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Walks and Events Archive

Please note all the walks below have now expired. Please only use them as a reference for future events.

Saturday 21st April, meet time 10:30

6.5 mile Day Walk

Milton Abbas Circular

Walk or event leader: Shaun    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A circular walk starting at Milton Abbas outside the Hambro Arms. The walk takes us through Charity wood down to Winterborne Clenstone looping back around Higher Whatcombe and back to Milton Abbas. Just before the end of the walk we will stop for lunch at a picnic area.

Optionally at the end of the walk we can grab a drink at the Hambro Arms.

The route is a mixture of muddy bridleways and fields so gaiters are recommended if you have them. The only toilets on the route are in the Pub at the start.

The parking is unrestricted on road around the pub and all the way down the hill.

 

 

 

Start or meeting point: Outside the Hambro Arms, just up from the pub entrance.

Directions: If coming from Dorchester direction, head down the A35 bypass and take Puddletown exit and head towards Blandford. Take a left just after the Royal oak pub, keep following this road and eventually it will take you to "the street", up the hill you will find the Hambro Arms pub on the right. If coming from Poole direction, off the A35 bypass take the Tolpuddle exit and follow signs to Milbourne St Andrew to take the cut through up to the A354. Turn left onto the A354 and follow it down into the village, turn right just before the Royal Oak pub. This road will then take you all the way to "the street" in Milton Abbas.

OS Grid Ref: ST808019    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.81674, -2.27354   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 24 The Street, Milton Abbas, Blandford Forum DT11

Saturday 21st April, meet time 19:30

Social Event

Coastal Comedy Night

Walk or event leader: Katie    Contact: 07493880897    Email event leader

Description:

Come along for a laugh at the Lighthouse with Coastal Comedy, a local well established stand up comedy night events. Hosted by Adrienne Coles and three professional comediens, Phil Butler - uses comedy, magic and a few other skills he's picked up along the way, he creates a one man variety show. Sunjai Arif -" Bath Comedy Festival New Act 2017" winner! He is an emerging comedy story teller and covers tales about his family, speeding tickets and extremist rodents, Also Nathan Eagle - finalist for Leicester Square's New Comedien of the Year 2017 and Soinnacker Tower Gong Show Winner.

Get your tickets from the Lighthouse box office for £15 or online for £16.75p including £1.75p booking fee, there is no seat allocation so first come first serve on the night. Hope to see you there for some laughs.

Start or meeting point: The show starts at 8pm so we will meet at the downstairs bar at 7.30pm for drinks.

Directions: The Lighthouse is in Poole town centre and easy to get to by car, there are many car parks near by the best being the Dolphin Shopping centre for price. The bus station is opposite the Lighthouse and the train station is a short walk away.

Event address: 21 Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

OS Grid Ref: SZ016909    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71862, -1.97745   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 21 Kingland Rd, Poole BH15 1UG

Saturday 14th April, meet time 10:30

8 mile Day Walk

Christchurch Harbour Circular Walk

Walk or event leader: Janine    Contact: 07736688624    Email event leader

Description:

A circular walk around Christchurch Harbour starting in Tuckton at the Riverlands car park, Wick Lane, BH6 4LF (post code is approximate). We will walk along the river Stour to Christchurch Harbour and up on to Hengistbury Head. Then back down to Mudeford Sandbank for a picnic on the beach. We will then take a short journey on the ferry over to Mudeford Quay. The ferry will be £1.50 per person so please bring some cash. From Mudeford Quay we will walk through Mudeford to Stanpit Marsh and then in to Christchurch, past the Priory and along Christchurch Quay.

 

Please bring a packed lunch, there are also plenty of opportunities to get refreshments along the way and we will plan to stop somewhere near the end of the walk for refreshments.

 

The car park is £3.50 for up to 4 hours or £5 for 24 hours, alternatively on street parking is available in the streets very close by.

 

For those wishing to use public transport, Christchurch train station is a 20 minute walk away or Yellow buses stop at Tuckton Bridge which is a 5 minute walk.

 

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Start or meeting point: Riverlands car park, Wick Lane, BH6 4LF (post code is approximate)

Directions: From the A338 (Wessex Way), exit at the Cooper Dean roundabout. At the roundabout, take the exit onto Castle Ln East/A3060. At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Iford Lane. Then at the end of Iford Lane turn left onto Tuckton Road. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Wick Lane. Destination will be on the left.

OS Grid Ref: SZ152921    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.72919, -1.78550   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 24 Wick Ln, Bournemouth BH6

Sunday 25th March, meet time 10:30

5 mile Day Walk

Bridport and Walditch

Walk or event leader: Julia    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A circular walk from Bridport which follows a riverside path, stone tracks and small lanes passing through the small parish of Walditch.  There is a moderate climb shortly after Walditch which gives great views of the valley including Bridport, West Bay and Colmers Hill. A ridge path takes us  back to Bridport. We will have a drink afterwards.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink. Please wear suitable footwear as walk is muddy in places.

Start or meeting point: Meet at South Street Car Park. Parking is free on Sundays.

Directions: From A35 from Dorchester take exit to town centre. Turn left at traffic lights. Car Park is signed shortly after pedestrian crossing.

OS Grid Ref: SY466927    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.73147, -2.75687   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 17 Church St, Bridport DT6 3PS

Saturday 24th February, meet time 10:30

8.5 mile Day Walk

Horton Circular

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07773 106405    Email event leader

Description:

A circular walk in the Horton area, passing through a wide variety of countryside - fenced paths, a golf course, Ferndown Forest and passing the distinctive folly of Horton Tower, built in 1750 but nowadays serving as a mobile phone mast.

