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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, 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.

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 Yellow buses.


Walk 1a
4 mls

Walk 1b
5½ mls

Walk 1c
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.

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


Further information

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

Or please ask us for the tracklogs in your favourite format.

Back to linear walks.



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

Page updated 7th May 2022.