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The Lulworth Ranges and Tyneham Village

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

The Lulworth range walks and Tyneham Village are open to the public most weekends when no firing is taking place:

  • Tyneham school and Tyneham church exhibitions - 10am to 4pm
  • gates to the range walks - 9am on Saturday to 8am on Monday 
  • Elmes Grove gate (allows vehicle access to Tyneham Village) - daily 9am to dusk

In addition to weekends, they are open every day for:

  • Christmas - 21 December 2019 to 5 January 2020
  • Easter - 4 to 19 April 2020
  • May Day - 8 May 2020 (Friday)
  • 25 to 31 May 2020
  • Summer - 21 July to 31 August 2020
  • Christmas - 19 December 2020 to 3 January 2021

Weekend closures

These are the weekends when the Ranges, Range Walks and Tyneham Village will be closed to the public:

  • 22 to 23 February 2020
  • 14 to 15 March 2020
  • 13 to 14 June 2020
  • 19 to 20 September 2020
  • 3 to 4 October 2020
  • 14 to 15 November 2020

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.

Walking routes

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.

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