Poole has major transport links both to the region and to the rest of the country, with a central train and bus/coach station. And there is always cycling and walking as well!
Brittany Ferries operates a daily service to Cherbourg all year round for cross-channel trips to France.
Condor Ferries operate all year round, with trips to the Channel Islands and St Malo (not daily).
National Express operates from Poole Coach station, with coaches travelling to the rest of the country.