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 five acres of heathland, and is crossed by a network of sandy paths. There are steps down to the edge of the Pool, and on some paths around the Pool. But there is also a flat route around the Pool for the less energetic which is suitable for pushchairs, etc. It is a place of peace and tranquillity, and the lush vegetation around the Pool is inhabited by squirrels, rabbits, badgers and deer. A visitor may also be lucky to spot a Dartford Warbler, dragonflies 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 in the pool.
There are three play areas for children to enjoy.They can also hunt for model squirrels in the trees (parents get involved too!), when they have finished the hunt they can collect a certificate from the Museum.
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,