• John Good

Autumn in Poole Harbour: The Best Time for Watersports?

Most people think of summer as the ideal time for watersports. And it's true, the warm weather and long days are great for spending time on the water. Especially at one of the best spots in the UK. However, there are plenty of reasons why autumn might actually be even better for enjoying Poole Harbour's watersports. Here are just a few:

1. The water temperature is perfect.

In summer, the water can be too cold for some people to enjoy. In winter, it can be so cold that it's uncomfortable. But in autumn, the water is just right! It's not too hot and not too cold, so you can stay in for hours without feeling uncomfortable.

The water temperature in Poole Harbour varies depending on the time of year. In September, it usually ranges from 16-18 degrees Celsius and is the warmest time in the calendar. In October, it usually ranges from 14-16 degrees Celsius. The graph below shows Poole Harbour Water temperatures over many years.

Choose the right watersports equipment and you might begin to enjoy your chosen sport even more than when the sea is just starting to warm in the spring and summer.

2. The crowds have thinned out.

In summer, Poole Harbour is full of people enjoying the sun and the water. I mean, why wouldn't there be? It's among the most picturesque places on the south coast. But in autumn, most people have gone back to work or school, so you'll have the place to yourself!

Do you enjoy the experience of trying to find your spot at Sandbanks in the height of summer?

In Autumn, you can enjoy all your favourite watersports without sharing the space with others. Being one of the largest natural harbours means plenty of space for everyone to explore. From Wareham channel all the way around the Purbeck hills, you are spoilt for choice in beaches, islands and coves.

Wareham river is stunning to paddle down. Particularly in Autumn.

+Plus, there are still plenty of events going on throughout autumn around Poole quay, so you'll never get bored. From Halloween parties to live music performances, there's always something happening at Poole Harbour.

3. The colours are beautiful.

In autumn, the leaves on the trees change colour and fall into the water, creating a stunning scene that you won't see anywhere else. It's a great time to take some photos or just sit back and enjoy nature's beauty.

4 . You can save money.

Most people think of summer as being an expensive time to take a holiday. But in autumn, prices for accommodation and activities start to drop as the tourist season comes to an end. So if you're looking to save some money, autumn is the perfect time to visit Poole Harbour.

5. There are often discounts available on activity courses and equipment hire in the autumn months.

Take advantage of the cheaper rental deals happening in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. Many of the local kitesurfing, sailing and SUP schools offer a discount for booking early in the autumn.

At the watersports library, for instance, we do a winter hire where you can borrow a SUP or Kayak, buoyancy aid and phone case in September or October and bring it back in April the following year. There will be plenty of opportunity in that timeframe to get out for a paddle and improve your skills. This year especially, we will be donating all the proceeds of these long term hires to our members who are most affected by the cost of living crisis.

Have a look at our appeal "paddle power" here


So to sum up. Autumn is a great time for watersports because the water temperature is perfect, the crowds have thinned out, and the colours are beautiful. You can also save money by visiting in autumn, and there are often discounts available on activity courses and equipment hire. So if you're looking to enjoy some watersports on Poole Harbour this season, autumn is definitely one of the best times to do it. Just keep yourself safe.

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