Poole is home to Europe’s largest natural harbour and is teeming with wildlife and scenery. Stunning from the shore, the experience is even better when you join one of our kayak tours.

Starting at Hamworthy Park, a short paddle with our qualified Instructors will take you to the RSPB reserve at Arne. A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) since 1986 you can catch glimpses of spoonbills and warblers and may well see some of the Sika Deer. If you are really lucky you could also end up with an encounter with the harbour’s resident Sammy the Seal.

From there it’s just a short hop to Long Island where you stop for your packed lunch, followed by a longer paddle over to Brownsea Island and Pottery Pier and then back to Hamworthy Park.


  • £55 pp

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two kayakers in poole harbour kayaks on the beach at harbour challenge in hamworthy

Harbour Challenge is easy to find - we are in the centre of Hamworthy Park in Poole. You can leave your car at Hamworthy Park Surface Car Park and take a short walk to the Centre. Please note that this is now a pay and display carpark between March to October.

Take the main path through the park, walk past the paddling pool and cafe to the cream-coloured building at the end of the park. This is the main Harbour Challenge Centre.

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  • Useful Info

    Experience Required

    You should be a confident paddler with previous experience
    Able to swim 25 metres with a buoyancy aid


    3 hrs

    Min Numbers 

    4 to run