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Old 10 April 2008, 17:18   #1
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Cruising around Poole harbour

Looking to trailer the boat down to poole for the weekend early summer ,and use a camp site for the night, bit a fun for the kids, I have found a camp site called Redcliffe Farm near Wareham, which is on the river which leads to the harbour.Will I be able to reach Poole from this location at low tide? and how long would it take? if the weather is poor how much of the harbour would be accessable at low tide? would appreciate any local advice and suggestions on cruising areas, looks great from google earth!
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Looking to trailer the boat down to poole for the weekend early summer ,and use a camp site for the night, bit a fun for the kids, I have found a camp site called Redcliffe Farm near Wareham, which is on the river which leads to the harbour.Will I be able to reach Poole from this location at low tide? and how long would it take? if the weather is poor how much of the harbour would be accessable at low tide? would appreciate any local advice and suggestions on cruising areas, looks great from google earth!
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Most of it is accessable at neaps-but the area round the back (west) of Brownsea is mostly quiet areas with a 6 knot limit. Don't go round the back of Brownsea on a falling spring tide-the mud is like quicksand and dries very quickly outside the channels.
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If you look at the Microsoft satellite images for the harbour on flashearth you can see where the channels are as it appears to have been taken at low tide.

Nice areas toexplore with kids are the Arne peninsular, Goathorn
and if you want to have a root around for bit of shrapnel etc the area round Redhorn (you can see the ww2 bomb craters in the image). Watch out for adders and wood ants on the heathland/wooded areas.
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Old 11 April 2008, 06:00   #3
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You will have a great time in the harbour. Pretty much of it is accessible at LW and even at LW Springs almost all of the channels are navigable.

At LW Springs in the wareham river it will be touch & go in places so time your arrivel to miss this but as we have 2 x HW and only 1 x LW this is easier to do than in many places. Arm yourself with Imray Chart Y23 + tide information and you'll have great fun.

This thread covers pretty much where to go

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...+poole+article

Not sure if redcliffe has access to the water, if not use Ridge Wharf. http://www.wpmd.co.uk/directory.php?dlcode=45622136

Ridge Wharf certainly dries at LW so be careful there

These may help too

http://www.powerboat-training-uk.co....bout_poole.htm

http://www.purplepelicanboathire.co.uk/what_to_do.htm

Feel free to buzz me for any specific advice

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Thanks guys appreciate the responses.
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Also if you're going just outside the harbour Shell Bay is worth a visit as you can get in really close with the rib. Out kids love it any time of year - particularly playing hide and seek in the dunes. If you carry on down the Swash channel then you'll end up at Old Harry rocks, and from there you can either carry on round to Swanage or cut back into Studland bay.

Enjoy your time here - its a great harbour. PM me if you need more info
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