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Berthing Rates

short stay:
£6 (4 hrs)

<12m:£48, 15m:£52

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YHA Rating

not rated



240V, 16/30A

6 ton

50 ton

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About the Marina

Poole Harbour is one of the largest natural harbours in the world and because its has such a large expanse of sheltered water its also perhaps one of largest playgrounds for recreational sailing and water sports in the world as well. The contrast within the harbour is quite distinctive, with the urban sprawl of Poole and Hamworthy to the north, against the fiercely protected nature reserves and remote island habitats to the south, and yet believe or not, there’s an oil field right in the middle of it all- but you’ll be hard pressed to spot it.

The Lake Yard marina is superbly situated up the Wareham Channel in the NW corner of Poole Harbour and the marina's 'Waterfront Club Bar' has breathtaking views of the harbour and the Purbeck Hills beyond.
The Royal Navy's Special Boat Service (SBS) - the lesser known sister unit of the British Army's Special Air Service (SAS) is based nearby which makes one's stay in these parts a little more interesting.

The marina is quite separate from the neighbouring Moriconium Quay to the east, which is a waterside residential/marina complex. Lake Yard has 44 fully serviced pontoon berths and visitors are welcome if there’s a space available. Visitors are most likely to find themselves allocated a swinging mooring in the Wareham Channel and Lake Yard operates a launch shuttle service between the moorings and the dock pontoon.

Off site facilities and services, all within walking distance include: a Post Office, cash point, late night convenience stores, fish and chips, and a regular bus service to Poole and Bournemouth.

Marina Approaches

The waterside development of the Moriconium Quay provides the best landmark for locating the Lake Yard Marina which is about half a mile up the Wareham Channel. The entrance to the marina is just to the north of the pair of port and starboard hand buoys, Nos 74 and 73 respectively. Weaving through the swinging moorings, the entrance to the marina can be seen through a gap in the wave screen. Access to the marina is not restricted by the tide.

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