The aristocratic Bankes family, who once owned Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacy near Wimborne, spent summers at their Studland residence, now the Pig on the Beach hotel.
They knew there’s nothing like fresh sea air for invigorating mind and body, and nowhere better than four miles of golden sand for letting your hair down and enjoying the outdoors.
From bucket and spade fun to watersports, beach games and blow-away-the-cobwebs walks, Studland today is a place for all seasons.
The beaches of the Studland peninsula stretch from the boundary of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site at Old Harry Rocks north to Shell Bay, where a chain ferry provides a link to Poole and Bournemouth.
South Beach is the smallest and popular with locals, Middle Beach is sheltered by low cliffs while Knoll Beach, backed by a wilderness of dunes, has wide open spaces and includes a 1km designated naturist area.
All are ideal for families with gently shelving bathing waters, convenient parking and other facilities.
No matter which you choose, you’ll be met with sea views stretching from Old Harry to the Isle of Wight.
Things to try
Slacklining (free) – Knoll Beach and Shell Bay
Beach volleyball (free) – Shell Bay
Kayaking – Middle Beach or Knoll Beach
Snorkelling – Middle Beach
Paddleboarding, pedaloes, sailing or power boat trips – Knoll Beach
Cycle hire – Knoll Beach
Paddling, playing in the waves, building sandcastles and having fun - anywhere