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Shipstal Point, Upper Wych Channel, Poole

Top 25 Anchorages > South > Shipstal Point

Nestled within the upper reaches of Poole Harbour, Shipstal Point boasts good holding and shelter in almost all wind directions.

In an unspoiled part of one of the busiest harbours on the south coast, the Upper Wych Channel is off the beaten track and pretty shallow, so deep keel boats should ensure there is a sufficient rise of tide.

Nature lovers should note that landing on the sandy beach on the Point around high water gives access to a wonderful woodland walk on the Arne peninsular where there is an RSPB reserve.

Watch out for
The shallow depth, which can get as low as 0.5m

Great for
Bird-watching

Local tip
There are no shops or pubs in the village of Arne, so make your own picnic and enjoy the solitude

Shipstal Point map | Top 25 Anchorages: The South | Motor Boats Monthly |Rod Carr, RYA CEO

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