Brownsea island

Sail around the largest island in Poole Harbour





Enjoy a trip around stunning Poole Harbour, with so much activity going on there is plenty to see, you may even catch sight of deer swimming to the island if you are very lucky. If a days sailing isn't enough there is also plenty of opportunity to try other water sports from some of the many providers along the harbour shoreline.

Trail Tips

Tips and advice from sailors that have completed the trail:

  • "There are a large number of parking spaces I would still arrive really early on busy sunny days"
  • "The slipway is well marked and not too steep, though finding it on the return required quite sharp eyes. Also it is quite often a lee shore - and when we arrived back the land/sea breeze had really picked up"
  • "The east side of the island is much busier, proceed with caution"


(Reviewed June 2021)


A great trail, we had a very good day. Thank you for encouraging us to venture forth!

Joanna - Keyhaven Scows
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Before you sail.....

Before setting out on the trail you should feel confident that you, your crew and your boat are ready. For maximum enjoyment follow our top tips before you go. We have tried our best to make sure the trail information remains up to date, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy. Please help others by alerting us to any changes using the feedback form.  

The decision to follow the trail rests with the skipper, and by following the trail participants accept the inherent risks of being on the water.


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