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Leave the car at home

Two visitors explore the Kingston Lacy estate on bikes on a sunny summer's day
Leave the car at home and cycle to Studland Bay. | © National Trust Images/John Millar

You can avoid traffic queues and stress, and do your bit for the environment, by leaving your car behind when you travel to Studland Bay. Here are some ways you can get here car free.

Go by bus – it a breeze!

From Swanage, Bournemouth or Poole, you can travel to any of the Studland beaches by using the Morebus no.50 Purbeck Breezer bus. And better still, until the end of October, the cost is just £2 per person.

Use peddle power – your own or a Beryl bike

New for 2023 is the extension of the Beryl bikes scheme from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP). The bikes – or e-bikes – can be hired anywhere in the BCP area, then taken over on the ferry to Studland for a £1 fee each way. Beryl bikes can be ‘paused’ whilst on the ferry for up to 15 minutes reducing the cost of the overall journey.

Beryl bike bays are available across the four Studland car parks (South, Middle and Knoll Beaches, and Shell Bay).

If you’re interested in the scheme, you need to download the Beryl app and sign up to be able to hire a bike. You'll see where bikes are available and a map of all the parking bays. E-scooters are not available across the ferry into Studland. Find out more here.

If using your own bikes, cycle racks are provided at Knoll Beach. You can also hire bikes from Cyclexperience at Purbeck Park, near Norden.

Steam in by train!

Studland isn’t served by any mainline trains, the nearest stations being Poole or Wareham, from where you’d need to catch a bus or cycle. But you can have an exciting heritage experience by catching the steam train from Wareham to Swanage Railway Station. From there you can catch a bus, walk or cycle.

Walk this way

Studland is right on the South West Coast Path. You can also walk along the 12 mile Rempstone Ride route from Norden Farm.