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White arrow on named green discPoole Harbour Trail

64 km / 40 miles

Poole Harbour is said to be the second largest natural harbour in the world. This national treasure provides access to some stunning countryside and woodland as well as providing wonderful views around the harbour itself. It is rich in wildlife and has attractive towns and villages set in some of the best walking areas in South West England. There are now six way-marked linear walks around the harbour. Each walk is described by a leaflet that can be bought from local tourist information offices or downloaded or bought from the walks page of the Poole Harbour Trails web site (see below) where there are also another 13 circular walks highlighting some of the key points of the trail. The trail is waymarked at convenient spots but walkers are advised to carry the appropriate leaflet or a map of the area.

Now an award-winning community project, the trails concept was was the result of the ideas and research of local walkers Peter Strudwick and Bernard Corby.


Path Type
Other Paths
Waymark: White arrow on named green disc
White arrow on named green disc
Easy; Coastal; River
Start and Finish
SZ009902 - Poole, Dorset
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Open Date
User Group
Poole Habour Trails Community Group


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Bunk House
B & B Accommodation

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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path
Along Path
Bunk House
2 Km
37 Km
B & B Accommodation
Dormers  (bookable online)
1 Km
40 Km
B & B Accommodation
2 Heath Cottages  (bookable online)
1 Km
40 Km

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Route Profile:

63.9 Km (39.7 miles)
439 m (1,440 ft) ascent
27 m (89 ft)  maximum height