Located in the middle of Poole Harbour this secluded island is only reachable by boat. Take a scheduled ferry from Poole Quayside or from Sandbanks (shorter ride). The boat trip across adds that little bit extra to the experience; seeing the valuable prestigeous beach-front properties of the World famous Sandbanks Peninsular; and then watching the various other sea going craft as they negotiate the narrow entrance to Poole Harbour with its chain link ferry taking bathers to Studland beach.
Arriving at the island ferry pier next to the National Trust Office, Tea Room and Shop you are at the gateway to an experience of nature and tranquility that is seldom found so close to such a large populated area.
Take a long leisurely walk around the whole island (it is bigger than you think so don't rush).
Visit the well sign-posted nature reserve and bird sanctaury (but be very quiet or you may miss something). See the native Red-Squirrels scurrying around on every corner of your walk as they hunt for food whilst keeping a watchful eye on you as you pass them by.
Experience the fresh sea air gently blowing through the vast ancient trees.
Take a picnic and make it a full day out or just eat in the NT Tea Rooms.
Play a gentle game of frisbee on the various open grassed areas.
Feel rejuvinated at the end of your day knowing that this peice of England remains unspoilt.
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