Kimmeridge Bay - things to do in Dorset

Kimmeridge Bay

If rock pooling and snorkelling is your thing then head over to Kimmeridge Bay. The sheltered bay and clear waters are teeming with marine life.

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44.2 miles from Highlands End
46.2 miles from Golden Cap
42 miles from Graston Copse
16.5 miles from Sandyholme

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  • Kimmeridge Bay - things to do in Dorset
  • Kimmeridge Bay - things to do in Dorset
  • Kimmeridge Bay - things to do in Dorset
  • Kimmeridge Bay - things to do in Dorset
  • Kimmeridge Bay - things to do in Dorset

The picturesque rocky bay at Kimmeridge provides a great playground for exploring the marine world. There are hundreds of rock pools which are home to a vast array of sea creatures and vegetation. This makes it an ideal location for making new discoveries. The bay is naturally sheltered and usually has crystal clear waters making it safe for taking a dip and having a snorkel about.

There is also a boat launch area so bring along any water craft such as dingy boats and kayaks to use here. Just outside the bay the area can also benefit from some swell so surfing and body boarding can occasionally be enjoyed here too.

If you want to stretch your legs take a stroll up the hill to the East to explore the coast path leading to Clavell Tower. From here you get a great view back down into the bay. There are toilets just by the car park and usually an ice cream van to buy a treat. Back up in the village there is a cafe open for satisfying bigger appetites. The beach is dog friendly throughout the year.

Spectacular fossils

There are fascinating fossils to be viewed at low tide in the bay. These include ammonites as well as large marine reptiles such as ichthyosaurs. However if you make any finds do not try to forcibly extract them as fossil collecting with the use of hammers is prohibited at Kimmeridge.

One of the best collections of fossils in this area can be viewed at the Etches Collection museum which is in the village of Kimmeridge. It is the result of one man’s passion for fossil collecting. Steve Etches’ mission was not just to find and collect specimens, but also to bring to life the amazing stories of the creatures that existed in the Kimmeridgian age.

Car parking

To access Kimmeridge Bay, toll road and car parking charges apply:

  • Cars – £5
  • Motor Bikes – £1
  • Mini Buses/Motorhomes – £10
  • Cars with boat on roof – £10
  • Vehicle and trailer – £15
  • Coaches over 15 seats – £20

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  • Fantastic holiday once again

    We have been coming here now every year for about 10 years. Its our favourite place and the Park has everything we need.

    Andy M - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • A little bit of heaven!

    Golden Cap is a little bit of heaven. The views are awesome, right next to the sea. It's all relaxed and low key just how we like it.

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    Quiet site in a beautiful setting with exceptionally clean toilets and showers

    Anthony M - Pitch Up
    Graston Copse

  • Very peaceful Park

    The wildlife is stunning, we were visited by the ducks on a regular basis which was lovely. Our visit was very enjoyable and we will definitely be back in the future!

    Sarah W - Pitch Up
    Sandyholme

  • 5 out of 5 isn't enough!

    This is simply our favorite touring park along the south coast. The location couldn't be better with views to die for and an abundance of fresh sea air. The park is spic and span and extremely well kept with very friendly staff.

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    Highlands End

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    This is by far the best Holiday Park I have been to. The views are breath taking with easy access to the beach and nice coastal walks to West Bay. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning location, then this is the place to come.

    Alison D - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • Would definitely recommend

    Close to beach, a nice local pub, dog friendly and a very relaxed atmosphere.

    Dan M - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

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    An excellent Park as a base to visit the Dorset coast, Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, to name a few.

    Arthur D - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Fantastic Park

    10 out of 10 is not enough for this Holiday Park. We have been here 3 times and we love it more and more every time. The park has all you need, with some pitches overlooking the sea and a great restaurant.

    Shirley Thompson - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • A hidden gem

    The location is amazing, right on the beach and all the facilities are good. It's a hidden gem this one, one of the best parks in the country

    Mark Tee - Tripadvisor
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  • Lovely tranquil campsite

    The location was great as we could easily walk to the village or local beaches through the beautiful countryside. I would recommend this campsite to families for a peaceful and safe stay.

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