The harbour attracts 12,000 visiting boats a year. It has been dredged to accommodate cross Channel ferries and coastal freighters.
Either side of Poole Harbour entrance are two very different stretches of beach.
To the west, Studland Bay is pretty and fringed by sand dunes.
To the east of the harbour entrance, multi million pound properties line Sandbanks beach, becoming high rise apartments all the way to Bournemouth.
Poole Quay is the hub of the town. The front is lined with pubs, bars, restaurants and shops and in the summer is heaving with tourists.
General Access Info:
An excellent harbour with a narrow entrance
Poole harbour is accessible at all states of the tide and is only dangerous in very strong E/SE winds especially on the ebb.
Sandbanks chain ferry has right of way over all vessels
Poole Quay Boat Haven: 01202 649488 – VHF Ch 80
Cobbs Quay Marina : 01202 674299 – VHF Ch 80 (Under Poole Bridge) see Almanac for opening times
Poole Town Quay – Exposed in strong E/SE winds and at busy periods yachts can be rafted 7 deep
Good anchorages are available clear of buoyed fairway in South Deep & by Pottery Pier (West end of Brownsea Island)
Easy access into town from Boat Haven and Town Quay