Studland Bay

Over 4 miles of wide sandy beaches with stunning views across the Purbeck hills

Studland Village is approximately 5 miles from Swanage. Studland beach and the surrounding area is an area of outstanding natural beauty and the National Trust owns a large area which is open to the public.

The area is mostly heathland and offers miles of footpaths and bridleways to enjoy the countryside.

There are four car parks and they are open every day from April to the end of September. They lock the gates at 8pm so dont stay too late on the beach !

Studland has one of the finest beaches in the south of England stretching from Shell Bay to the Old Harry Rocks with more than 3 miles of golden sand providing safe bathing all year round. The water shelves off very slowly and you can still be waist deep when over 1/2 mile off shore.
The area around the Sandbanks ferry is very busy with boats and the cross channel ferrys and has strong currents when the tide is flowing, therefore extra care should be taken when in the water.

Getting There
Studland is reached by the B3531 from Corfe Castle, or it is walkable from Swanage or from Poole via the Sandbanks ferry. There are three car parks, some free, with spaces for the disabled. Access to the beach is from the southern car park through the woods, from the middle car park via a steep hill, or from the northern car park, which is flat and suitable for the disabled.

The nearest train stations are Poole and Bournemouth. The Swanage Railway runs from Corfe Castle to Swanage. Buses go to Studland from Poole, Bournemouth and Swanage.

Beach Facilities
Toilets are available, including facilities for the disabled, and baby changing. There are also cafes, shops and a first aid post and there is a slip way on the beach.

Seaside Activities
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.

Wildlife and Walks
The South West Coastal Path and the Studland Heath National Nature Reserve are behind the beach. Leaflets are available from the National Trust on request.