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Poole Harbour - Lake Pier 

Anchoring Cost - Free!

Poole Harbour in Dorset is the largest natural harbour in all of Europe and offers a whole host of options for staying on your boat. You have marinas, moorings or a beautiful selection of anchorages to choose from.

The actual anchorage that we chose to drop the hook in was place called 'Lake Pier' and the reason we chose that spot was the fact that it was free to stay in (always a bonus), easy to get to the beach for Hank, had great dog walks from there with plenty of natures and beauty which is all easily 


From this anchorage we launched our dingy up the river from to head to a beautiful and historic town of Wareham, a real gem of a trip, where we tied up on a town quay and enjoyed lunch in a beautiful riverside pub.


Our Time in Lake Pier -Dorset

Our Time in Poole Harbour -Dorset

Poole Harbour Cove Anchorage

Hanks Walk Poole Harbour

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5 Fun Facts About Poole Harbour

  1. Largest Natural Harbor: Poole Harbour is not only the largest natural harbor in Dorset, but it's also the largest in the whole of Britain. Covering an area of approximately 36 square kilometers (14 square miles), it provides ample space for maritime activities and boasts stunning panoramic views.

  2. Ecological Importance: Poole Harbour is recognized as an internationally important site for wildlife conservation. It holds designations such as a Special Protection Area and a Ramsar site due to its vital role in supporting a wide range of bird species. Over 300 bird species have been observed in the harbor, including rare and migratory birds.

  3. Rich History: The harbor has a fascinating historical background that spans thousands of years. It has been used as a trading port since ancient times, connecting Dorset with other regions. Additionally, Poole Harbour played a significant role in the construction industry, serving as a transportation hub for Purbeck stone, which was used to build notable structures like Salisbury Cathedral and the Tower of London.

  4. Brownsea Island and Scouting: Situated within Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island holds great historical significance as the birthplace of the scouting movement. In 1907, Robert Baden-Powell organized the first experimental camp on the island, which eventually led to the formation of the Boy Scouts. Today, Brownsea Island is a popular nature reserve managed by the National Trust.

  5. Watersports Hub: Poole Harbour is a haven for watersport enthusiasts. Its sheltered waters and reliable winds make it an ideal location for various activities such as sailing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, and paddleboarding. The harbor frequently hosts national and international sailing events, attracting skilled sailors from around the world.

These fascinating aspects of Poole Harbour contribute to its allure and make it an exceptional destination for nature lovers, history enthusiasts, and watersport adventurers alike.

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