Studland Peninsula cycle trail

Ferry slipway, Ferry Road, Studland, Dorset BH19 3BA

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A mountain biker crossing heathland at Studland, Dorset © Poppy Wood/National Trust

A mountain biker crossing heathland at Studland, Dorset

The Agglestone and Studland Heath at Studland, Dorset © Poppy Wood/National Trust

The Agglestone and Studland Heath at Studland, Dorset

A view of Knoll Beach in Studland, Dorset © Joe Cornish

A view of Knoll Beach in Studland, Dorset

Route overview

This gentle circular route will enable you to explore the Studland Peninsula, taking in the views across Poole Harbour, the expanse of Godlingston Heath and the amenities at Knoll Beach.

Route details

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Studland peninsula cycle trail map jan 2015
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Ferry slipway, Ferry Road, Studland, Dorset BH19 3BA

  1. After leaving the ferry, cycle approximately 3116ft (950m) along the road towards Studland. When you reach the blue bus stop sign on your left, turn right through the gate across the road. Turn immediately left and head along the permissive heathland path that runs parallel to the road.

    Show/HideGodlingston and Studland Heath

    Representing 10 per cent of the remaining heathland in Dorset, Godlingston and Studland Heath is now the largest remaining unspoilt tract of heath in Dorset. Rich in flora and fauna, the heath supports nationally rare and scarce species including Dartford warbler, sand lizard, nightjar, marsh gentian and Dorset heath. There are also views across Brand's Bay, part of Poole Harbour, to Goathorn Point.

    A mountain biker crossing heathland at Studland, Dorset © Poppy Wood/National Trust
  2. At the T-junction with the gravel track, turn right. At Greenlands Farm, follow the bridleway round to the left then go through the bridle gate in front of you. Follow the path to the right of the barn and go through the next field gate in front of you.

    Show/HideThe Agglestone

    From the brow of the hill you have wonderful views across the heath, and to your right you'll see the Agglestone. This is an isolated 400-tonne rock that's a remnant of the ironstone Bagshot beds which covered the present heathland thousands of years ago. Please note that there is no access from here up to the Agglestone by bike.

  3. After a few metres, follow the way-marker that directs you diagonally across the field towards Studland. Go past the next way-marker and continue on the route to Studland.

    Show/HideKnoll Beach

    Knoll Beach is a golden, sandy beach with a gently sloping gradient down to the sea and wonderful views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight. Perfect for a refreshing swim after a hot cycle ride, water sports for the more adventurous, or an ice-cream for those who deserve it!

    The Agglestone and Studland Heath at Studland, Dorset © Poppy Wood/National Trust
  4. Continue along the same track, down into the valley towards the trees, following the bridleway markers. Be careful of a large step down after a patch of soft sand.

  5. At the bottom, go across the ford and through the bridle gate. Keep on the track past Wadmore Farm until you reach the main road.

  6. At the main road, turn left and keep going until you see the sign on your right to Knoll Beach. There are bike racks in the car park if you want to visit the beach, café and other facilities.

    Show/HideStudland Beach

    Studland’s four miles of gently shelving sandy beach give panoramic views from the chalk stack of Old Harry in the west to the Isle of Wight in the east. Facilities include a shop and café, water sports beach volleyball and slacklining. Part of the beach is designated for naturism and is the most popular clothes-optional beach in Britain.

    A view of Knoll Beach in Studland, Dorset © Joe Cornish
  7. Carry on along the main road, passing the track signed for Greenlands Farm on your left. There are views to your left of the route you have cycled. Continue until you reach your starting point at the ferry.

End: Ferry slipway, Ferry Road, Studland, Dorset BH19 3BA

  • Trail: Cycling
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)
  • Time: 1 hour
  • OS Map: Explorer OL15 (Purbeck)
  • Terrain:

    Sandy and gravel tracks plus some asphalt road. Undulating terrain but no long, steep climbs. Some parts can be wet and muddy in winter, while extra care is needed in other parts in summer due to some areas of soft sand.

  • How to get here:

    By bike: From Poole, follow National Cycle Network Route 2 and take the Sandbanks Ferry. See Sustrans for more information
    By bus: Wilts & Dorset 50 from Bournemouth or Swanage, or 52 from Poole, then take ferry
    By car: Follow B3351 from Corfe Castle, 8 miles (12km), or from Poole via chain ferry

  • Facilities:

    • Parking and toilets at Shell Bay

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