Poole Harbour, Hamworthy Park


Poole Harbour, Hamworthy Park
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

At Hamworthy Park off Lulworth Avenue, half a mile from Poole Quay. Attractive harbourside park set in 26 acres with panoramic views of Poole Harbour and the Purbeck Hills. Good facilities for families with children.


The Lighthouse arts centre opposite Poole bus station has a cafe, bar, cinema, concert halls and gallery. Nearby Dolphin Shopping Centre has many shops, including the central library, and cafes and with parking attached.

Wildlife and Walks

Lovely beaches north west including Ham Common. Cross to Brownsea Island where you can see red squirrels and tern colonies, or visit nearby Arne for the RSPB’s fantastic reserve to see the Avocet, Dartford warbler, Little egret, Nightjar and Stonechat.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2018 Not tested

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Poole Harbour, Hamworthy Park

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



Adjacent free parking for 40 cars, also parking on the road.

Dog restrictions


Dogs allowed all year.

Beach cleaning

Litter picked every Friday morning (throughout the year) by local volunteer dog walkers.


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