Poole Harbour is the largest natural harbour in Europe, which makes it a must-see destination its own right. It attracts water sports enthusiasts from across the country as well as visitors wanting a quintessential British holiday by the coast.
Much of the harbour is shallow, making the surrounding beaches ideal for families and those wishing to enjoy kayaking or stand up paddle boarding. There is a public slipway for launching small boats and plenty of green spaces for escaping the hustle and bustle and spending time surrounded by nature. For the best views of Poole Harbour from the shore, head to Poole Park or Arne Nature Reserve.
To truly appreciate the sheer scale of Poole harbour we highly recommend taking a scenic boat trip from Poole Quay. Depending on the experience you’re after you can take a leisurely cruise on one of the larger ferries or an exciting trip on RIB or jet ski. You will get an up-close look at the exclusive Sandbanks peninsula famed for its luxury properties and celebrity residents. You’ll also be treated to views of the 8 islands within the harbour – the largest of which is Brownsea Island.
If you’d prefer to keep your feet on solid ground there are many walking and cycling routes, which allow you to take in the sights. Upton Country Park is an excellent starting point, located next to our caravan and camping park.
Around the circumference of the harbour there’s an abundance of places to eat and drink. As well as independent restaurants and well-known chains there are also fine dining opportunities.
Follow signs to Poole town centre
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Absolutely superb! Very speedy, efficient check in. Office couldn't do enough for you. Customer service top class. Our family party stayed in 3 dog friendly shepherds huts. Beautiful decor. Nice little self contained area for the 5 shepherd huts. Clean and modern toilet and shower facilities within less than 2 minutes. Large socially distanced communal washing up area. Large 2 acre area for exercising the dogs within 3 mins walk of shepherds huts. Couldn't fault this stay. Margaret, Apr 2021
We had a simply fabulous time at South Lytchett Manor last month. We were not sure about camping in October but the site is well insulated, the playground kept our kids well entertained and the facilities were super clean and comfortable. We loved having a shop onsite and there are water taps and electricity points in abundance.. we have stayed at a number of sites and couldn’t recommend this Beth, Nov 2020
Great campsite, really friendly and polite staff. Very clean facilities and felt ‘safe’ with all the hand sanitizer and clear signage, highly recommend - we’ll probably book one of the huts next time.... Richard , Oct 2020
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