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    Default Dorset Paddles - Shipstal

    Shipstal Point is part of the RSPB Nature reserve in Poole Harbour.



    It has a very nice beach which out of season can be very quiet. Not so quiet today.



    Now that Long island is more unfriendly to visitors the beach at Shipstal appears to be growing in popularity.

    It really is a wonderful place.



    We paddled over from Hamworthy passing numerous fishing boats, pleasure craft and assorted wildlife.

    The obligatory digging in the sand was completed before cooking lunch on the beach.

    To the south of the beach are some shallow lagoons that are easy accessible at high tide:





    It was nice to see canoes and kayaks taking to the waters.



    Round Island (in the next photo) and Long Island are short hops away but landing on both is now restricted.



    Overall, I rate this as a must do spot in Poole Harbour.



    Geoff

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    Looks a bit like the Indiana Dunes on Lake Michigan! My brain wants to see that as fresh water.

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    paddled looks a good day out,thanks for sharing your photoswillie
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    One I missed:


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    Looks great.

    Is that a Charles River canoe?

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    Close.

    It's an Old Town Camper 16



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    Ah, right.

    Very photogenic.


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    It sure is photogenic. I love the lines. We lost count of the number of people who stopped to take a photo of the beach and used the beached canoe as a focal point.

    Geoff

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    Is that just along the way from Morning/Evening Hill (delete where applicable, I forget exactly what it's called!)

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    No. It's on the Arne peninsula near the western end of the harbour.

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    Great blog! With so many parts of the UK being so beautiful and - by me, as yet - unexplored, I sometimes wonder why I bother going abroad for my holidays.



    But, then again, abroad has its attractions....



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    Looks like a top spot for a paddle.

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    Looks like a lovely area for a paddle, put it on my list for when I'm next down that way. Thanks for sharing.

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    Isn't Poole Harbour a great place!!

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    if you paddle round the back of Round Island a bit further and head easterly into the next bay / lagoon you can find the entrance to the River Corfe or Corfe River as some of us call it, it has a small entrance which opens out slightly as you explore further up the river with great scenic views and wildlife, i've camped there before overnight. I'll share some photo's after my next trip. Well worth going that bit further if you have the time to explore

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