Shell Bay Beach

Shell Bay beach is the first beach on the Studland Peninsula, Isle of Purbeck, at the mouth of Poole Harbour.

From Shell Beach you have the wide sweeping Studland Bay and the Studland National Nature Reserve. You can also take a pedestrian ferry to Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour.

There is a designated naturist area between Shell Bay and Knoll Beach.

Facilities include parking, toilets, restaurant and Cafe.

Dog Friendly Beach?

Shell Bay Beach has dog restrictions.
Shell Bay beach, Dogs allowed but on a lead 1 May to 30 Sept

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 57 beaches in Dorset, or check our list of Dorset Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Shell Bay Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  - Good: generally good water quality
  - Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  - Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 8.2℃ to 10.3℃ with wind speed 4 m/sec (W)
Sunday, Feb 05partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 4.3℃ to 8℃ with wind speed 3.3 m/sec (W)
Monday, Feb 06fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 0.5℃ to 1.3℃ with wind speed 3.6 m/sec (NNE)
Tuesday, Feb 07clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range -1℃ to -0.1℃ with wind speed 3 m/sec (NNE)
Wednesday, Feb 08fair_night
Expect a temp in the range -1.4℃ to -0.7℃ with wind speed 1.7 m/sec (NNE)
Thursday, Feb 09clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range -0.6℃ to 2.3℃ with wind speed 2.7 m/sec (SW)
Friday, Feb 10cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 2℃ to 4.4℃ with wind speed 3.3 m/sec (NNE)

Swanage weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Shell Bay Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Shell Bay Beach is at Poole (Entrance) 0.87 km (0.54 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Sat 04 Feb
   Low Tide at 03:16 (Height 1.10m)
   High Tide at 08:39 (Height 1.95m)
   Low Tide at 15:38 (Height 0.84m)
   High Tide at 21:06 (Height 1.87m)
Sun 05 Feb
   Low Tide at 03:52 (Height 1.00m)
   High Tide at 09:00 (Height 2.04m)
   Low Tide at 16:11 (Height 0.73m)
   High Tide at 21:29 (Height 1.95m)
Mon 06 Feb
   Low Tide at 04:25 (Height 0.92m)
   High Tide at 09:22 (Height 2.12m)
   Low Tide at 16:41 (Height 0.66m)
   High Tide at 21:54 (Height 2.03m)
Tue 07 Feb
   Low Tide at 04:54 (Height 0.86m)
   High Tide at 09:46 (Height 2.17m)
   Low Tide at 17:09 (Height 0.61m)
   High Tide at 22:21 (Height 2.06m)
Wed 08 Feb
   Low Tide at 05:23 (Height 0.82m)
   High Tide at 10:15 (Height 2.17m)
   Low Tide at 17:37 (Height 0.59m)
   High Tide at 22:51 (Height 2.03m)
Thu 09 Feb
   Low Tide at 05:53 (Height 0.81m)
   High Tide at 10:45 (Height 2.11m)
   Low Tide at 18:08 (Height 0.59m)
   High Tide at 23:22 (Height 1.96m)
Fri 10 Feb
   Low Tide at 06:26 (Height 0.82m)
   High Tide at 11:07 (Height 2.02m)
   Low Tide at 18:42 (Height 0.64m)
   High Tide at 23:48 (Height 1.86m)

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