After rain, parts of the route may be muddy so waterproof footwear is recommended. The walk avoids horse & cattle fields though has several stiles.

After the walk, the pub will be open for refreshments and the lunch menu will be available until 3pm - we should be back in time for that.

 

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Start or meeting point: Meet in the car park at Drusilla's Inn, BH21 7JH, on Horton Road just east of Horton itself. From the A31 Ashley Heath Roundabout, Horton is sign-posted; 6 miles.

OS Grid Ref: SU038074    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.86655, -1.94614   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Horton Rd, Wimborne BH21

Wednesday 21st February, meet time 19:00

Social Event

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Walk or event leader: Katie    Contact: 07493880897    Email event leader

Description:

Experience an extraordinary collection of short films from the worlds most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of some of today's most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.

Well that's what the Lighthouse has to say and it is always amazing to experience these short films, so come along and enjoy the adventure. This time you have to book you seat [ before you could sit where you wanted ] I have booked row T seat 12, there are seats free either side but they sell out fast so be quick if you want to come along. Tickets cost £16.25p inc book fee £1.75p online at www.lighthouse.co.uk or £14.50p from the Lighthouse box office. 

 

Exciting event not to be missed with free prize giveaways! Visit www.banff-uk.com for more details. 21st feb is the red programme. 

 

 

Start or meeting point: Meet at Lighthouse at the upstairs bar at 7pm to get our drinks and then to get our seats before the film starts at 7.30pm.

Directions: The Lighthouse is centrally located in Poole, with the Train station a short walk away or the Bus station opposite. If you are driving there are a few car parks close by but the best for cost is The Dolphin Shopping Center multi storey behind the Bus station.

Event address: 21 Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

OS Grid Ref: SZ016909    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71856, -1.97747   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 21 Kingland Rd, Poole BH15 1UG

Sunday 18th February, meet time 11:00

3 mile Day Walk

Arne Nature Reserve

Walk or event leader: Anna    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A short walk around the beautiful RSPB nature reserve at Arne. We will start by following the Coombe Heath trail around the quieter part of the reserve, with amazing views of Corfe Castle and the Purbeck Hills on a clear day. We will then visit the main part of the reserve, with the opportunity to see the silver birch forest and Shipstal Beach. There is also the option for a drink at the RSPB cafe after the walk.

PLEASE NOTE: that the car park at Arne is free for RSPB members, or £5 for non-members. 

Start or meeting point: We will meet at the RSPB car park at Arne.

Directions: From Wareham town centre, head south over the causeway to Stoborough. Travel through Stoborough, turn left onto New Lane, signposted for Arne. Turn right at the cross roads in the village of Ridge, follow the road for approximately 3 miles to Arne. The car park is located on the right at the beginning of Arne village.

OS Grid Ref: SY972877    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.68943, -2.04065   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Arne Rd, Wareham BH20 5BJ

Saturday 3rd February, meet time 10:30

6 mile Day Walk

Lawrence of Clouds Hill

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247536    Email event leader

Description:

A circular walk around Moreton Plantation that is peppered with history, most notably of T. E. Lawrence: "Lawrence of Arabia". Quite flat with good paths, this is a popular area for people out for a weekend stroll, and should be suitable to those newer to walking - suitable footwear needed though. Also bring a drink and packed lunch for lunch, which will be halfway, at Cull-Peppers Dish picnic area. We will also stop for a drink after the walk, in the Walled Garden.

Dogs are welcome, however will need to be on leads due to MOD land and horse riders through the woodland tracks.

Start or meeting point: Meet outside Moreton Tearooms at 10:30 - although we wait for 10-15 mins after that just in case. On-road-parking is available just before the tearooms, or just around the corner (both left or right).

Directions: See map below.

OS Grid Ref: SY804893    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.70347, -2.27839   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Hurst Rd, Dorchester DT2 8RJ

Sunday 28th January, meet time 10:30

5 mile Day Walk

Walk around Ringstead Bay

Walk or event leader: David    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A classic walk with a mixture of coastal path and inner ridge walking, with great views of Weymouth and Portland. There are some steep ascents and descents on the outward half of the walk.

Start or meeting point: South Down National Trust car park. The car park is free. There are no toilets at the car park, however there are some at Durdle Door, which also has refreshments.

Directions: From the Wareham Rd/A352, at the roundabout near Warmwell head south on the A353, through Poxwell and then turn left in to Upton. This road will take you straight to the National Trust car park.

OS Grid Ref: SY758824    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.64134, -2.34345   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Falcon Barn, Dorchester DT2

Sunday 21st January, meet time 10:30

5 mile Day Walk

New members walk - Moors Valley Country Park

Walk or event leader: Anna    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Join us for a leisurely winter walk around Moors Valley Country Park. We will meet outside the Visitor Centre before following one of the waymarked trails through the forest. The walk is mostly flat and we will be going at a gentle pace. The ground may be muddy so please wear sturdy footwear. There is a cafe at the Visitor Centre if we fancy a hot drink after the walk.

Please note that parking charges apply at the Country Park (£6.50 for 4 hours) so it is worth car sharing where possible.

Start or meeting point: Outside the Visitor Centre at Moors Valley Country Park.

Directions: See directions to Moors Valley Country Park here: https://www.moors-valley.co.uk/visitor-information/find-us/

OS Grid Ref: SU106056    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.85046, -1.84950   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Ashley Heath, Ringwood BH24 2ET

Saturday 16th December, meet time 10:30

12 mile Day Walk

Ringstead Bay to Durdle Door Circular

Walk or event leader: David    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A classic walk with a mixture of coastal path and inner ridge walking, with great views of Weymouth and Portland. There are some steep ascents and descents on the outward half of the walk.

