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Poole - Harbour Lake Beach

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A quite secluded beachsurrounded by a nature reserve (SSSI). The pier has some historical background in that barges that carried clay for local pottery unloaded at this point. The beach itself is sheltered and bathing is safe in the shallow waters.

Beach Type

Sand and mud


Toilets (inc disabled) are a short distance away


Sailing and power boating and fishing
There is zoning for water sports
There are several windsurfing and sailing schools in the area

Nature and Wildlife

Ham Common next to beach. seals are present around the harbour

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned weekly - hand picked only. There are dog bins and limited litter bins available. The beach suffers occasionally from fishing debris. litter and oil and tar.


Dogs are allowed all year.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Poole welcome centre. Enefco house. Poole Quay. Poole. Dorset. BH15 1HJ. tel: 01202 253253


Nearest town: Poole
County: Poole
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7127, -2.02408
Postcode: BH15 4LR
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)


Accessed from the adjacent B3369 (Banks road). from town centre follow signs to Hamworthy. afetr crossing bridge stay on main road and follow signs to Rockley Park. There is a local bus service from Town Centre.

Public Transport

The nearest train station is Branksome though trains run more regularly to Poole. From Poole train station it is a short walk to the bus station where there is a bus all the way to Sandbanks. the beach opposite Poole Harbour Lake.

Nearest Railway Stations

Hamworthy (About a mile and a half away)
Poole (Approx. 2 miles away)
Holton Heath (Approx. 2 miles away)
Parkstone (Dorset) (Approx. 3 miles away)
Wareham (Dorset) (Approx. 4 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There is a free car park for approximately 200 cars.

Nearby Car Parks

Lake Pier Hamworthy, Poole (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Ham Common Nature Reserve - Napier Road, Bournemouth (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Hamworthy Recreation, Poole (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
New Orchard, Poole (Short stay).
About 1.6 miles away
Quay Visitors, Poole (Unknown stay).
About 1.7 miles away
Upton Country Park, Bournemouth (Unknown stay).
About 1.7 miles away
High Street Shops, Poole (Unknown stay).
About 1.7 miles away
Prosperous Street, Poole (Short stay).
About 1.7 miles away
Chapel Lane 1 & 2, Poole (Short stay).
About 1.8 miles away
Arne, Wareham (Unknown stay).
About 1.8 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Poole