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.

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 9 beaches at Swanage, 57 beaches in Dorset, or check our list of Dorset Dog Friendly Beaches.

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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 22.9℃ to 26.5℃ with wind speed 3.8 m/sec (NE)
Thursday, Aug 11
Expect a temp in the range 17.5℃ to 19.4℃ with wind speed 2.8 m/sec (NE)
Friday, Aug 12
Expect a temp in the range 18.3℃ to 20.5℃ with wind speed 3 m/sec (NE)
Saturday, Aug 13
Expect a temp in the range 18.4℃ to 21.6℃ with wind speed 3.2 m/sec (NE)
Sunday, Aug 14
Expect a temp in the range 19.2℃ to 20.8℃ with wind speed 2.2 m/sec (ENE)
Monday, Aug 15
Expect a temp in the range 18.2℃ to 21.3℃ with wind speed 1.7 m/sec (W)
Tuesday, Aug 16
Expect a temp in the range 17.7℃ to 18.7℃ with wind speed 4.2 m/sec (SW)

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 10 Aug
   Low Tide at 02:57 (Height 0.77m)
   High Tide at 08:47 (Height 1.94m)
   Low Tide at 15:24 (Height 0.88m)
   High Tide at 20:54 (Height 2.17m)
Thu 11 Aug
   Low Tide at 03:52 (Height 0.55m)
   High Tide at 09:34 (Height 2.08m)
   Low Tide at 16:16 (Height 0.72m)
   High Tide at 21:40 (Height 2.32m)
Fri 12 Aug
   Low Tide at 04:40 (Height 0.35m)
   High Tide at 10:15 (Height 2.22m)
   Low Tide at 17:03 (Height 0.60m)
   High Tide at 22:21 (Height 2.44m)
Sat 13 Aug
   Low Tide at 05:23 (Height 0.22m)
   High Tide at 10:54 (Height 2.30m)
   Low Tide at 17:47 (Height 0.53m)
   High Tide at 23:00 (Height 2.50m)
Sun 14 Aug
   Low Tide at 06:06 (Height 0.18m)
   High Tide at 11:32 (Height 2.32m)
   Low Tide at 18:30 (Height 0.54m)
   High Tide at 23:37 (Height 2.46m)
Mon 15 Aug
   Low Tide at 06:47 (Height 0.25m)
   High Tide at 12:08 (Height 2.25m)
   Low Tide at 19:13 (Height 0.63m)
   High Tide at 00:11 (Height 2.35m)
Tue 16 Aug
   Low Tide at 07:29 (Height 0.41m)
   High Tide at 12:43 (Height 2.13m)
   Low Tide at 19:56 (Height 0.77m)
   High Tide at 00:43 (Height 2.16m)

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