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Kimmeridge Bay

Kimmeridge Bay, DorsetFollowing the A35 out of Bournemouth and hitching a left down the A351 to Wareham – through the Saxon town and then on further south to Kimmeridge – through the pretty village with it’s chocolate box cottages with roses snaking their front doors and to Kimmeridge Bay itself. Dorset is renowned for its pretty coves and bays with Durdle Door and Lulworth cove best known.

On a sunny day as you edge down the narrow lanes towards the bay you head up a rise to be greeted by the view of the bay with the sun glistening off the water and the rolling hills below a view which will take your breath away.

Kimmeridge is really something different not somewhere with cafe’s and amusements or shops. Access to the bay is via a toll road and with parking free thereafter and only a small marine conservation center for comfort (no cafe but the odd Ice cream van is there from time to time – so if your there for the day take a picnic) the central attraction is the bay itself.

Picturing the bay like a large rock pool wouldn’t be far wrong – its’ an excellent place to see the Dorset marine life up close (hence the presence of the marine center). The water is shallow 2-3 feet deep for a fair stretch of the rocky beach meaning that even the kids can wade out in search of crabs or the small fish that dart between the rocks. Be warned though the beach is fairly rocky so isn’t exactly for the bucket and spaders among you, but is suitable for kicking back and enjoying the sea and sun.

Kimmeridge Bay

There’s a water activity center in the bay which provides snorkeling and diving expeditions and boating. For the walkers there are excellent trails leading from the bay (the hike back to Kimmeridge village is well worth it) or to nearby Chapmans pool. Climbing the cliffs provides excellent vantage of the bay itself (and on rare occasions dolphins can be spotted out to see)

Kimmeridge Bay

The marine center provides a great glimpse of Dorset’s sea-life with tanks, displays and when we visited a birds eye (or should that read fish eye, view of the bay with a underwater camera feeding live images back from the bottom of the bay.

All in all this is a great spot for nature lovers, breathtaking views and great activities – what are you waiting for!

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