Beaches – Swanage/Purbeck

This area has the full spectrum of beaches for the whole family to enjoy – Swanage and Purbeck Beaches range from shallow sandy beaches ideal for a paddle and sandcastle building to rugged rock ledges for the more adventurous to take a leap (with care) into the deep blue sea.

Swanage BeachSwanage Beach

The beach is divided into three areas: South Swanage, Swanage and North Swanage. The Southern end is generally the quieter end of the beach. The water is clean, and the beach has been awarded a European Blue Flag Award.The Beach runs the length of the town and has a promenade lined with amusements and attractions.
Deck chairs, pedaloes, kayaks and sun beds are all available for hire.
Dogs Not Permitted 1st May to 30th September.
Unrestricted at all other times and on Monkey Beach near the pier all year.

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Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour

Catch a ferry from Poole harbour and watch red squirrels and peacocks roaming free while you wander to the little sandy beach. The Island is famous for scouting, as it had the first ever Scout Camp led by Baden Powell. There is also a National Trust cafe and shop.
Dogs are not Permitted.

Shipstal Beach, Arne RSPB Nature Reserve

Various paths and tracks lead from the car park through heathland and beechwoods passing butterfly meadows and wild deer, to a remote peninsula with a small sandy, slightly silty beach looking at Poole Harbour. There’s a Visitor Centre in the car park and soon to open cafe and shop.
Dogs on leads All Year.

Knoll Beach StudlandStudland Beach and Nature Reserve, Studland

Four miles of sandy beach, split into four areas with sand dunes and a nature reserve behind. There are beach huts, pubs/cafes, restaurants, watersports, horse riding and toilet/shower facilities dotted along the beach. Dogs are allowed year round, but, must be kept on a lead in the summer months, with the exception of South Beach in summer where dogs are not allowed. Please note if you happen to forget your swimming costume there is a naturist section between Shell bay and Knoll Beach.

Shell Bay, Studland

This is where the chain ferry comes in and is the start of Studland beach. There is a restaurant,  watersports, toilets in the carpark, a barbecue area and the beach is accessed by a boardwalk from the car park.
Dogs on leads 1st May to 30th September.
Unrestricted at all other times.

Knoll Beach, Studland

Here there are beach huts and watersports for hire, National Trust cafe and shop, toilets, showers and a barbecue area.
Dogs on leads 1st May to 30th June and 8th September to 30th September.
Dogs Not Permitted 1st July to 7th September.
Unrestricted at all other times.

Middle Beach, Studland

A Cafe, toilets, car park and beach huts.
Dogs on leads 1st May to 30th June and 8th September to 30th September.
Dogs Not Permitted 1st July to 7th September.
Unrestricted at all other times.

South Beach, Studland

Mote beach huts, parking, cafe, pub and toilets.
Dogs on leads 1st May to 30th September.
Unrestricted at all other times.

Dancing Ledge, Langton Matravers

A great sea level shelf protruding from the cliff with a rectangular sea filled plunge pool which has been blasted out of the rock. Set in an amphitheater of cliffs, the dimensions are the same as those of a ballroom, hence the name.
Dogs Unrestricted All Year.

Seacombe, Worth Matravers

A rocky limestone platform with good rock jumping ledges and a deep drop off, surrounded by caves.
Dogs Unrestricted All Year.

Winspit, Worth Matravers

A rocky limestone lagoon under cliffs with good cliff-jumping. The quarry caves above were used in Dr Who in the 1960’s and 70’s as locations.
Dogs Unrestricted All Year.

KimmeridgeChapmans Pool, Worth Matravers

A grey shingle beach in a perfect crescent situated at the bottom of a remote wooded vale.
Dogs Unrestricted All Year.

Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge

A Marine Wildlife Reserve and is the oldest of all British marine reserves. It has a small shingle beach, but, most visitors laze on the shelving slate ledges. There is a large expanse of reefs and rock pools which are great for snorkelling and exploring. A small visitor centre provides snorkelling maps for the underwater trail.
Dogs Unrestricted All Year.

 

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