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Canford Heath

One of the few patches of lowland heathland still remaining in the county – in years past much of the eastern part of the county would have looked like this; sharp spined patches of gorse competing with tracts of heather and bracken.

Canford heath lies on the northern edge of Poole, forming a natural barrier between Poole and Wimborne Minster. Seen here on a wet winter morning, the heath is a popular recreation area with numerous paths and tracks criss-crossing its undulating sandy surface. For views of heathland in mid-summer try Holt Heath and Middlebere Heath.

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Nearby locations that also feature in galleries on this site:

directionWimborne, Holt Heath

directionBournemouth, Poole

More views of Dorset in December

Other sites on the web

The Countryside Management site of Surrey County Council has an introduction to lowland heath on their 'Heathland > Heathland Basics' page

The Dorset Page:   Canford Magna – local information and links to further resources on the web

Maps of the area on streetmap.co.uk:   1:50,000 – detail, 1:250,000 – locality and route to get there

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The pictures of Canford Heath in this gallery were captured at medium resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 067
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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