A large town set back from the coast by a natural harbour, and providing access to Upton Lake (Holes Bay)

"Poole ( (listen)) is a large coastal town and seaport in Dorset, on the south coast of England. The town is 33 kilometres (21 mi) east of Dorchester, and adjoins Bournemouth to the east. Since 1 April 2019 the local authority is Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council which is a unitary authority. Poole had an estimated population of 151,500 (mid 2016 census estimates) making it the second largest town in the ceremonial county of Dorset. Together with Bournemouth and Christchurch, Poole has a total population of over 465,000.

Human settlement in the area dates back to before the Iron Age. The earliest recorded use of the town's name was in the 12th century when the town began to emerge as an important port, prospering with the introduction of the wool trade. Later, the town had important trade links with North America and, at its peak during the 18th century, it was one of the busiest ports in Britain. In the Second World War, Poole was one of the main departing points for the Normandy landings.

Poole is a tourist resort, attracting visitors with its large natural harbour, history, the Lighthouse arts centre and Blue Flag beaches. The town has a commercial port with cross-Channel freight and passenger ferry services. The headquarters of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are in Poole, and the Royal Marines have a base in the town's harbour. Despite their names, Poole is the home of The Arts University Bournemouth, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and a significant part of Bournemouth University." Wikipedia

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Bournemouth Airport
1 . Bournemouth Airport

Bournemouth Airport offers flights to 22 destinations across Europe, with 700,000 passengers using the airport in 2016.

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Poole Quay Boat Haven
1 . Poole Quay Boat Haven

Poole Quay Boat Haven & Port of Poole Marina are both perfectly positioned to offer a base from which to explore Poole Harbour and its surrounding areas. Poole Quay Boat Haven can accommodate vesse...

Port of Poole Marina
2 . Port of Poole Marina

Located in the upper reaches of Poole Harbour, Poole Quay Boat Haven & Port of Poole Marina offer an ideal place to berth your vessel. Poole Harbour is an incredibly serene location, sweeping from ...

Cobb's Quay Marina
3 . Cobb's Quay Marina

Cobb’s Quay Marina at Hamworthy in Holes Bay lies in Poole Harbour, the world's second largest natural harbour. It has a lively, seafaring atmosphere, and with 1090 berths it’s a favourite with...

Parkstone Yacht Haven
4 . Parkstone Yacht Haven

Parkstone Yacht Club was established in 1895 and is situated on the North shore of the second largest natural harbour in the world. Poole harbour boasts panoramic views, sandy beaches and clean wat...

Lake Yard Marina
5 . Lake Yard Marina

We believe we have the best marina in Poole Harbour, set in a sheltered area between the Arne Peninsula and the Lake in Hamworthy. Poole Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world, ...

Salterns Marina
6 . Salterns Marina

This privately-owned family marine has an interesting and fascinating past dating back to the 1700’s to when the site was active in salt-making, hence the same ‘Salterns’. Awarded five ‘Go...

Ridge Wharf Yacht Centre
7 . Ridge Wharf Yacht Centre

Ridge Wharf is a marina/boatyard in Poole Harbour accommodating sailing and motor yachts ashore or afloat, offering lift out, servicing, repairs, chandlery and fuel. Set in an area of outstanding n...

Chapman's Pool
8 . Chapman's Pool

A pretty natural bay offering sheltered anchoring in the right conditions.

Worbarrow Bay
9 . Worbarrow Bay

This wide bay is found midway between Weymouth and Swanage close to Lulworth Cove.

Lulworth Cove
10 . Lulworth Cove

Between Swanage and Weymouth this natural cove provides natural shelter for anchoring yachts in most conditions.

Alum Bay
11 . Alum Bay

This anchorage with stunning white cliff backdrop may provide good anchorage and shelter in the right conditions.

Keyhaven Lake
12 . Keyhaven Lake

A U bend behind the sandbank is shallow and all but dries in low tide but may provide anchorage for the right boat in the right condition.

Berthon Lymington Marina
13 . Berthon Lymington Marina

One of the first yacht marinas to be built in the UK, Lymington Marina offers 280 deepwater, well-protected Lymington River berths for yachts up to 45m (150ft) LOA in the Georgian town of Lymington...

Lymington Harbour
14 . Lymington Harbour

Lymington is one of the UK’s premier yachting centres and is located in an enviable position at the ‘gateway’ to the western Solent making it a popular destination for sailors, power boaters ...

Lymington Yacht Haven
15 . Lymington Yacht Haven

Lymington Yacht Haven has 600 berths all-tide berths, serviced with water, electricity and free Wi-Fi. Marina facilities include brand new state-of-the-art luxury washrooms and laundry faciliti...

Weymouth Bay
16 . Weymouth Bay

A large bay north of Portland and east of Weymouth providing shelter from westerlies.

Freshwater Bay
17 . Freshwater Bay

A small bay inset from the land on the southern side of the Isle of Wight a short distance from the needles.

Yarmouth Harbour
18 . Yarmouth Harbour

A largish marina with good shelter and moorings and a short walk into the picturesque fishing, ferry and yachting port, widely regarded as one of the jewels of the South Coast. The deepwater harbou...

The Cove Pontoons
19 . The Cove Pontoons

Weymouth Harbour is the closest port on mainland England to Cherbourg, St Malo and all of the Channel Islands. Georgian architecture along the quayside helps maintain the harbours historic ambience...

Weymouth Marina
20 . Weymouth Marina

Weymouth Marina is tucked away at the head of the harbour, with quiet, secure berths just a stroll from the beach and shops.

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1 . Hamworthy
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A large town on Poole Harbour and Upton Lake overlooking Poole.

Canford Cliffs
2 . Canford Cliffs
(England )

A small town on the southern coast of England with a long sandy beach.

3 . Bournemouth
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Bournemouth is a seaside resort on the southern coast of England.

4 . Studland
(England )

A small town on the southern coast of England south of Poole with a large east facing bay.

5 . Wareham
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An inland town connected to Poole Harbour by the busy River Frome.

6 . Boscombe
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A town on the southern coast of England east of Bournemouth.

7 . Swanage
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A large east facing town on the south coast of England south of Poole and Studland Bay.

8 . Southbourne
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A large town on the southern coast of England.

9 . Christchurch
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A large inland town on the Rivers Avon and Stour accused through the natural Christchurch Harbour protected by 'The Run' sandbank

10 . Mudeford
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On the northern shore of the Christchurch Harbour.

West Lulworth
11 . West Lulworth
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A small inland village close to a natural cove on the southern coast of England.

Barton on Sea
12 . Barton on Sea
(England )

A large town on the south coast of England.

13 . Ringstead
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A small village on the south coast of England.

Milford on Sea
14 . Milford on Sea
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A small town on the south coast of England.

15 . Lymington
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Lymington is a large town west of Southampton overlooking Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight.

16 . Totland
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A town set back a short distance from the western coast of the Isle of Wight.

17 . Overcombe
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Overcome (and adjoining neighbour Preston) is on the south coast of England just east of Weymouth.

18 . Yarmouth
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A large an characteristic town on the north western coast of the Isle of Wight overlooking Lymington.

19 . Weymouth
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Situated on the mouth of the river Wey this pretty east facing town is on the southern coast of England.

20 . Castletown
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On the northern side of the small Portland island (although connected to the mainland). The town is part of Portland Harbour.

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