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Studland Peninsula Dorset Photographs

Rain Clouds over the Ferry

Shortly after taking this atmospheric photograph we had to run for cover as this dark ominous cloud was indeed full of rain. Once the shower had passed there was another bright spell and we managed to......

Added: 13th October 2010

Small Black Headed Gull

The small black face on this gull makes it look more appealing than the larger seagulls and the noise they make is not as raucous either

Added: 13th October 2010

One man and his Dingy

What a peaceful scene. Instead of rowing his small boat this man seems perfectly content just to admire the view.

Added: 27th January 2007

High and Dry

The beach huts at Studland are very popular and the lush green vegetation close to the beach makes South Beach look almost tropical.

Added: 27th January 2007

View Across to Old Harry Rocks

The views and peaceful tranquility of South Beach on the Studland Peninsula are a delight and even the water seems a bit warmer than other places.

Added: 17th January 2007

About Studland Peninsula Dorset.

Studland is located 5 miles north of Swanage and 7½ miles south east of Wareham on the B3351.It is beautiful spot, bounded to the north by Poole Harbour to the east by Studland Bay and to the south east by Swanage.
There are glorious sandy beaches stretching for 3 miles, that have been voted by the consumer magazine Which? the fourth top beach in the UK. A short northern stretch of Shell Bay near to Knoll Beach is reserved as a naturist beach, this is the National Trust's only designated naturist area. Shell Bay, Knoll Beach Middle Beach and South Beach are all part of the ‘Studland Beach and National Nature Reserve’ run by The National Trust. Unlike the majority of beaches on the south coast Shell Bay and South Beach allow dogs all year round whereas Knoll Beach and Middle Beach ban dogs between the last Sunday in June and the first Sunday in September. The Trust requests dog owners to ‘bag it and bin it’ and dog bins and free bags are located at regular intervals along the beach and car parks. Studland Bay with Bournemouth in the background, was the setting of the Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch which showed Michael Palin walking out of the shallow sea and the video for the Coldplay single "Yellow" was also filmed on the beach.
At Studland there are over 280 beach huts, most are privately owned but the National Trust hires out some on either a weekly or summer/Winter rental. It is not possible to buy any of theses huts due to beach erosion. A beach hut adapted for wheelchair hire is also available. A boat park at Knoll Beach caters for storage and launching boats by the slipway. There is a waiting list for yearly posts but daily or weekly storage/launching is available for single or twin hulled boats. The use of Jet Skis is not permitted either to launch or land at Studland for environmental and safety reasons. Please visit the National Trust webiste at for more information on this wonderful place. An interesting feature of the site is the “events at this property” section which lists a very wide range of activities held at Studland thoughout the year. A small charge is made for these events but of course National Trust memebers are free. Studland Bay is protected from the prevailing winds and storms by Old Harry Rocks, the chalk headland that separates Studland from Swanage Bay. There are several legends attached to how Old Harry Rocks got this unusual name. Some believe that they are named after the mediaeval pirate Henry Payne but another popular theory is that Harry was none other than the devil himself. The chalk sea-stacks of Old Harry rocks are the most easterly point of Purbeck. The cliffs that lead to the stacks are known as the Foreland or Handfast Point and they are nearly vertical cliffs of some 100 - 180 feet high. The gap between the headland and the stacks is called St. Lucas Leap reportedly after a greyhound that went over the cliff chasing a rabbit.
Studland Heath and sand dunes are a National Nature Reserve and are nationally important because of the wildlife and their rarity value. The sand dunes are actually the 2nd largest area of dune healthland vegetation in the country. Six species of reptile can be found including Smooth snakes and sand lizards and many varieties of birds. Dartford Warblers and Nightjars are just two examples of the delight that await bird watchers. Little Sea Lagoon was closed to the sea in around 1880 and is about a mile long and covers approximately 32 hectares. Today it contains fresh water and is fed by a stream. The lagoon is home to nearly 3000 over wintering waterfowl, like Tufted ducks, Pintail and Pochards. Around the edge of the water there are three bird hides which provide good bird watching facilities for visitors. Standing on a mound in the heath is the 400 ton, 17 ft high Agglestone, the local myth states that the devil threw it there from the Isle of Wight
Visitors won’t be disappointed at Studland from lazing on the beach to nature watching, rambling, boating or just admiring the view there is something for everyone. A swim in the warm waters is magical with Old Harry Rocks and the views of Bounemouth and Poole to delight. It is even possible to watch the hot air balloon rise over Bournemouth while floating in the clear blue water.

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