Lulworth Cove and Hambury Tout

SWC Walk 54 - Lulworth Cove Circular (via Tyneham and Durdle Door)

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Worbarrow Bay to Mupe Bay, from Ascent up Gad Cliff

SWC Walk 54 - Lulworth Cove Circular (via Tyneham and Durdle Door)

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Easterly Backview from Bindon Hill

SWC Walk 54 - Lulworth Cove Circular (via Tyneham and Durdle Door)

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Westerly View from halfway up Hambury Tout

SWC Walk 54 - Lulworth Cove Circular (via Tyneham and Durdle Door)

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The coast path at Durdle Door

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Range gates, Lulworth Cove

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Arish Mell and Bindon Hill

SWC Walk 54 - Lulworth Cove Circular (via Tyneham and Durdle Door)

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Lulworth Cove via Tyneham and Durdle Door Circular walk

Dramatic coastal scenery, Lulworth cove, hidden beaches, Durdle Door cliff arch, and a ghost town.

Danger Area

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.

Length
Full Walk 22.2 km (13.8 miles) 974 metres of ascent
Tyneham Village Loop 16.8 km (10.5 mi) 747 metres of ascent
Durdle Door Loop 5.4 km (3.3 mi) 227 metres of ascent
To/From Wool Station Option 8.4 km (5.2 mi) negligible
Toughness

10 out of 10

OS Map

Landranger 194 (Dorchester & Weymouth) and 195 (Bournemouth & Purbeck);
Explorer OL15 (Purbeck & South Dorset)

Features

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.
The route consists of two independent loops which can be walked by themselves. Furthermore, the Tyneham Loop is a figure-of-eight shape itself, with a Link Route from Wool Station to Arish Mell joining near the middle of the loop (this link route has been described in both directions). This makes the walk independent of the infrequent and seasonal bus service and/or taxis, while enabling variations of the walk, cutting out some of the steep ascents.

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.

Walk Options

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):

  • Tyneham Loop : Lulworth Cove along the rollercoaster coast path to Flower's Barrow Hill, then the Tyneham village loop. Toughness: 9/10
  • Durdle Door Loop : Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door viewpoint, then down to the beach or back through a scenic coombe. Toughness: 3/10

Tyneham Loop

  • The path along the beach at Lulworth Cove can be impassable in very high tides. In that case you would either have to walk the Durdle Door Loop first, or reverse-walk (map-led) the route up to the Access Land of Bindon Hill and to the easterly end of Lulworth Cove to pick up the route there.
  • The ascent of the 134m Gad Cliff south of Tyneham village can be avoided by following the Hardy Way along the valley, from Warbarrow Bay to Tyneham village.
  • There is a (recommended) short out-and-back extension to a viewpoint on Gad Cliff before descending to Tyneham
  • There is an optional (but recommended) loop through Tyneham village itself, past most of the ruined cottages and to the church.

  • Car Drivers can park at Povington Hill or even in Tyneham village and walk just a short loop via Rings Hill/Flower’s Barrow hillfort, Worbarrow Bay, Gad Cliff and Tyneham village.

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.

  • Rest of Tyneham Loop from Arish Mell: 8.6 km/5.3 mi with 380m ascent/descent;
  • Arish Mell – Lulworth Cove: 3.6 km/2.2 mi with 139/131m ascent/descent.
  • Lulworth Cove to Arish Mell: 4.6 km/2.9 mi with 228/236m ascent/descent;
Travel

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.

Lunch and Tea
  • Lulworth Cove Inn, Main Road, West Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5RQ (01929 400 333, Open every day 11.00-22.30. Food served every day 12.00-21.00. Hall & Woodhouse). Right by the bus stop. Very good considering its location.
  • Lulworth Cove, West Lulworth, Durdle Door : Plenty of options.
  • Tyneham: nothing
  • Arish Mell to Wool station link route : One pub and a tea room.
  • Wool : 3 pubs, two of which are close enough to the station to be useful.

See the pdf for details.

Links
  • Tyneham Village was evacuated at short notice by the army during WWII to prepare troops for D-Day, but the villagers were never allowed back. The village church, rows of cottages, the school (now a museum, free) and some ruined house remain. The sign on the church reads: Please treat the church and houses with care; we have given up our homes where many of us lived for generations to help win the war to keep men free. We shall return one day and thank you for treating the village kindly.
  • The Jurassic Coast is a marketing name for this gorgeous stretch of very old coastline - white limestone, with lots of cliff features - coves and arches. It is the real star of this walk. The entire area is geology heaven.
  • Lulworth Cove - looks dramatic from afar, not quite so special close up.
  • Durdle Door - a cliff arch, dramatic from near and afar.
Lulworth Cove

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.

Travel

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.

  • 30: Swanage - Corfe Castle - Wareham station - Wool station - Lulworth Cove - Osmington - Weymouth King's Statue. 25 May - 02 June & 24 June - 21 September: Daily. 03 - 23 June: Weekends Only. Hourly. First bus from Wool station to Lulworth Cove: 10.13 Mon-Fri, 10.16 Sat-Sun. Last bus from Lulworth Cove to Wool station 18.14.
  • X54: Weymouth King's Statue - Osmington - Durdle Door - Lulworth Cove - Wool Station - Wareham Station - Poole. Daily April to September, weekdays only in winter. From Wool station to Lulworth Cove at 10.39, 13.19 etc. From Lulworth Cove to Wool station at 10.43, 13.13, 17.23. Last bus from Lulworth Cove is the 19.45 in the opposite direction to Weymouth.
  • 55: Weymouth King's Statue - Osmington - Durdle Door - Lulworth Cove - Wool Station - Bovington Camp. Weekends 19 April to 15 September plus daily during Dorset School Holidays (24 July - 30 August). From Wool station to Lulworth Cove at 12.15, 13.15, 15.15 etc. Mon-Sat & Bank Hols and 12.42, 13.42, 15.42, 17.05 Sun. From Lulworth Cove to Wool station at 11.40, ..., 15.40, 16.40 Mon-Sat & Bank Hols and 11.40, 13.04, 14.07, 16.07 Sun.
  • Fares are about £2 from Wool station. Note that returns bought on the Damory Purbeck Breezer 30 are not valid on the First Wessex X54 and 55, and vice versa!
  • Taxis: Lulworth – 01929 400864, 07949 522 533, 01929 444 546, 01929 400 409; Wool – 01929 463 395, 01929 558 119, 01929 500 604, 07751 769 833. [Aug-19] Expect fares of about £15 (and £22 for an 8-seater).

Wool has two pubs close to the station to await your train, and a local store that keeps long hours.

By Car

About 3 hours drive from London.

  • On the ridge above Tyneham is Povington Hill Car Park (free, no postcode), not far from East Lulworth. You can park in Tyneham itself (£2 suggested).
  • There are large, expensive car parks at Lulworth Cove (BH20 5RQ), and by Durdle Dor campsite, or you can park for free about 1 km inland in West Lulworth village (BH20 5SG).

Stay

West Lulworth has a YHA youth hostel, a HF hotel, a campsite (mostly caravans, but they take tents), and B&Bs and Hotels.

Lulworth Ranges Danger Area
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

  • most weekends (they are closed about 6 weekends a year)
  • every day during Dorset school holidays.

Latest updates : MOD : Lulworth Access Times

2019

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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