GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Lulworth Range Walks

4 miles (6 km)

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.

Postcode

BH20 5DE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Lulworth Range Walks OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Lulworth Range Walks Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

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.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dorset Walks page.

Photos

Eastern end of the Lulworth range walk - geograph.org.uk - 221705

Eastern end of the Lulworth range walk. The cabin on the left houses an MoD sentry when the Lulworth tank ranges are closed to the public. It marks the eastern end of the range walk along the ridgeway. The small stone marker in the foreground on the right is a modern milestone. In the distance a red warning flag flies at the car park and picnic area, with Grange Hill beyond.

View along the Ridge, Tyneham Cap - geograph.org.uk - 695854

View along the Ridge, Tyneham Cap. This drystone wall follows the top of the Purbeck limestone ridge, with one of the Lulworth Range Walks following it on the southern (right) side. In the far distance is the Purbeck Hills chalk ridge, and the ruins of Corfe Castle are just about visible through the haze.

Worbarrow Tout - geograph.org.uk - 1632429

Worbarrow Tout

Sheep at Flower's Barrow, Isle of Purbeck - geograph.org.uk - 222032

Sheep at Flower's Barrow, Isle of Purbeck. These sheep graze the site of Flower's Barrow hillfort on Rings Hill above Worbarrow Bay. Without their grazing this rather exposed location would revert to scrubland. This side of the hillfort is slowly collapsing into the bay below.

Pondfield Cove and Worbarrow Tout - geograph.org.uk - 645563

Pondfield Cove and Worbarrow Tout Looking down into Pondfield Cove from the cliff path at Worbarrow. The isthmus beyond is called Worbarrow Tout - "tout" meaning lookout place. The northwards dip of the rock strata is obvious in the west and east cliffs of the cove. The cove itself has formed as the sea has nibbled along a north-south fault. Eventually the sea will break through the gap to Worbarrow Beach on the far side, leaving Worbarrow Tout as an island - a larger version of the Mupe Rocks on the far side of the bay (just about visible in the distance). The Isle of Portland is just visible in the hazy far distance. The concrete blocks at the head of the cove are anti-tank defences, relics from the Second World War.

Ruined cottage, Tyneham - geograph.org.uk - 319298

Ruined cottage in Tyneham's eery abandoned village. This cottage is in the terrace to the south of St Mary's Church. The occupants of the house were evacuated from the village in 1943, along with the rest of the villagers, when the area was included in an extension of the ranges attached to Lulworth Camp. After the war the range was kept open and the villagers could not return. The building has been 'made safe' so that the public can go inside when the village is open.

Gad Cliff and Brandy Bay - geograph.org.uk - 628770

Gad Cliff and Brandy Bay

View across Tyneham Gwyle towards the ruins of Baltington - geograph.org.uk - 1632888

View across Tyneham Gwyle towards the ruins of Baltington

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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