Linda & I go on a Poole Harbour boat trip

Friday 22nd July 2016

Friday morning was pretty much like every Friday morning: grocery shopping followed by Jez’s hydroptherapy. The only difference was that this week Linda came with me. In the afternoon, however, while Chris took the dogs out, Linda and I went down to Poole Quay in order to take a boat trip around Poole Harbour. This sailing ship was moored up against the quay when we got there.

Queen Galadriel

As you can see, it was a beautiful, hot day. At first we thought we were going to be unlucky as we had just missed one boat, but then we found that one of the Brownsea Island boats goes out to the island and then on round the harbour. This was ideal as it also gave us the option of getting off at Brownsea Island and having a short walk around.

Linda bought our tickets and the boat trip was soon underway. I took this photo of Poole Quay boat haven as we passed.

Poole Quay Boat Haven

And here’s one of the Brownsea Island ferries returning to the quay.

Brownsea Island Ferry

We were sat on the top deck of the boat in the sun and the breeze, so it was a lovely trip.


As it was such a lovely day there were lots of boats out in the harbour, both sail…

Sail boat

…and power.

Power boat

At Brownsea Island, where Baden Powell held the very first Scout camp, we made our way to the viewpoints. Here you can see the chain ferry that goes between Sandbanks and the Studland Peninsula.

Sandbanks to Studland Chain Ferry

And here is a panorama of the Studland Peninsula.

Studland Peninsula and Poole Harbour

We didn’t have time to walk too far but in the end walked around for over and hour before we made our way back to the National Trust shop and bought an ice¬†cream before catching the last boat (at 5pm). As we left we passed the old castle entrance. The castle, which is now a private hotel, was built by Henry VIII as a defensive fort in the 1540s.

Castle Entrance

The trip around the harbour was lovely and there was an interesting commentary. This was Newton Bay.

Newton Bay

The problem was the light and direction of the sun wasn’t great for photography, so I scrapped most of the photos I took. Here we are coming back towards Poole Docks and the Quay.

Poole docks and quay

And here is Poole Quay.

Poole Quay

I also have a very nice photo of Linda.


We eventually got home around 6.30pm. Linda had thought I’d overdone it when I bought a 4 hour car park ticket, but we needed all 4 hours of it. It was a bit late to start cooking when we got in, so Chris went and picked up Fish & Chips, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Before that, though, there was time for Linda and I to raise a glass of fizz.

Me and Linda

A year ago today

We were at Wareham Forest, and there were some big black clouds.

Jez heads towards the viewpoint


An ‘Ocean Cruise’ with Dorset Wildlife Trust

Friday 20th June 2014

Of course, it wasn’t quite as glamorous as it sounds. It was a cruise out of Poole Harbour round to Swanage Bay and Dancing Ledge, in celebration of World Oceans Day which had been on 6th June. So after lunch with Dad I went home and spent the afternoon pottering about, before Poole dropped me down in Poole to catch the boat which left at 6.30pm from Poole Quay. It was nearly a disaster: I had spent ages checking my camera equipment only to find that I had no memory card in it once again. Fortunately, though, I had my main camera bag with me which had a spare in. I took lots of photos. I won’t post them all here, but if you want to see more just click on my Flickr stream to the right to see the rest.

So down at Poole Quay a big 3 rig sailing, operated by the Jubilee Trust, was tied up.

Junilee Sailing Trust ship - Tenacious

The Quay was really busy, partly due to the many groups of Cubs and Brownies heading over to Brownsea Island for a week-end camp. This is one of the boats taking them over.

Cubs and Brownies en route to camp on Brownsea

We left the Quay promptly. This view, looking back, shows the old and the new: the 3 rigger on the right and on the left brand new Sunseekers are tied up.

Junilee Sailing Trust ship - Tenacious

Meanwhile a cat’ was coming into the marina.

Poole Harbour

We left the harbour and went along the coast past Studland Bay to Old Harry Rocks.

Sandbanks and Old Harry Rocks

A closer view of Old Harry Rocks (can you spot the canoeists beached there?).

Old Harry Rocks

And from behind.

Old Harry Rocks

We went past Tilly Whim Caves.

Tilly Whim Caves

And Anvil Point with it’s lighthouse.

Anvil Point

Along the way we passed fishermen…


… climbers …


… and swimmers.


Eventually we got to Dancing Ledge, where there were lots of Guillemots, all crowding on the ledges.


A Cormorant.


And Puffins.


After that we headed home. This is Swanage at dusk.

Swanage at dusk

And with the sun setting over Swanage Bay.

Sunset over Swanage Bay

Old Harry Rocks looked particularly nice at sunset.

Old Harry Rocks at Sunset

As we came back to Poole people on the boat had a treat watching the sun go down.

Watching the sun set

It was a lovely sunset.

Sunset Off Studland Beach

And here’s another one.


Finally we came back into Poole Harbour, and this was the final photo, taken across the Brownsea Lagoon.

Sunset over Brownsea Lagoon

It was a very pleasant evening, although the boat could have done to have been a bit less crowded. In all the ‘cruise’ took 3 hours. And, big treat, I got to sleep in my own bed that night!

A year ago today

I was busy with my macro lens in the garden. Here’s one of the iris growing in the pond.