The Beaches of Studland Bay

June 21st, 2019

Studland peninsula comprises of 4 beautiful beaches, famed for their crystal-clear waters and rolling sand dunes. Each of the beaches are unique in their own way and well worth a visit during your stay at Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park. Studland is just a short drive from our Swanage holiday park and accessible via a scenic walk, if you fancy leaving your car back at the park.


Shell Bay

Shell Bay is situated at the top of the Studland peninsula and accessible via the Sandbanks ferry. This beautiful stretch of sand overlooks the entrance to Poole harbour and is popular with families hoping to relax and enjoy unspoilt surrounding’s.


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There is a designated barbecue area ideal for cooking up a storm as the sun goes down after a long day on the beach. Alternatively, if you don’t feel like cooking for yourself you can make a short walk to The Shell Bay, an acclaimed seafood restaurant with stunning views across the harbour to Brownsea Island.


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Behind the sand dunes the heathland stretches into the distance with plenty of paths to explore in search of the abundant wildlife. The heath is one of the only places in the country where you can find all six species of reptiles native to the UK.


Knoll Bay

Knoll Bay is perhaps the most popular beach in Studland thanks to its variety of things to do. Like the rest of the beaches along Studland Bay, it boats a beautiful stretch of golden sand, perfect for building castles or sunbathing on a warm day.


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If you’d rather spend your time doing something a little more adventurous, Studland Watersports is a great place to hire equipment. Why not hire a kayak and paddle over to the mighty Old Harry Rocks to admire Dorset’s famed coastline from the water. In the summer months, you may be lucky enough to spot the ice cream boat, which serves ice creams from the shallows!


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The area is managed by the National Trust, which means parking in free for members. There is an excellent café for midday snacks along with a shop selling gifts, homeware and other souvenirs to take home. Throughout the year there are a number of events held on the beach, including and open air cinema.

At the end of Knoll Bay there is a clearly designated nudist beach, which is considered the best naturist spot in the country!


Middle Beach

Middle Beach is sheltered by the cliff and dog friendly throughout the year. There is no lifeguard at the beach, but it is a great place to swim and is a popular spot for snorkelling. It is a favourite amongst locals and is slightly quieter than the other beaches, ideal for whiling away a sunny afternoon.


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Studland Bay has lots of history and Middle Beach is the starting point for an interesting ‘Second World War Walk’. From the car park follow the path down to the shore and you will soon see the ‘Dragons Teeth’, which were installed to protect Studland from invading enemy tanks. Following the National Trusts trail will also take you past Fort Henry and a Pill box on the shoreline.


South Beach

South beach is the smallest of all the beaches at Studland and great for visitors with young children. The shallow and gently shelving waters making it ideal for little ones to paddle and play on the shoreline. The nearby café, which serves drinks and ice creams even lets you borrow beach toys!


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The beach benefits from wonderful views to Old Harry Rocks in the distance and is sheltered by trees and a row of traditional beach huts.


What our guests say

  • A lovely quiet site

    Andy Blackwell

    A lovely quiet site, nice warm amenities with good sized shower cubicles, shop not open yet as it’s too early but the local pub is ideal. Staff were very friendly and helpful. If you’re reasonably fit you can walk into Swanage but the bus service is great so why would you want to. Overall a very nice break, we will be back.

  • Super swimming pool

    Joseph Molford

    Fantastic site, we have had a brilliant holiday. Super swimming pool and changing facilities. Site really handy to get to Swanage and Studland. Will definitely return. Thanks to all the staff for a lovely holiday.

  • Excellent quality caravan site

    Peter Skrobacz

    Excellent quality caravan site, top quality, small and friendly, location fantastic. Been visiting Ulwell for over 25 years now and every year is special.

  • An amazing week at Ulwell

    Jenny H

    We have just returned back from our weeks stay at Ulwell Holiday Park with our 2 small children and dog. It was an absolute brilliant week! The site has everything you need, and more! A lovely comfy pub on site for drinks and a bowl of chips, a small shop, swimming pool, large play are with park, and the bus stops right outside.. what more could you want

  • Easter break


    We have just returned after a brilliant Easter break. Couldn’t fault anything at all and we didn’t want to leave. We didn’t visit the pub but the shop is stocked with local produce and essentials. The facilities are great and the location convenient. Our van was spotless and had everything we needed. We will definitely be back

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Over the years the family has developed the park to award-winning standards and in a style which compliments its surroundings.

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Finding us


From Bournemouth via the Sandbanks chain ferry and following the B3351 into Swanage.

From Wareham using the A351 into Swanage, turn left along the seafront towards Studland.


The park is situated on the main bus route from Bournemouth to Swanage.


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