Poole Harbour

The Poole Logboat was excavated from Poole Harbour and is over 2,000 years old. It is on display in Poole Museum.
Map of Poole Harbour
View across the harbour looking west from Lilliput, Poole
Green Island, one of the islands within Poole Harbour
A quiet corner of the harbour, looking south from Brownsea Island
Condor Ferries car ferry passes through the harbour
B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat of the RNLI, stationed in Poole Harbour
Looking south-west from Brownsea Island – Furzey Island is centre, with Green Island directly behind, to the left. Round Island can also be seen to the right of the picture with the Arne Peninsula behind it.
A wakeboarder riding down the Wareham channel

Large natural harbour in Dorset, southern England, with the town of Poole on its shores.

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The Poole Logboat was excavated from Poole Harbour and is over 2,000 years old. It is on display in Poole Museum.

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Aerial view of lower Cork Harbour from Crosshaven (south/foreground) to Great Island

Cork Harbour

Natural harbour and river estuary at the mouth of the River Lee in County Cork, Ireland.

Natural harbour and river estuary at the mouth of the River Lee in County Cork, Ireland.

Aerial view of lower Cork Harbour from Crosshaven (south/foreground) to Great Island
Aerial view of lower Cork Harbour from Crosshaven (south/foreground) to Great Island
Detail of 1780s map showing lower harbour islands (Spike, Haulbowline) and defensive structures (at Cove Fort, Fort Carlisle, Spike, Rams Head, and Roches Tower)
Plan of lower harbour showing location to main military installations: (A) Haulbowline Naval Base, (B) Fort Mitchel/Westmoreland, (C) Fort Meagher/Camden, (D) Fort Davis/Carlisle, (E) Fort Templebreedy
The fortifications of Camden Fort Meagher overlook the entrance to Cork Harbour.
A six-inch coastal defence gun on Spike Island protecting the mouth of the harbour.
Map of Cork Harbour, ca. 1702
The Swansea – Cork ferry docks at Ringaskiddy.

Other contenders include Halifax Harbour in Canada, Trincomalee Harbour in Sri Lanka and Poole Harbour in England.

River Frome, Dorset

River in Dorset in the south of England.

River in Dorset in the south of England.

The Frome estuary at Wareham

It is navigable upstream from Poole Harbour as far as the town of Wareham.

Map of Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island

Map of Brownsea Island
Woods on the island
A peacock displays to a visitor
Brownsea Castle
The mock Tudor entrance added in the mid-1850s by William Waugh
St Mary's Church, built in 1854
Cottages at the eastern end of the island
Stone on Brownsea Island commemorating the experimental camp. Unveiled on 1 August 1967.
Robert Baden-Powell at the first Scout encampment on Brownsea Island held in August 1907

Brownsea Island is the largest of the islands in Poole Harbour in the county of Dorset, England.

Corfe Castle, captured and destroyed by Cromwell's army in 1646

Dorset

County in South West England on the English Channel coast.

County in South West England on the English Channel coast.

Corfe Castle, captured and destroyed by Cromwell's army in 1646
Geological map of Dorset
Durdle Door, a natural arch near Lulworth Cove
The beach near Bournemouth Pier. Dorset's coastline is a major attraction for tourists.
The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester
Traction engines on display at the Great Dorset Steam Fair
Thomas Hardy
Sherborne Abbey

During the Second World War, Dorset was heavily involved in the preparations for the invasion of Normandy, and the large harbours of Portland and Poole were two of the main embarkation points.

River Frome

Wareham, Dorset

Historic market town and, under the name Wareham Town, a civil parish, in the English county of Dorset.

Historic market town and, under the name Wareham Town, a civil parish, in the English county of Dorset.

River Frome
"Bloody Bank" is the high point in the distance, on West Walls
Lady St. Mary Church
St Martin's Church, Wareham
North St.
Wareham Town Hall

The town is built on a strategic dry point between the River Frome and the River Piddle at the head of the Wareham Channel of Poole Harbour.

Port Jackson, also referred to as Sydney Harbour, is a ria, or drowned river valley. The deeply indented shape of the ria reflects the dendritic pattern of drainage that existed before the rise in sea level that flooded the valley.

Ria

Coastal inlet formed by the partial submergence of an unglaciated river valley.

