This month we’re sharing some adventure inspiration. Elliott, one of our guides, shares one of his favourite coastal walks in Dorset- Kimmeridge to Tyneham.
The thing I love about this walk is you get a bit of everything! There are a couple of cool beaches, lush views along huge stretches of the Dorset coast and loads of history. Also it’s long enough to pack a tasty lunch and a flask of hot chocolate, but not so long you’ll need to bring a tent! I start the walk in Kimmeridge, but you can easily start in Tyneham and reverse it.
Firstly, parking up at Kimmeridge I make my way uphill (as with most coastal walks in Dorset, it’s best to get this out the way early!) From here I can enjoy amazing views along the Dorset coast, following the ridge all the way along to Worbarrow Bay. A pretty steep descent down to the bay gives you two options for a lunch spot. Enjoy the waves rolling up the beach as you munch your lunch, and fit in a swim if you’re feeling brave!
Continue Your Coastal Walk
Dorset is home to some amazing history. As you make your way along the track to Tyneham village, take a look around the abandoned village. You can find out more about the amazing history of this ghost village here. Head back up the hill to the ridge, before heading down along the South West Coast path towards Kimmeridge.
Dorset has some stunning beaches, but Kimmeridge is one of my favorites. The beach is one big wave cut platform which boasts some awesome rockpools, as well as a snorkel trail. It’s easy to spend a whole day here exploring the water and hunting for fossils in the rocks.
This really is one of my favourite coastal walks in Dorset, and I hope you get a chance to do it too. I think it’s a real highlight of the county’s coastline, it’s super interesting and there’s some lush spots to stop off for a break.
The route is about 12km (7.5 miles) and also includes some steep ascents and descents. Always take care, wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and take appropriate safety precautions. Additionally, do be aware that this walk takes place in the Lulworth Ranges, so it’s not always accessible. You can check details of the Ranges here. Parking is available in Kimmeridge and Tyneham, and both car parks have toilets.