Stunning Studland Bay

Studland Bay by Poole Harbour in Dorset is a simply stunning sandy beach.  With our January walk it outlived all our expectations.  We have often visited it in summer, but never at this time of year usually opting for a bracing cliff top walk to match the time of year.  We started our trip at the very aptly named Shell Bay which is right on the tip of the Studland peninsula, where it almost touches Poole at the other side.  We don’t usually visit this part of the beach in the summer because part of it is designated as a nudist ( or as the National Trust signs state a  ‘naturalist’ beach) and not really suitable for family participation.

Studland Bay

studland ferry

We had superb views of the Poole Ferry.

studland Collage2

All the children on the beach were running and turning and twisting with a real feel of freedom and ours was no exception.  We found out that he could do a pretty mean karate kick.


studland jellyfish

During our outbound walk the tide was out and we came across this large jelly fish.  One of the largest I have ever seen as it was about 18 inches across.


When you visit a sandy beach in the summer, you sit down and usually stay put.  You may go for a swim, build a sandcastle and go for a wander passing by lots of other sedentary groups, but essentially the feel is static.  Today the beach was quite busy, but there was a fluidity and energetic feel to the whole area, because everybody was upright and moving.  The south west coast path runs right along this part of the beach and it really did feel like a pathway.

It truly was a magical walk.  We will be visiting again, and I think all of our preferences will be for a winters walk rather than a summers day dip.

I am linking up this post with the Outdoor Play Party and Countrykids @coombemill where you will find lots of other families in the great outdoors.

7 Responses to Stunning Studland Bay

  1. 76sunflowers January 3, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    Love your description about the fluidity of a Winter beach – so true. I miss a good a winter beach and must make the effort to drive out to one – bit of trek from Wiltshire to a decent one – I miss Norfolk! #countrykids

  2. Jaime Oliver January 3, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    wow that jellyfish is massive!! i have never seen one that big either!

  3. Coombe Mill January 3, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

    This looks like a lovely beach to explore in winter, I must say I am with you on it not being a good family beach. It looks like it has some beautiful views though. I agree that a winters beach is a very fluidly moving place, nobody wants to stay still for longer than they have to. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

  4. Merlinda (@pixiedusk) January 3, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

    I agree with the title! This place is really stunning and that Jelly Fish is massive! #countrykids

  5. happyhomebird January 4, 2015 at 1:48 am #

    I really love this area, nice to see in the winter here as we have only been in the summer. I always find jellyfish so eerie when they wash up.

  6. Cheryl January 6, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

    I love a winter beach walk. Possibly even better than in the summer. Impressive jelly fish to find!

  7. Kierna January 6, 2015 at 7:47 pm #

    Great observation! I personally prefer the beach in Winter when it is less crowded & you can enjoy walking along the beach etc. thanks for linking up.