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Friday - Sunny Intervals
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Wind: 16mph Westerly, Visibility: Very Good, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 07:38 BST, Sunset: 18:06 BST
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Saturday - Heavy Rain Shower
Maximum: 14C, Minimum: 9C
Wind: 29mph South Westerly, Visibility: Excellent, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 07:40 BST, Sunset: 18:04 BST
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Sunday - Sunny Intervals
Maximum: 13C, Minimum: 11C
Wind: 17mph Westerly, Visibility: Very Good, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 07:42 BST, Sunset: 18:02 BST
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HARBOUR CONTROL;

Harbour Control Officer should be contacted on VHF Channel 14 (or 16) in the event of an emergency, using the call sign "POOLE HARBOUR CONTROL" Tel no. 01202 440230

POOLE BRIDGE VHF Channel 12

THE CHAIN FERRY:

The Chain Ferry has right of way in almost every circumstance. Make sure to pass it at the rear leaving plenty of room. The chains are nearer to the surface at the front and rear of ferry.

THE HARBOUR ENTRANCE

The entrance is the most hazardous area of the harbour and special care is required when passing through as it is only 300 Metres wide with very strong tidal streams, especially at spring ebb tides.

The chain ferry operates across its narrowest point.

If you have one, use your engine when entering.

All the Navigation Marks in Poole Harbour conform to IALA Region A System of buoyage and are positioned as shown in the latest editions of Admiralty Chart 2611 and Imray Laurie Y23

The Buoys are numbered consecutively from the seaward end of the Swash Channel, Pooled Bar Buoy being number 1.

Buoys marking the port hand side of the channel have even numbers and the starboard side have odd numbers.

Take Particular care of the tide strengthand direction, it is at its strongest in the harbour entrance and can often have greater effect than the wind with vessels that are only under sail.
Information
POOLE

With over 100miles of coastline, Poole is the second largest natural harbours in the world. This busy working port dates back to the 15th century when it was Dorset’s Port of the Staple and is today the county’s largest town. The main quay is where most of the action is and it’s sheer size means there’s plenty of it, including yachting, power boating, fishing and pleasure cruising. Around the quayside along with the numerous gift shops, cafes, restaurants and bars there are several attractions including an aquarium, museum, model railway and potteries offering a chance for hands on experience.

Over recent years the quayside’s has developed into an upmarket residential area and the town centre has benefited greatly from the knock on effect. Now the quaint cobbled streets have famous name chain stores sitting alongside the more traditional coastal town shops. There are two excellent museums in the town centre one in the 18th century Guildhall and the other in the medieval merchant house. And like the quayside there is plenty of choice when it comes to wining dining and enjoying a few tipples.

