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Cordite Way

As part of the Poole Harbour Trails project, an application for a right of way was sent to Dorset County Council in 2009 for a path that went from the end of Holton Road by the nature reserve, along the railway line, over the small bridge and down to Rockley Point. Poole Harbour Trails would then look at a bigger project of having a bridge built alongside the railway line into Hamworthy so that there was a safe and scenic route from Holton Heath to Hamworthy that could be included in a new and improved Walk 5. After over 10 years holding the application, Dorset Council has refused it and the group has now appealed against the decision.

Our thanks to those who completed evidence forms showing they had walked the path, hopefully helping the appeal.

New walks leaflets

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Our walks leaflets have been on sale in Tourist Information Offices and direct from us since 2009. Now, with some help from Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust, we have our very own internet enabled leaflets. Look on our Linear Walks page and print out the leaflets or follow them on your phone.

Ordnance Survey Maps

In summer 2015, the Poole Harbour Trail route appeared on digital Landranger (1:50,000) maps and on the recently issued updated paper Explorer (1:25,000) maps.

Latest Award

The idea for the Trail was formulated by the Chairman of our group and a walking friend and then taken forward with the backing of a Community Group. In July 2015, Councillor Ann Stribley presented our Chairman with a Gold Community Champion award, recognising several years’ hard work on making the Trail a reality.

Our best reward will always be your feet on the ground.

Waymark on Walk 2

Walk 5b

In May 2013 we published Walk 5b. This is a temporary walk to complete the circuit of Poole Harbour. We hope to replace it with our preferred route some time. See our Linear Walks page for downloads of all our walks.

Waymarking the Poole Harbour Trail

We have now installed waymarks at selected points along our six linear walks. Walkers using our circular walks may need to ignore some of them if they do not want to be diverted on to a nearby linear walk!


Six months after our leaflets started to appear in local Tourist Information Offices, we have been honoured with the 2009 Green Tourism Initiative of the Year Award.

Award Poole Tourism Web Site

Poole Harbour Trails

Winner of 2009 Green Tourism Initiative Award

Sibbett Gregory Poole Tourism Awards

The Palms

Poole Tourism Web Site - awards

At a ceremony at the Harbour Heights Hotel on Thursday 1st October, our Chairman was given the Poole Pottery plaque illustrated here. You can see the Daily Echo's description of the event here.

See our award press release here.


Launch Day

Our launch day! 22nd March 2009, the day we met to launch and distribute copies of our new walks leaflets describing our first five walks around the harbour.

See our launch press release here.

This page updated 10th July 2021.