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Linear Walks

You can walk all the way round Poole Harbour on existing paths, as shown here using our descriptions of six 7 to 8 mile linear walks. Download them using the buttons below. There are waymarks, in the form of small, green roundels, in place for the more important junctions of the linear walks that make up the Poole Harbour Trail but not for our circular walks.


For your own choice of walk, use the recently updated Ordnance Survey maps, which show the whole trail.

The start and finish points of the described walks are at bus stops. Please check the bus timetables, easily available on the internet, as times of buses and even their routes change from time to time. Several parts of the trail can be reached from train stations, Poole, Wareham, Hamworthy and Holton Heath, but be careful, some of the ticket machines take only cards.

Each walk is illustrated by a map. While these are sufficient to give you an idea of distance and direction of walking, you would find it easier if you carried an Ordnance Survey map of the area with you, Explorer Map OL15 is ideal. For those unfamiliar with map reading there is some useful information given by Ordnance Survey here.

Walk the whole trail and get yourself a place on our walks ladder!

Wherever you walk, always follow the Countryside Code as updated on 1st April 2021. If you are taking a dog with you, you will find a lot of useful information on the Dorset Dogs website.

Copies of the 2008 walk leaflets in A3 size are also available for purchase from us.

If you have any comments to make on these walks or questions about them please email us.

See also our preferred WALK 5.

Circular Walks

See also our circular walks.

Further information

If you have a GPS and tracklogs software, you can download the walks here as gpx files. Right click button below and use Save Link As or Save target as. With some operating systems you may need to change the file extension back to .gpx after saving.

WALK 1 as gpx WALK 2 as gpx WALK 3 as gpx
WALK 4 as gpx WALK 5b as gpx WALK 6 as gpx
Whole trail as gpx

Or please ask us for the tracklogs in your favourite format.

The maps on this website are downloaded from Open Street Map unless otherwise stated.

This page updated 9th April 2021.