THINGS TO DO
At any time of the year Poole and its neighbouring countryside provide some wonderful routes for walkers. A selection of walks is listed below. There are numerous walks in the area, guided and specialist. Visit the Welcome Centre for more info or look at the events page for any organised walks.
Poole’s Cockle Trail – follow the brass plaques in the pavement to take this self guided trail, highlighting tales of Poole’s past from the smugglers and sailors to the ghosts who have inhabited the town over the years. The walk takes in the scenic Old Town and last approximately one hour. Leaflets cost 50p from the Welcome Centre or download from the right.
Poole Trail - the interactive Poole Trail, accessed by mobile phone, brings Poole's history to life.
Look for the "More to Explore" signposts and use your mobile phone to watch archive film, listen to local memories and see old photographs of Poole's landmarks.
Five Quays Walk - the suggested route featuring many of Poole Town Centre's most interesting buildings along the waterside will take you around 1.5 hours - details from Poole Welcome Centre.
Granny Cousins Ghost Walks of Old Poole Town
Poole with its rich history is one of the most haunted places in Dorset. Step behind the quay, down lanes and through narrow alleyways - you never know who you might meet!
Granny Cousins Ghost Walks of Old Poole Town offer entertaining and informative ghost walks around the nooks and crannies of Poole's historic Old Town.
For bookings please call 07977 969080 or visit the website.
Holes Bay Loop - a harbourside walk around Holes Bay. Departing from Poole Quay, the path follows the shoreline of Holes Bay, offering views of the busy quayside before passing through the wooded shoreline of Upton Country Park Return through Hamworthy and over the Twin Sails Bridge. The loop is approximately 6 miles.
Bourne Valley Greenway - The Greenway runs between the open countryside of Canford Heath and Bournemouth Town Centre taking in Talbot Heath and the Upper and Lower Gardens. The return walk is approximate 8 miles - following the 'G' signs.
The Castleman Trailway - the trailway starts at Upton Country Park and follows much of the old 'Catleman Corkscrew' railway line through Broadstone, delph jWoods and on to the River Stour at Wimborne. The return walk is approximately 9 miles.
Poole Harbour Trails - explore the beauty and heritage of Poole harbour in six stages. Each stage is between 7and 8 miles and has a leaflet giving details of the walking route together with the area's history. Purchase leaflets at Poole Welcome Centre or download a copy from the website.
There are lots of short interesting walks in the local area please visit the Welcome Centre for further information.
Walks in the Surrounding Areas
South West Coast Path – You can walk along the beach and take the Studland Ferry which links to the start of the South West Coast Path.
This national trail begins at South Haven Point (where the ferry lands) and follows the coastline west for 630 miles until it reaches Minehead. The pathway passes throughy Dorset, Devon and Cornwall taking in the stunning scenery and histiorical features of the south Coast including the Jurassic Coast – Dorset and East Devon's very own World Heritage Site – the South West Coast Path offers spectacular views as well as fascinating geology and natural history. It's the longest walking trail in Britain! . However, you don't have to walk the whole lot at once – Old Harry is a great Sunday afternoon walk and there's even a pub at the bottom of the hill!
E9 Long Distance Walk - follow Poole's section of this long European walk.
The UK part of the E9, "the European Coast Path" runs between Dover and Plymouth linking to the Solent Way at Milford on Sea. The European part runs from Cape St Vincent, along the northern French cost and eventually reaching the Estonia/Russian border covering 5000km in all. The Poole section of the walk, which is way-marked with E9 signs and roundels, travels along the promenade from Bournemouth and links into the Studland ferry and South West Coast Path. Alternatively walkers can continue on the Continental Ferry Port and pick up the route in France.
The Dorset Jubilee Trail - A 90 mile walk across Dorset from Forde Abby on the Somerset border to Borkerley Dyke on the Hampshire border.
Stour Valley Way - A 64 mile long distance walk from the sea at Christchurch.