Naturism at Studland Bay
With a history stretching back as far as the 1920s, naturism has become a distinctive part of the Studland Peninsula. Today, Studland has probably the best known official naturist beach in Britain. Learn where clothing is optional and how to reach, or avoid, this part of the beach.
Naturism at Studland
The National Trust welcomes naturists and has marked out nearly 1km of beach where clothing is optional.
We’re working with partners including Studland Beach Users Action Group, British Naturism and the police to keep Studland safe and family-friendly.
We ask that naturists and non-naturists respect the rights of others and refrain from behaviour likely to cause offence. Police and rangers patrol regularly and will be happy to help with any concerns.
British Naturism holds regular beach days at Studland.
British Naturism beach code
Find out how to follow the code on the beach.
- Only the dress code is different
- Avoid being a nuisance
- Respect people's space
- Don't be an exhibitionist
- Avoid confronting or approaching textiles
- Any sexual activity is unwelcome and criminal in a public place
- Naturists are a trusting and trustworthy bunch but please keep your valuables safe
- Always report crime
Where is the naturist beach?
The naturist area is located on Knoll Beach and comprises of a 900m stretch of coastline.
The area is clearly marked with green-topped posts and signs. We ask naturists to be clothed if they're outside the designated area.
How to avoid the area
If you wish to avoid this area, please use the Heather Walk trail through the dunes.
Expanding the naturist area
In April 2013 we expanded the naturist area following requests for more space from naturist groups.
The boundary of the northern section of the naturist area was extended approximately 50 metres inland where it is marked with green posts.
Posts marking the old boundary were left in place as removing them would damage the dunes, but they were repainted brown.
Facilities at Studland's naturist beach
Car park facilities
There are National Trust car parks at Shell Bay and Knoll Beach, a walk of approximately half an hour from the naturist beach.
Daytime parking is also available on Ferry Road (non-NT) subject to a Traffic Management Order.
The nearest toilets are at Shell Bay car park and Knoll beach. Please be aware that there are no toilet facilities available at the naturist beach itself.
The café is next to the car park at Knoll Beach.
We want everyone to feel safe at Studland and indecent behaviour will not be tolerated. Offenders will be prosecuted, including those making inappropriate use of photographic or filming equipment and drones, which may be confiscated as evidence.
How to report inappropriate behaviour
If you witness any incidents of inappropriate behaviour please report this to the police on 999.
Please also inform the Studland team on 01929 450500.
Studland Beach Users Action Group
SBUAG was set up in 2005 as a way of addressing beach issues. The group is made up of the emergency services, the National Trust, local businesses, naturist organisations, Parish council and others. SBUAG community wardens assist with beach patrols in peak season.
Beach safety at Studland
Heath fires are a constant threat at Studland, but we can all do our bit to prevent them. No fires or barbecues are permitted. Studland was a military training area in the Second World War and some unexploded ordnance remains. If you see anything suspicious please do not touch it, just call 999.
Please inform the Studland team on 01929 450500
Four miles of beautiful beaches line the sheltered waters of Studland Bay. The area is ideal for family beach trips and coastal walks.
Studland Bay is a two pawprint rated place. Well-behaved dogs are very welcome. We have certain restrictions to ensure everyone enjoys the beach, whether on two or four feet.
Need some refreshments during your visit? Find out more about Knoll Beach Café, along with its sister shop, which sells a wide range of seasonal beach equipment, accessories and gift ideas.
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