Historical Wareham – entrance to Purbeck, Dorset

Heading into rural Dorset, the historic market town of Wareham, situated to the west of Poole is one of the first towns you’ll come to as you head on down the A351. Often overlooked by those heading west or further south to the pretty seaside coves – Wareham is well worth a visit with picturesque scenery and a rich history.

Wareham is easy to get to – head west from Poole down the A35 and take the A351 (be wary that in the peak of summer the roads (in particular the A351 into Wareham itself can get a bit congested).

Founded by the Saxons, the town is steeped in history and for those looking to delve into Dorsets past there are plenty of treats to be found. An ancient Saxon burial place, and former Royal borough, there are many remnants of the towns past with some historic churches and the saxon town wall for example (Wareham is one of only two towns in the UK). For those of a military mindset the towns links to T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) who is buried nearby and has an effigy at St Martins church and nearby Bovington Army camp (and tank museum) should attract.

For those looking for views and to soak up the Dorset countryside, the river Frome cuts through the town and provides many activities such as sailing, kayaking, for those less inclined – simply sit and enjoy the views at one of the many picnic spots or pub beer gardens within close reach or enjoy the market that runs twice a week (Thursday and Saturdays) or the monthly farmers market. For those that enjoy walking the banks of the river Frome offer much to enjoy.

For more information on Wareham visit Wareham town council site

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