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Arish Mell

Arish Mell beach, Dorset. Copyright image.
Copyright © J Champion

Arish Mell is a small cove on the Dorset coast roughly halfway between Mupe Bay at West Lulworth and Worbarrow Tout.

Please note: Arish Mell is not open to the public, as the beach lies within the Lulworth Ranges, an Army tank firing range, and has not been cleared of explosives.

South-facing the shingle beach is backed by chalk cliffs but there is no access. However, for the inquisitive, the South West Coast Path runs past the back of the bay.

There are some fine walks west towards Lulworth Cove passing Mupe Bay or east towards Worbarrow Tout and the deserted village of Tyneham inland.


 No swimming

 Interesting geology

 Total dog ban

OS Explorer Map OL15: Purbeck & South Dorset

OS Explorer Map OL15: Purbeck & South Dorset

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Lulworth, Bere Regis, Wareham and Swanage.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Wareham, Dorchester, Bere Regis and Swanage.

Nearby Attractions




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