Lulworth Range Walks
This circular walk in Dorset visits the deserted village of Tyneham before heading along the coast at Brandy Bay and Worbarrow Bay. It is part of the Lulworth Range Walks in the Purbeck Hills near Kimmeridge Bay. The range walks are open most weekends but check the website below for more details.
The walk starts from the car park in Tyneham Village with its interesting ruined buildings. You then head to the South West Coast Path where there are lovely views along the coast to Brandy Bay, Horbarrow Bay and Kimmeridge Bay. The route continues west along the coast to Worbarrow Tout and the beautiful Worbarrow Bay. A climb to the Iron Age Hill Fort at Flower Barrow is quite challenging but you are rewarded with more magnificent coastal views. The route continues to Whiteway Hill before descending back into Tyneham.
The area is owned by the military and while this restricts access it does encourage a wide variety of interesting flora and fauna. Look out for rare flowers, fungi and insects as you make your way through this lovely area.
The walk can easily be extended by heading east to the nearby Povington Hill (191 m) and the range's highest point, Ridgeway Hill (199 m). Here you will find the pretty Stonehill Downs Nature Reserve where there is a variety of birdlife to look out for.
PostcodeBH20 5DE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Lulworth Range Walks Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Lulworth Range Walks Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Lulworth Range Walks OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Lulworth Range Walks Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Just to the north west of the site you'll find the village of East Lulworth. Here you can enjoy some post walk refreshments at The Weld Arms. The 17th century inn has a very good menu and a lovely large garden area for warmer days. You can find them at postcode BH20 5QQ for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
For an alternative route see the Tyneham Walk which starts from the same car park. This route explores the area east of the village, climbing to the viewpoints at Povington Hill and Tyneham Cap.
Head a few miles to the west and you could visit the historic Lulworth Castle. The castle dates back to the 17th Century and includes some beautiful grounds and gardens. Near here there's the Winfrith Newburgh Heath and Tadnoll Nature Reserves. The reserves include miles of peaceful heathland trails with lots of wildlife and a splendid viewpoint.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dorset Walks page.