Tyneham & Worbarrow
… where time stopped in 1943
A Guide for Visitors
What is special about Tyneham?
Before the Second World War, Tyneham was just one of many small isolated Dorset villages. Its residents led a simple life relying mainly on farming and fishing for their livelihood, oblivious to the future events which would give their home a special place in history.
In 1943 the villagers were moved out by Winston Churchill’s War Cabinet prior to
the area being used for D-
Today the village is part of the Ministry of Defence Lulworth Ranges, accessible to the public only at specified times. Just the empty buildings remain, trapped in a time warp that has protected the area from many modern developments that, elsewhere, have changed the face of our countryside.
Entry is free to Tyneham Village, Worbarrow Bay (twenty minutes walk from Tyneham) and the range walks.
There is a car parking area close to Tyneham Village. There is no fixed charge. However a £2 donation per car is encouraged to help fund the ongoing conservation work at Tyneham. Please remember not to leave any valuables in your car.
The village was last inhabited in 1943 so there is no café or shop, nor is drinking water available.
There are picnic tables near the car park and at nearby Tyneham Farm for those bringing their own refreshments. There are no litter bins so please take your litter home with you.
Yes. There are toilet facilities (including for the disabled) at Tyneham Farm two minutes walk from the car park. There are no toilets at Worbarrow.
You can see the remains of the residents’ cottages. There are storyboards in each cottage providing information about the residents who lived in them before the evacuation in December 1943.
In Post Office row (above), you can see a 1929 ‘K1’ telephone kiosk.
Two buildings remain intact:
Five minutes walk away, just beyond the car park, is Tyneham Farm.
The Lulworth Ranges are open most weekends and all main public holidays.
Click ‘Opening Times’ for full details.
The following map, annotated with the direction signs at various junctions, and the directions below should help you find your way to Tyneham. As Tyneham is not inhabited, it is not well signposted. Nor does Tyneham have a postcode that can be entered into satnavs. (Nor are there phone masts, so mobile phone reception is poor.)
Worbarrow Bay is a beautiful unspoilt location twenty minutes walk from the car park at Tyneham Village. There is a stony beach overlooked by Worbarrow Tout which the more energetic can climb.
Swimming is allowed but children should be supervised as the beach shelves steeply as you enter the water.
Leaflets are available in the church for a small donation including:
Also available is ‘A Short History of Tyneham’ booklet and postcards. Your donations for these leaflets, booklets and postcards will go directly towards future conservation work in the village.
Yes. Remember Tyneham and Worbarrow are part of the Ministry of Defence Lulworth Ranges. As the area is a LIVE FIRING range, while walking away from the track to Worbarrow you must keep to the paths marked with yellow posts at all times.
Tyneham House and the former hamlets and farmsteads of Baltington, North Egliston, South Egliston and Povington are in the restricted zone and not accessible to the public.
No. You are free to take photographs and use video cameras in Tyneham Village and
Worbarrow. Of course, you must not enter any areas that are off-
Yes. But please keep your dog under control. There is no provision for the disposal of litter or dog waste at Tyneham. If you choose to clear up after your dog, please be prepared to take the bag home. If not, please ensure the waste is left to degrade naturally away from public footpaths.
No. Metal detectors must not be used.
Special arrangements can be made for organised school parties to visit on Friday afternoons once firing has finished. Arrangements must be confirmed in advance.
Enquiries should be made in writing to:
The Army’s Range Liaison Officer is based at nearby Lulworth Camp. A team of Wardens
employed by the Army’s prime maintenance contractor, Debut, takes care of the maintenance
From the Weymouth/Dorchester direction on the A352:
As you approach Wool, take the right hand turn just before the railway barriers on
to the B3071 signposted to ‘West Lulworth & Lulworth Castle’. At the Burngate Farm
crossroads, just before Lulworth Camp, take the left-
From the Poole/Bournemouth direction on the A351:
As you approach Wareham you will go over the main railway line. At the first roundabout,
take the second exit signposted ‘A351 Swanage‘ and continue on the Wareham bypass.
At the second roundabout, again take the second exit signposted ‘A351 Swanage’ and
continue on the Wareham bypass. The next junction you come to is staggered: take
From the Swanage direction on the A351:
Immediately after Corfe Castle, take the left turn signposted to ‘Church Knowle Steeple
Kimmeridge’. Go straight through Church Knowle and on to Steeple. As you approach
Steeple, do not take the left turn to Kimmeridge. At Steeple Leaze Farm the road
bends round to the right and slowly climbs up the hill. At the top of the hill the
road bends sharply to the right but you need to take the left-
Corfe Castle via Whiteway Hill
More information: Tyneham Village
Tyneham School is currently closed for vital repairs to the floor and roof.
Apologies for the timing but major repairs are only possible when the Ranges are not being used by the military.
5 August 2013