Swanage Bay is a beach of mostly sand interspersed with groynes, extending about 1½ miles from Swanage harbour to Ballard Down on the northern side. The bay is fairly shallow and the sea warms quickly on a hot day. It's generally safe for swimming but there can be weever fish. P&D parking can be found a short walk away and beach access is down steps, ramps or a slipway. Lifeguards patrol from Whitsun weekend until the second weekend in September. The town centre is at the southern end of the bay, and has a good selection of cafes, take-aways and beach shops. Other facilities include a Tourist Information Centre, toilets, cold water showers and deck-chair hire. Dogs are not allowed from 1st May until 30th September.
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