Find Delph Woods: the postcode BH21 3BH actually takes you to Blackwater Drive - but don't turn onto Blackwater Drive, turn onto the nearby unnamed road on the opposite side of the A349, it has a green bridleway sign pointing from the road. There is also a cricket ground in the middle the woods. Just follow the unnamed road as far as it goes, it's a cul-de-sac with a car park at the end. Sounds complicated but it isn't after you've found it once!
Find more information and a handy map here: http://poole.gov.uk/environment/parks-play-areas-allotments-and-open-spaces/nature-reserves/delph-woods/
Delph Woods is a 23 acre site with a network of unsurfaced woodland paths, a shallow stream with footbridges and a grassy area opposite the cricket ground area.
There are some remarkable trees and plenty of birds and other wildlife, including tree-nesting birds & bats. You're unlikely to see the bats until about 20-50 minutes after dusk - then you might see almost any of the British species here, including the rare Bechstein.
Most of the time dogs can exercise off-lead here, though there may be rare exceptions to this, for example due to vulnerable wildlife or woodland management work. It's a great place for off-lead exercise for local dogs as an alternative to nearby heaths when ground-nesting birds are busy raising their young (roughly Feb through to August). Having said that, it's worth knowing that there are also birds including chiff-chaff & coal tit who nest near the ground at Delph Woods, so if your dog likes to roam widely off path then the new off-lead fields at Upton Country Park & the all year round beaches like Sandbanks West can give you a great opportunity for a good run around.
Delph Woods links through to the Castleman Trailway so it can form part of a longer walk. There is a small car park by the cricket ground and another in the woodland at the end of the lane.
There is a dog activity area with a ramp, weaving poles and hurdles, it is located 2 minutes walk from the woodland car park (take the track that does have a bar gate across but does not have a dog bin adjacent.)
This is a lovely woodland for both dogs and children and dog bins are provided by the car park to help ensure that these popular woods continue to be a great place for children to play.
Further information about the woodland is available at: Delph Woods
More photos of the woods are in our Facebook album 'Delph Woods Guided Walkies' https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.833959103306357.1073741857.353452918023647&type=3