East Lulworth

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News - 2007

Daily Echo - Friday 28 December 2007

On the march as army base reopens path

WALKERS were given a new perspective on the Purbeck countryside and coast as a Lulworth footpath was reopened after 70 years.

The ancient path from East Lulworth to Arish Mell was closed to the public in 1938 as the army expanded its firing ranges.

But 70 years on the Lulworth Estate and the army have joined forces to clear the land and reinstate the footpath, which offers dramatic views of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

James Weld, from the Lulworth Estate, said: "We are delighted this walk will be reopened to the public and welcome all walkers to come and tread the path for the first time in more than 70 years."

"The last time this route was used by the Estate was in 1929 when the fire service attempted to draw water from the Arish Mell Gap to extinguish the devastating fire at Lulworth Castle."

Access to the reinstated route will still be restricted to specific times, but the path will connect the main coastal path to East Lulworth and the walks through the Lulworth Estate.

It starts just outside the walls of Lulworth Castle and meanders for about a mile down to the coast.


Lt Col Charlie Lambert, front, joins walkers on the route after the Mod reopened the East Lulworth to Arish Mell Lulworth Range path

Daily Echo - Friday, 28 December 2007

Footpath opens after 70 years

WALKERS stepped forward to test out a coastal footpath opened for the first time in more than 70 years.

The 1.5km path, leading from East Lulworth to Arish Mell, was reinstated after the Army joined forces with the Lulworth Estate.

The estate held an opening ceremony to mark the occasion and declared over 50km of pathways across its land open to the public.

Lieutenant-Colonel Charlie Lambert joined landowner James Weld to welcome the first group of ramblers onto the route.

Mr Weld said: "We are delighted this walk will be opened to the public and welcome all walkers to come and be the first to tread the path for over 70 years.

"This, in addition to the Army Range Walks, offers a dramatic view of the Jurassic Coast through the most beautiful countryside."

The last time the route was used by the Lulworth Estate was on August 29, 1929, when firefighters tried to draw water from the Arish Mell Gap to put out a blaze at Lulworth Castle.

Mr Weld, chairman of the Jurassic Coast Trust, said he hopes walkers will treat the path with respect.

He added: "Walkers are reminded to respect this delicate environment, remain on the path and to take all their litter home with them."

The coastal route will be open until January 2 and will then be open at selected times.

Marketing manager Trudy Braithwaite said: "We're encouraging everyone to come down over the Christmas period and walk off some turkey."


James Weld and Lt-Col Charlie Lambert putting the open sign on the entrance to the new range walk


Daily Echo - Thursday 21st June 2007

Third time lucky

A SECOND World War bomb found at a Purbeck pub was so big it had to be moved by experts before they could carry out a safe explosion.

The 50kg, 18in-long device lay untouched for more than 60 years beneath drinkers' feet in the garden of The Weld Arms, East Lulworth.

It is the third unexploded device to be discovered at the pub since the war. The first fell in the landlord's bedroom in 1944 and was recovered from under a sofa, and another was discovered in the roof in 1994.

The latest, and by far the largest, was uncovered by workers digging with a JCB on Tuesday afternoon.

The area was immediately evacuated and a team from The Royal Logistics Corps from Bulford Camp called in to assess the device. They requested the 33 Regiment Royal Engineers from Cambridgeshire who arrived yesterday morning.

The location and size of the bomb meant it couldn't be exploded where it was in case it damaged the 17th century thatched pub.

Police imposed a 400 metre exclusion zone, and three homes were evacuated while the bomb disposal experts made the device safe.

It was then transported under escort to the AFV Gunnery School at Lulworth Camp, where it was detonated remotely at 3.15pm with a 1km exclusion zone.

Wilfrid Weld, owner of the Lulworth Estate where the pub is situated, said he recalled the day when the three bombs were known to have been dropped.

He said: "A returning German bomber was pursued by The Royal Air Force, when it discharged its load, with three devices landing on The Weld Arms. Two bombs have already been found and the third has now just been uncovered."

Nick Kelly, property manager of the Lulworth Estate, said : "Every precaution was taken including sandbagging the area to mitigate any damage to the pub in the event of an explosion."

He added: "That's three out of three now - a full house, so hopefully it will be the last one."

Inspector Ash Adams, who was at the scene, said: "The rural location was quite fortunate and meant we could deal with it with minimum disruption to the public."

Daily echo - Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Bomb found in pub beer garden

AN 110lb Second World War bomb was found in the beer garden of a thatched Dorset country pub, police said.

The partially buried German bomb surprised workers building a terrace in the garden at The Weld Arms on the Lulworth estate in Dorset yesterday.

The army bomb squad was called out from Tidworth, in Salisbury, and a 400 metre cordon was put in place around the thatched pub in East Lulworth, Dorset Police said.

The Royal Engineers, from Cambridge, were also called out and were making the bomb safe before moving it the MoD's firing ranges in Lulworth for a controlled explosion.

The bomb, which is nine inches in diameter and two and a half feet long, has 110lbs of high explosives, a badly deteriorated fuse and is believed to be armed.

No-one was in the pub at the time which police said was in a ''secluded spot'' with several unoccupied buildings nearby.

BOMB: found in pub (picture; Lulworth Castle)

BBC News - Wednesday, 20 June 2007

An unexploded World War II bomb discovered in the back garden of a village pub has been removed


The device - thought to contain 50kg of high explosives - was found outside the Weld Arms pub in East Lulworth, Dorset.

The pub and nearby homes were evacuated after the 2.5ft-long (0.8m) bomb was found by a man digging with a spade.

Because of the size of the device, bomb disposal experts decided to remove it to a military range near the village where it could be safely detonated.

A spokesman from Dorset Police said: "Due to the size of this unexploded bomb the Royal Engineers team from Cambridge could not actually do the explosion in situ as it could demolish the pub and surrounding houses."

The team from the Royal Engineers in Cambridge transported the bomb by van at about 1430 BST to the military ranges at East Lulworth.

The bomb was uncovered in the beer garden