Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Canford Heath

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One of the largest remaining areas of heathland in Dorset.

The 344 hectares of Canford Heath are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Careful management of the heath is needed to stop other plant life blocking out the heather on which the local wildlife relies.

Canford Heath has a real wilderness feel and you can easily spend two hours walking or cycling around its paths.

News and events are available on the Poole's heathlands Facebook page.

There are entrances to Canford Heath at Gravel Hill lay-by and on Culliford Crescent and Francis Avenue. The nearest postcode is BH21 3BW.

There is limited parking on roads near this reserve.

Dogs must be on a short lead when livestock is near and during the bird breeding season from 1 March to 31 July. At other times dogs must be under close control.

Broad-leaf woodland, dry and wet heath and valley mire and bog habitats for wildlife.

Dragonflies, damselflies, Dartford warblers, nightjars and all six species of British reptile.

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Venue/Contact Details
Canford Heath
BH21 3BW
Area coverage
BCP Area
See Journey Planner on right hand side of this page, where you can view bus, car and train routes from your location.
  • Car Parking
Times and Costs
Opening times:
The heath is an open facility, please visit the website for more information.
Further opening details:
  • Evening
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • Daily
  • All Year Round
It is free to use the heath.
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
Booking Information:
Booking is not required.