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.

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Upcoming Walks and Events

Dorset Young Walkers upcoming events and walks

Friday 21st September, meet time 15:00

Trip Away

No.6 Last of the Summer Cider Festival Weekend

Well it's back for another year and an extra night at the cider festival hosted by Cranborne Chase. On the Friday night there will be music from the excellent Black Water County and SN Dubstation. On the saturday there may be a possibility of a walk on in the area and later on we have music from some old favourites of the festival, The Skimmity Hitchers, Quinns Quinney, The Jimmy Hillbillies...

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Saturday 22nd September, meet time 11:30

4 mile Day Walk

No. 6. Farnham and Chettle Down (included into The Last of the Summer Cider weekend).

All welcome on this walk as part of our 15th Anniversary and for those that want to join from The Last of the Summer Cider festival weekend (part of our 15th Anniversary aswell ),  I will be walking from the festival to the Museum Inn, this will add about another 2 miles onto the walk.

Set in the unspoilt countryside of Cranborne Chase the village of Farnham still has an old world feel...

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Sunday 7th October, meet time 10:30

7 mile Day Walk

Badbury Rings, Kingston Lacy and Pamphill


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