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Studland - Shell Bay Beach

Poole, Dorset

Located at the very tip of the Studland Peninsula at the mouth of Poole Harbour. Shell Bay is a beautiful beach easily accessed by road, or, for those who enjoy boat trips, by ferry from Sandbanks spit. The bay forms part of the Purbeck Heritage Coast.

Beach Type



Cafe adjacent to the beach and toilets situated near the cafe


Sailing and fishing
There is also a marine and water-sports centre in the area

Nature and Wildlife

The extensive Studland Heath National Nature Reserve backs Shell Bay. There is also a pedestrian ferry to Brownsea Island where tern colonies and lagoons can be seen. Eighty hectares of this 202-hectare National Trust owned island is a nature reserve.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

Cleaned daily.


Dog bylaws in force.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Swanage Tourist Information Centre Shore Road Swanage Tel: 01929 422885


Nearest town: Poole
County: Dorset
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6785, -1.94763
Postcode: BH19 3BA
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)


Reached by road from Studland. or by ferry from Sandbanks.

Public Transport

Buses run from Bournemouth and Swanage to Shell Bay. Both of these towns have train stations. There is a ferry from Sandbanks to Shell Bay which carries people - foot/cycle and car passengers.

Nearest Railway Stations

Parkstone (Dorset) (Approx. 3 miles away)
Poole (Approx. 3 miles away)
Branksome (Approx. 4 miles away)
Hamworthy (Approx. 5 miles away)
Bournemouth (Approx. 5 miles away)

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


A car park is close to the beach.

Nearby Car Parks

Shell Bay, Studland (Unknown stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Ferry Way, Sandbanks (Unknown stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Sandbanks, Poole (Unknown stay).
About 0.8 miles away
Shore Road, Poole (Unknown stay).
About 1.4 miles away
Knoll Beach, Studland (Unknown stay).
About 1.8 miles away
Salterns Way, Bournemouth (Unknown stay).
About 1.9 miles away
Knoll Beach South, Studland (Unknown stay).
About 1.9 miles away
Ravine Road, Canford Cliffs (Unknown stay).
About 2.2 miles away
Middle Beach, Studland (Unknown stay).
About 2.3 miles away
Western Road, Canford Cliffs (Unknown stay).
About 2.3 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Poole