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The Lulworth Ranges and Tyneham village

Find opening times for walking on the Lulworth Ranges and the village of Tyneham, as well as information for mariners.

The Lulworth Ranges are part of the AFV (Armoured Fighting Vehicles) Gunnery School, an important training establishment of the British Army. 

They include the coast from west of Kimmeridge Bay to east of Lulworth Cove, as well as the village of Tyneham, Worbarrow Bay and a number of other walking routes. For operational and safety reasons, access to the Ranges is restricted to specific times.

Opening times 2018

The Lulworth Range walks and Tyneham Village are open to the public every weekend, except for the following:

  • 13 and 14 October 2018
  • 10 and 11 November 2018
  • 8 and 9 December 2018

In addition to weekends, they are open every day during the following times; all dates are inclusive:

  • Spring Break - From 9am on Saturday 26 May 2018 until 8am on Monday 4 June 2018
  • Summer - 27 July to 2 September 2018
  • Christmas - 22 December 2018 to 6 January 2019

The exhibitions in Tyneham school and Tyneham church are open from 10am until 4pm.

When no firing is taking place, the gates to the Range Walks are opened as near to 9am on the Saturday morning as possible and remain open until 8am on the Monday morning.

The Elmes Grove gate that allows vehicle access to Tyneham is opened at 9am daily when no firing is taking place and is closed at dusk each evening.

Walking routes

You can purchase a map of Tyneham village and 2 suggested walking routes around the Ranges from Discover Purbeck Information Centre. The Range walks are also shown on Ordnance Survey maps: Landranger 19 (Dorchester & Weymouth) and OL15 (Purbeck & South Dorset).

The South West Coast Path travels through the Lulworth Ranges - view a circular route on the South West Coast Path website (opens in a new window).

Firing times

Red flags are flown and lamps are lit during live firing times at the Lulworth Ranges. There is no access to the live firing range danger area at these times.

Firing times can change at the last minute. You can phone 01929 404819 to hear the latest firing times.

Information for boats and mariners 

The sea danger area extends to 6 nautical miles offshore between Lulworth Cove and St Aldhelm's (St Alban's) Head. Vessels must keep out of the area at firing times.

The  Lulworth Information for Mariners Guide 2017 (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window) tells you the firing times for the Lulworth Ranges as well as danger signals, range boats and a map of the Lulworth Ranges Sea Danger Area. 

Coach and minibus access

Coaches and minibuses with over a 12 seat capacity are prohibited from some roads in Purbeck. You must apply for a free coach and minibus permit at least 5 working days before you travel.

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