A vast stretch of golden, sandy beach, backed by sand dunes, with plenty of trails onto waymarked heathland walks.

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A glorious slice of natural coastline in Purbeck featuring a four-mile stretch of golden, sandy beach, with gently shelving bathing waters and views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight. Perfect for beach games, sandcastles or simply relaxing.

It’s sheltered waters also make it an ideal spot for water sports. Swimming, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and diving are some of the ways to enjoy the Bay.

Bring your own equipment or hire it here – further information

Dog are welcome on the beach, subject to summer time restrictions.  As this area is a high risk fire area BBQ’s are not allowed anywhere on the beach or heathland.

Studland Bay (c) Gillian Thomas

Naturism at Studland

With a history going back as far as the 1920s, naturism has become a distinctive part of the landscape on the Studland peninsular. Today, Studland has probably the best known official naturist beach in Britain.

The National Trust welcomes naturists and has marked out nearly 1km of beach where clothing is optional.

The area is clearly marked with green-topped posts and signs. Naturists are asked to be clothed if they’re outside the designated area.

If you wish to avoid this area, please use the Heather Walk trail.

More information here

Sand dunes at Studland (c) Tony Gill

More than a beach

The special heathland behind the beach is a haven for native wildlife. Lots of paths lead you to heather, butterflies and all of the six British reptiles!

Designated trails through the sand dunes and woodlands allows for exploration and spotting of deer, insects and bird life as well as a wealth of wild flowers.

Walk a little or a lot – why not try these suggestions from the National Trust.

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And stay safe on the coast