Sandbanks Peninsula 01929 450 2213
Take a trip on the clanking chain ferry that runs from Sandbanks over to Studland and save yourself the long drive around Poole harbour. The ferry crosses a deep channel from the glitzy Sandbanks to the long sandy dune-backed beaches of Studland, narrowly missing yachts, cross-Channel ferries and power boats on its 10-minute journey.
We used to holiday in Sandbanks regularly when I was a child. We'd spend whole days on the sandy beach, then when it was less sunny we'd do a day trip: walk to the Sandbanks Ferry (bonus is that as a foot passenger you don't have to queue up like the cars do) and then when we got the other side would walk all the way along the beaches of the other side (Shell Bay, Studland) - a good 3/4 miles and catch the open-top bus all the way back (they don't have to queue for the ferry either). Other must-do trips in the area that involve catching the ferry are Swanage (by bus or car) - a really pretty town with hills to climb, quirky shops and its own beach - and Corfe Castle (again you'll need wheels). The castle is great for a wander around, as is the little village beneath. It has a fab ice cream shop too - Box of Delights. Yum.
Writing this is really making me want to go back...
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