An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

Brownsea camping

Step back in time and explore a flourishing wildlife haven with unspoilt beaches, lagoon, heathland and woodlands. Stay a night under the stars on the spot where the first Scouts camped over 100 years ago.

Location: Poole Harbour, Dorset

Campsite facilities: toilets and hot showers; sheltered cooking and dining areas; tent and equipment hire available including a pre-pitched tree tent (sleeps 3) or single hammock.

Dog friendly: No

Local facilities: no shop on the island; National Trust café; so bring your own food or book into one of the national Trust’s catered breaks.

Getting to Brownsea: Catch the public ferry service to the island and walk to the campsite, or kayak, sail or paddle over from the mainland straight to the South Shore. If you arrive by public ferry, you will need to find your way to the campsite which is a 20-25-minute walk from the quay.

Don’t miss: walking Brownsea coastal path, to see all of the highlights of the island.

The full route is described in the guidebook, ‘Islandeering: adventures around the edge of Britain’s hidden islands‘.

Nearby islands: whilst you are there, there’s a lot more to explore, check them out here

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