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Poole - Sandbanks Peninsular Beach

Poole, Poole

A popular sandy beach stretching over five kilometres from the tip of Sandbanks Spit to merge with the beaches of Bournemouth. At the southwest end of the spit, the beach is edged by dunes and overlooked by the Sandbanks Pavilion and recreation area.

Beach Type



Toilets including facilities for the disabled and baby changing
Cafes and kiosks close by
Beach wheelchairs available


Sailing and fishing
Several windsurfing and sailing schools
Putting green
Crazy golf
Variety of children's amusements

Nature and Wildlife

The three mile Evening Hill Discovery Trail runs adjacent to the beach. There is also a pedestrian ferry to Brownsea Island where tern colonies and lagoons can be seen. Eighty hectares of this 202-hectare National Trust owned island is a nature reserve.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

Cleaned daily. Throughout the year. The area is clearly signed.


dogs are restricted to the area running from the extreme western end of Sandbanks Promenade to Haven Point.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
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: 50.6868, -1.93488
Postcode: BH13 7QD
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)


Accessed from the adjacent B3369. paths lead down the cliffs to the promenade.

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.

Nearest Railway Stations

Parkstone (Dorset) (Approx. 2 miles away)
Poole (Approx. 3 miles away)
Branksome (Approx. 3 miles away)
Bournemouth (Approx. 4 miles away)
Hamworthy (Approx. 5 miles away)

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


There are a number of car parks adjacent to the beach. There is a charge for using the car parks.

Nearby Car Parks

Sandbanks, Poole (Unknown stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Ferry Way, Sandbanks (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Shore Road, Poole (Unknown stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Shell Bay, Studland (Unknown stay).
About 1 miles away
Ravine Road, Canford Cliffs (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Western Road, Canford Cliffs (Unknown stay).
About 1.5 miles away
Salterns Way, Bournemouth (Unknown stay).
About 1.5 miles away
Beach Road, Canford Cliffs (Unknown stay).
About 1.6 miles away
Branksome Chine, Canford Cliffs (Unknown stay).
About 1.8 miles away
Branksome Dene Chine, Canford Cliffs (Unknown stay).
About 2.1 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Poole