Kimmeridge Bay ( ) is a bay on the Isle of Purbeck, a peninsula on the English Channel coast in Dorset, England, close to and southeast of the village of Kimmeridge, on the Smedmore Estate. The area is renowned for its fossils, with The Etches Collection in the village of Kimmeridge displaying fossils found by Steve Etches in the area over a 30-year period. It is a popular place to access the coast for tourists. To the east are the Kimmeridge Ledges, where fossils can be found in the flat clay beds.
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Kimmeridge Bay is situated about 6 miles east of lulworth cove and offers many beautiful walks. There are either cliff top walks with beautiful views or beach strolls. Due to the position of the the cove the water attracts many local surfers and I would say its the best surf spot in Dorset. Well worth a visit. Be careful of the rocks whilst surfing as it is a reef break with many hidden rocks close to shore
Beautiful, peaceful. £5 for the toll road acceptable as you can park for free for as long as you like. There is a toilet block on your way down to the Marine centre. They have tanks of marine animals, information boards and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. We skimmed stones and went fossil and creature hunting on the shore. You need to be surefooted as it is rocky, stony and slippery in places.
Easily to get to, part of the world heritage 'Jurassic Coast'. Plenty of (toll) car parking, but the drive there is sometimes single-lane country road. Basic toilet facilities. Often an ice cream stall. But don't go for the amenities. Go for the views on this spectacular and sheltered bay. The cliffs are a geologist's dream. Incredible clear view of the different rock layers, all packed with fossils. Almost impossible to take a step without seeing a fossil of some kind, but beware those same cliffs are prone to falls and can be very dangerous. There are hundreds of little rock pools to explore. The sea water is very shallow for a long way out, making this a wonderful place for little ones to explore, or even have a go at snorkeling. Take a picnic, plenty of sun cream, and enjoy a fabulous day out for all the family.
Kimmeridge is a wonderfully wild bay. There's not really a beach as such but instead vast slabs of rock that when the tide goes out make lots of lovely rock pools. It's mostly shallow and snorkelers and divers and kayakers love it. It's easy to spot fish, crabs and other wildlife. It neighbours a military site and thus when the red flag is flying you are advised not to cross the imaginary line into the danger zone. The beach is make of many huge boulders so care should be taken whilst walking over them. All in all Kimmeridge is a wonderful place to visit.
Small Cafe for coffee and ice cream. Not great for swimming but paddling and fossil hunting is very easy and great fun for all the family. Just watch what time is high beach as the beach can get quite narrow.
lovely spot...sad you have to pay !! to use the bay. there is a toilet block that was open when I visited. with outside water tap. you can get down to the shoreline and it's rock...so fossils may be about.. no hammers allowed !
What a beautiful Peaceful place to sit and relax, disabled access is not available to the beach, but I'm unable to walk and use a scooter and managed to get a nice spot on the cliff overlooking the beach it's not high & I could easily see my wife and daughter enjoy their afternoon. £5.00 to use the private road and car park (holds about 1000 cars) they charge more for vans & Buses etc. They also allow you to launch your jet skis too though I believe there's a small charge and different access, I saw lots of people on big and medium paddle boards & canoes just straight from the beach. It's a wide and shallow bay and very safe for those that hate the water too deep.
Great for the whole family, rocky beach with plenty of slate to break open and find fossils and a lovely walk up to the tower on the hill.
We started here for a long walk. Beautiful place to start and end. Great walk and views
I visited the Bay on a winters day. It seemed foreboding and fascinating at the same time, totally unique. Small bivalve fossils can be easily found amongst the Kimmeridge Clay. A much larger bay than I expected and amazing geology!
Great place to take the kids for a day out at the seaside. It is a rocky beach, not sandy. Great place to see fossils or go for a walk. Only £5 to park all day. There is a large car park with public toilets. The path down to the beach could be a bit of a struggle for less mobile person's and definitely not achievable in a wheelchair.
Fantastic geological experience, despite being rank amateurs we found some fantastic fossils recently collapsed off the shale cliff. A very dangerous place though - hard hat recommendations and warnings of high tides were noticeable in their absence at the (otherwise helpful) toll booth and on the beach signs. The tide raced in an hour after we arrived with our small child. In hindsight after reading warnings on geology websites the owners were reckless in not warning visitors.