Pictures of Studland
in the county of Dorset
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Beyond the woods, heaths and downs of Dorset lies a fascinating coastline with a hinterland of precious little villages, such a village is Studland which sits close to the wide sweep of picturesque Studland Bay, which belongs to the National Trust.
Studland lies between Swanage and Poole Harbour, it is marked out by the slender chalk pillars off The Foreland, these include Old Harry and his near neighbour, known as Old Harry's Wife, these have stood silent witness to centuries of turbulent seas and shipwreck, but sadly both are showing signs of erosion caused by the sea. None-the-less, they remain an impressive coastal feature at the end of ribbon of tall cliffs.
The village of Studland is noted for its quiet unspoilt character and its interesting Norman church dedicated to St.Nicholas of Myra. Leafy lanes, leading to the beaches hide picturesque cottages as well as superb Victorian residences which have been converted to provide luxury hotel accommodation. Facilities in the village include a combined general store and post office, and a pub.
Pathways provide links to Swanage and dramatic Ballard Cliff above Ballard Point, and for visitors who like to spend time away from the beaches, where better to wander than along coastal pathways sided by sweet scented meadows. This is grand walking country, from Studland you can take the South West Coast Path and roam freely whilst enjoying the drama of the sea and beautiful countryside.
Things to do include; walking, swimming, sailing or enjoy a boat trip, fossil hunting, bird watching, and for the sporty there is the opportunity to indulge in golf or horse riding.
Places to visit include; Isle of Purbeck, The Jurassic Coast, Brownsea Island, Corfe Castle, The Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Swanage, Kingston Lacy, Shell Bay and the famous Old Harry Rocks.
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