Studland Nature Reserve Bournemouth Reviews
Studland Nature Reserve Jun 14, 2009
Studland Nature Reserve is to the west of Bournemouth. It is accessible from Swanage or from the Poole Bay side of Sandbanks in Bournemouth, via a ferry. The ferry is £3 by car or 90p for foot passengers.
The land around Studland bay is mixed beach and heathland. The beach must be one of the nicest in the Southern UK; there is no development and there are no bars, just acres of sand and dune, and happy children digging holes. The heathland is unspoiled, and full of dog roses and wild honeysuckle. I have never seen wild honeysuckle before; it smells incredible. There are walks along the shore and through the woods, and bridle paths if you can rise. The sea is quite clean looking here.
Part of the beach is a naturist beach; it is well signposted, but the cake shop is on the other side of the naturist beach from the ferry so if you came by fot and want nice cakes you may well have to cross it. I can't think that this is a problem unless you have children with you, and even then it would only be a problem because children do have a tendency to comment loudly ("mummy, why has that man got no clothes on?").
The cake shop is expensive, but then, this is a National Trust property.
I walked here for about five hours, so you can imagine that I was grateful to find that there is a bus back to Bournemouth that costs about £5.
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