Knoll Beach is the largest and most well-known beach at Studland Bay. Popular with families and watersports enthusiasts, Knoll Beach is also home to a wide variety of wildlife, with its sand dunes and woodland habitats backing the stunning sandy beach.

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With its National Trust cafe, discovery centre, walking trails and beach-side activities, Knoll Beach has everything for an entire day out. 


Knoll Beach is abuzz with a range of water-based activities all year round (weather and sea state dependent).

Watersports hut at Knoll Beach in Studland

Watersports hut

Activities include

  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding
  • Sailing
  • Paddle board yoga
  • Windsurfing
  • Waterbikes

Food, shopping and facilities

There is a National Shop tea room and gift shop, as well as toilet facilities right by the car park.

Knoll Beach national trust gift shop

Knoll Beach National Trust shop

The shop sells seasonal gifts, as well as outdoor and walking equipment for you and your dog, children’s toys, books and sustainable homewares.

Dogs at Knoll Beach

Dogs are welcome all year round, but must be kept on a lead from May to September. They are also welcome in the outdoor seating area of the cafe.

How to get to Knoll Beach

Knoll Beach is situated down Hardys Road, just off Ferry Road in Studland.

By car

For your SatNav: BH19 3AH

From Swanage

Take Shore Road, or Northbrook Road and then Washpond Lane, towards Ulwell to join Ulwell Road. Follow the road until you join Swanage Road to the right, into Studland.

You will pass turnings for both South Beach and Middle Beach (just as worthy of an explore). Turn right into Hardy’s Road, just past Knoll House Hotel.

From Wareham

Take the B3351 from Corfe Castle, joining onto Swanage Road once you reach Studland.

From Poole & Bournemouth

By ferry

Take the Sandbanks chain ferry across Poole Harbour to Shell Bay. Continue along Ferry Road until you get to Hardy’s Road on your left.

By road

Join the route from Wareham to reach Knoll Beach without taking the ferry.

By Bus

The No. 50 bus goes from both Swanage and Bournemouth.

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Parking starts from £4 for two hours in summer months and is free for National Trust members.