A cormorant on Poole Park lake, Dorset
I love Poole in Dorset – and I remember visiting Poole Park as a child on holiday, but I hadn’t really given it a proper inspection until this summer.
We had fringed the southern bank of the lake on a walk from Baiter two years ago and you can see the blog post here: Poole Park: Beyond the silver tree.
But this time, starting from the same point in Baiter, we walked right around the other three sides of the lake that makes up the bulk of the park’s area (which is 110 acres or 45 hectares). A map may help us find our bearings…
This is where we started our walk around the lake
If you click here you can see a PDF of the map, which is a current version being used by Poole Park Life as part of a funding bid. Find out all abut the project here.
In August 2014 the Borough of Poole and the Friends of Poole Park submitted a £2.7m bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for improvements to the park. The first round was a success, earning funding to develop initial ideas. The final bid will be submitted in February 2017 in the hope of receiving the full £2.7m.
The park entrance – there are no gates and a road runs through it…
Eagle on the rocks…
Iron lamp stands…
Dolphins – or maybe fish
From here you can look across the park lake
Zooming in on the far side
Poole Park was opened in 1890 by the then Prince Of Wales, which must have been the later King Edward VII, I believe. The park was built on land donated by the then Lord Wimborne, Ivor Guest. Interestingly this brings up one of those seemingly common links between Poole and Wales – Ivor Guest was an industrialist, born in Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil – an iron and steel town in those days. As well as being High Sheriff of Glamorgan, he was later mayor of Poole (1896–1897).
A coot chewing greenery
Along this side of the lake is a shrubby flowering border
Grey-leaved plant – or is that dust?
Pink beady shrub
Plump rose hips
I think this may be Hibiscus
The shrubs screen an area called the Freshwater Lakes…
You are not supposed to feed the Canada geese – but it doesn’t say anything about black-headed gulls
By now we had reached this point on the map, and the dark square is a building called the Ark
The Ark in Poole Park is a cafe and a place where parents with young children gather for play activities
The Ark is framed by tall pine trees
Ark cafe area
We stopped for a pot of tea.
Next to the Ark is a miniature railway – I’m sure it was there when I was a child and it’s still going strong on its narrow tracks
The bright little train goes on its way
A Canada goose beside the tracks
Continuing our walk, we reached a big old oak tree…
…covered in wasp galls just like the oak I am following in Cardiff
Then we reached the war memorial…
Map to show where the war memorial stands in the park
The war memorial
Dolphins (or maybe fish) on top of the memorial
Bright yellow Oxalis in a bed around the memorial
A rather wonderful pine tree growing on its side
Further along the lake shore is Rockley’s boating kiosk – I always admire these swan pedalos
Real swans – cygnets in a rather dirty corner of the lake
You can also do a little sailing on the lake
Now we have reached this point on the map
Here stands a restaurant called The Kitchen and an ice-cream parlour called Scoops
Looking back as we carried on around the perimeter of the lake
I do love a little black-headed gull – although some women passing by laughed and thought it was funny I should want to photograph it – there are lots more over there, they said…
Judging by the pink legs, I think this is a young greater black-backed gull (Larus marinus)
On this side of the lake houses run alongside – not surprisingly this is Park Lake Road, and the tree is a sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa)
Prickly sweet chestnut seed cases
A poplar of some sort – there are many in Poole
Here are the leave and fruit, if anyone wants to pin down the exact Populus species
Now we have reached the bottom corner of the lake
We could have walked along the bottom edge of the lake as we did before (Poole Park: Beyond the silver tree) but instead we found another way under the railway line, to cut off the long walk across Baiter again.
This pass under the railway line goes from Park Lake Road to Newfoundland Drive and a short walk back to Poole Quay and our hotel
If you would like to explore further…
More of my blog posts about Poole can be found on this link.
More of my blog posts about Dorset can be found here.
Pages for the Dorset places I love can be found here.
Pages for my ancestral places in Dorset can be found here.