Start or meeting point: South Down National Trust car park. The car park is free. There are no toilets at the car park, however there are some at Durdle Door, which also has refreshments.

Directions: From the Wareham Rd/A352, at the roundabout near Warmwell head south on the A353, through Poxwell and then turn left in to Upton. This road will take you straight to the National Trust car park.

OS Grid Ref: SY757825    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.64169, -2.34427   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Dorchester DT2 8NQ

Friday 15th December, meet time 19:30

Social Event

Unofficial Christmas party drinks get together

Walk or event leader: Katie    Contact: 07493880897    Email event leader

Description:

Come along and meet up for Christmas drinks in Wimborne at The Butchers Dog Bar. There will be live music at 8pm, The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show and The Johnny Boxcars. Hope to see you there for some festive fun.

Start or meeting point: Meet inside The Butchers Dog Bar and Bottleshop on East Street, It's a small pub so bound to see each other.

Directions: The Butchers Dog Bar is located on East Street which is not far from Wimborne Square and The Minster. There are plenty of car parks around which are mostly free after 6pm, but please check.

Event address: The Butchers Dog Bar and Bottleshop, 6 East Street, Wimborne BH21 1DS

OS Grid Ref: SZ010998    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.79852, -1.98653   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Quarterjack Mews, 8 East St, Wimborne BH21 1DS

Sunday 10th December, meet time 10:30

5.5 mile Day Walk

Sherborne Park

Walk or event leader: Toni    Contact: 07583335119    Email event leader

Description:

A pretty circular walk around Sherborne Park; only moderate hills and it was Muddy when I reccied it. Please wear suitable footwear and bring a pack luuch. There are plenty of pubs and cafes to have a drink afterwards.

Start or meeting point: Culverhayes Long-Stay Car-Park: Post Code for Sat-Nav is: DT9 3ED

Directions: Car-Park is at bottom of town opposite Sainsburys near Sherborne Station.

OS Grid Ref: ST640165    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.94693, -2.51273   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Marigold Cottage the Hayes, Long St, Sherborne DT9 3ED

Sunday 3rd December, meet time 11:00

2.5 mile Day Walk

Post Christmas Party Christmas Hat Seafront Walk

Walk or event leader: Stacey and Shaun    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Join us for a leisurely walk along Bournemouth Seafront for some fresh sea air to brush out the cobwebs from the christmas party the night before for those who joined us or for those just wanting to join us for pleasant walk. We shall leisurely walk towards Bournemouth to Alum Chine Beach with a stop at one of the cafes for a coffee if people wish too and then we shall walk back along the beach. As its christmas, we shall hope to see you in a christmas hat. 

Parking is available on the roads around the Queens Hotel, this is paid for at the pay meters around. 

 

Start or meeting point: Queens Hotel and Spa Bournemouth, Meyrick Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3DL

Directions: From Bournemouth Centre drive up Bath Road, take a right on the roundabout on to Meyrick Road. You can walk along the beach front from Bournemouth Pier, if you are coming by bus.

OS Grid Ref: SZ096911    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71980, -1.86528   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): The Queens Hotel, Meyrick Rd, Bournemouth BH1 3DL

Saturday 2nd December, meet time 18:30

Social Event

Members Christmas Party

Walk or event leader: Katie    Contact: 07493880897    Email event leader

Description:

Join in the festivities this year at the Winter Wonderland themed party at The Queens Hotel and Spa in Bournemouth. The price is £26.95pp for a four course meal and disco with drink promotions on the night. Accomodation is £35.00pp based on two people sharing including a full English breakfast, parking and use of leisure activities. You will need to book the accomodation yourself through the hotel, check out their website at www.queenshotelbournemouth.com for information and the menu choices.I will quote their dress code which is to impress, no trainers or jeans and you can even go in fancy dress if you prefer - but that's up to you ;-)

There will be the Secret Santa so look for something walk related, quirkie or something edible as long as it costs £5 and suitable for male and female.

Can't wait to see you there for some festive fun and good food ;-)

Start or meeting point: Meet in The Queens Hotel foyer at 6:30pm for the 6:45pm arrival time which then we will be promptly seated at 7:45pm for our meal.

Directions: The Queens hotel is easy to get to by car and the train/buses are not far to get a taxi from. There is free parking at the hotel but it is limited and reserved for guests staying over, if you do park in the car park you will need to register your car on one of the terminals at reception. Street parking is free on roads surrounding the hotel from 5pm to 9am.

Event address: The Queens Hotel and Spa, Meyrick Road, Bournemouth BH1 3DL

OS Grid Ref: SZ096911    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71981, -1.86529   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): The Queens Hotel, Meyrick Rd, Bournemouth BH1 3DL

Sunday 26th November, meet time 10:30

Social Event

Dorset Food and Drinks Christmas Fair at Athelhampton House

Walk or event leader: Janine    Contact: 07736688624    Email event leader

Description:

Get into the Festive Spirit and join us at the Dorset Food and Drink’s Christmas Fair at Athelhampton House. 

 

Whether you’re a savoury person or prefer sweet treats, we will spend the day sampling from the stalls of over 50 local merchants. From scrumptious homemade pastries to unusual meats and vegetarian and vegan delicacies, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The entrance includes access to the stunning House and Gardens, so we will have the opportunity to take some time out from the food tents and soak up the views of the wonderfully historic Tudor House and beautifully landscaped topiary gardens.

