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Lulworth Ranges Access Times

The Lulworth Ranges are used by the Armoured Fighting Vehicles Gunnery School, a training establishment of the British Army. The firing times limit access to the area, which reaches from east of Lulworth Cove to west of Kimmeridge Bay.

In this area you can find the village of Tyneham, Worbarrow Bay, the Fossil Forest and the South West Coast Path travels along this section of the coast. Red flags are flown and lamps are lit to indicate when access is prohibited to the live firing Range Danger Area. Before your visit, check the planned firing times in the document below, please note that these are subject to last-minute change so please phone 01929 404819 to listen to an answering machine that gives up-to-date access information.

February 2019 Lulworth Ranges Access Times

March 2019 Lulworth Ranges Access Times

There is also a sea danger area which extends up to 6 nautical miles offshore between Lulworth Cove and St Alban’s Head. Vessels are asked to keep out of the area at firing times.

 Information for Mariners 2019

The Lulworth Range walks and Tyneham Village are open to the public every weekend, except for:

  • 23 & 24 February 2019
  • 16 & 17 March 2019
  • 15 & 16 June 2019
  • 21 & 22 September 2019
  • 5 & 6 October 2019
  • 16 & 17 November 2019

As well as being open on weekends (except for those mentioned above), the ranges are also open to the public over the following times – dates are inclusive:

  • Easter 2019: 6th April to 22nd April 2019
  • May Day 2019: 6th May 2019
  • Spring 2019: 25th May to 2nd June 2019
  • Summer 2019: 24th July to 1st September 2019
  • Christmas 2019: 21st December 2019 to 5th January 2020

The Fossil Forest location has been closed to the public due to a cliff collapse which has dropped material across the path leading down to the site, making it unsafe. As part of the Dorset Coastal Connections project, work is being done to reopen the site. For more information on this project visit:

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