Studland beach and Nature Reserve

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Studland beach and Nature Reserve

Studland beach and Nature Reserve
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Waddler
York, UK9,395 contributions
Packed bank holiday
May 2021
Its a lovely, sandy beach with water that seemed warmer than on the south coast near Durdle Door etc.

Bank holiday weekend though, so it got phenomenally busy.

There's a cafe, toilets and pedalo hire etc. The further away you get from this the quieter it is.
Written June 6, 2021
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Tom W
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Studland beach and naturist beach (visited in summer)
Jul 2020 • Solo
I visited on a sunny weekend in summer. I’d never visited a naturist beach in the UK before and had read Studland is the best (not that there are many to compare it to) so wanted to give it a try.

Parking / facilities
It was a busy day, I arrived at 11 and managed to get a space in the main pay & display car park by the visitor centre, but it was already getting full. There are decent toilets and a national trust cafe with indoor/outdoor seating, which had a long queue.

Beach
The beach is light coloured sand, fairly wide and really long - it must be a good two miles from end to end. Safe water for swimming too with small waves when I was there. Great views out to sea across the bay. The section nearest the car park some water sports for hire and was absolutely packed with families all set up very close together. I guess people with kids want to stay close to the toilets/cafe/car etc. As I walked further along the beach the people became more spread out.

At the back of the beach is a big expanse of sand dunes which seems to run behind the whole length of the beach. Probably quite nice to walk or explore in, as it is a rare environment in the UK.

Naturist beach
It takes about 15 mins to walk along the beach from the car park to the start of the naturist area, which is marked with a small official sign. (So therefore it’s a fair walk back to food and toilets etc). You can tell from a distance roughy where the naturist section starts, as the beach got quieter the further you walked from the car park, before getting considerably busier in the naturist area.

I took a walk along the length of the naturist area and back - it is a decent length - before settling in a spot close to the boundary with the regular beach. It seemed to be a good mix of singles, couples (mixed and same gender) and one or two families. As a 24 year old I was definitely at the younger end of the spectrum, but I saw people who looked maybe 20 right up to about 80. Most were nude, but of course it’s not mandatory so there were also plenty in swimwear or beach clothes. In terms of facilities there was an ice cream van and some litter bins. A National Trust warden patrolled up and down in a beach buggy from time to time too, which was reassuring. I think the section of the dunes behind this part of the beach is also naturist, but I didn’t explore on my visit.

I set up close to the border of the non-naturist area, not far up the beach from the seashore. It felt amazing to lay out in the sun and gentle breeze, with just the sound of the waves and a few passing voices. It was a brilliant afternoon.

One thing I would say though, is that not having any experience of this beach, I was taken a little by surprise at how many clothed people, including families, walked along the naturist section during the afternoon - though they mostly stuck to the the sea-shore. It’s great that they feel comfortable doing this and most of them just walked on through. However, as my first time on a naturist beach it was a bit disconcerting to be sitting there naked and (on two occasions) have clothed teenage girls walk by very slowly just a few feet away, openly staring, giggling and in one case even pointing at me. I get that it may be a novelty for them to see a naked guy - maybe the fact I’m in my 20’s made them more inclined to look - but I was a bit shocked that their parents didn’t seem to care one bit and happily let them behave like that. I’m sure if it was the other way round with guys staring at a woman there would be all sorts of trouble.

Anyway - overall it’s a great beach. I would recommend taking plenty of snacks and water, using the toilets at the car park beforehand and if using the naturist area, don’t set up too close to the sea, where people seem to walk through. Also the traffic on local roads at leaving time (5:30pm) was terrible. I had to queue for 45 mins at the T-junction by Corfe Castle.
Written May 17, 2021
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cpres14
Ringwood, UK17 contributions
Our favourite place
Oct 2020
We have been going to Studland for the last 15 years. It’s my children’s and my favourite place. Wonderful, safe swimming, great facilities. Just the most amazing place.
Written May 11, 2021
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Lucy S
48 contributions
Unspoilt beach in Dorset
Feb 2021 • Solo
I love Studland. In general it is very unspolit with little development. Don’t come if you are expecting loads of cafes and amusements. There is one cafe and one set of toilets for which the queue can be over half an hour in the summer. It does get crowded even in winter when it is dog walkers paradise. Therefore my favourite time to come is close to sunset. Just make sure you are aware of car park closing times!
Written February 25, 2021
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angela W
Dilton Marsh, UK313 contributions
Autumn visit
Oct 2020 • Couples
We parked at knoll beach , and walked the width of the sandy beach with my 2 dogs
On a beautiful day in October
Beautiful beach , even in October wind surfers were out on the sea and was pleasant viewing. There’s dunes to walk and a nice flat sandy beach
Cafe was open for take aways as we visited in Covid times , Toilets were open & socially distanced and clean a lovely walk
Also a good place to see some of the cruise ships docked outside pool because of Covid
Written October 17, 2020
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We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and got to enjoy the Autumnal views!
Written November 1, 2020
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tracylondon
London, UK225 contributions
Gorgeous beach
Oct 2020 • Couples
We loved Studland beach. It’s very pretty and one of the longest beaches I’ve visited in the UK. There are 2 cafes and a National Trust shop with at least 2 car parks. We went almost every day of our holiday and really enjoyed it.
Written October 16, 2020
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We hope to see you again!
Written November 1, 2020
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popeadventure
Surrey, UK470 contributions
Beautiful views and walks
Oct 2020 • Couples
A fantastic area to walk and admire the amazing views or enjoy the beach and the clear waters! NT car parks in various places.
Written October 15, 2020
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Thanks so much for visiting! Your support helps us take care of Studland.
Written November 1, 2020
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Jim S
High Wycombe, UK79 contributions
Stunning Studland!
Oct 2020 • Couples
The Studland peninsula & it's excellent beach is an absolute must when visiting this region of the Dorset coast. There are extensive walks here, including up onto the headland overlooking "Old Harry Rocks". Warning! In the summer months, a section of this beach is legally used by naturists, I thought I'd mention this, just in case other visitors have children with them. A truly beautiful protected place to visit, whatever time of year.
Written October 13, 2020
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We're glad you enjoyed the walks, we especially like the trail out to Old Harry Rocks!
Written November 1, 2020
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papaglowing2
Fareham, Hants, UK203 contributions
Colourful
Oct 2020
A nice place to visit. The nature reserve ids next to the beach. It has a lake and bird hides. The only downside is though there are trail markers amongst the dunes, a few directional signs along the trails would really help
Written October 12, 2020
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We're pleased you enjoyed your walk and the hides, we'll have a look into directional signs along the dune trail.
Written November 1, 2020
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A1n2thony
Fordingbridge, UK4,018 contributions
Free parking for National Trust Members
Oct 2020
Miles and miles of white sandy beaches and dunes with sensational views of the entrance to Poole Harbour and Old Harry. Even a long timber walkway over a swamp and dogs can roam free after 1/10
Written October 12, 2020
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Really happy to hear that you've been enjoying the views! Feel free to bring your furry friend too
Written November 1, 2020
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