Lake Pier Beach is located on the northern shore of Poole harbour, in Hamworthy. The beach is a mix of sand and shingle – perfect for walking and admiring the views. Few people know about this hidden gem, which means you may have the beach to yourself, especially on a morning dog walk or an evening stroll.
An old wooden pier jutting out into the harbour was once a landing point for clay for local potters. It has become increasingly popular amongst anglers, families crab fishing and landscape photographers in recent years. The weathered structure looks particularly eye catching at sunset when silhouetted against the orange sky.
Lake Pier Beach is also a great spot to launch a kayak to go for a gentle paddle across Poole harbour.
Lake Pier beach is dog friendly throughout the year, making it a popular spot for local dog owners. Dogs are allowed to run off lead and paddle in the waters.
Community led group Dorset Dogs often host guided circular dog walks along the beach and through the surrounding heathland. The group are accompanied by a park ranger, who provides detailed information on the different species of wildlife that can be found in the nature reserve. Visitors are invited to attend with or without a dog! It’s a great way to meet other people and find out more about this beautiful stretch of coastline.
Lake Pier Beach backs onto Ham Common Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. In the heathland you will find some excellent public footpaths, boasting views over the harbour.
There is a pay and display car park just a short walk from the beach. There are public toilets in the car park and there’s sometimes an ice cream van if you’re lucky!
Follow signs to Poole
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