Knoll Beach at Studland Bay in Dorset is one of the finest nudist beaches in Britain. If you’re gonna get your bits and baps out anywhere in the UK, this is definitely one of the best places to do it!
This part of the National Trust’s managed seashore on Studland Bay is regularly named as one of Britain’s most wonderfulist, most marvelous beaches, and the part of it – known as Knoll Beach – is the location of an officially recognised nudist beach.
The nudie part is a kilometre-long section of stunning white sand and is unique in being the National Trust’s only nudist beach. It is one of the UK’s most popular and best known outdoor spots to sunbathe nude, cartwheel naked and bathe in the buff! So, stick it on your naked-bucket list!
Its popularity led the National Trust to expand the designated nudie area of the beach a few years ago and more of the adjacent dunes were included as a privacy buffer zone. Hooray for the National Trust and hooray for nakedness!
The beach itself is composed of lovely fine white sand, and is backed by gorgeous dunes and a rather splendid nature reserve. The naked area is well marked with green-topped posts and blue National Trust signs, and the sea here is usually calm, making it suitable for children.
The nudie section attracts family groups as well as nudists and naturists of all ages; this is NOT one of those beaches that attract scores of wobbly, overly-tanned, middle aged men with binoculars!
Rest assured, you can expose your nether-bits here without any apprehension whatsoever! Hoo-bloody-rah!
On the map, look for the heart-shaped bum !!
From the Purbeck direction take the A351 from Wareham, turning left on to the B351 for Studland before reaching Corfe Castle. Once in Studland, drive through the village and follow signs to the Studland Beach car park.
The National Trust-owned Knoll car park costs £6 in June and £9 in July, but is free to members. Then simply walk north along the beach, or via the tracks in the dunes until you reach the nude section which is marked by signposts on the beach and in the dunes. Then remove all your clothing as quickly as possible, and shake it all out!
Alternatively, from the Bournemouth direction, a ferry runs from Sandbanks across the entrance to Poole harbour to the northern tip of Studland Heath. The distance is short, but at peak times there can be a long queue for the ferry.
Shortly beyond the ferry there is an National Trust car park from where you walk east and then south along the beach past Shell Bay. Many visitors appear to park along the verge of Ferry Road – if you do, please take care not to obstruct the road. Alternatively, walk along the road to “Fire Point 6” and then through the nature reserve to the beach, and remove your clothing! Happy days!
The facilities here are good, and, rather unusually for the UK, naked-friendly! There is a mobile refreshment kiosk located in the centre of the nudist section of the beach, as well as a floating ice cream vendor who sails along! Clothing is optional for both!
The Knoll Beach parking lot has a National Trust Visitor Centre with showers, a shop, toilets, and a restaurant with a wood-fired pizza oven. These, by the way, are the nearest toilets and they are an estimated half hour walk so don’t drink too much Prosecco, OK?!
Balloon-tire wheelchairs are also available for the beach. What a fab idea!