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Studland Bay - Dorset

Anchoring - FREE

Studland Bay is one of the happiest accidents we've ever had after engine failure saw us dropping the hook here in an evening of our first sailing season ever, when originally we were en-route to Poole Harbour.

The ground is mostly sand but there's a lot of eel grass around the closer you get to shore. This eel grass is now being actively protected by environmentalists and as such 'eco moorings' have been set up for yachtsmen (and women) to stay on if they want to spend some time in Studland Bay.

At the time of writing this the 'no anchor zone' that's been set up is voluntary, as is the cost for the moorings (optional donation to the cause) but do check if this has changed, again, this was the case back in 2022.

Studland Bay anchorage and old Harry's rock

Our Time There


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5 Fun Facts About Studland Bay

  1. Natural Beauty and Wildlife: Studland Bay is known for its stunning natural beauty and diverse wildlife. It is part of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and features beautiful white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and picturesque views. The area is also home to a variety of bird species, including rare and endangered birds like the Dartford warbler and the red-backed shrike.

  2. Nude Beach: Studland Bay is famous for having the UK's most popular official naturist beach. Approximately one-third of the beach, known as "Knoll Beach," is designated as a nudist area. It has been a popular destination for naturists for many years, offering a unique and liberating experience for those who enjoy nude sunbathing and swimming.

  3. Ancient History: Studland Bay has a rich history dating back thousands of years. Archaeological excavations in the area have uncovered evidence of human habitation from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age. The bay was also used as a defensive location during World War II, and remnants of concrete anti-tank defenses can still be seen today.

  4. Old Harry Rocks: One of the most iconic features of Studland Bay is Old Harry Rocks. These stunning chalk sea stacks stand at the eastern end of the bay and are a popular sightseeing attraction. Over time, erosion and coastal processes have shaped these rocks into unique formations, offering a dramatic and picturesque view for visitors.

  5. Nature Reserve and Wildlife Trust: Studland Bay and its surrounding areas are protected as a National Nature Reserve and are managed by the National Trust and the Dorset Wildlife Trust. The nature reserve provides a habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna, including rare plants, insects, and mammals. The

  6. conservation efforts in Studland Bay aim to preserve the natural environment and ensure the sustainability of its diverse ecosystems.


These fascinating aspects of Studland Bay make it a unique and cherished destination for nature lovers, history enthusiasts, and those seeking a naturist-friendly beach experience.

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