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Studland - Knoll Beach Beach

Swanage, Dorset

Studland Bay has four miles of white sand backed by sand dunes. At the northern end of the bay is a naturist beach. The beach forms part of the Studland National Nature Reserve.

Beach Type



Toilets are available
Including facilities for the disabled and baby changing
There are also cafes and shops and there is a slip way on the beach


Surf boards and canoes can be hired at the beach
The beach is also good for swimming
Snorkelling and fishing
There is zoning for water sports activities

Nature and Wildlife

The South West Coastal Path runs along the entire beach. The Studland Heath National Nature Reserve covers the whole peninsula. Leaflets are available from the National Trust on request.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily.


Dogs are banned between June and September and dog bins are provided.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Swanage Tourist Information Centre Shore Road Swanage Tel: +44 (0)1929 422885


Nearest town: Swanage
County: Dorset
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6509, -1.95077
Postcode: BH19 3AH
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

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Studland is reached by the B3351 from Corfe Castle and is 3 miles from Swanage. or from Poole via the Sandbanks ferry. Access to the beach is from the 4 car parks. the Knoll car park is flat and most suitable for disabled people.

Public Transport

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

Nearest Railway Stations

Parkstone (Dorset) (Approx. 5 miles away)
Poole (Approx. 5 miles away)
Branksome (Approx. 6 miles away)
Hamworthy (Approx. 6 miles away)
Bournemouth (Approx. 7 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There are four car parks. with varying prices throughout the year. with spaces for disabled people at the Knoll car park. National Trust members park free.

Nearby Car Parks

Knoll Beach South, Studland (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Knoll Beach, Studland (Unknown stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Middle Beach, Studland (Unknown stay).
About 0.4 miles away
South Beach, Studland (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Shell Bay, Studland (Unknown stay).
About 1.8 miles away
Ferry Way, Sandbanks (Unknown stay).
About 2.2 miles away
North beach (De Moulham Road), New Swanage (Long stay).
About 2.2 miles away
Sandbanks, Poole (Unknown stay).
About 2.6 miles away
Main Beach (Victoria Avenue), Swanage (Long stay).
About 2.8 miles away
Mermond Place, Swanage (Short stay).
About 2.8 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Swanage