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Walled Walk

LOCALITY: Wareham, Dorset
DISTANCE: 2 miles (3.22 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Parking, Toilets, Pub, Cafe

GRADIENT: Quite steep in places
OS MAP: Purbeck and South Dorset

Walk description:

Wareham was one of a number of towns that was defended by high walls. This walk is where the wall was. It is made up of a grass pathway thet is narrow and uneven in places.

Start the walk at the Lady St Mary church, which is near the Quay. The walk is well signposted from here. Walk along Church Street until you come to Church Lane on your right.

Turn right and continue to the end of the road. There is parking on your left. Follow the road around to the left, and then to the right, and walk along Conniger Lane.You will walk down a road between two graveyards.

At the end of this road, turn left along a tarmac road called East Walls. Walk past Wyatt's Lane to the end of the road. In front of you you will see a grass bank with steps going up it. Next to the steps on the right is a sloping grass pathway.

Go up the slope and you will walk along an uneven grass path. Parts of the path is narrow, but you can use the grass verges next to it.

Follow the path all the way to the end, where you will join Mount Pleasant. Turn right here and then take your first left along St Martin's Lane. Just past St Martin's Close on your right, you will see a sign for St Martin's Church. Turn right along this path, and you will come to the Church.

Walk past the Church and you will come to North street. Cross over and then go right. Take your first left, and go up Shatter's Hill. You will come to Mill Lane on your left and opposite there is another grass bank which you need to go up. This part of the walk is the hardest with a buggy as it is narrow and uneven. If you wish you can just continue walking the road.

If you go up the grass bank follow the path all the way around until you get to West Street. This is the end of the walk. If you wish you can start the walk from this end. There is ample parking here.

From here walk along West Street back to the Town Centre.

Additional notes:

This walk is not suitable for wheelchairs or wide buggies. It is better suited to an all terrain buggy but will still be bumpy in places.

There are toilets and eating facilities in the Town Centre.

For a map and further information regarding this walk you can get a leaflet called "discover Wareham Visitor's Guide from the Tourist information Centre. This is based just before the bridge on South Street.

22/02/2008 | Walk posted by cathy nettley

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