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Knoll Beach, Studland (NT)

RegionSouth West
ClubWessex Orienteers
Nearest townSwanage, Dorset
PostcodeBH19 3AH
Carpark locationOff B3351 north of Studland Village.

Available Map

This is a lovely beach area with grass-covered dunes and sandy pathways leading out from the large National Trust car park at Knoll Beach, Studland.

The map has three courses on it with instructions on the reverse:

Easy 0.9km            Easy beginners course (White)

Medium 1.8km       A little more tricky (Yellow).

Long 2.4km           About the same as the Medium course but longer (Orange). Only available April - October due to seasonal conditions.

Try the Short course to get your eye in, then try a longer one.

Other Things to do in the Area

Long, clean, safe swimming, sandy beach. A bit narrow at high tide but extensive dunes behind.

National Trust café, shop and toilets.

5 BBQ layouts.

Good walking over Godlingstone Heath (To west) with the Agglestone rock.

A good walk (south) through Studland village and up onto Ballard Down & Old Harry Rocks.

Directions:  Knoll Beach lies between Studland village and the chain ferry, just to the north of Knoll House Hotel. Knoll Beach is a well-signed turning to the east. This not Middle Beach, which is accessed from the village.

Note this is a paying car park. Free to NT members. Manned approx May - September. Pay&Display at other times.

Maps Available From

Maps also on sale (Approx £1.50) from the National Trust hut near the café. Open Easter to September.

Further Information

  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience