Fossils, beach, countryside and fresh air
You'll need a car...
Great for people of all ages
The walk starts at the car park next to the Clavell Cafe,which is a lovely place for a coffee,lunch or cream tea.From the car park turn left and this will take you through this pretty village with its thatched cottages.As you carry on towards the sea the road takes you through green fields with sheep grazing on the hillside.After you pass the...more
The pebble beach in Kimmeridge is a very rocky beach, and you need to climb and clamber a lot in order to get to the spots where the fossils are supposed to be found. It is very important to take some proper shoes - I really don't think I could have done it in flip-flops.Although there is no sand at all here, I found it to be a very nice beach. The...more
I was excited to try fossil hunting for the first time in my life! Our guide told us what to do, but when I started, I soon developed an own technique which seemed to be more obvious to me. Some stones were made up of different layers, and I just cracked those up - and often found a small treasure inside! Altogether I found eight fossils! Wow, I...more
Something I really enjoyed was the lovely green landscape in Kimmeridge. Deep green fields which looked like the epitomization of England! They formed a nice contrast to the blue sea on the horizon. It looked really picturesque, and driving through here was great - I tried to take pictures of it out of the bus, and fortunately they turned out quite...more
From Bournemouth, I did a guided tour to visit Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door and Corfe Castle. The itinerary was: Ferry from Poole Harbour to the Isle of Purbeck - Studland Beach - Swanage - cliff top walk at Durlston Country Park - Corfe Castle - Kimmeridge (fossil hunting) - Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Man O'War. It was a beautiful day and I...more
To be fair, I mostly covered all I can say in my introduction to Kimmeridge.Here is a great place to come but, it is not Lyme Regis which has a bit of a free for all attitude.It deserves respect and it for a more tranquil, quiet encounter with the old periods!If you have children it will get their imaginations running roit and has some some...more
Of perhaps little interest but up on the cliffs there is a BP donkey drill which has been steadily pumping up oil since the 1950s and there is also a small folly.As far as I know there is nothing remotely special, unusual or interesting about the folly other than it had to be taken to pieces and then put back together 35m further inland due to the...more
The last tip showed a view into the abandoned manor house that still contained a lot of fallen rubble. This picture on the other hand shows the inside of a house that has been cleared and is safe for viewing, and indeed exploring.Children seem to love the houses, as they can chase eachother through passageways and through empty window frames.In...more
This picture shows the entrance to the Old Manor House in Tyneham Village. I show this picture for two reasons:(1) - It shows how grand it must have been when the house was in it's prime. A lot of care and attention have been put into the door frame(2) - You can see that the inside is still a mess, and that the entrance has been blocked off to stop...more
The Best Overall View of Tyneham Village, is as you have parked in the carpark, and you stroll back down the slope towards the village.From here (and in this photo, although you may well need to enlarge it!) you can see the duckpond, the church at the back of the picture, some ruined houses on the left, the telephone box on the right of the ruined...more
The Old Manor House at Tyneham Village is by far the biggest building that anybody lived in (the only othe rbuilding of comparable size is the church). Some of this building has been cleared (of the fallen roof and floorbaords etc), and it is possible to go inside. Other bits have not been cleared and are dangerous to go inside. These bits are well...more
As you saw in the previous tip, the school house is a small building that is just one big (or not so big!) classroom. The building is now a museum, and it is possible to visit inside.Unfortunately, when I visitied, the building had closed for the day, but it was still possible to see through the window, so I found a clean bit and pressed my camera...more
Other than the Church, the only other building in the whole of Tyneham Village that has a roof on it is the school house. It has been turned into a museum and the inside looks like what it would have done when it was still being used. There is only one classroom inside, so children of all ages would have been taught together. You can see from this...more
Tyneham Village is a small village (that has been abandoned since 1940) and is about 5 miles west of Corfe Castle. The village originally dates back beyond medieval times. It had been a small and thriving community. However during World War II, the village was taken over by the military in 1940 to be used as a training ground and as a staging...more
Inside the Pre-1935 Telephone Kiosk that you saw in the previous tip, there are lots of old adverts from the time. There is also an old telephone handset.I believe the kiosk itself is sealed and so it is not possible to get inside, but it is possible to look through the glass (which is what you see here in the photo).It's not surprising that the...more
Have visited this cafe several times and always found this family run business to be first rate.
