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 Dune Ride 

The minimum age for this ride is 12 years old.

This ride is a scenic walking trail ride through the dunes of Knoll Beach. The dune heath is home to all six native reptiles, birds including breeding nightjar and Dartford warbler, and many specialist invertebrates that thrive on the many sunspots on the south-facing slopes.

Difficult terrain means the National Trust rely on grazing animals to keep it from turning to scrub and woodland; rabbits and deer both play their part, but in the past cattle grazed on the Studland peninsula and they are currently looking at how they can bring them back safely. 

The aristocratic Bankes family, who once owned Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacy near Wimborne, spent summers at their Studland residence, now the Pig on the Beach hotel.

They knew there’s nothing like fresh sea air for invigorating mind and body, and nowhere better than four miles of golden sand for letting your hair down and enjoying the outdoors.

On his death in 1981, Ralph Bankes bequeathed the Bankes estate, including Studland, Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacy, to the National Trust.

With 3 miles of sandy beach along Studland Bay, the dune ride is a spectacular ride with views of Old Harry Rocks, Bournemouth Beach and Sandbanks and Poole Bay.

The Dune group ride is 1 hour 45 minutes long. It is for riders that must have learnt and are fully established in rising trot and canter off the lead rein

You’re not able to book via the website, to book email the yard via the CONTACT page

We have a maximum weight limit of 14 stone / 89kg / 198lbs
We are unable to take more than 4 riders at a time.
Please add the name, age for children under 18 only, height and weight if there are multiple riders.

What to wear

  • Jodhpurs or full-length trousers/leggings must be worn for your ride
  • Boots with a slight heel should be worn, we can provide boots if needed.
  • Current standard riding hats must also be worn for the duration of your ride, hats are provided if you need to use one
  • For our gentleman riders, it is advisable to wear tight fitting underwear (eg, briefs)

Extra Information

  • If you are coming via Wareham and Corfe Castle please drive with care on the country roads, any road closures can be found here
  • If you are coming via Poole or Bournemouth and plan on using the Sandbanks Ferry please check their website for service updates: here
  • If you require public transport the Purbeck Breezer passes through Studland, click here to find the timetable.