Puddletown Forest and Thorncombe Woods

Puddletown Forest and Thorncombe Woods

Just outside of Dorchester, Puddletown Forest and Thorncombe Woods are wonderful spots for dog walking, cycling, running or peaceful, easy walks.

What’s it like?

Puddletown Forest is a large area of woodland with a mixture of conifers and other plants. Paths are well marked (also good when everywhere else is wet and muddy) with flowers often growing around them. Some patches of heathland remain and there are good views across to Purbeck from higher areas.


 Adjacent to Puddletown Forest is Thorncombe Woods, a designated ancient woodland and a site of nature conservation interest. Rich in ground flora during the spring months, Thorncombe is a mixture of habitat with a large area of broad-leaved trees and a little conifer plantation on an underlying foundation of heath. Rushy Pond is a haven for insects and reptiles.

Keep your eye out for…

Deer, Grass Snakes, Palmate Newts, Adders, Pond Skaters and Dragonflies.


How do I get there?

While there are plenty of access points with adjacent parking spaces, the most convenient place to park is at the start of Thorncombe Wood near Hardy’s Cottage. Turn south off the A35 2 miles east of the Kingston Maurward roundabout signed to Higher and Lower Bockhampton. In about ½ mile turn left by the sign to Hardy’s Cottage and follow the paved road round to the right to reach the car park.