Coombe Heath and Lulworth Estate

From an isolated location, hidden amongst woodland and decorated with ancient barrows, take advantage of the Lulworth Estate’s permissive paths to its own private lake, fort, wall and lodges, all in different states of repair. Cruise past the impressive castle and its hidden chapel to the northern boundary to discover the ruins of Clare’s Tower and the North Lodges. Wander past the remains of the deserted village of Coombe Keynes and return through Haremere Wood.

Distance:  7 miles/11km

Duration: 3 hours

Ability: Easy.

Max Height: 330ft.

Min Height: 87ft.

Total climb: 243ft.

Terrain: Path, track, road and field. The route uses the private permissive paths of Lulworth Estate, please check that these are open before traveling. NB: these are different to the Lulworth Ranges

Map: OL15 Explorer Purbeck and South Dorset

Start Point: Coombe Heath Nature Reserve. (Postcode: BH20 6AR, Grid Reference: SY858849, What Three Words: droplet.spilled.sheds)

How to Get There: From Wareham, head west on the A352. On entering Stokeford, turn left at the church and onto a small lane. Pass over the railway and the river and straight on at the crossroads. Continue on the same road for about a mile and when it turns sharply right, park out of the way on the left hand side.

Dogs: In accordance with the Countryside Code and any notices on route.

Refreshments: None on route but nearby are The Weld Arms at East Lulworth or The Black Bear and The Ship Inn in Wool.

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