 

There will be a FREE park & ride from Dorchester. The Park & ride will start at Dorset County Council, County Hall. Buses leave on the hour from 10am onwards and return on the half hour from 11:30. Hopefully the 10am bus will arrive before 10.30 but we will wait a bit at the meeting point just in case it is delayed.

 

Entry is £2.50 per person.

 

The Fair finishes at 4pm

Start or meeting point: Just inside the entrance of the fair (after the entrance fee has been paid)

Directions: Directions from Poole: Take the A35 towards Dorchesters. Take the exit towards Warmwell/Crossways/Affpuddle/Milborne St Andrew/Tolpuddle/Briantspuddle. Continue on Dorchester Road, then Athelhampton Road.

Event address: DT2 7LG

OS Grid Ref: SY771941    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.74689, -2.32583   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Weatherbury Garage, 1 Athelhampton Rd, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG

Saturday 25th November, meet time 10:00

5 mile Day Walk

Area AGM and Broadmayne Walk

Walk or event leader: Kate    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This year the annual Area AGM will be held at Broadmayne Village Hall with an "American Lunch" at 1pm and the AGM starting at 2pm. Please bring along food to share with other members. There will be the usual tea/coffee and cakes as well as providing wine and soft drinks at lunch. 

As part of the Area AGM there is a 5 mile morning walk starting at 10am prompt, taking in the White Horse Hill and Poxwell. 

If you would like more information on the Area AGM please contact us. 

Start or meeting point: Broadmayne Village Hall, Cowleaze Road, Broadmayne, Dorset, DT2 8EW

Directions: Follow the A35 to Dorchester: (from poole) after the first roundabout continue along A35 and take first left onto A352, follow down to Broadmayne.

OS Grid Ref: SY730864    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.67687, -2.38334   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 2-3 Cowleaze Rd, Broadmayne, Dorchester DT2

Sunday 12th November, meet time 11:30

3 mile Day Walk

Arne Nature Reserve Walk - Ideal for New Members

Walk or event leader: Stacey and Shaun    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Come along and join us for a leisurely autumn walk around Arne.  

We shall mainly follow the Red trail route around the Nature Reserve taking in the lovely Poole Harbour views and Shipstal Beach. Hopefully we will be able to spot some wildlife including birds and deer. We shall stop for some lunch so please bring a packed lunch. 

This is ideal for new members, if you're looking at joining us for on one of our walks. The trails are well maintained at Arne so trainers would be appropiate depending on the weather.

There is parking at Arne and it is £2.50 up to two hours and £5.00 over two hours (free to RSPB members) 

Start or meeting point: We will meet in the car park near the information hut.

Directions: If travelling from Poole head towards Wareham via A351 and from Dorchester head for the A35 towards Wareham. From Wareham Town Centre, head south over the bridge (just after the Kings Arms Pub) and take a left onto Nutcrack Lane and follow road all the way to Arne is signposted from here.

OS Grid Ref: SY972877    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.68929, -2.04038   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Arne Rd, Wareham BH20 5BJ

Wednesday 8th November, meet time 10:15

20 mile Day Walk

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Walk or event leader: Shaun    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

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OS Grid Ref: ST490044    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.83742, -2.72467   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Beaminster DT8 3JA

Sunday 29th October, meet time 10:30

7.5 mile Day Walk

Kimmeridge and Tyneham

Walk or event leader: Toni    Contact: 07583335119    Email event leader

Description:

From Kimmeridge, we shall take a circular route around the bay up a hill to Tyneham. (The hill is fairly steep) At Tyneham we will stop for some lunch. It will be a bit longer than usual for time to explore the village. After lunch we will follow the road out of the village to the top (This is also a bit steep) and we will follow the footpaths across the fields with stunning views back to Kimmeridge.

Start or meeting point: Old Quarry Car Park (free)

Directions: North of Kimmeridge. The entrance is a bit hidden do drive slowly after passing a sign for Bradle Farm B

OS Grid Ref: SY918800    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.61991, -2.11649   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 1 The Graylings, Kimmeridge, Wareham BH20 5PH

Friday 27th October, meet time 19:00

Social Event

Halloween Dining Train, Swanage Railway

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07773 106 405    Email event leader

Description:

A suitably spooky dining experience on the Swanage Railway...... whilst travelling on two round trips on the line, a three course menu is served, including Headless Horseman Soup, Twisted Intestines, Poison Apple Pie and other delights, served by volunteer staff most of whom will be dressed for the occasion along with many of their customers!

Always a good laugh and All seats are now taken!

Contact me if interested in coming. £25 all-in, except for bar drinks.

Start or meeting point: Swanage railway station, BH19 1HB. Free parking after 6pm on the roads on the north side of the station, eg, Gilbert Road and Ilminster Road.

Event address: Swanage railway station, Station Road, Swanage. BH19 1HB.

OS Grid Ref: SZ029789    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.60988, -1.96004   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Railway Station Approach, Swanage BH19 1HB

Saturday 7th October, meet time 10:00

Day Walk

Abbotsbury Circular Walk

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

Join us on this route, which is an oldie but a goodie. Starting from the lovely village of Abbotsbury, we take one of the family of National Trails inland before returning on the South West Coast Path, past St Catherine's Chapel. Great views all round! We'll stop for a drink at the end at a tea-room/pub.

Please bring lunch, water and dress for the weather; and note the start time of 10:00.

This walk is on the route of the X53, check Traveline App for details.

Start or meeting point: Meet at the entrance to the Car Park (parking I believe is a few quid for the day).

