South Beach (Studland)

  • South Beach (Studland) - Dorset
    © Andy Farrer
  • South Beach (Studland) - Dorset
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  • South Beach (Studland) - Dorset
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  • South Beach, on the Studland Peninsula is a sheltered cove where a 2km stretch of sand slopes gently into the sea.  It is popular with families with young children as the waters of the bay are relatively shallow.  South Beach faces north and is backed by steep hills.  It therefore gets most of its sunshine in the earlier part of the day.  Boats and yachts frequently anchor here and the beach has some attractive beach huts. 

    From the beach there are spectacular views over Old Harry Rocks - a magnificent chalk headland which stretches out into the sea. 

    The dunes and heathlands of Studland Peninsula have plenty of footpaths.  Look out for lovely displays of wildflowers here in the summer months

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs allowed

    Dogs must be kept on a lead of less than 2m on the beach between 1 May and 30 September

    Dorset dog friendly beaches »


    • Kayaking/canoeing
    • Diving & snorkelling
    • Kite surfing
    • Sailing
    • Wind surfing


    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Toilets
    • Beach hut hire
    • Picnic area

    Nearest town


    OS grid ref.

    SZ 0407 8254

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