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Durdle Door

The naturist area is at one end of a pebble and shingle beach to the west of the oft-pictured Durdle Door rock arch - photograph courtesy of Wikipedia. We only visited it once, several years ago. After a half-mile walk from the car park, a steep climb down a cliff path and a walk of about half a mile along a beach of loose, small pebbles to the right of the picture, we thought that the effort involved in getting there far outweighed the benefits.

And then we had to walk back!

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St Anne's Cottage - 2001-2007

The site is about five acres and is divided into four fields. There is an excellent service block with free hot showers and washing up facilities. Electric hook-up is available in the three fields nearest to the road - on the left in the photograph - but is limited. The entrance to the site is at N50.8534° W1.8988°.

During the several years that we have been visiting St Anne's, much work has been done to tidy up the mess left by the previous owner. On our first visit we wondered what we had gone to; now after much work, the site is very pleasant, with freshly painted gates and new flower beds. Also much work has gone into improving the land drainage.

St Anne's Cottage does not have a website,
but you can send an email from here.

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Studland Beach - 1985>>>

This is where we first experienced public nudity. We were on holiday with our three children and strolled into the naturist area without realising, until we saw that everybody was nude. From 1985 to 1999, we camped at Burnbake Campsite - N50.6516° W2.0070° - about halfway between Studland and Corfe Castle. This is a twelve acre textile site for tents and campervans - no caravans - with space for up to 130 units.

Studland Beach is probably one of the best known beaches in the country. National Trust members can park free at one of two car parks: one just off the chain ferry from Sandbanks and the other, The Knoll, just over two miles along the road towards Studland village. From the first car park, follow the beach away from the ferry until you come to the sign placed by the National Trust. From The Knoll car park turn left and follow the beach to the sign. Alternatively it is possible to park for free at the side of the road close to the entrance to a path at N50.6713° W1.9580° and then follow the path to the beach. This is also the shortest walk to what has been defined by the National Trust as the naturist beach.

After a day relaxing on the beach we can thoroughly recommend a meal at the Bankes Arms Inn in Studland - N50.6423 W1.9476.

More about Studland Beach on the NUFF website.

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