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Studland Bay, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset

Top 25 Anchorages > South > Studland Bay

Studland Bay is a popular place, with three miles of sandy beach and it is a haven for rare birds. But these attractive features come at a price and on a sunny day up to 300 boats can be seen mooring in the bay so it’s not for those that are looking for a little privacy.

Unfortunately local authorities are threatening to introduce a no-anchoring zone in the bay due to damage done to the local seahorse population, so get there while you can.

Watch out for
Unmarked Redend Rocks ESE of Redend Point and rogue swimmers

Great for
Beach lovers

Local tip
From the beach you can walk to Knoll House Hotel for a slap-up meal or for something more modest, the Bankes Arms Hotel is good

Studland Bay map  | Top 25 Anchorages: The South | Motor Boats Monthly |

‘Summer Loving’ appeared in our August 2009 issue. Buy the full article here.

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  2. 2. River Fal, Cornwall
  3. 3. Cadgwith Cove, Cornwall
  4. 4. Dandy Hole, River Lynher, Cornwall
  5. 5. Salcombe, Devon
  6. 6. Teignmouth Estuary, Devon
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