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Circular Walks

You can walk all the way round Poole Harbour on six linear walks making up the Poole Harbour Trail. Here are some circular walks varying from 1.5 to 7.5 miles in length that take you to a view point or some other point of interest. Walk 1a is from the Walks 4 Softies website but the others have been developed by the Poole Harbour Trails Community Group. The numbers on the plan below show the approximate starting point of each.

Please be aware that we have now waymarked the linear Poole Harbour Trails walks with small, green roundels but these do not necessarily give the correct directions for the circular walks.

Map showing numbered circular walks

The start points of most of the circular walks given here are at bus stops. Please check the bus timetables as times of buses and even their routes change from time to time. Here are the web sites of More Bus from Wilts and Dorset and the Yellow buses.


WALK 1a
4 mls
WALK 1b
5½ mls
WALK 1c
2 or 2½ mls
WALK 2a
4½ mls
WALK 2b
6 mls
WALK 3a
4½ mls
WALK 3b
2½ mls
WALK 3c
6 mls
WALK 4a
4½ mls
WALK 4b
4 mls
WALK 4c
4½ mls
WALK 4d
1½ mls
WALK 5a
5 mls
WALK 6a
5 mls
WALK 6b
7 mls

Each walk is illustrated by a map of the area. While this is sufficient to give you an idea of distance and direction of walking, you would find it easier if you carried an Ordnance Survey map of the area with you, Explorer Map OL15 is ideal. For those unfamiliar with map reading there is some useful information given by Ordnance Survey here.




If you wish to ask anything about the walks, please feel free to contact us.

Wherever you walk, always follow the Countryside Code

Further information

If you have a GPS and tracklogs software, you can download the circular walks here!

WALK 1a WALK 1b WALK 1c WALK 2a
WALK 2b WALK 3a WALK 3b WALK 3c
WALK 4a WALK 4b WALK 4c WALK 4d
WALK 5a WALK 6a WALK 6b

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The maps on this website are downloaded from Open Street Map unless otherwise stated.

Page updated 1st August 2016.