The perfect year round peaceful escape with family friendly sea bathing, Studland village and Bay on the Isle of Purbeck sits alongside the South West Coast Path and you can head off along one of the trail’s most spectacular walks – the 2.9 mile stretch from Studland village to Swanage which takes in Old Harry rocks and the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast. En-route there are fantastic views across to Poole Harbour, Bournemouth and the Solent. Studland is nicely sheltered by Ballard Down and is conveniently situated just 2 miles from Swanage. There’s also swift access by ferry across to Poole Harbour and nearby Bournemouth. Coastal Purbeck Golf Course is nearby offering a great golfing challenge and glorious sea views. Studland is also an excellent coastal and heathland area for horse riding. Head to The Studland Riding Stables for hacking across the heath or on North beach during low season.
Cafes and seafood restaurants around Studland Bay have great views across to Brownsea Island and from the beach you’ll see magnificent views of the Isle of Wight and of nearby Old Harry rocks. Beautiful Studland Bay is a National Trust conservation area stretching for 4 miles and split into different sections for swimming, sunbathing and kite surfing. Windsurfing is also popular in the area and Britain’s most popular naturist beach, clearly signposted, is here at Studland. The landscape is a mix of sand dunes, woodland and heathland, with various designated trails making it easy to explore. Or simply relax, sit back and admire the views from one of Studland’s many beach huts available to hire.
There’s always something happening on and around Studland beach from children’s activities and festivals to watersports and a host of nature walks and heathland trails. Dogs are welcome in designated areas (visit the National Trust website for details). Studland makes a great base for year round walking holidays and short breaks with dogs. Accommodation in the area includes a charming selection of self-catering thatched cottages, cosy studio cottages for two, spacious holiday homes ideal for families and a small number of unique, independent hotels and B&Bs.