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Beautiful quay with a great walkway along the water
Chilly on the front
In a nutshell
A gem in the lovely South coast of England!
If walking or driving along the coast through Poole you should be aware that the Poole Harbour Lifting Bridge is scheduled to open about 12 times a day to allow boats in and out of the main harbour. Expect delays of about 15 minutes during operation and that traffic does back up for quite some distance on either side during busy times.
This is especially worth noting if heading to and from the Ferry Terminal. Lifting times are shown on website below:
Updated Mar 25, 2013
Luggage and bags: Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Whether snowy/wet/sunny/warm or cold weather, layer your clothing.
Wear thermal underwear (these are easily bought at the local clothing shops), with warm leggings and a top under a toasty jacket for the cold. I have my trusty grey duffle coat, plus a white snow jacket for this type of weather, and they are a godsend!
Wear flat shoes that have a good grip, as when it is snowing, and afterwards, when it is sludge, it's really difficult to walk and keep your balance!
Always remember to bring a cap/hat that covers your head and neck for when it gets hot, as well as sunglasses.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen (Factor 35 is the minimum factor I use, no matter what the weather is), headache tablets and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, cotton wool, germolene etc.
Photo Equipment: Your camera, with charger, and a EUROPEAN plug extension.
Miscellaneous: Have a map of the area handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars
Written Jun 10, 2007