Tyneham Village was commandeered by the army just before Christmas 1943 and the 252 residents evacuated to properties in the locality. They were never allowed back and the area has been used as firing ranges ever since. St. Mary’s Church remained intact and is preserved now as is the School House but the other buildings and houses are now just empty shells.
Stained glass window in the 13th century Church of St. Mary in Tyneham village.
From Tyneham it is about a mile walk down past the rocket testing tracks to the sea to Worbarrow Bay. Here the major feature is the promontory called Worbarrow Tout. A steep climb up and a very narrow ledge on the end. The ledges here mimic those of Mupe Bay that can be seen opposite.
To the east of Worbarrow Bay lies the small cove of Pondfield, a tricky walk over slippery boulders for the view below.
A view of Pondfield from Worbarrow Tout.
And a look in the opposite direction towards Flower’s Barrow.
Worbarrow Bay was calm today with a couple of yachts moored.