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Worbarrow Bay

Worbarrow Bay beach, Dorset

Ministry of Defence property so the area may be out of bounds during live firing practice.

Worbarrow Bay beach is a pretty crescent of shingle and pebbles with a little sand. The beach shelves steeply meaning that swimmers will find themselves in deep water very quickly. The Bay is a popular anchorage for boats as they can anchor in deep water just a few metres from the beach.

There are no facilities and no parking. The best option is to park at Tyneham car park and walk the last ¾ mile along the South West Coast Path to Gad Cliff or Worbarrow Tout.

The beach is backed by cliffs of the characteristic red, brown and yellow sands, clays and grits of the Wealden Beds of the Lower Cretaceous Period with the crest of the cliffs made up of Chalk from the Middle of the Cretaceous Period.

The Iron Age hillfort on top of the cliffs is known as Flower's Barrow and should be visited before it tumbles into the sea.

Popular with anglers, Worbarrow Bay offers some fine fishing with Summer species including Bass, Wrasse, Mackerel, Rays, and even Plaice and Conger eel. In Winter the catch is more likely to be Cod, Whiting, Rockling and Plaice, using lugworm, ragworm squid or strips of mackerel as bait.

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.

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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.

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