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Pink heather with trees in the background and blue sky above.
Heathland vista on a sunny day. | © Lynne Burningham

Brownsea lakes and heath walk

This gentle walk passes through some of the most beautiful and varied habitats on Brownsea, including heathland and woodland. It's an ideal route for wildlife watching and photography.

Total steps: 6

Total steps: 6

Start point

The picnic barn, grid ref: SZ020877

Step 1

Starting from the picnic shelter in the middle of the island, follow the blue waymarked route through to the heathland.

Step 2

Pass through the heathland and take the first right-hand turn into the woodland.

Step 3

At the bottom of the track, take a right-hand turn towards the quay. As you wander down, you will pass two lakes on your left-hand side which are located in the Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve.

Step 4

Continue on until you reach a right-hand turn, sign posted 'Lily pond'. Here you will also come across the remains of the old Vinery.

Step 5

At the Lily pond, take a seat and take a minute to take in the Heartwood art installation. How many hidden hearts can you spot?

Step 6

Continue onwards past the Lily pond and arrive by Daffodil Field at the top of the hill.

End point

Daffodil field

Trail map

Map of Brownsea lakes and heath walk
Map of Brownsea lakes and heath walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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