Tyneham & Worbarrow

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… where time stopped in 1943

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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-Day preparations. They never returned.

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.




How much does it cost to visit?

Entry is free to Tyneham Village, Worbarrow Bay (twenty minutes walk from Tyneham) and the range walks.


Where can I park?

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.


Can I buy refreshments?

The village was last inhabited in 1943 so there is no café or shop, nor is drinking water available.


Are there any picnic areas?

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.


Are there any toilets?

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.


What is there to see at Tyneham Village?

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.






When is Tyneham open to visit?

The Lulworth Ranges are open most weekends and all main public holidays.

Click ‘Opening Times’ for full details.


How do I get there?

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.)

What is there at Worbarrow?

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.

Is information available to help me find my way around?

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.

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Are any areas off-limits?

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.


Are there any restrictions on taking photos?

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-limits.


Are dogs allowed?

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.


Can metal detectors be used?

No. Metal detectors must not be used.


Can schools visit during term time?

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:

Range Control

DTE Lulworth

WAREHAM

BH20 5QF


Who looks after Tyneham and does all the work?

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 and day-to-day running of the Lulworth Ranges. A local graphic designer is responsible for project managing and producing the displays, signs and leaflets.


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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-hand turn on to the B3070 signposted to ‘East Lulworth Wareham’. Just before the entrance to Lulworth Castle, you will see a sign saying ‘All military vehicles turn right’. Take the right-hand turn. An Army Ranges sign says ‘Corfe Castle via Whiteway Hill’. A little further on, take the road on the right signposted to ‘Tyneham Village’. The road winds up Whiteway Hill and at the top there is a viewpoint on the right-hand side. About a mile further on there appears to be a turning area on the left-hand side. Immediately after this, take the sharp right-hand turning which drops down into Tyneham valley.

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 the right-hand turning signposted to ‘Creech Steeple Kimmeridge’. Stay on this road, which passes Creech Grange, straight to the top of Grange Hill where you will pass a viewpoint on your left. Shortly after the viewpoint, the road you are on bears round sharply to the left but you need to turn right (in effect, heading straight on along the top of the hill) taking the road signposted ‘Tyneham Lulworth via Army Ranges’. After a third of a mile, take the road on your left down into Tyneham valley.

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-hand turn. There is no signpost but you will see the gate to the Army Ranges with a green portacabin alongside. After a third of a mile, take the road on your left down into Tyneham valley.

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West Lulworth

Lulworth Castle

East Lulworth

Lulworth Camp

Creech

Steeple

Kimmeridge

Church Knowle

Steeple

Kimmeridge

Tyneham

Lulworth

Tyneham

Village

Corfe Castle via Whiteway Hill

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Lulworth

Wareham

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When is Tyneham open to visit?

How do I get there?

How much does it cost to visit?

Where can I park?

Can I buy refreshments?

Are there any picnic areas?

Are there any toilets?

What is there to see at Tyneham Village?

Is information available to help me find my way around?

What is there at Worbarrow?

Are any areas off-limits?

Are there any restrictions on taking photos?

Are dogs allowed?

Can metal detectors be used?

Can schools visit during term time?

Who looks after Tyneham and does all the work?


More information: Tyneham Village


More information: Worbarrow

Worbarrow Bay


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