OS Grid Ref: SY578852    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.66527, -2.59748   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 3 Rodden Row, Abbotsbury, Weymouth DT3 4JL

Saturday 23rd September, meet time 10:30

7 mile Day Walk

Wimborne, Colehill and the River Stour

Walk or event leader: Julia    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This walk starts from the centre of Wimborne and heads out of town with some urban walking before heading in to Cannon Hill Wood and joining the Castleman Trailway. We then follow the Trailway past Canford School and along the River Stour before heading back into Wimborne. Although mostly good paths the walk can be muddy along the river so please wear suitable footwear.

Please bring packed lunch and drink. We will have refreshments after the walk there are plenty of cafes and pubs. 

Start or meeting point: Meet outside the Minster on the High Street side. Details of car parks and charges can be found on dorset for you website. (https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/travel-dorset/roads-and-driving/parking/car-parks-in-dorset?f=Wimborne

OS Grid Ref: SZ009999    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.79920, -1.98778   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 22-24 High St, Wimborne BH21

Saturday 23rd September, meet time 12:00

Trip Away

Last of the Summer Cider, festival

Walk or event leader: Joanne    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

It's back... The 12 hour music and cider festival hosted by Cranborne Chase Cider. There will be music from our very own 'Dorset Phil',  'Jimmy Hill Billies', 'Sixteen String Jack',  'Funke and the Two Tone Baby' and many more. Local food from Badger,s Snack Shack and The Potatoe Wagon and a rural crafts and demonstrations if you feel like a break from the music. There will of course be lots of Cider and Ales on offer. The group went to this two years ago and it was great fun. Tickets are £25 and available from www.eventbrite.co.uk, and includes camping for the Saturday night. Facilities are basic with just portaloo's and no showers, but as its only one day, it's manageable. This is a working farm so dogs are not allowed on sight. Also no glass bottles or containers, and no bbq's allowed.

 

 

 

 

Start or meeting point: Meet In the farm. There will be someone on the gate to guide you to the parking area. We can choose where to camp, so I will get there for 12 and hopefully be able to reserve some space for us all.

Directions: Off the A354 between Blandford Forum and Salisbury. When I went on to Google maps, it was very near to Tarrant Monkton and I remember it being easy to find.

Event address: 83 Minchington (Myncen Farm), DT11 8DH, Blandford Forum.

OS Grid Ref: ST989199    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.97922, -2.01665   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Salisbury SP5

Sunday 17th September, meet time 10:30

5.5 mile Day Walk

Okeford Hill circular

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07773 106405    Email event leader

Description:

This walk is mostly on higher ground so there are often fine views over the surrounding countryside.

The first half of the walk passes through a short section of the Blandford Forest (for a bit of a contrast) and the second half returns via Ibberton Long Down and the Wessex Ridgeway - plenty of great scenery!

There are no stiles on the route and dogs can be brought along provided they can be put on a lead when required. There are no toilets at any point. Note that parts of the route will be somewhat muddy after rain.

Start or meeting point: Okeford Hill car park, nearest postcode DT11 0EF. there is also a lay-by just north of the car park.

Directions: Opposite the Church Centre in Shillingstone on the A357, take the road to Okeford Fitzpaine. At the village, turn left onto Higher Street and about a quarter of a mile further along, take the unsigned left fork which soon starts to climb up to Okeford Hill.

OS Grid Ref: ST812093    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.88339, -2.26837   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Blandford Forum DT11 0EF

Sunday 10th September, meet time 12:00

Social Event

Stour musical extravaganza and bring and share picnic

Walk or event leader: Katie    Contact: 07493880897    Email event leader

Description:

***MEET TIME CHANGED - NEW MEET TIME 12PM***

Come along and see this new event of lots of groups performing music written exclusively for the day, performing all along the river. The Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve consists of a two mile stretch of riverside footpath, so we will have a nice little wander round and stop some where for a picnic, so bring along some food to share. 

Fingers crossed for good weather ;-) 

Start or meeting point: Meet at the Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre, I will wait 15 minutes after the start time. Please let me know you are coming so I can look out for you.

Directions: The Visitor Centre is next to the car park at Granby Road, from the end of the car park there is a short path leading you to the centre. The car park is small so it may fill up quick but there is on street parking close by.

Event address: Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre, Granby Road, Bournemouth, BH9 3NZ

OS Grid Ref: SZ096958    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.76229, -1.86520   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 107 Granby Rd, Bournemouth BH9 3NZ

Saturday 19th August, meet time 10:30

9 mile Day Walk

Durdle Door to West Bottom Circular

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

Join us as we take in/take on the iconic Durdle Door and the zig-zag of the chalk cliffs to its West, which can be seen for miles. The coastline West of Durdle Door is quite hilly - although there are stunning views to be had, so are worth the effort! We will stop and take in the sights after each of the steep ascents (of which there are around 3); and the second half of the walk is more like a regular walk (hence not marking it as strenuous). Please bring lunch and water and dress for the weather. (If the weather is very bad, we can do an alternaitve route; but only if heavy rain or extreme wind).

Start or meeting point: The meet point is Church Road (meet by the Church ). There is free parking here and enough space for 12 cars. However, you can also park in Lulworth Cove Heritage Centre (pay and display) then walk to Church Road on the pavement along the B3070 (a nice, 15 min walk), then turn left at the shops, to Church Road. Either way, please car share if possible. This walk is accessible by public transport - search the Traveline app (or website; but the app is better). There are facilities as we pass Lulworth Cove.

