Walking on Brownsea Island

There is plenty to discover here on Brownsea Island and at a mile long and just under a mile wide, a walk around the island is easily manageable.

Why not follow one of the routes on the map, or one of our suggested trails to discover the range of habitats? Alternatively explore the island to find your favourite viewpoint or picnic spot. 
 
Walk along the south shore beach to discover the remains of the Victorian pottery kiln, you might even spot a brick with 'Branksea', the old name for Brownsea, printed in it. 
 
At the far end of the island, enjoy views across to the Purbecks to the left and Poole to the right, on a clear day you might be able to spot Corfe Castle.
 
Walk through the woodland to experience the peace and tranquility of the island, away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. You may spot one of the elusive Sika deer or some red squirrels. 
 
Red squirrel on Brownsea Island, Dorset.

Brownsea Island wildlife walk

Spring is a great time to visit Brownsea Island. The red squirrels can be seen looking for food and becoming more active as the sun warms up, birds are either leaving after the winter or returning for the summer and trees begin to blossom.

Children and peahen walking in heather

Lakes and heath walk, Brownsea Island

Starting and ending at the owl barn - a great picnic spot - this short walk passes through the Brownsea countryside, down Beech Valley.