Knoll Beach

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Knoll Beach Centre, Ferry Road, Swanage, BH19 3AQ


Studland is famous for miles of soft sandy beaches, sand dunes and amazing wildlife; a rural beach paradise!

The dunes at Studland form part of the National Nature Reserve and are a fantastic place to explore. They’ve been built up by wind-blown sand over the past 400-500 years, even cutting off the seawater supply to ‘Little Sea’ lake which as a result is now a completely freshwater lake (can be seen from the bird hide at Studland).

Cattle used to graze these areas until the 1940s to manage the amount of vegetation however conditions have deteriorated since their removal. To keep the conditions ideal for the rare and protected dune wildlife, we are re-introducing a small herd of grazing cattle which you might see as part of your visit. If you are lucky enough to spot the cows, please don’t feed them as this can make them very poorly.

Being in a rural location where the adjoining roads are too narrow for buses to travel between Studland and Corfe, it does get extremely busy in school holidays and when the sun is shining so be prepared to wait for parking. Alternatively, make active travel part of your day and cycle or walk down to the beach instead.

NEW for 2023! The Beryl bikes are now available to hire and use between the four National Trust car parks at Studland, as well as across the ferry from/to the existing Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch scheme. Click for more information, bike availability and how to guide.

The Purbeck Breezer 50 travels between Swanage and Bournemouth and stops at Knoll Beach.

For more information, visit the National Trust’s Studland Bay website

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  • Knoll Beach facilities Beach
  • Knoll Beach facilities Bike Hire
  • Knoll Beach facilities Café
  • Knoll Beach facilities Gift Shop
  • Knoll Beach facilities Nature Watching
  • Knoll Beach facilities Picnic
  • Knoll Beach facilities Toilets
  • Knoll Beach facilities Walking Routes