Studland beach, sometimes known as Shell Bay, is several miles long, wide, with soft pale sand. This whole region of is a National Park so buildings are rare and nature roams free. Some nudists – mostly male – occupy some dunes but it’s a large area and they are confined to one section and are not obtrusive. Seaweed does wash up on these Dorset beaches but tends to congregate most around the corner on the channel that the ferry crosses or much further down towards the beach huts and café.
Best Dorset Beaches
Bugbog’s best English beaches are mainly found in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall counties, in the south-west of England, since sand is abundant and the weather and waters tend to be warmer there due to the latitude.
Dorset is also favoured by the prevailing southwesterly winds bouncing over chalk cliffs to create a drier micro-climate stretching from Highcliffe, through Bournemouth and along Dorset’s 95 miles of UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast as far as Devon. In addition this year’s official water quality guide gives Dorset a 100% pass whereas Cornwall and Devon have a handful of failures.
Fossilized Lyme Regis, far west Dorset. Photo by Arpington.
Finally, for those who like a bit of a treasure hunt with their beach-going, West Dorset beaches of Church Cliffs, Seatown, Thorncombe, Beacon and Charmouth are the heart of the Jurassic Coast, an area loaded with fossils (especially ammonites) going back 185 million years; walking tours are organised by the Heritage Coast Centre.
Nearby, pretty little Lyme Regis is the last town before Devon, in addition to being the UK’s fossil capital.
It is not illegal to strip off and do the beach thing in the nude anywhere in Britain. The problem is if someone complains. . . However, here are a couple of great Dorset beaches where the nude life is either unofficially commonplace or officially permitted.
Studland beach, a large and sandy nature reserve beach with many grassy dunes. Just across Poole Harbour entrance from Sandbanks via the ferry and wal around the corner towards Studland. Nudists hang out in the tufted dunesm mostly male.
Hengistbury Head, below the rock outcrop.