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Charnel beach, Dorset. Copyright image.
Copyright © J Champion

Charnel is a small southeast facing rocky beach situated just to the west of Kimmeridge Bay and sheltered by the Broad Bench headland.

Like neighbouring Kimmeridge Bay, the area has some interesting geology with dark Upper Jurassic cliffs and rock platforms.

Please Note: Charnel is only accessible when the Lulworth Army Firing Ranges are open to the public.

A large red warning sign should be read and understood it states:'M.O.D. Firing Range. Access past this sign is forbidden at all times. If you ignore this notice your life is in danger'. There is a CCTV camera located up on the Broad Bench headland which monitors the area. You have been warned!

Please also be aware that the beach around Broad Bench and to the west, marked on maps as 'Hobarrow Bay' is always closed to the general public.


 Interesting geology

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, Swanage, Wareham and Poole.

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, Swanage, Bere Regis and Dorchester.

Nearby Attractions




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