The first visit to the beach each year is always a special one. How is it possible over the winter to forget how good bare feet feel in the sun and the sand. Having spontaneosly decided to take a road trip to the beach one Sunday, Mia and Joe couldn’t have clambered out of the car any faster when we parked up at Shell Bay on Studland. They grabbed their buckets and literally ran to the sand! Two little ones after my own heart…beach lovers and sun worshippers.
The weather was warm enough for paddling, and with the sea far out there were stream-like puddles left stretching along the beach. As the water warmed in the afternoon sun, even I was tempted in to paddle my toes!
Shell Bay is very natural and unspoilt, and whilst only four minutes away from the main land on the chain link ferry, it felt like a world away. There were sand dunes and beach grass to nestle amongst, which provided the perfect windbreak from the sea breezes. There were very few concessions to tourism, despite it being a popular place to visit. Luckily we had packed a picnic and drinks, as there was no beach cafe within walking distance. And, whilst part of me would have loved a strong cup of tea, beach-style in a polysterne cup, the wild nature of the beach was perfect and peaceful.
There were beautiful views of Sandbanks, Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight, and we spent hours watching the small sail boats and yachts sailing about.
Learning that one of life’s simplest pleasures is reading a good book on the beach.
Later in the afternoon, we explored slightly further afield and drove the short distance along the coast to South Beach. There were lovely old beach huts looking out to sea, and stripey deckchairs to hire. We took a walk along the beach and Mia and Joe found several crabs, not alive unfortunately, but fascinating for both of them.
I was very tempted to visit Studland again the next weekend, as we had such a lovely day there. It’s only a couple of hours from where we live, making it one of the closest beaches to visit, and an easy journey to make in a day. And, when it is so beautiful, and close by, I know that we will visit again soon.