Tyneham Beach is a very small stretch of beach that makes up part of Worbarrow Bay. Tyneham along with Warbarrow Bay are both owned by the Ministry of Defence since they were taken over during World War Two in 1943. The area surrounding the beach is regularly used for shelling and firing testing by the Ministry of Defence so the entry times are limited to weekends and holiday periods.
Tyneham Beach and Worbarrow Bay are part of the UNESCO Heritage Sites and are part of the Jurassic Coast, classed as England’s only natural Heritage Site. Tyneham Beach is a mixture of primarily sand, with a little bit of small rock sediment included the further back from the sea you go. Tyneham Beach sits about a 1-mile walk from Tyneham village that will generally take you 20 minutes to walk, there are set paths that must be followed due to the lands being owned by the MoD.
Due to Worbarrown Bay and Tyneham Beach being a little harder to get to, it is often much quieter than some of the other more popular beaches around Swanage and Dorset, perfect for a family outing or a picnic on the beach. As it is a little more discrete, there is also a lack of facilities or places to get drinks and snacks, so be sure to bring your own. If you are adventurous and decide to take the South West Coast Path, a walk around the coast, it will take you along this part of the coastline as it runs from Studland Bay in the east all the way to Minehead which is in Somerset.
Accessing Tyneham Beach
Due to being under the control of the Ministry of Defence, Tyneham Beach along with Tynehma Village and Worbarrow Bay is closed to the public most of the year-round. There is parking available at Tyneham Village and it will then be just a short walk to the beach.
You are only able to access the beach on the weekends, it is open every weekend apart from the following in 2020, please check the Dorset websites for more updated lists.
- 22 and 23 February 2020 – CLOSED
- 14 and 15 March 2020 – CLOSED
- 13 and 14 June 2020 – CLOSED
- 19 and 20 September 2020 – CLOSED
- 3 and 4 October 2020 – CLOSED
- 14 and 15 November 2020 – CLOSED
The Village is also open on some additional holiday periods, these include:
- Christmas: 21 December 2019 – 5 January 2020
- Easter: 4 April 2020 – 19 April 2020
- May Day: 8 May 2020
- Spring: 25 May 2020 – 31 May 2020
- Summer: 21 July 2020 – 31 August 2020
- Christmas: 19 December 2020 – 3 January 2021