km

Duration: 1.5 hours

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 100ft

Min Height: 0ft.

Total Climb: 100ft

Terrain: Path, track, road and beach. Access is suitable for many and off road buggies are also available.

Map: OS Explorer OL15 Purbeck and South Dorset

Start Point: RSPB Arne visitor centre (Postcode: BH20 5BJ, Grid reference: SY971877, What Three Words: yards.bride.camps)

How to Get There: From Wareham, head south to Stoborough. Travel through Stoborough, turn left onto New Road. Turn right at the cross roads and follow the road for approximately 3 miles, the car park is located on the right just before entering the village.

Dogs: To be kept on a 2m lead due to the environmental sensitivity of the area. There are also no dog bins so please be prepared to take your rubbish with you.

Refreshments: Café at the RSPB centre.

Neighbouring Walks: Wareham, Blue Pool, Corfe Castle, Kingston, Rempstone and Studland

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