Branksome Dene

The charm of Branksome Dene, the most easterly of Poole's chines, lies in the preservation of it's natural beauties. Its attractiveness is emphasized by the discreet development of its natural beauty which has made it a sheltered sun-warmed garden, open on the south to the sun-kissed waters of the bay. Here the visitor will delight to linger after a bracing swim. A large cafe, with a car park, overlooks the sea, and tea taken in the Continental style beneath huge parasols on the cafe terrace is alone a delightful experience. The greater part of the chine is in its natural state, with shady paths leading through a profusion of pines, rhododendrons and bracken.

Sun Trap Gardens, The Cliffs.

Parkstone - England's "Mentone"

The district lying between Lower Poole and Bournemouth is known as Parkstone, and was incorporated into the Borough of Poole some 25 years ago. It is a high-class residential centre, thickly wooded and sloping to the west to the harbour shore. Apparently it has been the life-ideal of many hundreds of men eventually to retire and live at Parkstone, and their desire must be approved, as surely nowhere in this land is there such a sheltered health-giving spot possessing so many natural attractions. The splendid links of Parkstone Golf Course stretch across the harbour side moors and command a magnificent prospect; two sailing clubs provide social rendezvous and afford every facility for smooth-water sailing in the extensive harbour; sea-fishing grounds within and without the harbour are within easy distance.

Two Parks, two Bowling Greens and many public and private Tennis Courts enhance the attractions of Parkstone. It has two busy shopping centres and an efficient and expeditious 'bus service links it to Poole, Bournemouth or the Channel front.

The district is rich in woodland walks and open moors, and the invigorating air makes it a haven for those to whom health is a first consideration. mere words, in such a publication as this, could not convey the matchless glory of sunset over Poole Harbour; it needs to be seen to be appreciated. The dark silhouette of the Purbeck range, the green, gold and umber of the sky, the reflected miracle in the still water, make a scene which bewitches the watcher. A new attraction is "The Blue Lagoon" Sailing Lake and Swimming Poole.

Poole Park War Memorial

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