Packrafting to Shell Bay, Poole Harbour

The thing about packrafts is they pack down so small, they can be left in the back of a car just in case an opportunity presents itself. And last week, as I drove through Dorset, just such an opportunity arose. The sun was out so I decided to go for a paddle to my favourite restaurant.

On a beautiful but windy afternoon, I set off from Banks Road, Sandbanks where you can park a car next to the water. The kite surfers were out in force, ripping backwards and forwards across the bay but I had other plans. I paddled south to Brownsea Island and, waiting for my moment, darted past the chain ferry and out to sea. Once there, I drifted along Studland Bay, played in the waves and then took a break among the dunes.


Eventually having soaked up enough sun, I made my way back into Poole Harbour, where I landed at a little beach tucked under Shell Bay Restaurant. This has to be one of the best seafood restaurants in the UK and the perfect place to watch the sun set. The staff are freindly and the views are stunning. I highly recommend you pay them a visit (preferably by water).


I used a LONGSHORE SB260 and one of our carbon fibre paddles. The SB260 is a self-bailing packraft with internal storage.

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