You can walk all the way round Poole Harbour on six linear walks making up the Poole Harbour Trail. Here, ready for printing, 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.
The start points of most of the circular walks given here are nostly at bus stops. Please check the bus timetables as times of buses and even their routes change from time to time. Here is the web site of More Bus from Wilts and Dorset.
Poole Park & Poole Quay
Holes Bay, Upton Country Park
Liliput & Salterns
Greenlands Farm & Agglestone
Studland Heath, Shell Bay
Middlebere Wytch Farm Sherford
Middlebere & Sherford Bridge
Hartland Moor, Scotland, Sherford
Wareham Forest and West Mills
Best Walls, Wareham
Wareham Quay & Walls
Sandford & Organford
Upton Country Park, Roman Road, Upton Heath
Upton Country Park, Ham Common, Holes Bay
Upton, Turlin Moor & Lytchett Bay
Upton, Turlin Moor
Numbering of the walks is based on the number of the nearest linear Poole Harbour Trails walk. 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.
The start and finish points of most of the described walks are at bus stops. Please check the bus timetables because times of buses and even their routes change from time to time. Here is the web site of More Bus from Wilts and Dorset.
Several parts of the trail can be reached from train stations, Poole, Wareham, Hamworthy and Holton Heath, but be careful, some of the ticket machines take only cards.
Use the Swanage Railway
Watch the progress of the Swanage to Wareham extension of the Swanage Railway, hoped to start for 90 days in summer 2023
Wherever you walk, always follow the Countryside Code as updated on 1st April 2021. If you are taking a dog with you, you will find a lot of useful information on the Dorset Dogs website.
If you have a GPS, you can download the circular walks here as gpx files. Right click button below and use Save Link As or Save target as. With some operating systems you may need to change the file extension back to .gpx after saving.
|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||WALK 6c|
Or please ask us for the tracklogs in your favourite format.
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Page updated 20th September 2023.