The Blue Pool at Furzebrook constantly varies in colour. Very fine clay in suspension in the water diffracts light in different ways, producing a spectrum of colour sometimes green sometimes turquoise.
Set in a deep clay bowl, steps lead down to the waters edge or up to views of the Purbeck Hills. The Pool is surrounded by 25 acres of heath, woodland and gorse interlaced with sandy paths that seem to take you to another world.
The Estate was declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1985, due to the excellent protection it received well before global ecological damage became of public concern. But now, law protects the habitat of a variety of rare plants and animals.
The Pool is surrounded by twenty acres of woods and heathland, crossed by many sandy paths leading to steps down to the waters edge. The Green Route includes steps up to views of the Purbeck Hills or down to the edge of the Pool. The Red Route around the Pool is for the less energetic and is suitable for prams/pushchairs. It is a place of peace and tranquillity, and the lush vegetation is inhabited by grey squirrels, rabbits, badgers, foxes, deer and a multitude of Dragonflies/Damselflies. A visitor may also be lucky to spot a Dartford Warbler or a Green Sand Lizard
There are benches all around the pool at strategic points, for people to just sit and rest, or to contemplate the ever-changing colour of the water while the children enjoy exploring the play areas.
Children can enjoy the Trails around the red route looking for Magic Fairy Doors, or spotting the model squirrels in the trees (parents get involved too!), when they have completed their hunt form they can check the “Magic Number” in the Teahouse window.
Dogs are very welcome, but must be kept on a lead at all times.
Neither dogs nor people should enter the water, it is not safe for bathing,