Kimmeridge Bay is one of the best destinations for spotting marine wildlife in the UK. The beach here is the best place to access the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve. With an absence of sand the water visibility at Kimmeridge is excellent making it understandably popular with snorkelers and divers.
This isn’t really a beach for sunbathing but it is a nice and quiet place to relax and unwind. Rock pooling is a popular pursuit, the pools are teeming with life – crabs, fish, anemones, seaweed. Geologists also come to the area to fossil hunt. England’s only oil wells are found close to Kimmeridge too. Kimmeridge is well known in the surfing community as Dorset's premier reef break, Broad Bench. The surf generates waves of up to 15 feet high in the ‘K-Bay’ area.
From the beach there are views across the bay to Clavell Tower, a picturesque Victorian Folly built on a hill.
This is a great starting point for the South-West Coast Path and there are quite a few good walks in the area.
There are no facilities at this beach but an ice-cream van occasionally rolls in during the summer. It is also worth noting the beach is under private ownership and access is via a toll road to which charges apply. Please read the beach safety notices at Kimmeridge Beach concerning local sea conditions.
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- Fossil hunting
- Wind surfing