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Poole - Branksome

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General details:

Similar location to Sandbanks, but works better when there's more W to the wind.

The beach is a safe patrol beach.

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Directions to the right place:

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How the winds work:

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Tidal conditions:

HW springs tend to be 09:30 - 10:00 and again 14:00. HW neaps are 14:30 - 18:30.

It's easier to go by LW times here, though: LW springs are around 17:00; LW neaps around 09:00 - 13:00 (yes - the neap tides really rush by!). All times are GMT.

Like Poole Harbour, there is a double high tide around springs - although not quite so pronounced. ie: The tide comes in, goes out a little, then comes back in a little before disappearing as if down a drain.

Poole spring tide curve

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Hazards:

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Facilities:

Small car park - free in Winter.

Although the car park at Branksome is small, there are 2 other larger car parks just 5 minutes walk away - only downfall is that they don't have fresh water showers

Just beside the car park is quite a nice shop selling boards snacks etc

Toilets same location

Surf rescue next door

Nice beach restaurant that does do take-aways

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B&B's / campsites

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Pubs and eateries

Mr Chips (Ian) says:

Poole is blessed with some amazing fish and chip shops, my favourite three shops in the country are all in the Poole Harbour area and I really wish the rest of our seaside towns would take note.

One of the very best fish and chip shops in the country (it was actually runner up in a country wide competition - I haven't found the winner yet) is on the round about in Poole that has the civic centre in the middle of it. This fish and chip shop (and its sister shop a couple of miles down the road towards Bournmouth) are almost worth a trip on their own right. Not stopping to get your supper here on the way home should be considered a crime because these two shops are truly excellent and provide a fantastic range of fish together with a variety of cooking methods.

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