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.
The Lulworth Range Walks are open to the public most weekends when no firing is taking place. Due to Covid-19, short notice changes may be made to opening dates. You can check when the Range Walks are planned to be open on the Gov.uk website.
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 404714 to hear the latest firing times.
The South West Coast Path travels through the Lulworth Ranges.
The range walks are shown on Ordnance Survey maps: Landranger 19 (Dorchester & Weymouth) and OL15 (Purbeck & South Dorset). You can download two suggested walking routes from the MOD website.
You can also purchase a map of Tyneham village and 2 suggested walking routes around the Lulworth Ranges from Discover Purbeck Information Centre.
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.
For more information about firing times, danger signals, radio channels, bylaws and a map of the marine firing zone, you can download the Lulworth Ranges Information for Mariners 2019 leaflet.
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.