Poobou one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Poole and Bournemouth.

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Grid Ref SZ0126191075
Lat / Lon 50.71929° / -1.98349°
Easting / Northing 401,261E / 91,075N
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Grid Ref SZ0875690793
Lat / Lon 50.71669° / -1.87733°
Easting / Northing 408,756E / 90,793N
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Poobou One's land is

Coast 2.4%
Intertidal flats 23.2%
Urban 72.1%
Water 2.3%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018


Tracy Thompson

19 Jan 2023 Winter

A mix of landscapes along this pleasant walk from Poole to Bournemouth, nearly all of it alongside the sea except for the Sandbanks Rd stretch. Once you come off at Shore Road and hit the beach there is a nice cafe for a snack and coffee before walking the rest of the way along the Promenade, which is wide and flat enough for both cyclists and walkers.

Tracy K

16 Sep 2022 Summer

An easy, accessible and pleasant walk, mostly right along the coast, with lovely sea views and beaches. Lots of cafes, toilets and places to rest along the route too.


14 Jul 2022 Summer

This route takes you through the Old town of Poole and onto the Quay, where you will find a bronze statue of Lord Baden Powel founder of the Scout movement, on the Quay. You will be able to find shops for just about anything you need and there is also a Go Outdoors shop if you take a small detour, through the town, if you need new boots etc. The walk will take you along the sea edge of the Bay. There is a short distance along some road, a mile or so, before coming to the top of Evening Hill, here there is a set of steps, to the right, which can take you off the road and along the sea edge, for a short distance, before returning to the path alongside the road. The sunsets along here are spectacular. Another short distance to reach the promenade and its a slightly curved three miles to reach Bournemouth Pier. There are many water points along the promenade, safe to get drinking water from. There are also cold water showers if you feel the need. Further along, at Boscombe water front, there are showering facilities which you can use at a small cost.


11 Nov 2021 Autumn

I did this route from Poole to Bournemouth. Very easy route to follow. From Poole railway station follow cycle route 25 as it goes through a little bit of Poole shopping centre then round the edge of Parkstone Bay. Leaving the cycle route continue along past the marina. There is a great viewpoint just past the marina with views to Brownsea Island and Sandibanks. Continue on to Poole Head. Nearly all of the rest of the walk is on the beach front. There is a wide concrete traffic free road/path all the way to Bournemouth Pier. Along the path which is actually cycle route 2 (except for July and August when bikes banned) there is a near continuous row of beach huts with high cliffs behind. Just before Bournemouth Pier the route actually takes a flight of steps up the cliff face (just before Amusement arcade). I just continued on the flat past the Amusement arcade and then turned left and when up slight hill to the end of the walk.

95% of kerbs on the route are flat, a few are not but are low and a slight diversion will find a flat kerb. If the path along the seafront is joined at Bournemouth pier not via the flight of steps down to beach path (100 meters on further on) this route is suitable for wheels. It is all on made up pavements and paths with no stiles or obstructions

Plenty of cafes and toilet facilities

A pleasant walk.

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