Dorset Young Walkers are a friendly outdoor activities and social group in our 20s to 30s, established in 2003 and part of The Ramblers Association.

We organise regular weekend walks, events and socials across the beautiful countryside and coastal regions such as Dorchester, Poole, Bournemouth, Purbeck, Corfe, Cranborne Chase and Lyme Regis. As well as a variety of short to medium range walks exploring the Dorset countryside, we organise social events and weekends away such as camping trips.

If you are interested in joining us please browse our programme of events. It is ok to just turn up to one of the walks (usually without booking) and our website has all the information you need to make your day out with us a pleasure. If you need any extra advice, you can email us, send us a message on Twitter or join our Facebook page.

To walk with us on a regular basis, be eligible for competitions and attend trips away you will need to be a member of The Ramblers. For more details on joining our group and becoming a regular member of the DYW please read the information pages here.

Latest DYW News

15th Anniversary of Dorset Young Walkers

Dorset Young Walkers are this year celebrating their 15th anniversary.

To mark the occasion our members are committing to organise 15 events throught the year.

1. Annual General Meeting - 29th April 2018

The first event of our 15th year. Although held every year, this meeting saw a new competition for event leaders from the previous year.

2. Wimbourne Folk Festival - 9th June 2018

3. Seafood Festival - 14th July 2018

4. Abbotsbury Walk - 5th August 2018

Abbotsbury was an area walked by the group when it was first formed 15 years ago, it was also walked on our 10th anniverssary.

5. Picnic & Walks Planning - 12th August 2018

A chance to cooperate on walk planning and recces, ideal for newer members as the walk is short and easily accessable.

6. Last of the Summer Cider Weekend - 21st September 2018

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15. 15th Anniversary Celebration! - Date TBC


Upcoming Walks and Events

Dorset Young Walkers upcoming events and walks

Saturday 24th November, meet time 09:45

9.5 mile Day Walk

Corfe Castle circular with Berkshire Walkers

Berkshire Walkers ran this year's National Young Ramblers event in Reading and will be spending the last weekend in November in south Dorset. Join us for this joint walk.

From the start, we'll walk through the village and climb up on to East Hill with great views over the castle and village. Continuing along the ridge to Brenscombe Hill with excellent views over Poole Harbour one...

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Saturday 24th November, meet time 09:00

Joint Walk

Berkshire Young Walkers Lulworth Weekend


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Saturday 24th November, meet time 09:45

11 mile Day Walk

Swanage circular with Berkshire Walkers

This walk will head north from Swanage and take in some of the coast path, before looping inland and heading back south, to pick up the coast path again. The route will then take us past Durlston Head and Castle before heading back into Swanage.


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Saturday 24th November, meet time 10:00

7 mile Day Walk

Winterbourne St Martin and some pre-Rome-ing with Berkshire Walkers

This short walk explores the countryside to the SW of the pre-Roman town of Dorchester, but is sufficiently close that afterwards we can (optionally) continue into town to see some of the interesting things there - more on those later.

We'll start from the car park at SY668889 and...

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Sunday 25th November, meet time 10:30

7 mile Day Walk

Worth Matravers

"I went to see an old friend by the seaside, about a dog: I asked him,  what's it..."

Worth Matravers is a pretty little village with (handily) a good car park...

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Saturday 1st December, meet time 19:00

Social Event

DYW Christmas Party

This years Christmas Party is being held at The Thistle Hotel, Poole, there will be a 3 course dinner followed by a DJ and dancing! So put your best frock (or shirt) on and come and celebrate with us! (no trainers or jeans please)!


This event has been prebooked so just make sure you have a beer money with you and a secret santa gift for your designated recipient (which will be...

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