Accessibility at Arne

Summary accessibility statement

Before you visit

  • Countryside Mobility is a scheme which enables easy access to the South West’s beauty spots and is available here at RSPB Arne . Tramper all-terrain mobility scooters are available to hire for people with limited mobility and for a small fee and a short training session you are able to explore agreed Tramper routes and visit other participating sites across the South West. For more information about the scheme please visit www.countrysidemobility.org and to book the Tramper please call us on 01929 557828.
  • Check accessibility for events and activities.

How to get here

By train

Wareham is the closest station (4 miles / 6.5 km from reserve). You can catch the bus from the train station (see 'by bus' for more details).

By bus

The Purbeck Breezer number 40 stops at Stoborough Green, from the bus stop it is 3 miles to Arne. Head along New Road for 0.4 miles, then turn right onto Arne Road.

By bike

The reserve is accessible by bike (please use ‘by road’ directions). We have bike racks in the main car park and by the cafe. The bridleway, which leads to Shipstal beach, is also accessible by bike.

By road

From Wareham town centre, head south over the causeway to Stoborough. Travel through Stoborough, turn left onto New Lane, signposted for Arne. Turn right at the cross roads in the village of Ridge, follow the road for approximately 3 miles to Arne, the car park is located on the right at the beginning of Arne village.

Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.

Other ways to get there

The Purbeck Cycleway passes within 1.5 miles / 2km of the car park.

Access to facilities

Visitor centre
  • Visitor hut accessed by a shallow ramp or two steps. Level, laminate floor throughout. Good lighting. Information panels in clear print. Binoculars available to hire. Staff available to assist.
  • Shop: ground floor entry, step-free access through the shop and cafe. Non-slip flooring, good lighting. Some items in the shop and cafe may be difficult to reach, staff are available to assist.
  • The two visitor footpaths from the main car park to the shop and cafe are quite steep, visitors with mobility problems are advised to park in the disabled parking by the building.
Car parking
61 spaces
5 Blue Badge spaces

All firm, flat, bare ground.

Toilet and baby changing

Located in the shop and cafe, on the ground floor with step free access.

Nature trails access
  • Benches throughout the reserve all without arms and back support.
  • Shipstal Point Trail starts at the Blue Badge Car Park offering a 2.5 km level and firm surface.
Viewing points
  • Shipstal viewing screen is level but has no roof so is exposed to the weather.
  • Coombe screen is approached by a steepish slope without steps and has no roof. Narrow and uneven access to Coombe Hide.
Café
  • Ground floor entry, step-free access through the cafe.
  • Non-slip flooring, good lighting.
  • Some items in the cafe may be difficult to reach, staff are available to assist.
  • Cafe has wheelchair accessible tables.
  • Large print menu available.
  • The two visitor footpaths from the main car park to the shop and cafe are quite steep, visitors with mobility problems are advised to park in the disabled parking by the building.
Picnic area
  • Two tables with wheelchair space next to the Visitor Hut.
  • Four tables with wheelchair space in the shop and cafe garden, on a grassed area.
Dogs
  • Dogs on leads welcome.
  • Please keep them on a short lead (less than 2m).
  • Please be aware that there are no dog waste bins at Arne, the nearest is in the village of Ridge on the Arne road. But please pick up after your dog and take it away with you.

Downloads

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Arne access statement