This walk visits a fascinating abandoned village on the Dorset coast. The village was deserted during the second world war when all the residents were told to leave so the area could be used for military training. Tyneham is part of the Lulworth Range Walks an area still owned and used by the military. It is only open at certain times - please see the link below for more details.
This circular walk takes you around the village before visiting the viewpoints at Povington Hill and Tyneham Cap. The walk starts from the free public car park in the village at a postcode of BH20 5DE for your sat navs. From here you can pick up footpaths heading north through the village to the quarry near Whiteway Hill. Turn east and the footpaths will take you up to Povington Hill where there is a picnic area and fine viewpoint to the coast. The route continues east to West Creech Hill before before following country lanes and bridleways south. The route then turns west to climb up to Tyneham Cap where there are more great views. Shortly after you turn north to return to the car park.
PostcodeBH20 5DE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Tyneham Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Tyneham Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Tyneham OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Tyneham 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.
The village and the cliff top paths are a fine place for a bracing dog walk. You can also stroll down to the beach where your dog can enjoy a dip. The Weld Arms mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
For an alternative route try the Lulworth Range which starts from the same car park and visits Flower's Barrow, Worbarrow Tout and Gold Down.
The south eastern tip of this route passes close to the village of Kimmeridge where you can pick up the Kimmeridge Bay Walk. There is a marine wildlife reserve here with lots of intersting creatures to look out for in the rock pools.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dorset Walks page.