For great days out families are spoilt for choice. There are a variety of ferry trips available that range from Brownsea Island (home to the red squirrel) in the Poole Harbour itself to the Isle of Wight or even mainland France. The Italian and Japanese Gardens at Compton Acres boast a deer sanctuary and the best views available of the harbour. Best of all though, has to be mile upon mile of International Blue flag beaches, with golden sand, spectacular cliff, superb swimming and excellent water-sports. Poole has just about everything you could wish for from a holiday by the sea and an awful lot that you would never expect to find.
Comments (26)
30/10/2016 @ 12:14 pm
Steve
I have been staying at the Cliff House Hotel whilst I have been working in Poole and Christchurch. I really cant fault it for accommodation, food and service 10/10
12/07/2016 @ 3:53 pm
Jez Standish
Glad to hear you are updating the poole guide..Great news
10/07/2015 @ 10:01 pm
Pat hollamby
Does anyone know what the name of the training schooner which was at Poole quay today?
12/01/2015 @ 8:14 am
Paul H.Guides
Try the crab and lobster burger at Hope and Anchor, I loved it.
14/11/2014 @ 9:09 am
Malcom Gregson
Great service from Flexi Covers. Can definitely recommend.
18/06/2014 @ 6:40 pm
Daz
Anyone know why they don't accept dogs on LD Lines ferries arriving at Poole from Spain?
11/03/2014 @ 11:21 pm
Heather
I love visiting Poole. Corkers is a lovely restaurant on the Quay ⚓️ Also some great fish & chip shops but if your having a takeaway beware of the massive seagulls that don't hesitate in trying to pinch your food. Can't wait to return!
11/03/2014 @ 11:20 pm
Heather
I love visiting Poole. Corkers is a lovely restaurant on the Quay ⚓️ Also some great fish & chip shops but if your having a takeaway beware of the massive seagulls that don't hesitate in trying to pinch your food. Can't wait to return!
02/02/2014 @ 10:12 am
Jimmy
Tandoori Nights #1
02/02/2014 @ 10:09 am
Jimmy
Tandoori Nights #1
06/12/2013 @ 8:19 am
Ammanda+Bill
We stayed at the refurbished Antelope Hotel the last 4days and it was brilliant. Food and rooms really nice.
23/11/2013 @ 9:18 am
luke
Stayed over at Poole Quay Boat Haven last night, and found it very rewarding as is only 2 minute walk to restaurants and this morning found chandlers on the Quay within eyesight of moorings , so i was very happy.
22/08/2013 @ 9:20 am
Sheulare
Corkers, best place to stay that is near Poole Harbour and is lovely inside if needing a break from it all.
22/08/2013 @ 9:19 am
Sheulare
Corkers, best place to stay that is near Poole Harbour and is lovely inside if needing a break from it all.
08/08/2013 @ 8:54 am
June
Had Lynch at Oriel yesterday, not bad and lovely views.
08/08/2013 @ 8:52 am
June
Had Lynch at Oriel yesterday, not bad and lovely views.
30/07/2013 @ 8:22 pm
Jackaddy crew
We all just loved the food at Deli on the Quay, nice and healthy.
Cheers
14/07/2013 @ 10:18 am
Big John
Corkers Still one of the best places to stay if vacating your boat for a few days.
21/05/2013 @ 4:17 pm
hey hey
i am going to poole but i need to know what staues there are
10/05/2013 @ 8:21 am
Helen
Had fantastic time at Tandoori Nights last night.
26/02/2013 @ 8:55 am
Tom
Was talking to a fellow yachtsman in Southampton yesterday, and was informed there is a new Marina in Poole Harbour.
Is this true? and where is it ?
09/04/2012 @ 6:18 pm
Greg and Sarah Jones
Davis boatyard at Hamworthy has a brand new pontoon. Its 82 berth power supplied and can be used at all states of tide..
26/01/2012 @ 8:24 am
Colin Slater
I was in Poole just after Christmas to view a boat and i was not aware of any water taxis there.
25/01/2012 @ 9:03 am
Christian Ørner
I was just wondering if you knew anything about anyone doing water taxiing in Poole Harbour and if you had any contact details for them?
26/10/2011 @ 8:58 am
John[CORK]
Would say try Hardys for seafood and tandoori nights fof indian food,both excellent.
10/09/2011 @ 8:55 am
john from cork
just landed at poole.(poole quay) looks very promising will try out a few of the eating places on your guide.will keep you posted.
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Business Reviews (15)
28/02/2017 @ 5:57 pm
Dorset Gifts by Jackie Blacklock
Great products and fab customer service, when the item I ordered was out of stock I was contacted and a new product sent. Nothing was too much trouble! Products beautifully packaged and received very quickly. Couldn't be more pleased. Recommended to friends and family.
30/10/2016 @ 6:15 pm
Cliff House Hotel by Steve Mally
Lovely hotel in an ideal location, close to Christchurch and not far from Poole. Service, rooms, food all excellent! Can highly recommend.
30/10/2016 @ 6:15 pm
Cliff House Hotel by Steve Mally
Lovely hotel in an ideal location, close to Christchurch and not far from Poole. Service, rooms, food all excellent! Can highly recommend.
10/10/2016 @ 11:56 am
Thistle Hotel by Kelly Street and Family
Stayed here last year just before we got married and have to say its fantastic value for money in a fabulous location.
09/10/2016 @ 12:11 am
Deli on the Quay by Jill and Trevor Gillan
Lovely place, in a fantastic spot. Great for people watching and relaxing, although mostly busy but with good service. Great find!
07/10/2016 @ 11:21 am
Poole Arms by Anne Fisher and family
You cant come to Poole without visiting the Poole Arms. Position A and great on a sunny day watching the world go by.
28/09/2016 @ 8:13 pm
Poole Arms by Andrea Fisher
Ate here and had had a few drinks on a couple of occasions, and each time it was really enjoyable. Another place I will be visiting again next year
28/09/2016 @ 8:10 pm
Deli on the Quay by Andrea Fisher
Absolutely love this place, will be having another glass of wine hear next summer for sure
28/09/2016 @ 8:08 pm
Harbour View Restaurant and Bar by Andrea Fisher
Top quality service and food
28/09/2016 @ 8:04 pm
Poole Arms by Andrea Fisher
Lovely food, great location and atmosphere!
13/07/2016 @ 1:11 pm
Rope & Anchor by Sarah Fisher
Tried the crab and Lobster Paul and it was lovely. Good recommendation!
16/05/2015 @ 6:47 am
Dorset Gifts by Angela way
I purchased a model of the cutty sark to form part of a floral tribute for my dad who has passed away. He did a lot of sailing in his life and we visited the ship in Greenwich some years ago. I am thrilled with the purchase and couldn't believe how quick it got to me. Well packaged , and I know my dad would be delighted with it. Thank you.
12/01/2015 @ 8:09 am
Rope & Anchor by Paul H.Guides
The crab and lobster burgers are superb, and are worth giving a go.
( not what you expect )
21/10/2014 @ 10:42 am
Fareham Self Drive by Jonathon Savill
I would recommend them. If you want a faulty vehicle and abusive service. There are lots of other hire companies - use them.
19/08/2014 @ 11:29 pm
Dorset Gifts by S Foster
Excellent and friendly service.

I d left it late to order a birthday present. I checked the website on Thursday night, rang up on Friday to check about delivery. I was told right away where items were out of stock and given alternatives. The items were delivered first thing on Saturday morning by Royal Mail in time for the birthday. It made a pleasant change to talk to staff who clearly knew the products and to deal with a company who were able to dispatch items right away ( without going through the usual slow dispatch from warehouse and trust to the delivery company process).
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