Poole’s Lake Drive Beach is an interesting beach and it’s not far from the harbour. With a traditional jetty that gives it a nostalgic appearance and a mixture of sand and shingle underfoot this is a nice spot for a walk - and it leads to the very pretty Ham Common Nature Reserve.
In fact, the beach backs right onto the nature reserve and Special Site of Scientific Interest, so if you fancy stretching your legs during a beach holiday in Poole then you can wander the area and still enjoy the sea. The beach can get muddy at times so check before starting your stroll in case things get squelchy.
The beach was once used for the preparation of troops in the run up to D-Day, and these days it’s used by the Royal Navy in Special Boat Service training exercises.