The sweeping beauty of Worbarrow Bay is outmatched by the awesome sweep of time caught in its geology.
From the hard Portland limestone on its most seaward edges to the dazzling chalk at its back, the rocks here encompass 80 million years of time and speak of long vanished swamps, forgotten rivers and ancient seas… beauty indeed for the mind’s-eye.
How to Get There
Worbarrow Bay is certainly ‘off the beaten track’! The Bay and neighbouring Tyneham are part of the MOD Lulworth Firing Ranges, so access is restricted to most weekends and school holidays. Please check the latest firing information before heading out.
The nearest town to Worbarrow Bay by road is Wareham in Purbeck. From here, head south by following signs to Kimmeridge.
At a sharp bend in the road, head through the gate and down the hill towards Tyneham and the Bay. Worbarrow Bay can also be accessed via the Lulworth area by following signs for Tyneham.
Car Parking and Facilities
There is a car park at Tyneham, the abandoned village that abuts Worbarrow Bay. There is an ‘honesty box’ here with a charge of £2 for all-day parking.
From the car park, it is a one-mile/20 minute walk to the beach at Worbarrow Bay via a narrow lane.
Please note there are no facilities or toilets of any kind at Worbarrow Bay. The beach can only be accessed via footpath, and there is a compacted gravel lane leading to a sea viewpoint.
Beach Information and Dogs
Worbarrow Bay is a shingle beach. Sturdy footwear is needed for the walk to and whilst on the beach.
Dogs are allowed at Worbarrow Bay and Tyneham all year round.