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Lawrence of Arabia Trail is a 7.1 mile loop trail located near Wareham, Dorset, England that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 7.1 mi Elevation gain 666 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Views Historic site
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Getting There

This circular historical trail starts at the Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset and gives walkers the opportunity to visit both the former home and the final resting place of T. E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia. Lawrence was born in Wales in 1888. He studied history at Oxford University and then joined the army in 1914, progressing to Colonel by the end of the war. He first came to Bovington in 1923 where he joined the Tank Corps, buying the nearby retreat Clouds Hill in an attempt to escape the public eye. After a spell in the RAF he retired to Clouds Hill in 1935, but sadly only a few months later he was fatally injured in a motorbike accident. The route mostly follows wide rough stone and earth tracks through forests and plantations with no stiles. The walk is flat for the majority of its length, with just one steady climb to Clouds Hill. The popular walk, known as the Lawrence Trail, is clearly marked with wooden waymarkers. Limited opening times and entrance charges apply to some of the attractions so please check these separately when planning your walk.

Parking is available at the Bovington Tank Museum, accessed via Bovington Lane. Approximate post code BH20 6JG.

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Cansu Kurt
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HikingRocky

The main down side is that majority of the trail is open to cars and some bits is a main road with no appropriate walking path

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Thom S
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Avoid this during school holidays if you’re after a peaceful stroll. There are two campsites in the area and so lots of family/children etc as well as general people walking and cycling (part of this is on a cycle network route). Not particularly dog friendly either as a large portion of this walk is on trails where cars also travel down (felt like a constant stream of them this afternoon) so lots of stepping onto the verge and waiting for them to pass with some cars not really caring to slow down much and leaving clouds of dust/sand in their wake. The forestry commission section near Clouds Hill is worth a visit and is off the section where cars can go. Be aware this section has horse riders using it too - so best to keep dogs on a lead plus lots of fresh horse poo everywhere! Nice place called The Walled Garden in Moreton to visit and is free entry (donations welcome) - again, don’t go during school hols as it’s naturally a popular place for families to head to and gets very busy plus big queues for the cafe going outside. They were only accepting bookings only we found out when we arrived - so best to check online or call them in advance if you want some grub. All in all - if you can’t tell already - a bit of a disappointing walk for me a my little dog today! But, I can imagine this would be a great walk just perhaps at a different time of year.

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Nathan Wright
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Hiking

It’s a really beautiful walk, Cloud Hill was beautiful during the sunset, easy access to the trail when you park at Bovington Tank Museum. I’m looking forward to doing it again one evening

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manny Trainor
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Cheryl Greenhalgh
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Lovely tea rooms just off the trail. Easy flat walk, muddy in wet conditions.

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Ellie Brown
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sarah morgan
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Lisa O’Shea
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Kieran Jeary
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mike colgate
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Luke Newman
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Big King
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Victoria Larkman
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