From our base at Fish Shambles Steps right on Poole Quay, take a relaxing and refreshing pleasure cruise around the world's second largest natural harbour. You'll get a unique look at all five islands, the Dorset Lakelands, the Isle of Purbeck, busy Poole Harbour entrance and the commercial areas that give the town its heartbeat. On-board commentary included. Route may vary due to tides.
Sailing every half an hour from 10am and getting you to Brownsea Island in a leisurely 20 minutes, our Brownsea Island Ferry trips are a must for every lover of camping, nature, walks, picnics and peace and quiet.
Managed by the National Trust and with over 500 acres of woodland, Brownsea Island is dramatically located at the entrance to Poole Harbour. It offers you spectacular views across the Purbec Hills and - thanks to the Dorset WIldlife Trust Nature Reserve - sightings of important populations of sea birds, silka deer and the now rare red squirrel. In 1907 the island was the site of Robert Baden-Powell’s experimental camp, from which the Scouting and Guiding movements have evolved. There are camping and picnic areas, nature trails, a cafe and gift shop for you to explore on Brownsea Island.
Take a truly relaxing trip along the picturesque River Frome to the historic town of Wareham, with its massive earth ramparts built by King Alfred the Great. Once ashore the choice is yours: enjoy lunch in one of the town's many welcoming pubs and restaurants or explore the ancient walls & visit the only Saxon church in Dorset, with its magnificent effigy of Lawrence of Arabia.
1) Entrance to Brownsea Island is free for National Trust members, though there is an admission fee for non-members.
2) Bicycles and dogs (except guide dogs) are not permitted on Brownsea Island.
3) Campers should check here (link to relevant page) for information regarding our carriage of rucksacks and equipment.
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