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Shell Bay

Shell Bay beach, Dorset

Shell Bay is located at the northern tip of the Studland Peninsula at the mouth of Poole Harbour in Dorset.

The beach at Shell Bay is a beautiful stretch of pale yellow sand easily accessed by road, or, for those who enjoy boat trips, by ferry from Sandbanks spit. The beach is part of the Purbeck Heritage Coast and is accessed by the adjacent car park.

Popular with families, the beach is large enough to cater for the large numbers of visitors that descend upon it in the summer. There are lots of things to do including swimming, windsurfing, sailing and fishing.

There is also a marine and water-sports centre in the area. The extensive Studland Heath National Nature Reserve backs Shell Bay.

There is also a pedestrian ferry to Brownsea Island where Tern colonies and lagoons can be seen. Dog restrictions apply.


 Flora and Fauna

 Sandy beach


 Easily accessible

 Family friendly

 Cafe, shop or pub



OS Explorer Map OL15: Purbeck & South Dorset

OS Explorer Map OL15: Purbeck & South Dorset

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Sandbanks, Poole, Bournemouth and Swanage.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Swanage, Wareham, Poole and Christchurch.

Nearby Attractions




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