Dorset, Walks

Tyneham to Worbarrow Bay walk

Walk distance: 2 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Pub stop: No pub stop on this walk! Tyneham has been deserted since 1943, so unfortunately there aren’t any pubs about.

Starting point: Tyneham Village

Download the route map here.

img_0901This walk goes from Tyneham Village, just up the coast from Lulworth Cove, and is one steeped in history.

Tyneham is a ghost village- it was evacuated during WWII and has been deserted ever since. The village, and surrounding area is now managed by the Ministry of Defence, although this does mean that access is limited, so check the opening times here: https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/lulworth-range-walks.  There are exhibitions in the Church and School which are well worth a look around, and will tell you more about the village and it’s history. They are open 10am – 4pm.

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Tyneham before the evacuation

After you have had a look around the village, take the one mile route to Worbarrow Bay- part of the Jurassic Coast with stunning scenery. As this area is only open at certain times, there is a beautiful but rare air of the landscape being untouched- you won’t even find a bin for dog poo, so make sure you take it home with you!

From the car park, head towards the old farm and follow the tarmac road across a stream until it becomes a stone track, keep along this track, with the woods on the right of you. Ignore any other paths and keep going towards the sea.

After a mile you will reach a viewing point, to the right of this is a route down to the pebbly beach of Worbarrow Bay. This beach has no dog restrictions and they are free to run off the lead.

To get back to the car park, go back down the same route.

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