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Important notes about start dates on our ‘Dorset Coast & Purbeck Ridgeway’ hiking tour…

The third day (Day 3) of the D6 tour (Lulworth Cove to Kimmeridge) follows designated and marked footpaths (locally known as ‘range walks’) across a military training zone (artillery live firing range) which is completely closed to the public on Mondays to Fridays (except at peak holiday periods) but open on most weekends (except for 6 weekends per year).

In 2023 the tour can thus start any Thursday or Friday except: 16 & 17 February, 9 & 10 March, 15 & 16 June, 21 & 22 September, 5 & 6 October, 16 & 17 November.

On account of the Bovingdon Tank Fest (a weekend-long military display, which brings 1000’s of visitors to Purbeck) Thursday 22 and Friday 23 June 2023 are also not possible starting dates. See

The military zone is also open during the main school holiday periods, so in 2023 during the inclusive periods Thursday 30 March to Friday 14  April (Easter), Thursday 25 May to Friday 2  June, (spring bank holiday) and Tuesday 25  July to Friday 1 September (school summer holiday) the tour can start any day.

It is possible that the summer open period may be extended for 1 more week at the beginning of September. Please ask us about this.

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Please note that there is no hazard or risk attached to following the range walks on open days provided you keep strictly to the clearly marked paths. Day 3 of this tour takes you through some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in England, so don’t be put off by the restriction!

For a hiking tour on the Dorset coast path NOT restricted as to starting days please see our Jurassic Coast tour (factsheet code FSJ).

Accommodation in Purbeck tends to be heavily booked in advance for late May, late July and August, so please book early!