The Beach Guide

Rockley Sands Beach (Poole)

Rockley Sands Beach (Poole) - Dorset

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Rockley Sands is a small beach, just 150 meters long, next to Rockley Park, a large caravan park and Rockley Boat Park, near the town of Hamworthy. The beach has a view over Poole harbour and the Purbecks.

It is a sandy beach with tidal mud flats towards low tide. Swimming is not recommended because of strong currents and there is no lifeguard. It is however a dog-friendly beach, offering an exercise area for dogs.

A short walk from the beach, down the coast visitors can find Ham Common, which is a secluded nature reserve, with a peaceful lake, ideal for a relaxing stroll in tranquil surroundings.

There is parking at the beach for about 30 cars. There is also a beach shop and café, along with toilets.

Type of beach

Sand and mud flats

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dog bins emptied Mon. Dogs are allowed on the beach.

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • Slipway

    Nearest town



    BH15 4RW

    OS grid ref.

    SY 9730 9104

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating


    Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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