Let’s Go Exploring
On the edge of Europe’s largest natural harbour sits the historic port of Poole. Small boats moored on the quayside take visitors on sightseeing trips around the harbour to Wareham or Brownsea Island. Some head out to sea towards Swanage, giving passengers a close-up view of the magnificent white cliffs and Old Harry Rocks along the Jurassic Coast. The Quay is home to fantastic local restaurants and bars to complete your visit.
7 miles of award-winning golden sandy beaches, two thousand acres of gardens, rows of multicoloured beach huts, two piers, a cosmopolitan daytime atmosphere with shops, restaurants and bars catering for every taste, lively nightlife with a state-of-the-art multiplex cinema, nightclubs, dancing and music until late.
Described as a millionaire’s playground and one of the most expensive places in the world to live, Sandbanks is half a square mile of golden sand and links Bournemouth’s beaches with the Isle of Purbeck to the west. With views of Poole harbour and Brownsea Island and the towering chalk cliffs of the Jurassic Coast, its Blue Flag beaches are some of the very best in the whole of Britain. The passenger chain ferry at the mouth of the harbour links Sandbanks with Swanage and beyond.
Beginning at the mouth of Poole Harbour, the Jurassic Coast weaves its way along 95 miles of mighty cliffs, secret coves and hidden beaches and through 185 million years of history. Adventurers may want to follow the South West Coast Path along the cliff tops to Swanage and beyond.
New Forest National Park
Over 900 years ago William the Conqueror set aside 150 square miles of Hampshire woodland as a royal hunting ground. Today this huge National Park has a blend of heathland and ancient woodlands with a diverse range of plants and wild animals. Look out for the New Forest Pony as they are easy to spot and roam freely in the park and on the unfenced roads. Within the forest there are walking routes and bike rides to explore the beautiful landscapes, fascinating history and rich cultural heritage of the park.
One of Britain’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Cranborne Chase is 380 square miles of Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset countryside. Follow the signposted walking, riding and cycling routes to explore the extraordinarily rich landscapes of rolling chalk grassland, ancient woodlands, downland hillsides, chalk escarpments and distinctive river valleys.