OS Grid Ref: SY822807    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.62585, -2.25169   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 3 Church Rd, West Lulworth, Wareham BH20 5SG

Wednesday 16th August, meet time 18:30

Social Event

Outdoor Cinema: Monty Python at Lulworth Castle

Walk or event leader: Anna    Contact: 07813 499061    Email event leader

Description:

Join us for a fun summer evening watching Monty Python and the Holy Grail at the outdoor cinema at Lulworth Castle. We will meet at 6.30pm near the entrance to the cinema area. This will leave us plenty of time to find a good spot and to have picnic and drinks before the film starts at 8.15pm. You can bring your own picnic or buy hot food on site (but there may be long queues...). 

If you would like to join us, then please book your ticket in advance via: http://www.thelunacinema.com/lulworth-castle/4592086293. Also, please message me to let me know you are coming, so we can look out for you at the start.

It is worth bringing a picnic chair or something else to sit on, plus plenty of warm clothes / blankets. The event will go ahead whatever the weather. Glass is not allowed in the cinema area, so any drinks will need to be in plastic bottles.

Hope to see you there!

 

Start or meeting point: Meet near the entrance to the cinema area at Lulworth Castle.

Directions: Please access via the Main Entrance to Lulworth Castle, and follow Parking Stewards directions to the designated Event Car Park. Venue address: Lulworth Castle, Wareham, East Lulworth Wareham, Dorset BH20 5QS.

OS Grid Ref: SY853821    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.63904, -2.20796   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, East Lulworth, Wareham BH20 5QS

Sunday 6th August, meet time 10:30

10 mile Day Walk

Circular walk from the village of Broadmayne

Walk or event leader: David    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Broadmayne is a few miles south-east of Dorchester and has some lovely countryside walking on its doorstep. This route takes you up to White Horse Hill, a superb viewpoint, joining the South Dorset Ridgeway for a few miles; continuing on the Jubilee Trail, created to celebrate the Ramblers' Diamond Jubilee in 1995. The well-marked trails take you past two beautiful old churches.

Refreshments are available from the Black Dog, at the end of the walk. For full details of the walk see Walk Magazine June 2017.

 

Start or meeting point: Meet just outside the post office, on the main road.

Directions: Driving along the A352, from Dorchester, enter Broadmayne, go past the zebra crossing, then turn right, just after the post office, and before the Black Dog pub. You should find yourself driving down Osmington Drove, where there will be some parking on the right hand side. Parking is limited to on-street parking, so please car share, where possible.

OS Grid Ref: SY730864    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.67720, -2.38245   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Osmington Drove, Broadmayne, Dorchester DT2 8FG

Sunday 30th July, meet time 12:30

Social Event

Picnic on the lawn at Merley House CANCELLED!

Walk or event leader: Faye    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Bring a picnic (to share) and enjoy sitting out on the lawn at Merley House listening to 20 to 1 Big Band playing some favourite swing, jazz, Latin and rock!

 

We will be there from 12.30 and the band will be playing from 1-3.30pm so come along whenever you like! There is free parking and a bar for refreshments.

Friends and family are welcome 

 

This event has been cancelled due to bad weather this weekend. We hope to reschedule this event once we know the rescheduled event dates. Thank you.

Start or meeting point: Come and find us on the lawn at Merley House, Merley House Lane, Wimborne, BH21 2AA

Directions: Merley House is located off the roundabout towards Wimborne on A31

Event address: Merley House, Merley House lane, Wimborne, bh21 2aa

OS Grid Ref: SZ008983    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.78441, -1.98897   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Merley House Ln, Broadstone, Wimborne BH21 3AA

Saturday 29th July, meet time 10:45

11 mile Joint Walk

Hampshire Young Walkers Brockenhurst Walk

Walk or event leader: Christopher M    Contact: 07840957715    Email event leader

Description:

Meeting at Brockenhurst Station by coffee shop, We'll head to the south side of the line then across towards Beaulieu Road Station via various inclosures and the Bishop of Winchester Purlieu; Stopping at the Drift Inn for a lunch/drink/coffee stop. Then we will walk back on the north side of the line coming in view Balmer Lawn finishing at the station. Option to visit the pub at the end of the walk. There is parking at the station.

Please note this is the Hampshire Young Walkers walk joint with our group- please visit the hampshire young walkers website for more details. http://www.hantswalk.org.uk/walks-events-calendar/

Start or meeting point: Brockenhurst Station coffee shop on platform 1/2

Directions: Head south on Lyndhurst Rd/A337 towards Beechwood Rd; Continue to follow A337 3.4 mi; Turn right onto Gosport Ln/A337/A35 0.4 mi; Continue straight onto Gosport Ln/A337; Continue to follow A337 3.4 mi; Turn right 453 ft Brockenhurst SO42 7TW

OS Grid Ref: SU301020    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.81683, -1.57359   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Brockenhurst Railway Station, Station Approach, Brockenhurst SO42 7TW

Friday 21st July, meet time 14:00

Trip Away

Scrumpy

Walk or event leader: Phil    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A superb two day extravaganza of cider, music and camping.  I have a map so we can also do some walking in the beautiful Mendip Hills. Headlined by the Godfathers of Scrumpy & Western The Wurzels.  Our very own Dorset Phil will also be performing!

Over 30 local ciders and ales available at the bar and farm sourced food at the Fernhill cafe.

Tent camping is included in the ticket price. Live-in vehicles are welcome for an extra charge. Tickets for the weekend cost £39.

Weekend and day tickets are available athttp://fuelledby.bigcartel.com/

Please note that Fernhill is a working farm and therefore no dogs or glass are allowed on site.

