Walks near Studland Beach

Studland Beach and the South West Coast Path offer classic walks to enjoy the scenery of the Dorset coast. Inland and off the beaten track there are miles of heathland and chalk downland to explore, as well as little-known views of Poole Harbour. Highlights include Old Harry, the mysterious Agglestone and the rich wildlife.

    Knoll Beach trails

    A seahorse sculpture at Studland Beach, Dorset

    Two marked trails of one mile each  - ideal for families. Find the seahorse sculpture on the Studland Sand Dunes Trail or get closer to nature on the Studland Woodland Walk. Both start from the Discovery Centre at Knoll Beach.

    Shell Bay and Poole Harbour

    A view of Poole Harbour from Studland Beach, Dorset

    Take in the views from both sides of the Studland peninsula on our Beach, dunes and harbour views walk. The trail starts and finishes at Shell Bay car park, right next to the Sandbanks chain ferry.

    Old Harry and beyond

    View of Old Harry Rocks near Studland showing erosion of the white chalk cliffs.

    The Old Harry Rocks Walk from South Beach car park alongside the Bankes Arms is a Sunday classic. If you're feeling adventurous, why not continue over Ballard Down to explore Godlingston Heath and the mysterious Agglestone?

    Studland and the Second World War

    Fort Henry at Studland, Dorset

    Discover the crucial role Studland played in the run up to D-Day on the Studland Beach Second World War walk. Visit the bunker where Churchill, Eisenhower and King George VI watched rehearsals for the Normandy landings.

    Hikes in the heathland

    The Agglestone on Godlingston Heath in Purbeck, Dorset

    Studland and Godlingston Heath form a prime example of lowland heath - rich in wildlife and a reminder of the Wessex landscapes made famous by Thomas Hardy. Blackdown Ridge is a favourite place to take in the views over Poole Harbour.

    Birds of Studland

    Brands Bay birdwatching hide in Studland, Dorset

    Find out why Brands Bay and Little Sea are so important for migrating wildfowl on our Studland Bird Hide Walk. Don't forget to bring your binoculars. Great crested grebe, redshank, tufted duck and kingfishers can all be seen at various times of the year from our hides.

    Studland village

    St Nicholas

    A stroll around the village of Studland, visiting the 12th-century church of St Nicholas with its historic graveyard and the Bankes Arms, once a haunt of smugglers. This is a one-mile walk on  mostly level ground with the option to descend to South Beach.

We hope you enjoy exploring around Studland. For more nearby walks, check out walks near Corfe Castle and in South Purbeck.