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Shell Bay, Swanage

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Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Shell Bay is a small bay in Dorset, England on the Studland peninsula. It is on the south side of the mouth of Poole Harbour and connected with Sandbanks by the Sandbanks Ferry which runs regularly across the entrance to the harbour and carries vehicles, foot passengers and cyclists. Bus number 50 (Bournemouth to Swanage) also stops at Shell Bay. The beach is an unspoilt sandy beach, backed by dunes and heathland. A couple of streams flow over the beach from the heathland inland of the beach. The beach offers wonderful views over the bay to nearby Bournemouth and is also a good view point for watching the ships passing in and out of Poole Harbour, including the Condor Ferries to the Channel Islands. A barbecue area is provided at the western end of the beach (nearest the ferry). Toilets are available at the car park which is connected to the beach via a boardwalk.

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  • Most enjoyable lunch with friends and our teenagers......oysters were so tasty we ordered more, crab starter was delicious, lobster main amazing, choux buns for dessert perfect to finish. Girls had...  more »
  • Very different to the Sandbanks side and well worth the £4.50 ferry fare. Huge beaches and vast areas of sand dunes. Perfect for dog walking (after the 1/10) and wonderful views of Old Harry.  more »
  • Gorgeous unspoiled rustic beach with fine, soft yellow sand and shallow beach ideal for bathing with kids. Also dog friendly plus a little bit of shade afforded by trees. In summer has ice cream van and shop from which to buy spades and shade walls. There’s even a flush loo 😀
  • Nice clean beach
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