Studland - Knoll Beach

Knoll beach forms the southern end of Studland Bay’s has four mile stretch of white sand. Backed by sand dunes the beach forms part of the Studland National Nature Reserve.

At the northern end, Towards Shelly beach, is a naturist beach.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are welcome all year; 1 October - 30 April there are no restrictions. 1 April - 30 September dogs on a short lead (max 2m).

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Good fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Slipway

Nudist/naturist beach


Nearest town



BH19 3AH

OS grid ref.

SZ 0344 8349


There are four car parks. with varying prices throughout the year. with spaces for disabled people at the Knoll car park. National Trust members park free.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Studland - Knoll Beach Reviews

Awesome beach

Mark Townend
Aug 26th 2021

Loads of parking, wonderful Sandy beach with gentle slope into sea. Useful sandwich shop and clean toilets. Perfect day out!

May 21st 2022

Lovely beach, shame about lazy people who dont pick.up their dog poo. Both my husband & I stood in dog poo a couple of times, ALL WELL & GOOD LETTING DOGS ONTO THE BEACH….BUT PICK UP THE DOG POO!!!!!!!!!! Its not nice having to clean dog poo from shoes/feet.

Questionable Water Quality

Jul 30th 2022

My wife and I visited Knoll Beach on Thursday (the evening) and Friday (just about the whole day) 28th & 29th July 2022.
We dipped but didn’t swim as we were sure we could see what appeared to be a lot of shredded toilet along most of the beach fronting the main access points. One “lump” of something was also spotted but we didn’t investigate closely!
I walked north along the beach for about 20 minutes and evidence of the “toilet paper” reduced to almost nothing at the furthest point along the nudist beach.

Sep 07th 2020

Studland Beach is now ruined. Dogs everywhere.

What did we get wrong?