The Tyneham Loop of this walk leads through the Lulworth Army Firing Range, part of the Armoured Fighting Vehicles Gunnery School. It is open a) most weekends and b) school holidays (i.e. its closed most weekdays and a few weekends). Check before travelling!
If closed, you can always do the Durdle Door Loop, and a short part of the Tyneham Loop above Lulworth Cove, to and from the Range boundary.
10 out of 10
Landranger 194 (Dorchester & Weymouth) and 195 (Bournemouth & Purbeck);
This is a dramatic but very challenging walk with five long and steep ascents and a further two not quite so long and steep, along a stunning stretch of the world-famous Jurassic Coast, including the iconic shell-shaped Lulworth Cove, the natural arch of Durdle Door (in a vertical limestone band jutting out into the sea), Purbeck's dramatic coastal scenery of steep cliffs and remote bays and the abandoned and ruined coastal village of Tyneham, evacuated at very short notice in December 1943 at the behest of the War Office to prepare troops for D-Day.
Warning: the Tyneham Loop goes through the Lulworth Live Firing Ranges. Access is only permitted along the marked Range Walks and only at certain times (most weekends and assorted holiday periods). See below for exact dates.
Tyneham and Durdle Door Loops
The walk route is a figure-of-eight with the start at Lulworth Cove, the junction of the two loops. You can therefore walk just one of those loops, or walk them in a different order than the directions suggest, or even over two days (there are plenty of accommodation options in West Lulworth):
Wool Station link
A link route between Wool station and the walk route at Arish Mell beach (in the middle of the Tyneham loop) has been described in both directions, so you can reduce your reliance on a bus or a taxi at start and finish and can also combine this route with parts of the full walk.
Wool Station is on the Waterloo to Weymouth Main Line, with one train per hour (journey time 149 mins Mondays-Saturdays, 154 mins on Sundays).
You then - after a long train journey - have to connect with a bus or walk (8 km each way ) to the coast on an already long walk.
Bus services are much improved in 2019. The following buses connect Wool Station to Lulworth Cove (ca. £2.00 each way): Purbeck Breezer 30 (late May-late Sep: daily, but weekdays only most of June); X54 (Oct-Mar: Mon-Fri, Apr-Sep: daily); 55 (summer weekends only, but daily during Dorset summer holidays). For more details see below.
Saturday Walkers’ Club: Take a train no later than 8.05 hours.
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See the pdf for details.
Lulworth Cove, nearby Durdle Door (a cliff arch) and the dramatic white cliffs' coastal scenery are stunningly beautiful, and very popular and busy on sunny summer weekends.
Wool Station is 7 kilometres north of Lulworth Cove on the Waterloo to Weymouth Main Line. Trains are hourly. Journey time 149 mins Mondays-Saturdays, 154 mins on Sundays.
Wool Station to Lulworth Cove: bus or taxi
Updated : July 2019. Check online, recently these bus services have changed every year! Check Traveline South West.
Wool has two pubs close to the station to await your train, and a local store that keeps long hours.
About 3 hours drive from London.
West Lulworth has a YHA youth hostel, a HF hotel, a campsite (mostly caravans, but they take tents), and B&Bs and Hotels.
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This is an army live firing range around Tyneham, just to the east of Lulworth Cove. It is only open at certain times. Access is allowed along marked Range Walks. They are shown on OS maps.
Lulworth Range Walks
The Range Walks are open
Latest updates : MOD : Lulworth Access Times
The Lulworth Range walks and Tyneham Villages are open to the public every weekend with the exception of the following: 1. 23rd/24th February 2019 2. 16th/17th March 2019 3. 15th/16th June 2019 4. 21st/22nd September 2019 5. 05th/06th October 2019 6. 16th/17th November 2019 In addition to the weekends they are open every day during the following times; all dates are inclusive: Christmas 22nd December 2018 – 06th January 2019 Easter 06th – 22nd April 2019 May Day 06th May 2019 Spring Break 25th May – 02nd June 2019 Summer 24th July – 01st September 2019 Christmas 21st December 2019 – 05th January 2020
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Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.
This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk