A report on Wareham, Dorset and Dorset Downs

River Frome
The top of the downs from above Cerne Abbas, looking south east towards the River Piddle valley
"Bloody Bank" is the high point in the distance, on West Walls
Map of Dorset, including the Dorset Downs, showing the geology
Lady St. Mary Church
St Martin's Church, Wareham
North St.
Wareham Town Hall

From the northern scarp face, the hills dip gently southwards before the chalk disappears beneath the Bagshot Beds which form the heathlands of the county, between Dorchester and Wareham.

- Dorset Downs

To the north west of the town a large conifer plantation, Wareham Forest stretches several miles to the A35 road and the southern foothills of the Dorset Downs.

- Wareham, Dorset
River Frome

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River Frome, Dorset

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River in Dorset in the south of England.

River in Dorset in the south of England.

The Frome estuary at Wareham

It is navigable upstream from Poole Harbour as far as the town of Wareham.

The river rises in the Dorset Downs at Evershot, passes through Maiden Newton, Dorchester, West Stafford and Woodsford.

Corfe Castle, captured and destroyed by Cromwell's army in 1646

Dorset

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County in South West England on the English Channel coast.

County in South West England on the English Channel coast.

Corfe Castle, captured and destroyed by Cromwell's army in 1646
Geological map of Dorset
Durdle Door, a natural arch near Lulworth Cove
The beach near Bournemouth Pier. Dorset's coastline is a major attraction for tourists.
The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester
Traction engines on display at the Great Dorset Steam Fair
Thomas Hardy
Sherborne Abbey

Beaminster and Bridport are situated in the west of the county; Verwood and the historic Saxon market towns of Wareham and Wimborne Minster are located to the east.

These limestone areas include a wide band of Cretaceous chalk which crosses the county as a range of hills from north-east to south-west, incorporating Cranborne Chase and the Dorset Downs, and a narrow band running from south-west to south-east, incorporating the Purbeck Hills.