Studland Bay Dorset

Studland Bay Dorset 


This beautiful four-mile stretch of sandy beach, with views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight, is such a relaxing place to visit.  You can try a woodland walk, or venture across the sand dunes or solely enjoy the beach.  The National Trust have trails through the sand dunes and woodlands which allow for exploration and spotting of deer, insects and bird life as well as a wealth of wild flowers. They also have school holiday activities such as collecting pieces of nature which the younger kids enjoyed.

Review by Tamsin & Vic: 

We arrived and it was pretty wet so we had a short walk through the woodland area and then along the beach.  What we enjoyed was the space which made the beach feel empty (even though on this wet day there were many families).  I can imagine in the summer it does get busy but when the tide is out the beach offers lots of places to play, collect shells and have a lovely walk.  We enjoyed ourselves so much we decided to come back the next day as the kids desperately wanted to come and explore again.

In the summer months they have boat hire, kayaking and windsurfing; and in the shop they have bucket and spades, fishing nets and wet suits to buy.  There is cafe and shop at Knoll Beach, and also there is an indoor and open-air seating area with great views of the sea. 


The National Trust have worked hard to make this beauty spot accessible for all by providing the following:

  • Designated mobility parking in all car park
  • Mobility toilets at Shell Bay, Knoll Beach and Middle Beach
  • And finally having wheelchairs and pushchairs suitable for beach use available for loan from Visitor Centre. 

I have stated it is wheelchair friendly if you hire a “beach wheelchair” which is available with your National Trust membership card or a debit card. It is worth saying you can call ahead and reserve because we only saw one available to hire.  Also, dogs permitted but at certain times during the course of the year, so double check this in the summer months.

All in all a great treasure of the British coastline, and well worth a visit.  If you are a National Trust member it is free to park.