Wareham Town Walls were originally built in Saxon times to defend the town from Viking attacks. This circular walk follows the walls around the town.

Wareham Walls surround the heart of the town on three sides and date from the 9th century. The Walls (now grassy, earth mounds) are managed to improve the local wildlife. For example, the grass is cut at certain times of the year to allow plants to flower, which benefits a variety of butterflies.

Start point:

Wareham Quay
Nearest postcode: BH20 4LP or grid ref: SY 923 872

Relevant Ordnance Survey map:

Explorer Map No.OL15 (Purbeck and South Dorset). 

Distance: 1 mile - this route is signposted
Typical time to complete the walk: 45 minutes

There are slopes to get onto the walls, but once on top, the walk is fairly level and benches are provided to take in the views over the River Piddle.

Route leaflet:

Download a copy of the Wareham Town Visitors Guide for free. For a copy of the leaflet in large print, please call 01929 557237.


Walking boots are recommended in winter or after heavy rain.

Public transport:

Long stay parking is available at Connegar Lane car park.

Facilities and Refreshments:

Wareham has a variety of cafes, pubs and restaurants. The nearest public toilets are found on The Quay or at Howards Lane car park.

Other activities in the area:

Northport Greenway and Woodlark TrailPurbeck cycle ridesWareham Forest WayThe Purbeck WayThe Purbeck Way West RouteThe Wareham Two Rivers WalksWareham ForestMorden Bog, Stoborough HeathHartland MoorArne RSPB Nature ReserveWareham Museum.

Are you staying a while in Wareham? You can find walker-friendly accommodation on the Visit Dorset website.

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