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Studland Bay

Studland Bay beach, Dorset

Studland Bay has four miles of white sand backed by sand dunes. The beaches are delineated from north to south from Shell Bay, Knoll Beach, Middle Beach and South Beach at the village of Studland.

The beach forms part of the Studland National Nature Reserve and is home to many breeds of rare bird. Voted the UK's 4th top beach by Which? Magazine - though locals would probably place it higher.

Studland is also a popular family beach famous for its nudist section at Knoll Bay, the National Trust's only designated naturist beach. As sandy as the Bournemouth beaches but totally sheltered from the prevailing south westerly breezes.

There are four car parks, with varying prices throughout the year. Disabled spaces at Knoll car park. National Trust Members park for free. Use the road from Corfe or chain ferry from Sandbanks.

There's a wealth of things to do including Pedaloes, surf boards and canoes can be hired at the beach. The beach is also good for swimming, sailing, windsurfing, snorkelling and fishing. There is zoning for water sports activities.

For keen ramblers the South West Coastal Path runs along the entire beach with an excellent stroll out to the picturesque Old Harry Rocks a highlight for many. The Studland Heath National Nature Reserve covers the whole peninsula. Leaflets are available from the National Trust on request.

Dogs are not allowed between June 1st and September 30th.



 Flora and Fauna

 Sandy beach

 Cafe, shop or pub

 Dogs permitted

 Easily accessible

 Family friendly

 Seasonal dog ban


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.

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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 Swanage, Sandbanks, Poole and Bournemouth.

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.

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