An intriguing way to explore the Purbeck countryside and Jurassic coastline is via the Lulworth Range walks.

The ranges encompass part of the South West Coast Path, and offer some breathtaking views, interesting geology and little-known areas of the Jurassic Coast.

Worbarrow Bay viewed from the path above Lulworth Range walks sign with Purbeck hills in distance Ruined cottages in Tyneham village View of land and sea from Purbeck Hills near Grange Arch and Tyneham

With both inland and coastal routes, the Lulworth Range walks open up a wealth of pathways to explore, and include the famous ‘ghost village’ of Tyneham, abandoned in WWII.

Situated on land owned by the Ministry of Defence (partially acquired in 1917, and further later on, ahead of D-Day), the ranges are still used by the Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFV) Gunnery School. As such, the range walks are only open to the public at certain times.

For your safety, the MoD requests that walkers adhere to the restrictions and stick to paths as indicated.

Lulworth Ranges sign on gate warning people to keep to the path at Tyneham

Typical opening times

Both the ranges walks and Tyneham village are generally open at weekends and during school holidays.

Live firing range timings can change, so it’s always best to check in advance of visiting: www.gov.uk/government/publications/lulworth-firing-notice

Lulworth ranges warning sign near Tyneham

You can also call the following number for an automated message on the current firing status: 01929 404714.

When the Ranges are closed to the public and training is in progress, depending on where you are in Purbeck, sounds of the live firing range echo across the valley.

You’ll know firing is taking place (and therefore when walks are closed) as red flags are flown at various points in and around the area and warning signs are in place.