Embrace the new year with a sense of adventure and discover something new by exploring the breathtaking views across Poole. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll or a refreshing hike, these coastal paths provide the perfect opportunity to do something new in 2024. Make a resolution to see a new place and immerse yourself in the natural beauty that Poole’s coast has to offer.

Sandbanks Beach:

Start your coastal adventure at Sandbanks Beach, often hailed as one of the best beaches in the UK. With its pristine golden sands and crystal-clear waters, it provides the perfect backdrop for an early morning walk across the shoreline. Whether you’re a water sports enthusiast or simply seeking a stunning spot to admire, Sandbanks has it all.

Sandbanks beach with the sand and sea in shot and buildings in the background with clouds in the sky

Brownsea Island:

For nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike, a visit to Brownsea Island should be on your list. This National Trust- owned gem is a haven for wildlife featuring red squirrels, deer, and a plethora of bird species. After taking a short boat trip to the island, you can begin exploring the island’s trails, visit the historic Brownsea Castle, and soak in the serenity of its natural paradise.

*Please note that Brownsea Island will reopen Saturday 16th March 2024.

Brownsea castle from a drone point of view surrounded by water

Old Harry Rocks:

For those seeking a more rugged coastal experience, Old Harry Rocks beckons with its dramatic chalk formations. A short drive or boat trip from Poole, this natural wonder stands tall at Handfast Point, offering breath-taking views of the Jurassic Coast. Whether you choose to admire the cliffs from afar or venture along the Southwest Coast Path for a closer look, Old Harry Rocks is a geological masterpiece not to be missed.

Old Harry Rocks from a drone point of view surrounded by the blue sea

Upton Country Park:

For those seeking tranquillity and natural beauty, Upton Country Park is a haven that spreads over 160 acres. This expansive park boasts formal gardens, woodlands, and stunning views of Poole Harbour. You can take a leisurely stroll along tree-lined paths, spot wildlife in the meadows, visit Spurrier’s Play Park or relax by the waterside. The expansive fields provide an ideal setting for a stroll and some fresh air, and a perfect opportunity to bring your dog along.


Whitecliff in Poole emerges as the perfect family trip out, offering a blend of coastal charm and recreational delights. You can paddleboard along the shores, take a relaxing stroll with your four-legged friend in the neighbouring fields, and let the kids enjoy the play parks. Extend your adventure by walking through Poole Park, where you can enjoy a break and a warm drink at the café on the edge of the lake. You can also continue the journey to the Old Town of Poole which will lead you to the charming Poole Quay to finish of your coastal day.

Poole Quay:

Situated on the northern edge of one of the largest natural harbours in the world, Poole Quay is a great place to visit at the heart of Poole. Steeped in maritime history, the harbour boasts a bustling atmosphere with vibrant quaysides, charming cafes, and a myriad of water activities. You can also take a boat tour to explore the scenic islands dotted across the harbour and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Quay’s waterfront.




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