Studland and the Isle of Purbeck

Studland is part of the Isle of Purbeck, not truly an island but the peninsula formed by Poole Harbour and is roughly everything east of a line drawn south from Wareham. You can reach Studland, which is famous for its unspoilt beaches (part of which is famously naturist), its walks and the beauty of its countryside, either by sea or by road. By sea takes you across the mouth of Poole Harbour (the Swash) on the chain ferry at Sandbanks and people say that it is like going overseas on holiday; as soon as they board the ferry they leave their cares behind. Be aware that there may be long queues in summer (sometimes over an hour). Going "the long way round" by road usually bypasses Wareham an attractive an historic market town but takes you up to Corfe Castle taken by treachery and destroyed by Cromwell where you turn left under the Railway viaduct taking the winding road to Studland.

The nearest town is Swanage, a pleasant seaside town with plenty of accommodation and geared up for holiday makers of all inclinations, from relaxing on the beach to walking part of the South West Coastal path.    Swanage is also a leading diving centre and Saturday morning down at the pier is like a seal colony with scores of black neoprene clad creatures flapping about less agile out of the water with their weights and tanks than they are in it.  Next to the pier is the sailing club which is very nicely appointed and has a long history and thriving membership.