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Despite being devastated by fire in 1762, Wareham has over 200 buildings that are listed as being of architectural interest. Most of these date from the 18th and early 19th century, although two earlier thatched cottages and the almshouses in East Street survived the blaze.

The town also has a pretty quay that sits alongside the river Frome. In summer the river banks are a popular place for just relaxing, and there are hire boats available for those who want to get out on the water. A footpath alongside the river leads to Ridge and on to the Arne Nature Reserve, an expanse of heathland that spreads out to the waters of Poole Harbour.

The signposted ‘Walls Walk’ offers fine views over the meandering River Piddle: the walls were built to protect the town following raids from the Vikings.

Hire a cycle and head out to Wareham Forest where you may spot the elusive Sika deer. The Sika cycle trail is a 7-mile track running through the forest which is ideal for cyclists of all abilities. Enjoy a picnic at one of the tables provided while soaking up the atmosphere of this wildlife haven.

The town centre has mainly independent small shops that offer a refreshing alternative to the usual high street names. These are complemented by general and farmers’ markets which are held on Thursdays and Saturdays.

There’s fitness for all the family at the Purbeck Sports Centre; a town museum which gives an insight into Wareham’s past; and a charming cinema with original gas lights and double ‘courting’ seats in the back row!

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