Studland Beach is a lovely stretch of unspoilt east-facing coastline close to Swanage in Dorset. Four miles of wild sands, wide open sea views and an enticing sand dune system. Forming part of the Studland National Nature Reserve it’s a wonderful destination for a long stroll or a day at play in the sands. Because some sections of the beach, particularly those at its most northerly, are quite secluded it’s no surprise that it’s a popular naturist spot.
Beautiful views of the Isle of Wight and Old Harry Rocks punctuate the horizon, characterising one of the best wild beaches on the south coast of England. The heathland behind the beach is a haven for native wildlife and features all six British reptiles. Visitors encounter deer, insects, and bird life along the winding paths through the sand dunes and woodlands, as well as an abundance of wild flowers and grasses.
The nearby Nature Reserve is an excellent place for bird watching and long walks. Views across Poole Harbour to Brownsea Island await. Studland is connected to Sandbanks by a chain ferry which cuts a journey to the east and ‘the mainland’ dramatically shorter.
Please read the beach safety notices at Studland Beach concerning local sea conditions.
Stay near Studland Beach
Escape to this unspoilt and wild corner of the Isle of Purbeck peninsula - take a look at our Studland Bay cottages to start planning your holiday.
Good to know
Dog friendly beach?
- Yes - with restrictions between the 1st of April and 30th September (dogs to be kept on a lead)
- Scuba diving
- Crazy golf
- Wind surfing
- Swimming / paddling
- Kayaking / canoeing
- Disabled facilities