Exposed and owned by the National Trust, knoll beach is a great local option for chop and small waves in Easterly winds.
Not a learner spot because of the crowds and deep water, it is a mellow and spacious intermediate location.
NE | E | SE | S
E/SE facing, this beach works in all easterly winds.
RIDE-ABLE: ALL TIDES
Dropping deep straight off the beach the tide doesn’t make too much difference here.
The strongest spring high tides leaves only 30 meters of beach space.
Riders should note this is the case in all of the beach accept south of the main beach cafe. Beyond the cafe the high tide can push up against the rocks and cliffs.
At the northern end ‘The training bank’ submarine defence dries out at spring low tides and creates a flat water inner lagoon.
At the northern end the currents can be strong, flooding East into the Harbour and West out of it.
Being an open beach fringed with sand dunes Knoll beach has limited hazards, but riders should note and consider these points:
The headland to the south is a danger point to be avoided
The ‘Training bank’ is made of rocks and will be submerged at mid and high tides
The currents pushing into the harbour should be avoided
LOCAL RESTRICTIONS / ETIQUETTE
All independent kiters require a day kite permit from the National Trust office in Knoll Beach car park office
Kiting is permitted to the northern end of knoll beach
Kiting is not permitted on Shell bay due to the proximity to the shipping channel
The beach can be popular with horses and dog walkers, they may become frightened by kites and kiters should give them lots of room
Be aware: Knoll Beach is a designated nudest beach, it is normal to see a little bit of bottom
LOCAL LOGISTICS AND AMENITIES
Postcode: BH19 3AH
Pay and display car parking is located beachside
Public toilets are located in the car park
A cafe is located in the carpark and south of the car park