Knoll Beach

Knoll Beach

Knoll Beach is one of the beaches of Studland Bay, the other beaches that make up the bay include South Beach, Middle Beach, with another at the north at Shell Bay. Knoll Beach is a sandy beach which makes it perfect for sunbathing, nearby to the beach are facilities for food, toilets, shops, litter bins, and a slipway. The South West Coastal Path runs along the entire beach, the Studland Heath National Nature Reserve also covers Koll Beach as well as the other beaches within Studland Bay. The waters are Knoll Beach are of the highest quality and received an MCS Recommended rating which is the highest quality available.

Things to Do at Knoll Beach

There are various bits of equipment that can be hired at the beach, these include pedaloes, surfboards, and canoes. The beach is also good for swimming, sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, and fishing. There are special zones designated for water sports.

Important Information About Knoll Beach

  • There are no lifeguards at Knoll Beach so it is advised that swimmers take caution if they decide to venture out into the waters.
  • Dogs are allowed on the beach, however, during the summer months of June to September, they are not allowed onto the sands.

Knoll Beach Cafe

Knoll Beach is known for its dog-friendly, 4-mile long stretch of white sandy beaches and activities like diving, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, swimming, windsurfing, and kayaking, with its dunes forming the Studland National Nature Reserve and the naturist beach at the northern end of the premises. The water quality on the beach has received a 5-star rating and the Marine Conservation Society has listed Knoll beach as a recommended beach that meets their strict standards. 

Knoll Beach Café sits right on Knoll Beach, making it an efficient stop for hungry and thirsty beachgoers. Indoor seating provides shelter and warmth, while outdoor picnic tables are great for a quick bite beside the crashing waves on sunny days. This stop is also wheelchair accessible. The Café serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch with vegetarian-friendly options. While we couldn’t find a full menu online, we did find photos and mentions of the following menu items online:

  • Fish & Chips
  • Falafel Burgers
  • Burgers 
  • Sandwiches 
  • Daily Soups with Granary Bread, including Mushroom Soup, Squash & Pepper Soup, Beetroot & Apple Soup, and others
  • Hot Chocolate & Coffee
  • Chicken Salad
  • Vegetable Tagine
  • Cakes

Anyone with a sweet tooth should note that brownies and ice cream also seem to be on the menu. The menu selection seems to be large enough to provide something for everyone, even picky eaters and vegetarians. We do want to point out that some online reviews mentioned that service can be slow at the Café, particularly on warm sunny days when everyone is on the beach. This isn’t surprising, considering that the Café offers the most convenient stop for dining on the beach. Rather than letting this dissuade you, we would recommend simply showing up a littler earlier than the lunch crowd, or being prepared to wait for service if you choose to eat at a crowded time. On the bright side, reviewers generally seem to find the food is worth the wait and many visitors state that they must go again! Menu prices are considered to be in the mid-range, between being very cheap and expensive. 

The Café also doubles as a shop selling necessary beach items, glassware, gifts, home accessories, rugs, decorative items, and cards. Visitors at Knoll Beach have found the Knoll Beach Café to be an efficient stop for both food and essentials, which eliminates the need to wash off sandy feet and pack up in the car for forgotten items or when your group gets hungry. Next time you’re out on Knoll Beach, don’t forget that the Café is well-prepared to serve your group and meet your shopping needs!