Brownsea Island wildlife walk

Walking trail

This walk cuts through mixed and pine woodland at the centre of the island.


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Path next to church


Start the walk from the path to the right of the church and walk in the opposite direction from the quay.

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In spring and autumn, this is a good place to see red squirrels as they feed on sweet chestnut and beech tree nuts. Carry straight along this path.

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Pass the Vinery and turn left at the Whispering seat, and continue through ideal red squirrel territory, with mature Scots pine trees on your left.

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Pass the lily pond and at the top of the hill and take the next path on your left sign posted to the Visitor Centre and quay.

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Follow the path and on your right you will see what remains of the daffodil plantation which was established in the early 20th century by the Van Raaltes who were the owners at the time.

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At the farm buildings turn left which brings you onto Church Field and the back to where you started.

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End: Path next to church, grid ref: SZ022876

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The paths are uneven in some places.

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Brownsea Island wildlife walk

How to get here

Start: Path next to church, grid ref: SZ022876
By train

Trains to Poole or Bournemouth

By road

Poole Quay and Sandbanks are clearly signposted on roads approaching Poole. Shell Bay National Trust car park and non-National Trust car parks in Poole and Sandbanks

By foot

Poole Quay is a 0.5 mile (0.8km) walk through Poole town centre from Poole station. Shell Bay marks the eastern end of the South West Coast Path

By ferry

from Poole Quay and Sandbanks (run every 30 minutes). A chain ferry travels from Shell Bay, Studland to Sandbanks every 20 minutes

By bus

Poole bus station to Poole Quay and Sandbanks, also Christchurch Quay to Sandbanks (June to September)

By bicycle

Signed on-road cycle routes to Shell Bay and to Poole Quay from Poole 

Brownsea Island wildlife walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets
  • All terrain buggys
  • Gentle terrain, though the paths are uneven in some places