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Worbarrow Bay, Isle of Purbeck

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Worbarrow Bay is a large broad and shallow bay just to the east of Lulworth Cove on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England.LocationWorbarrow Bay is located about six kilometres south of Wareham and about 16 kilometres west of Swanage. At the eastern end of the Bay is a promontory known as Worbarrow Tout. The northwest end of the bay is known as Cow Corner. Towering over Worbarrow Bay to the north is Flower's Barrow ridge, which due to coastal erosion is gradually falling into the sea. Flower’s Barrow forms the western end of the ridge which runs all the way to Ballard Point, north of Swanage.Worbarrow Bay is only accessible when the Lulworth Ranges are open to the public. It can be reached by a 1.4km walk down an easy track alongside Tyneham Gwyle, from the car park alongside the ghost village of Tyneham. The residents of Worbarrow were also forced to leave their homes in 1943, including the Miller family who had lived at Worbarrow for many generations. Little evidence now remains of the eight cottages and coastguard station (disbanded in 1910) that once stood close to the bay.GeologyThe geology of Worbarrow Bay and Mupe Bay are very similar and they almost mirror each other. The plane of the "mirror" bisects the point where the two bays meet, the Arish Mell gap.
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  • Great spot, short walk from Tyneham, nice quite bay, great views. Can get busy when weather is good so go early.  more »
  • We visited Tyneham Village and afterwards decided to have a small picnic and walk down to the bay. It is an amazing place and even after visiting it several times, you always forget just how beautiful...  more »
  • Drove to Tyneham village today with my son and dog in tow for a nice walk down to Worbarrow Bay. I avoid places like this in the heart of summer but a chilly, grey day in November is perfect. It's a g...  more »