Dorset

Location - Town: Dorchester
Location - County: Dorset
Description/directions to location: East on Dorchester bypass, at last roundabout take 3rd exit heading for Tincleton. In 150 yds turn right through gate of Kingston Maurward College. Follow drive till it turns left away from house. Carpark is on the right. Lake is a short walk through top of Carpark, past cafeteria entrancer and up some steps to emerge behind the house. Lake should be in view down hill on left. Weymouth and Portland MBC sail IOM sunday mornings 1000 till 1230 ish
Type: Pond
Size: Small and Murky
Depth: "Wellies"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Entrance charge to Gardens, Family entertainment and pleasant gardens for the unconverted. All usual public facilities
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Website:
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): No I/C sundays is normally sail only
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Anything else to add?: Contact is in the MYA club Listings

Listed by Roger Quigley [10.03.2006]

Location - Town: Poole

Location - County: Dorset
Description/directions to location: Poole Park Lake
Poole-Bournemouth conurbation, central south coast.
Follow signs to Poole, then to Poole Park (close town centre).

Type: Purpose built model boat lake
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Waders"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Poole Radio Yacht Club clubhouse for members. Toilets/Cafe/children's play area approx 250 yds. Free (though limited) on road parking next to lake. Town centre about a mile from the park.
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Website:
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): Model boat enclosure within Poole Park Lake. 100% access all round. Sea water. No IC. Very good for sailing. Drained annually, check with Poole Borough Council before a long drive to avoid disappointment.
Anything else to add?: Poole Park lake itself is big and open and being by the sea is prone to being breezy. Can be quite choppy.

Listed by Mike Gardiner [28.05.2006]

Bournemouth, Dorset

Children's Corner

Pleasure Gardens

Type: not so much a pond, more a concrete-banked stream. Freesailers will need a friend on the other side, although it's not far away.

Trevor Smith visited in 2004 and reports that the stream is still there and now has a sign saying 'no paddling'.

However in this 1909 card, no-one was paddling either. I am impressed by how well-equipped these Edwardian children are. Looking closely at the card I can see ten or eleven boats in the water, there are at least seven proper 'turning poles' in sight, and two girls and two boys have taken the trouble to wear proper sailor suits.

Listed by Andy Tribble [11.02.2008]

LOST POND

Boscombe Chine, Dorset

Trevor Smith tells me that the little boating pond (with an island) at the bottom of the Chine that appears in many old postcards has now been filled in.


Anything to add or amend?