The Isle of Purbeck area has some of the finest sandy beaches in the country. The best of these are located in Swanage and Studland Bay which are about 3 and 7 miles from Worth Matravers.

Although the cottage is only 3/4 mile from the sea, there are no nearby beaches that are very suitable for children. The nearest is Chapmans Pool, which is 1 mile from Worth Matravers. It is very picturesque, but mainly shingle and quite challenging to access.


Chapmans Pool


The small Victorian town of Swanage has all the things you’d expect to find in a typical English seaside resort. So if you want ice cream, fish & chips, amusement arcades, pier and punch & judy, together with a clean and safe sandy beach, Swanage is a great place to spend the day.

The town has 2 good supermarkets, a steam railway, shops, galleries and plenty of great places to eat and drink.

Swanage Beach

Studland Bay


Studland Bay & Poole Harbour

The beaches of Studland Bay are managed by the National Trust and extend for 4 miles of coastline and inland heathland. There are 5 beach areas: South Beach, Middle Beach, Knoll Beach, Shell Bay and the Naturists Beach.


The beaches are all very safe and sheltered, ideal for young children. Water sport activities, cafes and toilet facilities are available at some of them.

All beaches, with the exception of the Naturists Beach, have car parks which are easily accessible. If you are a member of the National Trust you can park for free.

Each beach offers something different, but our favorite is Shell Bay with its wide expanse of sand and dunes – perfect for relaxing and admiring the view out to Poole Harbour.

Knoll Beach


Shell Bay


Studland to Sandbanks Ferry