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Our founder members were two Dorset walkers researching new routes for the Ramblers. With the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in 2001, access to the countryside was severely restricted. Looking for something to keep them busy during this time, they had the idea of investigating whether it was possible to walk around Poole Harbour, keeping close to the shoreline.
They explored a possible route and although they could see there were some potential problems, decided to pursue the idea. They consulted local groups and organisations and discovered that there was a lot of interest in such a project.
The Poole Harbour Trails Community Group was set up to look at the possibility of dedicating a trail for walking and cycling round Poole Harbour. It was decided that, in the short term, it would make sense to have the trail following current public rights of way. Five out of six possible were published in March 2009 and a sixth walk was published in 2013.