Dorset’s lost village

Before the Second World War, Tyneham was an isolated village. Its residents led a simple life but the conflict would give their home a special place in history.

In 1943 the villagers were moved out by order of Churchill’s War Cabinet so the area could be used for D-Day preparations. They never returned.

Today, empty buildings remain trapped in a romantic kind of time warp that enchants visitors. The church and school house (which captivates children and adults alike) tells the fascinating story of Tyneham.

From the village, a 20 minute walk takes you to spectacular Worbarrow Bay, a rocky but unspoilt spot to clamber over pebbles, sit, relax and admire the sea. If you fancy a dip, the beach shelves steeply underfoot as you enter the water, so please take care and supervise children.

Tyneham is part of the Ministry of Defence Lulworth Ranges and is open to visitors most weekend and public holidays and some specified weekdays. Please check opening times before you set off at www.dorsetforyou.com/lulworth-range-walks or call 01929 404819.

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