Studland - Shell Bay

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This location is classed as Seaside.
It's Longitude is -1.9487673 and Latitude is 50.682979, and it's readable address is Shell Bay - Sandbanks, United Kingdom.

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Set at the very tip of the National Trust owned Studland Peninsula is the lovely Shell Bay. Depending on where you start this either the first or last of Studland's beautiful sandy beaches. There are two ways to reach Shell Bay; you can drive along the peninsula from the Swanage end or, alternatively, you can take the short ferry ride over from Sandbanks on the other side of Poole harbour mouth. Most of the year the beach here is a haven of tranquility and the extensive dunes beyond give a feeling of wilderness. Summer is a different story though when the beach can become quite busy. There are plenty of facilities and the sea is generally safe so Shell Bay is popular with families looking to escape the usual bucket and spade brigade. For those interested in such things (and avoiding them) there is a designated naturist area between Shell Bay and Knoll Beach beyond. Positioned where it is, looking out over the entrance to Poole Harbour, Shell Bay is a good spot for watching the ships coming and going, including the impressive Condor Ferries to the Channel Islands. The beach is named after the shells that were once common on this stretch of beach. However, when I visited I have to say there didn't seem to be more shells than any other beach along this coast. Across the road from the beach is the Shell Bay Seafood Restaurant, a Michelin listed eatery with fine views out over Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island.

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