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Poole Harbour

Poole Harbour is one of the largest natural harbours in the world, although for the most part it is shallow (<2m) with large tracts of tidal mudflats and sandbanks. Seen here between 20:00 and 21:30 on a late July evening, presenting a tranquil and atmospheric scene. The shallow conditions in the harbour make it particularly popular with wind and kite-surfers and with all other kinds of small nautical craft, all year round. Raking for cockles buried shallow in the sand is a popular traditional activity at low tide, particularly along the foreshore between Compton Acres and Sandbanks.

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In the top row of pictures:

  • The view from Evening Hill across to Sandbanks, Old Harry and Purbeck in the distance (picture)
  • Returning from a cockle hunt, rake and bucket are all that is required (picture)
  • The shallow waters make this area popular with wind- and kite-surfers, however low-tide brings a halt to their activity (picture)
  • A moored boat caught in the evening light, Sandbanks and Purbeck in the distance (picture)
  • The view across the mudflats to Brownsea Island (picture)

In the bottom row of pictures:

  • Cockle gatherers (picture)
  • Boats moored by the yachting club, Sandbanks (picture)
  • View across the harbour, Barclays House (in the centre of Poole) in the far distance (picture)
  • Sunset at Poole Harbour (picture)
  • Browsea Island in the late evening twilight (picture)

See also photo: cockle raking in November

Nearby locations that also feature in galleries on this site:

direction Poole

direction Bournemouth

directionStudland Bay

directionBrownsea Island, Arne and Middlebere, Wareham

Other sites on the web

The Dorset Page:   Poole – local information and links to further resources on the web

Maps of the area on streetmap.co.uk:   1:50,000 – detail, 1:250,000 – locality and route to get there

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The pictures of Poole Harbour in this gallery were captured at high resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 014
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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