Route: Arne Nature Reserve

Area: Dorset

Date of walk: 5th November 2014

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.1 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

Weather: Mostly sun and blue skies

Arne is owned and managed by the RSPB and overlooks Poole Harbour and many of its islands. The landscape is made up of heathland and woodland and is a haven for wildlife

I parked in the RSPB car park at the end of Arne Road and entered the nature reserve. There are various trails to follow, all helpfully waymarked and described in a leaflet which is available at the visitor entrance. I followed the long trail which took me out to Shipstal Beach and back again

Having arrived back at the start, there was still time to explore the other section of the reserve, the marked trail round Coombe Heath. I was hoping for a sighting of the rare Dartford Warbler, but was out of luck today. No matter, for I’d seen plenty of interesting wildlife in addition to the stunning surroundings which made this a thoroughly enjoyable walk

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