Coastal inlet formed by the partial submergence of an unglaciated river valley.

Port Jackson, also referred to as Sydney Harbour, is a ria, or drowned river valley. The deeply indented shape of the ria reflects the dendritic pattern of drainage that existed before the rise in sea level that flooded the valley.
A satellite view of Galicia
Ria of San Vicente de la Barquera in Cantabria, Spain
Ria of Rijeka Dubrovačka in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Ria of Bay of Kotor in Kotor, Montenegro
Musandam Peninsula on the Strait of Hormuz
Tory Channel, in New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds

England: The south coast of England is a submergent coastline which contains many rias, including Southampton Water, Poole Harbour, the estuary of the River Medina on the Isle of Wight, the estuaries of the Exe, Teign and Dart, then Kingsbridge Estuary, Plymouth Sound in Devon, and the estuaries of the River Fowey, River Fal and Helford River in Cornwall. On the north coast is the River Camel and the River Taw. In Essex is the Blackwater River and River Crouch.

New York Harbor and the Hudson River in the foreground; the East River in the background.

Harbor

Sheltered body of water where ships, boats, and barges can be docked.

Sheltered body of water where ships, boats, and barges can be docked.

New York Harbor and the Hudson River in the foreground; the East River in the background.
Capri harbor, Italy seen from Anacapri.
Koyilandy Harbour, Kerala, India
Tanjung Perak is a famous example of a natural harbor in Indonesia. The harbor location in Madura Strait.
The tiny harbor at the village of Clovelly, Devon, England
Old Harbor in Lüneburg, Germany.
The harbor of Piraeus in Greece.
Port Jackson, Sydney.
The harbor of Gorey, Jersey falls dry at low tide.
Punta del Este's harbor – nicknamed the Monte Carlo of South America
The harbor in Aberystwyth, painted c. undefined 1850
Port of Szczecin, Poland
Valparaiso, Chile.

Poole Harbour in England, United Kingdom

A village in Strochitsy, Belarus, 2008.

Hamworthy

Village, parish, peninsula and suburb of Poole in Dorset, England.

Village, parish, peninsula and suburb of Poole in Dorset, England.

A village in Strochitsy, Belarus, 2008.

It is sited on a peninsula of approximately 3 km2 that is bordered by the town of Upton to the north, Poole Harbour to the south, Lytchett Bay to the west and Holes Bay to the east.

Studland Bay, Godlingstone Heath, Poole Harbour and Bournemouth from Ballard Down

Studland

Village and civil parish on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, England.

Village and civil parish on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, England.

Studland Bay, Godlingstone Heath, Poole Harbour and Bournemouth from Ballard Down
The beach at Studland
South West Coast Path stone sign near Studland
An example of fencing at Studland and its success
Fort Henry Bunker, Studland

The village is located about 2 mi north of the town of Swanage, over a steep chalk ridge, and 3 mi south of the South East Dorset conurbation at Sandbanks, from which it is separated by Poole Harbour.

Poole

Large coastal town and seaport in Dorset, on the south coast of England.

Large coastal town and seaport in Dorset, on the south coast of England.

The Poole Logboat, a 2,000-year-old dugout canoe discovered during dredging works in Poole Harbour
Beech Hurst in the town centre, a Georgian mansion built in 1798 for a wealthy Newfoundland merchant
Poole Quay was the busy centre of the town's maritime trade.
The borough council was based at Poole Civic Centre
The coat of arms of the Borough of Poole.
Poole lies on Eocene clays.
A panorama of Poole Town Centre viewed from Parkstone.
The Sunseeker shipyards opposite Poole Quay
Barclays House in the town centre.
Poole Quay, once a busy centre of maritime trade, has become increasingly popular with tourists
Poole Guildhall.
Poole Bay and the beaches of Poole and Bournemouth.
The Parish Church of St. James, built in 1819.
Poole Stadium is a greyhound racing venue and home to the Poole Pirates speedway team
The Lighthouse Arts Centre in Poole is the largest arts centre in England outside London.
The main transport features in Dorset.
Poole railway station
Poole Hospital is the trauma centre for East Dorset.

Poole is a tourist resort, attracting visitors with its large natural harbour, history, the Lighthouse arts centre and Blue Flag beaches.