first beach at the top of the peninsula is Shell
Bay, originally named for the large quantities
of shells you could once find on the beach. The
beach is very popular in the summer period and
has accessible sand dunes.
Local info: There is a designated
naturist area between Shell Bay and Knoll Beach.
Close to the
ferry is Shell
Bay Sailing who offer the
hire of dinghies to those who are suitably experienced.
Studland Peninsula: is a
nature reserve of sand dunes and heath, its sandy beaches
stretches continuously for three miles from South Haven
where the Sandbanks ferry arrives to Old Harry Rocks.
There are several trails through the dunes and heathland
behind the beach, the countryside is said to have the
most wild flowers per acre in Britain. The Studland
Peninsula has been part of the National Trust since
Parking: There is a car
park next to the beach (4 bays for disabled use,
free parking for National Trust members).
Bus: The number 50 Wilts&Dorset from
Bournemouth Station to Swanage stops next to the beach (generally every half
hour in the summer).
Studland Beach and Nature Reserve
Purbeck Estate Office
Dorset BH19 3AX