The Blue Pool is tucked away in-between Wareham and Swanage (trips for another blog post) – it’s a tranquil haven just off the main holiday route to Corfe Castle. It’s a place that neither of us have explored, and was perfect for a day off that we’ve had marked in our diaries for a while.
Once home to a clay mining pit, the space now offers a unique and beautiful attraction. The name doesn’t leave much to the imagination – Blue Pool – but there’s defintiely more to it than meets the eye. The colour of the water changes and seems to transition between a variety of blues and greens. In short, this phenomenon happens when light hits tiny clay particles that are in the water.
Finding blue pool
We brazenly decided (or rather I, Charlotte, insisted) on not using a sat nav to find the Blue Pool, hoping to rely on sign posting from Wareham and my local knowledge that had seemingly appeared over night. The sign posting was relatively minimal, but did the job.
It’s worth noting that the Blue Pool is independently owned, there's a £7.50 admission fee (including access to the café). And don’t stress about bringing cash as they accept card payments. Tickets aren’t time limited so you can enjoy exploring the trails around the Blue Pool at your own pace – there’s also a plant centre near the entrance, a museum, the Wareham Bears and a gift shop.
picking the route
Walking around there are two routes to choose from, although you can mix between them if you like, we definitely didn’t stick to any one path. One option is fully accessible taking a longer route around and avoiding all the steps – even though you can’t get as close to the pool in some areas, the view is still extraordinary. There are lots of benches too (aka picnic opportunities), we often found ourselves wandering from one bench to another taking in the view from different angles.
The café offers a variety of hot and cold food options that cater to most dietary requirements (gluten and dairy free available), as well as kids lunches and homemade cakes and scones (obviously cream before jam).
Even more to explore
Kids go free with a paying adult, and there’s lots for them to do. From fairy trails to a choice of play areas there's something to keep them busy and entertained. Back at the main building the gift shop displays the Wareham Bears. This sweet and unexpected exhibition shows dressed teddy bears in an assortment of scenarios, whether that’s at home or working at the Maltings or the Green Grocer. Each little bear comes with their own quirky story, which even had us laughing.
Even though the pool looks enticing you can’t swim, or even dip your toes in it. From the surface it looks quite shallow but is actually quite deep and dangerous.
The Blue Pool is open from 9am daily, March-November (inclusive).
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Good to know…
- £7.50 adult ticket (concessions available)
- Tea room and toilets
- Dog friendly