Studland

Studland is located between Swanage and the entrance to Poole Harbour in the southwest. It’s a small village on the Isle of Purbeck famous for its beaches and nature reserve.

The Old Harry Rocks are the coastal feature at Studland. These rocks have faced the harsh English weather for centuries and protected the bay from winds and storms.

It has a 4 mile stretch of golden sandy beach and views of the Isle of Wight. The heathland behind the beach is a haven for native wildlife and features all six British reptiles (sand lizards, common lizards, slow worms, grass snakes, adders and the rare smooth snakes).

The beach was the training ground for the D Day invasion but more recently (with Bournemouth in the background) it was the setting of the opening scene from the first episode of 'Monty Python’s Flying Circus'. The video for the Coldplay single "Yellow" was also filmed on the beach.

However Studland is not left behind in modern culture as it is Toytown in Enid Blyton’s ‘Noddy’ and ‘Egdon Heath’, in Thomas Hardy’sThe Return of the Native’, which is a fictionalised version of Studland Heath.

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