Start or meeting point: Fernhill Farm, Cheddar Road, Compton Martin, Somerset, BS40 6LD

Directions: From Wells From the A39 pick up the B3135 towards Cheddar Turn right onto the B3134 towards Burrington Combe Go past the Castle of Comfort Inn At the next crossroads (B3371 to Cheddar) turn right

Event address: Fernhill Farm, Cheddar Road, Compton Martin, Somerset, BS40 6LD

OS Grid Ref: ST529553    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 51.29524, -2.67570   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Bristol BS40 6LD

Sunday 16th July, meet time 10:00

9 mile Day Walk

Area Picnic - NORTH DORSET GROUP Eggardon Farms and West Compton

Walk or event leader: Jan    Contact: 07713 328723    Email event leader

Description:

As part of the annual area group picnic where this year we will all meet for lunch at Eggardon Hill, this walk is held by the North Dorset Group. This walk is hilly. This takes in Eggardon farm and West Compton, only 2 stiles but uneven in places.

Please car share as limited car parking.

Start or meeting point: Roman Road, Car Park

Directions: Roman Road, Car Park

OS Grid Ref: SY577936    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.74072, -2.60042   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Roman Rd, Dorchester DT2

Sunday 16th July, meet time 10:00

8 mile Day Walk

Area Picnic Eggardon Hill- EAST DORSET GROUP Ferndown Farm and West Compton

Walk or event leader: Margaret and Morven    Contact: 07889 246685    Email event leader

Description:

As part of the annual area group picnic where this year we will all meet for lunch at Eggardon Hil, this walk is held by the East Dorset Group.

Meeting at Toller Porcorum and the walk is hilly, please wear appropiate walking gear. The walk takes in Ferndown Farm and West Compton.

Start or meeting point: Toller Porcorum, Park in Village hall Car Park. £1 donation per car.

Directions: Toller Porcorum, Village Hall Car Park, School Lane, DT2 ODT

OS Grid Ref: SY561979    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.77947, -2.62370   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 19 Church Mead, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester DT2 0DT

Sunday 16th July, meet time 10:30

11 mile Day Walk

Area Picnic - DYW Group Walk between Loders and Eggardon Hill

Walk or event leader: David    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This walk follows an old railway line out of Loders, and for the next few miles heads North towards Powerstock. Just before getting there, we will turn south east, rising towards the top of Eggardon Hill. Once we get to the top of Eggardon Hill, we will stop for lunch, as part of a shared picnic with the other Ramblers walking groups in the local area. After lunch we walk downhill to the Village of Askerwell, and then climb to the top of Knowle Hill. Finally, the route follows the old railway line back to our starting point in Loders.

Start or meeting point: Smishops Lane, in Loders village. Please try and car share, where possible, since parking is limited to on-street parking.

Directions: Following the A35 from Dorchester, and after going over a large hill and leaving the dual carriage way behind, turn left towards Loders. Follow the road along and turn right at a t-junction, which passes underneath the A35 and goes along a narrow country road, eventually reaching Uploders. In Uploders, turn left at the t-junction, and keep following the road, before turning right in Loders, just before a red telephone box.

OS Grid Ref: SY495942    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.74558, -2.71609   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 15 Smishops Ln, Bridport DT6 3SB

Sunday 16th July, meet time 10:00

11 mile Day Walk

Area Picnic - SOUTH DORSET GROUP Walk Eggardon Hill - Litton Cheney

Walk or event leader: Kate    Contact: 07733 171499    Email event leader

Description:

As part of the annual area group picnic where this year we will meet for lunch at Eggardon Hill, this walk is held by the South Dorset Group.

The walk is hilly and takes in West Compton, Askerwell and Chilcombe.

Start or meeting point: Litton Cheney Village Hall Car Park: £1 donation per car

Directions: Litton Cheney Village Hall Car Park, East of School, School Lane

OS Grid Ref: SY550901    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.70938, -2.63726   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Springfield, Litton Cheney, Dorchester DT2 9AU

Sunday 16th July, meet time 09:00

19 mile Day Walk

Area Picnic - EAST DORSET GROUP Walk Eggardon Hill - Beaminster

Walk or event leader: Jason    Contact: 07954 590120    Email event leader

Description:

As part of the annual area picnic where this year we will meet for lunch at Eggardon Hill, this walk is held by the East Dorset Group. 

Please note the early time and the distance. (Good agility and balance required)

This walk takes in North Poorton, Powerstock, Hinchknowle and Netherbury. Essential to bring ample food and drink.

Start or meeting point: Beaminster, Yarn Barton Car Park

Directions: Beaminster, Yarn Barton Car Park

OS Grid Ref: ST481014    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.81020, -2.73764   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 1 Yarn Barton, Beaminster DT8

Sunday 16th July, meet time 10:30

8 mile Day Walk

Area Picnic - WEST DORSET GROUP Walk Eggardon Hill - Powerstock Common

Walk or event leader: Cynthia Whyte    Contact: 07498 604486    Email event leader

Description:

As part of the annual area group picnic where this year we will meet for lunch at Eggardon Hill, this walk is held by the West Dorset Group.

The walk takes in Powerstock and Nettlecombe.

Start or meeting point: Powerstock Common Car Park

Directions: Powerstock Common Car Park, Barrowland Lane

OS Grid Ref: SY546974    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.77446, -2.64475   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Dorchester DT2 0EJ

Sunday 16th July, meet time 10:30

12 mile Day Walk

Area Picnic - DORSET 40s50s Group Walk Eggardon Hill - Askerswell

Walk or event leader: Andy    Contact: 07786 377101    Email event leader

Description:

As part of the annual area group picnic where this year we will meet for lunch at Eggardon Hill, this walk is held by the Dorset 40s50s group. 

The walk takes in Nettlecombe and areas close to Toller Porcorum and Wynford Eagle.

