Middle Beach

Stroll, dine or try some watersports at one of Studland Bay’s sandy beaches

Middle Beach is one of the sandy beaches of Studland Bay, situated between Knoll Beach and South Beach.

Whether you want to go for a gentle stroll or get out and active on the water with some watersports, Middle Beach is a great spot to wile away a few hours.

Grab a bite to eat while you’re here from the Sandy Salt Pig, a sister business of Swanage’s Salt Pig Too, which serves hot & cold drinks, light bites and sweet treats.

And explore Studland’s WWII history through its information boards on the intriguing ‘dragons’ teeth’ here at Middle Beach.


At Fore/Adventure you can hire a kayak or book in some paddle boarding tuition or a snorkel tour in the bay.

Qualified instructors can provide tuition in kayaking or take you on a kayak tour around the bay and across to the famous Old Harry Rocks. Or simply hire a kayak or paddle board to get out on the water yourself.

The watersport hire hut is right on the beach, giving you easy access to the water, and the bay here is shallow, meaning it’s a perfect place to try kayaking or SUP for the first time.

Fore/Adventure also offers a range of adventure experiences, from sea kayak foraging & feasts to snorkelling, coasteering and bushcraft.

Tours and packages are available as half-day, full day and whole weekends and cater for any age and level of experience (a minimum swimming ability may apply where relevant).

Fore/Adventure contact details

Check out Fore/Adventure’s website for full information on individual watersport hire, tuition and children, family and group adventures:

Middle Beach history

Middle Beach is steeped in history – learn about the WWII ‘dragons’ teeth’ situated here that were installed when Studland Bay was identified as being a possible enemy landing site.

The concrete structures were designed to deter tanks and troops coming in off the shore.

Various other examples of dragons’ teeth and other WWII relics such as pillboxes can be found elsewhere in Purbeck, such as that on South Beach.

Location & parking

📍 Postcode for Middle Beach: BH19 3AX

If you’re coming from Swanage, the turning for Middle Beach is the first right just after Studland Stores – you’ll leave the B3351 onto Beach Road and the car park will be on your left.

If you’re coming via Ferry Road from the chain ferry, continue past the turning for Knoll Beach – the turning for Beach Road toward Middle Beach will be on your left as soon as you pass Studland Trekking Centre.

Parking is free for National Trust members.