Dorset's Delicious Bits

Dorset’s Delicious Bits | Abandoned by the Sea

tyneham view 1

… Tyneham village …

We had a craving to have a walk by the sea this weekend, so took ourselves off in the Lulworth direction. However, as we reached the gates of Lulworth Castle, we decided on the spur of the moment, to take a right turn towards Tyneham.  After the crazily wiggly road and the breathtaking view from the top of the water sweeping out to sea, we descended into this eerily beautiful village that was abandoned in 1943. Sadly, the villagers were evacuated in order to provide the army with training grounds and their homes were left behind.  It was so amazing to walk through roofless houses and see the brickwork and fireplaces all still standing. We peeked through tiny glassless windows with views out into the woods until we felt the need to set out our mid-morning picnic (bananas and hot chocolate, if you’re wondering)! 

tyneham2

… the walls of the cottages …

We wandered past the church, which is still in good repair and the Rectory, which is less so!  Once you have strolled through the village, you can then take the walk down to the sea.  The path is incredibly flat considering that it is on this coastline and has been well maintained.  Although it is quite a long walk, it is worth it to smell the saltiness and have a paddle in the frothy waves.

flowers at tyneham

… the only life in the cottages are the flowers and ivy, clinging to the walls …

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