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Shell Bay, Studland

4.7
#3 of 17 in Outdoors in Swanage
Shell Bay is a small bay in Dorset, England on the Studland peninsula. It is on the south side of the mouth of Poole Harbour and connected with Sandbanks by the Sandbanks Ferry which runs regularly across the entrance to the harbour and carries vehicles, foot passengers and cyclists. Bus number 50 (Bournemouth to Swanage) also stops at Shell Bay. The beach is an unspoilt sandy beach, backed by dunes and heathland. A couple of streams flow over the beach from the heathland inland of the beach. The beach offers wonderful views over the bay to nearby Bournemouth and is also a good view point for watching the ships passing in and out of Poole Harbour, including the Condor Ferries to the Channel Islands. A barbecue area is provided at the western end of the beach (nearest the ferry). Toilets are available at the car park which is connected to the beach via a boardwalk.
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  • Part sand, part single beach, but it’s in a cove so pretty safe for families with children, plenty of shops to get food or buckets and spades, you can hire a peddling boat or a kayak. Lots of parking....  more »
  • This is a beautiful beach, only marred by the plastic waste washed up on the shoreline. Lovely white sand with lots of small shells. Our visit was made even more interesting as there were two huge...  more »
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  • Gorgeous unspoiled rustic beach with fine, soft yellow sand and shallow beach ideal for bathing with kids. Also dog friendly plus a little bit of shade afforded by trees. In summer has ice cream van and shop from which to buy spades and shade walls. There’s even a flush loo 😀
  • Nice clean beach

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