Lakes and heath walk, Brownsea Island

Walking trail

Type of walk: 'Waterside Walks', 'Hidden Places'

Brownsea lakes and heaths walk

Starting at the picnic shelter, this short walk passes through some of the most beautiful and varied habitats on Brownsea including heathland and woodland. A perfect walk for wildlife watching and keen photographers.

Lakes and Heathland walk, image 2 Brownsea Island


map of walk on Brownsea Island


Picnic shelter near the healthland


1. Start at the picnic shelter in the middle of the island and follow the blue way marked route through to the heathland.

Lakes and Heathlands walking point 1


2. Pass through the heathland and take the first right hand turn into the woodland.

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Lakes and Heathland walk, image 2 Brownsea Island


3. At the bottom of the track, take a right hand turn towards the quay. As you wonder down, you will pass two lakes on your left hand side which are located in the Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve.

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heathland and lakes walk, point 3


4. Continue on until you reach a right hand turn, sign posted ‘Lily pond’. Here you will also come across the remains of the old Vinery.

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Lakes and heathland walk, image 4


5. At the Lily pond, take a seat and take a minute to take in the Heartwood art installation. How many hidden hearts can you spot?

The Lily pond


6. Continue on wards past the Lily pond and arrive by Daffodil Field at the top of the hill.

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Wild life walk


Daffodil field

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Lakes and heath walk, Brownsea Island


You will need to keep the dog at home for this one, access is by boat from Poole quay or Sandbanks jetty. This is an easy walk across reasonably flat areas of grassland and paths. In wet weather it is advisable to wear sensible shoes/boots.

Lakes and heath walk, Brownsea Island

Contact us

Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset BH13 7EE 01202 707744

Lakes and heath walk, Brownsea Island

How to get here

The picnic barn, grid ref: SZ020877
By train

Poole, 0.5 miles (0.8km) to Poole Quay, then boat

By road

Car to Sandbanks public car park or Poole Quay visitors car park. Then by boat.

By ferry

Ferry from Poole Quay or Sandbanks Jetty.

By bus

Wilts & Dorset 50 Bournemouth to Swanage, alight Sandbanks; 52 Poole to Sandbanks

Lakes and heath walk, Brownsea Island

Facilities and access

  • Enjoy stunning views and delicious food in the Villano Café Browse in our shop for Brownsea Island gifts Take home a Scouts and Guides souvenir from the Trading Post Toilets located at Visitor Reception, the Visitor Centre at the Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre http://