Worbarrow Bay

Worbarrow Bay

Worbarrow Bay can be found just a short walk (around 1 mile or 20 minutes) from the deserted Tyneham village. The bay, as well as the surrounding areas, are all part of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO protected heritage site.

Warbarrow Baty, along with Tyneham village, are both owned by the Ministry of Defence after they were taken over during the second world war. So in order to get to the bay, you will need to walk through ministry owned land, which can restrict access at the time.

The cliffs are Warbarrow expose a sequence of Cretaceous rocks, these include chalk at the northwest end of the bay at Cow Corner and are between 85 to 145 million years old. There are also hard stone outcrops in the east. The sediment that forms the peninsula is Portland limestones, which are around 150 million years old, the Purbeck Beds, which are 147 million years old.

Where is Worbarrow Bay Located?

The bay is located about six kilometres south of Wareham and about 16 kilometres west of Swanage. The bay is situated a short walk from Tyneham village, the old ghost town. At the eastern side of the Bay, it is known as Worbarrow Tout, the northwest end of the bay is known as Cow Corner. Flower’s Barrow on the western end of the bay runs all the way to Ballard Point, which is north of Swanage.

When is Worbarrow Bay Open for Visitors?

Due to Worbarrow Bay being owned by the Ministry of Defence, it is currently only open on weekend and on public holidays (unless firing is taking place).

The following information details the opening and closing times of the Bay and village.

The Lulworth range walks and Tyneham Village are open to the public most weekends when no firing is taking place:

  • Tyneham school and Tyneham church exhibitions – 10 am to 4 pm
  • gates to the range walks – 9 am on Saturday to 8 am on Monday 
  • Elmes Grove gate (allows vehicle access to Tyneham Village) – daily 9 am to dusk

In addition to weekends, they are open every day for:

  • Christmas – 21 December 2019 to 5 January 2020
  • Easter – 4 to 19 April 2020
  • May Day – 8 May 2020 (Friday)
  • 25 to 31 May 2020
  • Summer – 21 July to 31 August 2020
  • Christmas – 19 December 2020 to 3 January 2021

These are the weekends when the Ranges, Range Walks, and Tyneham Village will be closed to the public:

  • 22 to 23 February 2020
  • 14 to 15 March 2020
  • 13 to 14 June 2020
  • 19 to 20 September 2020
  • 3 to 4 October 2020
  • 14 to 15 November 2020

Worbarrow Bay Travel & Parking Information

Worbarrow Bay can only be accessed through Tyneham Village, the village has restricted opening times due to it being owned by the Ministry of Defence. 

The nearest parking is located at Tyneham village which is around 1 mile walk away from the bay.