Map showing Shell Bay Beach Bournemouth Central Fisherman’s Walk Colwell Bay Totland Bay Freshwater Bay Norton Spit Alum Bay Mudeford Sandbank Boscombe Solent Beach Durley Chine Compton Bay Southbourne Alum Chine Branksome Chine Canford Cliffs Shore Road Sandbanks Shell Bay South Beach Knoll Beach Middle Beach
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The first beach at the top of the peninsula is Shell Bay, originally named for the large quantities of shells you could once find on the beach. The beach is very popular in the summer period and has accessible sand dunes.

Local info: There is a designated naturist area between Shell Bay and Knoll Beach.

Close to the ferry is Shell Bay Sailing who offer the hire of dinghies to those who are suitably experienced.

Studland Peninsula: is a nature reserve of sand dunes and heath, its sandy beaches stretches continuously for three miles from South Haven where the Sandbanks ferry arrives to Old Harry Rocks.
There are several trails through the dunes and heathland behind the beach, the countryside is said to have the most wild flowers per acre in Britain. The Studland Peninsula has been part of the National Trust since 1982.

Parking: There is a car park next to the beach (4 bays for disabled use, free parking for National Trust members).

Bus: The number 50 Wilts&Dorset from Bournemouth Station to Swanage stops next to the beach (generally every half hour in the summer).

Studland Beach and Nature Reserve
Purbeck Estate Office
Dorset BH19 3AX
Tel:01929 450259

Shell Bay Beach
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