Coming from Swanage, you’ll actually reach the signs for South Beach car park before you get to the main and most popular Knoll Beach. But just because it’s smaller and less well-known, it doesn’t make South Beach any less worthy of a day out.

With its safe, shallow water and slightly more rugged feel, South Beach feels like a real natural haven away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

The car park is also a great base for exploring other parts of Studland village and a good place to set off from if you’re doing the Old Harry Rocks cliff walk.

Signs for the beach on Rectory Lane in Studland


Manor Road, Swanage BH19 3AU

Prices vary seasonally, but in peak seasons the minimum is £4 for two hours. National Trust members may park for free.