Tyneham Village, Dorset

Not far from Lulworth Cove, Tyneham in Dorset is one of England’s lost villages, evacuated in 1943 when it was requisitioned for military training. Sadly, the villagers were not allowed to return and a visit there makes for a fascinating trip into the past. Several of the original buildings are still standing, each with a storyboard that tells you more about it, who lived there, how they earned their living and what life was like in the village. The church and the school survive intact and house interesting exhibitions; some of the outbuildings at Tyneham Farm have been restored and there is a picnic area. It’s certainly very thought provoking and gives you something to reflect upon as you walk the mile to a very peaceful bay on the Jurassic Coast. What’s important is that you stick to the waymarked footpaths as the area is managed by the MoD – which is why access to the Tyneham Village is only allowed on certain days each year.

All information correct at the time of writing

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