The Lulworth Ranges are military firing ranges located on the South West Coast Path between east of Lulworth Cove and just west of Kimmeridge.
The ranges are open to walkers and visitors most weekends and extended periods throughout the year, normally mirroring school holidays. During these times, no firing takes place and gates and signs clearly indicate access is permitted.
Lulworth Ranges 2022 Dates
Following dates for 2022 that the range will be open to walkers.
January – 1st-2nd, 8th-9th, 15th-16th, 22nd-23rd & 29th-30th
February – 5th-6th, 12th-13th & 26th-27th (closed weekend of 19th-20th)
March – 5th-6th, 19th-20th & 26th-27th (closed weekend of 12th-13th)
April – 2nd-3rd, 9th-24th & 30th
May – 1st, 7th-8th, 14th-15th, 21st-22nd & 28th-31st
June – 1st-5th, 11th-12th & 18th-19th (closed weekend of 25th-26th)
July – 2nd-3rd, 9th-10th, 16th-17th, 23rd-24th & 28th-31st
August – 1st-31st
September – 3rd-4th, 10th-1th & 17th-18th (closed weekend of 24th-25th)
October – 1st-2nd, 15th-16th, 22nd-23rd & 29th-30th (closed weekend of 8th-9th)
November – 12th-13th, 19th-20th & 26th-27th (closed weekend of 5th-6th)
December – 3rd-4th, 10th-11th & 17th-31st
ALTERNATIVES TO WALKING THROUGH THE LULWORTH RANGES
We understand that sometimes it’s not possible to time your walk within the above opening days of the ranges, please see below our suggested possible alternatives for you to consider.
Catch the bus to Corfe Castle
There’s a regular bus from Lulworth Cove to Corfe Castle. From here, you can make your way back down to the coast at Kimmeridge before walking on to either Worth Matravers or Swanage. Bus information can be found at TravelineSW and a guide to this route can be found at the South West Coast Path Association.
Take a taxi to Kimmeridge
Taking a taxi from Lulworth to Kimmeridge, you will miss out on 7 miles of coast path, but it does give you the chance to explore. Wander back to Durdle Door, or head inland to visit Lulworth Castle before walking from Kimmeridge to Worth Matravers.
Longer Walking Day (13 mile de-tour)
If you preferer to walk, the only all walking option requires a 13 mile detour inland around the edge of the ranges before joining the coast path back at Kimmeridge.
- Single room supplement £75 per person per night (subject to availability)
- Solo traveller supplement £75 per person per night
- Odd group supplement £75 per group per night may apply if a single room is required.
- Extra night prior to start (single room) £145 per person
- Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £90 per person
- Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £145 per person
- Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £90 per person
Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.
- Routes from the north: M5, A37, A3066, A30, A358, A35 & B3165
- Routes from the east: A30, A354, A338, A303, A31 & A35
- Routes from the west: A30, A35 &A3052
By public transport: The main train services from Waterloo to Exeter stop at Axminster. From here there are then bus links to Lyme Regis.
By air: The nearest airports are Bristol, Exeter & Bournemouth International.
By public transport: There are frequent train services running direct to London which take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.
By air: The nearest airport is Bournemouth International airport which is served by a number of different airline.
You can purchase evening meals either at the accommodation or nearby. When our event planners send you the schedule with itinerary you could prearrange directly with the accommodation or during the walk.
For lunches we would suggest bringing some of your own favourite snack bars and then asking the accommodation for a packed lunch for the following day and also supplementing that at stops en-route.
Accommodation is generally at B&B, guest houses and small hotels. Once booked in, your event planner will send you a list of your booked accommodation. It is possible to adjust according to preference at this stage so please mention it if you wish to change.
If you would like to bring your four legged friend, then we will do our best to source dog friendly accommodation. It is usually possible but if it were not, then we would suggest a change of date to enable it or offer a refund. There may be a small surcharge for the overnight stays. Therefore, once booked in, please alert your event planner that you would like to bring your dog and we can proceed from there.
If you would prefer to have a guide for your walk, even just for one day, then we are happy to help. We can provide a qualified leader (also first aid qualified) to lead your trek or on just one of the sections. Just ask us.
A guide can not only take the stress out of navigation, but you will also find them a great asset in terms of providing an insight into all things environment and nature.
After placing your booking with us, you will in the first instance receive an automated email from our system confirming receipt of your reservation. If you don’t receive it, it is worth checking your spam/clutter folder.
In the process of placing your booking, you will generally set up an access password to our online gateway where you can review the details of the booking.
Your personal event planner will then be in touch with you to start to confirm the details. This contact will usually be taken up in the working day after receipt of your booking, but may, in busy times, take a little longer. The event planner will then liaise with you regarding the details of the course. If you have any specific requirements, please do mention it at this stage.
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end at some point and when you arrive at Poole, you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay then we can transfer your luggage to a location of your choice. From there you may have onward travel arranged as per the ‘Getting There and Back’ tab above.
Some people like to treat themselves to a night’s stay in Poole at the end. And why not? You’ve earned it. You can arrange this as an optional add on with your event planner.
For available dates please see the ‘build your trip’ option on the left hand side on desktops or at the bottom on mobiles. You can reserve your space via this route.