Kimmeridge Bay

Kimmeridge Bay

Entry to Kimmeridge Bay is free if arriving on foot. When arriving by car you have to pay a £5 road toll just before you arrive at the beach. Theres a large car park overlooking the sea which is including in the road toll fee. Up-to-date information about road toll charges and opening times can be found at https://www.kimmeridgebay.org

SAT NAV postcode BH20 5PE (Google map)

Kimmeridge Bay

Kimmeridge Bay is situated on the Jurassic Coast about 7 miles west of Swanage and about 4.5 miles south of Wareham. It is recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The semi-circular bay is backed by low cliffs of Kimmeridge clay and the shore comprises of stony shingle upon a wave-cut rock platform with rock pools. It’s these pools and ledges that attract the kids (and their parents) searching for all kinds of interesting marine-life. In the summer there is also an underwater snorkel trail. Information about the snorkel trail can be found at the Wild Seas Centre https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/wild-seas-centre located near the slipway on the left of the beach. It’s free to enter and has interesting interactive displays, exhibitions and a small aquarium. It’s possible to hire masks and snorkels here for a small charge.

On the top of the headland overlooking the bay sits Clavell Tower. It was built as a folly but now used for holiday accommodation. There’s a steep walk up to the tower but worth the effort for the great views.

Toilets are located next to the Wild Seas Centre.

Related Pages: Swanage Beach / Lulworth Cove / Man O War Bay / Durdle Door / Corfe Castle / Wareham / Worth Matravers / Kingston