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About Poole Harbour Guide

Poole Harbour Guide is a free independent guide to Poole, Sandbanks, Studland, Swanage, Corfe Castle & Purbeck


Sorry if this website isn't quite finished, I'm only doing it as a hobby and never have enough spare time to get round to completing it, maybe one day! So for the time being I'm slowly adding to it and making improvements and when it's hot and sunny I'd rather be out there enjoying Dorset rather than working on my computer! Hope you enjoy it anyway.


Poole Harbour Guide is a free, independent travel guide to Poole Harbour and the surrounding attractions including Poole, Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck. Our guide is completely non-commercial which means that we don't get paid for writing it and you won't find any annoying adverts. We won't be trying to promote any dodgy travel companies or hotels either. In fact the only thing that we want is for you to be inspired by the beautiful countryside surrounding Poole Harbour and get out and visit some of the places of interest, do one of the short Purbeck walks or to try your hand at a new adventure activity like sailing or kayaking. There really is so much that you can do in the area it's hard to know where to start. Hopefully this guide will throw you a few ideas. For the less active we have included a guide to the best pubs and restaurants in the area and, for those coming on holiday we have included accommodation recommendations.


We've tried to keep the writing to the minimum. There are plenty of good guidebooks around if you want a detailed history lesson. Instead we've tried to include as many photos as possible to give you an introduction to each place or attraction. We've tried to keep the photos "realistic" and representative of the places - they should be similar to the holiday pics that you will take on your own compact camera.

If you click on a photo you should open the full high-definition version of the photo (typically 1920 x 1080 pixels). For the technically minded you can right-click on the high-resolution images and save them to you hard drive and watch them back later as a slide show on your computer or even view them on a high-definition TV. (Photos can be used for personal, non-commercial use provided that they are unedited).


This website has been designed on a very old version of FrontPage 2002 (web editing software) - basically because it's the only software I have! - but it seems to work OK and is compatible with nearly all browsers and at most screen resolutions. The website should also work well on your iTouch, iPhone, iPad and most mobile devices (which explains the large green & orange navigation links and the bottom of each page).


About the Editor




I am lucky that writing and producing this website is really still a hobby for me. I try to get out of the house as much as possible and enjoy taking photos and walking. I love the area and would like to encourage other visitors to come and enjoy it too as long as they are responsible about having fun and protecting the environment at the same time. I was brought up in Dorset and have plenty of great memories doing many of the Purbeck walks with my parents when I was a kid. I also learnt to sail and windsurf in Poole Harbour. After graduating in Civil Engineering I worked all over the country until, at the age of 27, I decided to take some time off and travel round the world. I ended up settling down in Peru where I got married, had a daughter and set up a trekking business that specializes in the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The family business has received many awards and recognition for its good treatment of the porters and trekking staff and donates a large percentage of its profits to community projects in the mountain villages. In 2010, after 13 years in Peru, we decided to move back to Dorset where we now live - just a few doors down from my parents!. We are lucky that we are still running our trekking business in Peru. However during the summer months I still have plenty of free time to get out and about and make the most of this fabulous county of Dorset. After almost 15 years away from Poole Harbour I am taking sailing lessons again and now it's my turn to take my family and daughter out on some of the Purbeck walks and explore some of the country villages and pubs. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.




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Poole Harbour Guide 2012: Visitors Guide to Poole Harbour and surrounding places of interest. This is a non-commercial website helping to provide clear, independent information to visitors to Poole. Photos cannot be used without permission.