Tynham and Worbarrow Bay

The village taken from its inhabitants during the war for training troops. Open at weekends and the start of wonderful walks on the Purbeck coast.

 

Site Name Tynham and Worbarrow Bay
Protection
  • Other Conservation Organisation
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
5
County Dorset
More Information https://www.visit-dorset.com/things-to-do/tyneham-village-p136333
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1002501…
Site Projects
Tynham and Worbarrow Bay

Tynham and Worbarrow Bay: the community of sacrifice -

The village of Tynham is well known locally as the village that was taken from its inhabitants during the second World War for training troops. Given very little time to pack up and leave they were led to believe they would return when the war was over but over sixty years later the village lies in virtual ruins with just the school and church in tact and preserved as monuments to those people who gave up their homes for the sake of their country. Tynham is well worth a visit for the emotional experience of seeing the classroom in the school, almost as the children left it, and to see the museum and memorial in the church.

From the walking point of view park in Tynham village car park (just £2.00 for the day and the contribution goes to upkeep of the facilities) and walk the cliffs to Tynham Cap and Brandy Bay and back to Worbarrow Bay. Some steep climbing in places but it is well worth the effort for the wonderful views. This is best done in summer, but remember that this is MoD land now and access is restricted during the week apart from the holiday season. There are plenty of signs to let you know whether the village is open to the public or closed for military use.

This is probably my favourite part of the Purbeck coast, it is a shame it is not more accessible.  

Tynham and Worbarrow Bay

50.614340500317, -2.1474611659577
Other Conservation Organisation, Site of Scientific Interest
5
These are the habitat types that MAY be present on the site based on the species recorded there (top 10 only shown):
Phase 1 Habitat Types Description No of Species
H6

Sand Dunes

16
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

14
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

13
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

11
A2

Scrub

11
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

11
E2

Flush and Spring

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
These are the number of species for NVC codes on the site - it DOES NOT mean that the NVC community is actually present on the site: it might be! (Top 10 only shown):
NVC Community Description No of Species
W08

Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland

28
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

26
W09

Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland

25
MG05

Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland

24
W10

Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland

23
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

22
CG02

Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland

19
CG06

Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland

19
CG07

Festuca ovina - Pilosella officinarum - Thymus polytrichum [Sheeps Fescue/Mouse-ear hawkweed/Wild Thyme] grassland

17
W07

Alnus - Fraxinus - Lysimachia nemorum [Alder/Ash/Yellow Pimpernel] woodland

16
Site Notables
The number of species recorded per species group: