The beach at New Swanage is more correctly called North Beach and stretches in a northeastern direction from the Ulwell stream to Ballard Cliff.
It lies close to the magnificent chalk headland of The Foreland (Handfast Point) better known for its offshore chalk sea stacks known as Old Harry Rocks.
The beach is privately owned and is branded as 'Ocean Bay'. It is a mixture of golden sand and shingle with good facilities. A row of beach huts for hire line the back of the beach and are brightly painted.
There are lots of things to do including swimming, windsurfing, diving, sailing, sea canoeing and fishing. Ocean Bay Watersports offer Pedalo, Canoe, Kayak, Sun Lounger, Deck Chair, Windbreak and Parasol hire.
A total dog ban is in force here.
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✔ Interesting geology
✘ Total dog ban
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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