Springdale Road tree belt and Upton View Point are small areas of acid grassland and heath to the south of Corfe Mullen, forming part of the larger Upton Heath.
The 'tree belt' is a buffer zone between Wickham Drive and the amenity areas off Springdale Road at the northern end of Upton Heath. Following the track south from Springdale Road car park leads to the viewpoint, a high point with views out across Upton Heath, Poole Harbour and the Purbeck Hills. The Dorset Wildlife Trust manages the majority of Upton Heath to the south of the viewpoint, but this access area at the northern end is a great place to start your visit.
The rest of Upton Heath is well worth a visit and there are many miles of footpaths to explore the heathland.
|Nearest Town||Corfe Mullen|
|Look out for||Dartford Warblers|
|Habitats||Acid grassland and heath|
|Nearest bus stop||Springdale Road, Wilts and Dorset bus route|
|Nearest train station||Poole (5 miles)|
|Parking||Springdale Road car park|
|Accessibility||Combination of gravel paths with wide gates, and smaller unmade footpaths|
|Facilities||Dog bins at Springdale Road car park and at Corfe Lodge Road junction|
|Owner||Dorset Council (Previously East Dorset District Council)|
|Managed by||Dorset Council Countryside Team|
|How to get there||
From Poole / the south, follow the B3074 (Higher Blandford Road) north towards Rushcombe Bottom. Turn right at the roundabout onto Springdale Road, then right again into the car park.
From Wimborne / the north, follow the A31 west from Wimborne, and turn left at the B3073 roundabout onto Wimborne Road, towards Corfe Mullen. Continue through Corfe Mullen on the Wareham Road and turn left at the roundabout into Springdale Road. The car park is then on your right.