Dorset Landscape Photography Locations, Kimmeridge Bay
Updated: Jul 25, 2020
Continuing my theme for the photography blog posts on Dorset's premier photography locations this week we will be looking at Kimmeridge Bay and it's surrounding areas.
Kimmeridge bay is a photographers dream and one that you should all visit at least once in your lifetime.
It has so many features to shoot and so many interesting little areas you could shoot there for years and still not cover it all, I should know I've been photographing it since 2010 and still find new areas of interest.
First of all a word of warning, Kimmeridge is a beautiful and interesting place but it is also a very dangerous area due to the high number of cliff falls.
There are warning signs up in the car park to this effect but people constantly ignore them and stand directly at the bottom of the cliffs.
The fossil rich cliffs are a magnet to people as new bits fall off and they rush to sift through them even with young children after watching tonnes of rock collapse in front of them.
PLEASE if you only take one thing in from this blog then make it to stay away from the base of the cliffs.
Rocks still fall and bounce out to the waters edge but you have a lot better chance of avoiding injury than if it fell on you.
Ok so the nasty stuff is over with, on to the fun stuff ! The photography !
To get to Kimmeridge bay you will drive through some beautiful areas of Dorset that are well worth shooting so take good notice of them for alternatives if the coast isn't playing ball.
Post code for the car park is BH20 5PF and your Sat Nav will take you right there.
To get to Kimmeridge Bay you need to go through an area owned by the Smedmore Estate which is actually a toll road. Charges to go down this small strip of land is £5 but that will also buy you parking for the full day so it's not too bad, However depending on what time you arrive you might well get away without paying the toll.
From experience if you arrive between 10 am and 4 pm you will be charged, outside of that it's free as is the parking.
Kimmeridge doesn't allow Drones or overnight parking/camping so please respect their rules and don't upset the people who actually live at the bay or fellow beach users.
The other rule to note is that it is actually next to a military firing range which has a tank training centre and they do live fire exercises quite often.
During these times there will be a red flag displayed on the West side cliff which means the range walks are closed and under no circumstances should you attempt to go past it.
Kimmeridge bay has cameras at Broad Bench on the range and if you are seen you will be removed by the army not to mention being potentially hit by a tank shell, so don't think "i'll risk it" cause its just not worth it.
The range walks are usually open every weekend and throughout school holidays but they have gates at either end which are locked so don't be tempted to over stay.
If you wish to check the range walks are open you can look at this website HERE
When you pull into Kimmeridge Bay the road splits to the right (after the toll house gate) which is the main car park or going straight ahead will lead you to the boat slipway car park on the East side, this is where we will start.
As you walk to the edge of Kimmeridge bay past the Purbeck Marine Centre (fairly small wooden huts) you will come to the first real feature of Kimmeridge called Clavell's Pier, This has been photographed extensively and even if you have never been here you will probably know it.