A varied menu with much of the meat coming from the family run farm,and the fresh fish from Kimmeridge Bay.Service has always been good,although when they are really busy at the height of summer you may have a longer wait.This is a nice place for a break when out for a walk or going to or from Kimmeridge Bay.Large car park available at cafe.
The only nightlife you are likely to find in Tyneham Village is bugs, creep-crawlies and nocturnal animals (and perhaps the odd soldier on patrol!)
However I have heard that some parties are held here and they have been rather raucous, as this picture shows, the last place that hosted a party was rather trashed...
Dress Code: After Dark, you could go naked if you really wished (and you had mosquito repellent on), there would be nobody around to see you [although there may be soldiers with night vision scopes ;-))) ]
Kimmeridge Bay and Tyneham Village can only be visited on foot, so once you get to either of them, you will have to walk. Kimmeridge Bay also requires you to go down some steep steps (and back up again later of course).Be prepared that if you plan to walk between Tyneham Village and Kimmeridge Bay, that it is going to take you some time. Take warm...more
It is possible to walk from Tyneham Village to Kimmeridge Bay, and vice versa. However you are really going to need to get a car (or other motor vehicle to get to either of them first). Once you are at one of them, it is really much easier to drive as it would take a long time to walk between them (and then you would have to walk back too).At...more
The only sensible way to get to Kimmeridge is by car (or other motor vehicle). It is rather out the way, and involves quite a few very steep slopes.When you get near the bay, you have to stop and purchase a ticket that gets you into the Smedmore Estate (which is the private estate that own the land around the bay).The cost of entrance is by the...more
Tyneham Village is an abandoned village, and has been abandoned for over 60 years. Needless to say that the buildings there have deteriorated quite considerably if they have not been maintained.Some have had all the insides cleared, and are just walls, with no roof on and just as stone floor. These are safe to go inside (apparently!). Some have not...more
There are lots of signs up in and around Tyneham Village and Kimmeridge Bay warning you not to stray into the firing ranges and not to touch anything that looks like a tank shell (for pretty obvious reasons!).I found this sign fairly amusing - not for what it says, but because it has been shot! If you enlarge it and look carefully, you should be...more
Please be careful where you step, even on solid ground, there are a lot of animals around, and they tend to leave proof of their passing lying around if you catch my drift!For the record, this 'deposit' was located just by the carpark at Tyneham Village (the abandoned village), and I believe it came from some sheep...But it is never fun having to...more
It is not uncommon in Britain to see benches placed in parks with little plaques on. These normally commemorate a dead person and have some sober words about them written onto the plaque.This bench in Tyneham village however had a plaque that had a sense of humour. You'll probably need to enlarge the photo to see it, but in case you can't be...more
Most of the buildings in Tyneham Village are badly decayed. However in some parts, even the trees look like they are under attack from decay.This picture was taken near the manor house, where there was a small wood of trees that all seemed to be covered in this lichen type thing. I'm not sure if it is parasitic, or whether it is just growing in...more
Needless to say, Wild Deer are very shy animals (especially when they live around a shooting range!). It is therefore not very easy to get that close to them, and I took this picture at quite some distance. The other thing stopping me getting to close is that there were in the middle of the firing range, so it was better not to try to get too...more
There are plenty of walks in the area that will take you along the clifftops and give you great views down to the sea.
There are also walks that take you past the army shooting ranges, so be careful not to touch anything that could be live ammunition!
Walks go to Corfe Castle, Chapman's Pool, and I believe there is one to Tyneham Village too!
Equipment: You are very exposed on some of these walks, so take food, drink, and very sensible clothing. The weather can change very quickly, and you could easily get sever exposure problems. Keep away from cliff edges too!
Sensible Walking boots are also a good idea.
Don't forget your camera too!
When the Tide goes out, Kimmeridge Bay shows some rather unusual geological features! As you can see in this photo, long ridges of rock protrude out into the sea. It is quite easy to walk along these and look down into little rock pools along the sides of them - mind your step though, it can be rather slippery! Whilst I didn't manage to spot any fish, there must be some, and there are anemones and seaweed to be seen, as well as the odd fossil!
There's also good views to be had back to land when you are out of these rock limbs.
When you are down in the bay, the cliffs give pretty good shelter, so it is nowhere near as windy as it is on top of the cliffs. In the winter it iwell worth having sensible clothing though!
Fondest memory: The Fossils!