Brownsea Island
This is a National Trust property situated in the middle of Poole Harbour in Dorset, a few miles north of Swanage where I have based most of my Dorset holidays.   There has been a settlement on the island since 500BC, and after becoming the property of the Crown in 1530s, a fortress was built on the island to defend Poole Harbour.   The mid-1800s saw the island become part of a pottery and clay industry, although the clay turned out not be as good quality as initially thought, and the industry ceased in 1887, the island reverting to agricultural use.   This was abandoned in 1927, and the National Trust took control of the island in 1961.
 
Getting to the island from Swanage requires two ferry trips (unless you go all the way round Poole Harbour to Sandbanks).   However, there is a National Trust Car Park next to the chain ferry toll booths on the Studland side of the harbour entrance, and this is free to NT members.   From this, you can use the chain ferry to access Sandbanks and then use the ferry service from there to the island. 
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P65487 - Brownsea
Island
P65409 - Baden-Powell
 Monument
P65413 - Church of
St Mary the Virgin
P65418 - Red Squirrel
P65420 - Path
P65423 - Path
P65426 - Path
P65428 - Log Pile
P65429 - Path
P65430 - Bat
Hibernaculum
P65436 - View across
Poole Harbour
P65437 - Maryland
Village
P65440 - Maryland
Village
P65446 - Looking west
towards the Isle of
 Purbeck
P65452 - Clearing
P65455 - 1907 Scout
 Camp Memorial Stone
P65456 - Cart
P65458 - Peacock
P65470 - "The TV
Lounge"
P65475 - Quayside
Buildings
P65479 - Brownsea
Castle
P65480 - Pier
P65482 - Brownsea
Castle
P65486 - Brownsea
Castle
Related Links
National Trust Webpage for Brownsea Island