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
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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:
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