Studland Beach in Dorset, is one of the best nude beaches in Britain. And it's official.
This part of the National Trust's managed seashore on Studland Bay is regularly named to Britain's top beach lists and the part of it, known as Knoll Beach, is also the location of an officially recognised nudist beach. That beach too is ranked as top of its class, one of the best in the country.
The nude beach is a 900 meter long section of the four miles of white sand and is unique in being the National Trust's only nudist beach.
According to the authors of Bare Britain, it is one of the UK's most popular and best known outdoor spots to sunbathe and swim au naturel. In 2013, the designated naturist area of the beach was expanded to include more of the dunes to create a buffer zone for privacy.
Studland also scores well for cleanliness standards. In 2015, the Marine Conservation Society's annual Good Beach Guide gave it a three star rating of Excellent.
- Description: Studland is composed of fine sand, backed by dunes and a large nature reserve. The nudist area is well marked with with green-topped posts and blue National Trust signs. The sea here is usually calm, making it suitable for children and, the naturist section regular attracts family groups as well as nudists and naturists of all ages.
- Keeping things safe: The trust works with the Studland Beach Users Action Group, British Naturism and the police to ensure that the beach remains safe for users and family friendly. Inappropriate and indecent behavior, including some use of photographic equipment is discouraged and may be prosecuted.
- Clothing Optional: The nudist area of the beach is clearly marked and users should wear clothing when outside the designated area. A trail, the Heather Beach Walk, is available for other beach users who want to avoid the naturist section.
- Facilities: There is a mobile refreshment kiosk parked in the middle of the nudist section of the beach as well as a floating ice cream vendor who sails along the beach. Dress is optional for both. The Knoll Beach parking lot has a National Trust Visitor Center with showers, a shop, toilets and restaurant. Balloon-tire wheelchairs are available for the beach.
- Warnings: This is an official nudist beach and National Trust Wardens patrol discreetly. There have, apparently been reports of some unacceptable behavior in the dunes so nude beach-goers, especially family users, are advised to stay on the open beach.
- Getting there A car ferry from Sandbanks in Poole, Dorset, crosses to Shell Bay. Drivers can also head for Swanage on the A351, turning left toward Corfe Castle on the B3351 to Studland. Follow the signs to the Knoll Beach car park. The nude beach is a 10 minute walk from the Knoll Beach car park and is well marked. Wiltshire & Dorset buses (150 and 152) travel between Poole or Bournmouth and Studland.