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Studland Bay


The Studland Peninsula is an area of National Trust owned land situated in the Isle of Purbeck. It is made up of 4 separate beaches, each with their own unique charm and points of interest to explore. All of the beaches offer magnificent views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight in the distance.

Studland Nature Reserve

The four mile stretch of coastline is flanked by sand dunes and heathland that forms part of the Studland Nature Reserve. The heathland is home to an extensive variety of wildlife and one of the only places where you will find all six species of reptiles native to the UK. It is not unusual for visitors to spot migrating birds or rare species of flora and fauna.

If you don’t fancy lounging on the beach this is an excellent spot for walking, with lots of footpaths to explore.

Shell Bay

Shell Bay is the most northerly of the four beaches boasting views over Sandbanks and Poole Habour. The wide expanse of sand is great for beach games and there’s a volleyball court available to use free of charge.

Pack a picnic and a barbeque, so you can make full use of the designated outdoor cooking area. Or, if you fancy something special to eat to mark the end of a lovely day. Why not pay the Shell Bay restaurant a visit to sample delicious fresh seafood?

In between Knoll Beach and Shell Bay there is a nudist beach, which is clearly marked by signs. 

Knoll Beach

Knoll Beach is a great choice for visitors with children due to the fantastic facilities on offer. Just a short walk from the sandy beach, you will find toilets, a gift shop and a café serving light lunches and refreshments. Throughout the year there are a number of interesting events taking place, which offer great fun for all the family.

For older children and adults there’s a water sports centre with stand up paddle boards and kayaks available to hire. There’s also a popular banana boat ride if you’re feeling brave and want to try something adventurous during your trip!

Middle Beach

Middle Beach is the perfect place to lay back and while away a couple of hours in the sun. It’s the quietest of Studland’s beaches, but this only adds to its appeal. In the winter it’s fantastic place to take the dog for a walk and enjoy the fresh sea air. 

South Beach

South beach is the smallest of Studland’s beaches and popular with local families. It’s a great place to let the little one’s paddle in the shallows and play in the sand. If you forget your bucket and spade, there’s no need to worry the local café loans out a selection of beach toys!

Getting to Studland Beach

Studland can be accessed via road or the Sandbanks chain ferry. There are National Trust car parks at each of the beaches, which are free for National Trust members. Non-members are required to pay. Studland is dog friendly beach for part of the year. Please consult the National Trust website prior to visiting for accurate information.

Header photo credit: Herry Lawford, Flickr


Follow signs to Wareham and then pick up signs for Studland

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