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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Place Category: Beaches

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 9.6℃ to 10.8℃ with wind speed 4.9 m/sec (SW)
Thursday, Mar 30cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 10.2℃ to 10.7℃ with wind speed 12.9 m/sec (WSW)
Friday, Mar 31heavyrain
Expect a temp in the range 9.9℃ to 10.3℃ with wind speed 14.1 m/sec (SSW)
Saturday, Apr 01rain
Expect a temp in the range 8.9℃ to 9.5℃ with wind speed 6.5 m/sec (W)
Sunday, Apr 02partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 4.9℃ to 8.5℃ with wind speed 2.5 m/sec (N)
Monday, Apr 03fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 1.8℃ to 6.8℃ with wind speed 3.9 m/sec (NNE)
Tuesday, Apr 04cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 0.1℃ to 4.5℃ with wind speed 2.2 m/sec (ENE)

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.

Wed 29 Mar
   Low Tide at 09:15 (Height 1.22m)
   High Tide at 12:08 (Height 1.48m)
   Low Tide at 21:55 (Height 1.49m)
Thu 30 Mar
   High Tide at 00:02 (Height 1.60m)
   Low Tide at 10:29 (Height 1.30m)
   High Tide at 18:45 (Height 1.83m)
Fri 31 Mar
   Low Tide at 02:24 (Height 1.49m)
   High Tide at 06:31 (Height 1.71m)
   Low Tide at 12:58 (Height 1.25m)
   High Tide at 21:36 (Height 1.88m)
Sat 01 Apr
   Low Tide at 01:36 (Height 1.40m)
   High Tide at 06:59 (Height 1.68m)
   Low Tide at 13:40 (Height 1.12m)
   High Tide at 19:42 (Height 1.78m)
Sun 02 Apr
   Low Tide at 02:06 (Height 1.25m)
   High Tide at 07:25 (Height 1.71m)
   Low Tide at 14:15 (Height 0.97m)
   High Tide at 19:57 (Height 1.81m)
Mon 03 Apr
   Low Tide at 02:37 (Height 1.09m)
   High Tide at 06:18 (Height 1.75m)
   Low Tide at 14:48 (Height 0.82m)
   High Tide at 20:15 (Height 1.88m)
Tue 04 Apr
   Low Tide at 03:06 (Height 0.92m)
   High Tide at 08:10 (Height 1.89m)
   Low Tide at 15:16 (Height 0.67m)
   High Tide at 20:27 (Height 2.00m)

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