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“Time stood still”

Tyneham Village and Flower's Barrow Walk
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Tyneham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A moderate 3.8 mile stroll along the South West Coast Path around the much-photographed chalk stacks rising spectacularly from the clear water off The Foreland at Studland. The same sea that carved the soft rock into caves and arches also polished the vertical cliffs to a dazzling white. There are far-ranging views over Swanage in one direction and Wareham and Bournemouth in the other. There are some long but gentle climbs and descents.
Hamble, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Time stood still”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

It was amazing to see some place where time really stood still. Riding through the ranges, you get a sense of what it would have been like when the DDay preparations were happening. Once you reach the town, see the buildings and houses and read about the people, you get a sense of what it must have been like for all of them to just leave their homes and never come back and not by their choice.
Be sure to check the range schedule before heading there as you cannot access the village when the range is open.
Definitely worth a visit. Quite profound seeing the enduring effects of a war long ago.
Be sure to put donation in the boxes in the car park.

Visited September 2013
Thank BreezeAU
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Southampton, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed 22 August 2013

We visited Tyneham Village and Worbarrow Bay on a beautiful sunny day. A drive over the ranges with fabulous views to both sides takes you to the village. The School House was being renovated and starting to look great. Lots of information available and such an interesting place. A must is to take the 1 mile walk to Worbarrow Bay and back and climb the hill if you can manage the steps. The abandoned tanks across the area do nothing to distract from its beauty and, in fact add to it's intrigue.

Visited August 2013
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Thought provoking and a place with a very unique feel.”
Reviewed 14 August 2013 via mobile

A typical rural Dorset village made interesting by the fact it has been abandoned since 1943 when the populace were cleared by the military for D Day preparations.
Following the war a promise to return the village was broken and it now sits in the middle of army firing ranges and only accessible at certain times of the year.
Only a few shells of cottages, the church and restored school house remain along with a 1930s phone box. The buildings all have display boards detailing the family who lived there in 1943 and other historical information about the village. It is a fascinating snapshot of the social history of rural working class life which contrasts sharply with that of the Bond family. Landowners of Tyneham and residents of the Manor House, their story is told in the Church. They too lost their home in 1943 but received its value from the army. The other villagers, as tenants, were only given the value of the vegetables in their garden plots.
A lovely tranquil spot today with the bizarre sight of old tanks on the hillside used as targets I would recommend a visit here. It is a truly different experience.

Visited August 2013
Thank SethandAlfiesdad
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Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed 27 May 2013 via mobile

This is a very intrersting and thought provoking place to visit. Lots of photos and information. There is a car park donation of £2 and a visitor centre and toilets. It's a beautiful area, stunning walks and lovely bay. You wi need to take drinks and picnic as there are no cafes

Visited May 2013
1 Thank barbie 1
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Wokingham, Berkshire
Level 6 Contributor
285 reviews
128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Nothing has changed”
Reviewed 25 April 2013

Tyneham village is as it was when the ministry moved everyone out back in WW11. The buildings are falling down and one day there will be nothing there. I am so glad that I took the effort to go visit this lovely peaceful village and get just a glimse of how others lived back before my time. One can only just imagine the hardship they must have suffered living in such a remote village but home is home and I am sure the villagers who were forced out of their family homes would rather have stayed and got on with it!

Visited September 2012
Thank Patrick M
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