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Radipole Lake Nature Reserve

LOCALITY: Weymouth, Dorset
DISTANCE: 2 miles (3.22 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs, Toilets, Cafe

GRADIENT: Mostly flat
TERRAIN: Medium
OS MAP: Purbeck and South Dorset

Walk description:

Drive into Weymouth along the A354. Go toward Weymouth along the Weymouth Way.At Chafeys Roundabout go left and follow the brown signs to Radipole Nature Reserve.

The parking is in the Swannery pay and display carpark. There are public toilets situated here.

Head for Radipole Visitor centre at the back of the car park. This is open most days of the year. Here you can get a leaflet about the reserve, which includes a map.

From the Radipole lake Natural Reserve hut, go across the bridge and walk straight on. At the fork in the track, take the turning to the right towards Buddleia Loop. This take you past Buddeia viewpoint. Continue walking across a wooden fence bridge. At the end of this pathway turn right towards North Hide. Go across the concrete bridge till you come to a large metal gate.

Turn right past the sign that says members and permit holders only and you will see a small gateway on your left.

Go through the gateway which is on a slope, and then turn left. This will lead you back to the metal gate. (If you go right it is a there and back walk to Chafeys Roundabout.)

Keep walking straight on. Walk under a bridge and when you come to the pathway that has the give way marking on it, go straight on.

When you get to the bridge, turn left across the bridge, unless you wish to continue walking around Weymouth Marina.

Go across the bridge and at the end of the bridge go immediately left along a half cobbled and half tarmac path. A little way down the path you will come to a restaurant on your left and a tearoom on your right.

Just pass this is a small recreation ground.

Next at the waters edge, walk under the bridge and at the beginning of the car park turn left back towards the radipole Lake Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, which is where you started the walk.

(If you wish to continue to the north hide in the Nature Reserve you can pay a small charge at the visitor centre.)


Additional notes:

This walk is mainly flat but most of it is along a gravel pathway. It is accessible to wheelchairs and buggies but could be a little bumpy at times.

For more information about Radipole Lake Nature Reserve ring 01305 778313 or visit the website at www.rspb.org.uk


14/08/2008 | Walk posted by cathy nettley

Walks With Buggies User Reviews

Great walk!

18/02/2008 | Reviewed by Marie Houlden

This was a lovely little walk around the nature reserve. The terrain was compacted stone which my Maclaren
pushchair coped okay with - bit bumpy! Lots of wildlife to enjoy and several places to stop and rest.