Start or meeting point: Askerswell Village Hall Car Park

Directions: Askerswell Village Hall Car Park, DT2 9EW

OS Grid Ref: SY530928    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.73373, -2.66708   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 1 Leggs Mead, Askerswell, Dorchester DT2 9EW

Thursday 13th July, meet time 09:00

2.5 mile Day Walk

Test Walk Please Delete

Walk or event leader: Shaun    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

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Start or meeting point: none

OS Grid Ref: ST516158    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.93965, -2.68896   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Brympton Ave, Yeovil BA22

Sunday 9th July, meet time 11:00

8 mile Day Walk

Christchurch Harbour and Hengistbury Head

Walk or event leader: Nick    Contact: 07801 258695    Email event leader

Description:

Come and join us for this fantastic walk. We will meet at Christchurch Railway Station (free parking on Sundays) before heading into Christchurch and then out to Hengistbury Head. The walk includes sections along the riverside, plus the opportunity to visit castle ruins (free of charge) and a lunch stop at the beach. We will then head up to Hengistbury Head for great views across the harbour and out to sea. This is a relatively flat walk across easy terrain, and trainers should be fine.

 

Start or meeting point: Christchurch Railway Station

Directions: Please follow directions to Christchurch Railway Station

OS Grid Ref: SZ153932    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.73823, -1.78452   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 22 Station Rd, Christchurch BH23 1QY

Sunday 2nd July, meet time 11:00

3 mile Day Walk

Yeovil Country Park Walk - IDEAL FOR NEW MEMBERS

Walk or event leader: Julia    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This walk explores Yeovil Country Park including woods, springs, waterfall and lake.  We then follow the old railway line to Wyndham Hill where there are stunning views across Yeovil and the surrounding area- we will have lunch at this point, afterwards we descend the hill and then it's a short walk back to the start.

There are a few moderate ascents-two at the beginning of the walk and Wyndham Hill later on but not difficult.  Please bring lunch and drink.

There is a cafe at the end for drinks and sweet items.

If you are looking to join one of our walks this summer then this is an ideal walk for new members to come join us for a walk, its a 3 mile leisurely walk. We look forward to meeting you this summer. 

 

Start or meeting point: Brunswick Street Car Park next to Goldenstones Leisure Centre- free parking on Sundays

Directions: Brunswick Street Car Park is just off the large roundabout to the south of the town

OS Grid Ref: ST553154    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.93719, -2.63631   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 28 Brunswick St, Yeovil BA20 1QZ

Sunday 25th June, meet time 10:00

13.5 mile Day Walk

Wareham to Corfe Castle and back

Walk or event leader: Anna    Contact: 07813 499061    Email event leader

Description:

We will start in Wareham for this walk along the Purbeck Way to Corfe Castle and back. The walk has varied terrain, including some lovely heathland sections, passing through Stoborough Heath and Creech Heath. We will stop in Corfe Castle for lunch (please bring packed lunch), before heading back the same way. The walk can be very muddy in places so walking boots are essential.

Start or meeting point: Streche Road Car Park, Wareham (Approx. postcode: BH20 4PB).

Directions: Driving directions: Streche Road car park is located off Worgret Road, which is one of the main streets passing through Wareham. If arriving by train, Streche Road car park is approximately 1 mile from the station. Walk towards the town centre and turn right at the traffic lights, onto West Street. The car park is located on your right, just past the town walls.

OS Grid Ref: SY919873    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.68592, -2.11470   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Streche Rd, Wareham BH20 4QF

Saturday 10th June, meet time 14:00

Social Event

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

Walk or event leader: Katie    Contact: 07493880897    Email event leader

Description:

So it's that time again when Morris dancers come together at Wimborne Folk Festival, so come along to see some dancing, good music - hopefully we will see Dorset Phil and if your staying later Quinns Quinney will be at The Olive Branch at 9pm. There will be lots to see including trade stands and lots of food to try and also the procession which starts about 2;30/3pm ish. Check out the website for more info at wimbornefolk.co.uk

Hope to see you there on saturday ;-)

Start or meeting point: Meet outside the front entrance of Wimborne Minster, I will wait 10 minutes after start time. Let me know if your coming so I can look out for you.

Directions: Wimborne has good road connections with easy access from the A31, B3082 and B3078 and theres car parks around wimborne town, try and car share as there may not be many spaces. There will be regular buses to Wimborne from Poole and Bournemouth operated by More Buses ( 3,4 and 13 ). There is an extended Saturday bus timetable on the Wimborne folk festival website which run at later times in the evening.

Event address: Wimborne Minster, Wimborne, BH21 1HT

OS Grid Ref: SZ009999    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.79900, -1.98805   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 22-24 High St, Wimborne BH21

Sunday 28th May, meet time 10:30

7.5 mile Day Walk

A walk through Melbury Park

Walk or event leader: Toni    Contact: 07583335119    Email event leader

Description:

An easy flattish cicular walk starting at Melbury Osmond going through Lanes, Grassy Fields, and Woodland with some impressive trees. If there has been recent rain it will be muddy and we'll cross a small stream.

Please wear appropiate footwear and bring a pack lunch. There will be a chance for a beer at the Rest & Welcome at the end.

Start or meeting point: Melbury Osmond Village Hall Car Park

Directions: Melbury Osmond is sign posted of off the A37 Yeovil / Dorchester road 6 miles south of Yeovil. Car Park is small so please car share if possible. A small donation is required to Village Hall.

OS Grid Ref: ST573077    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.86808, -2.60690   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): School Cottage, Melbury Osmond, Dorchester DT2 0LU

Sunday 21st May, meet time 10:30

7 mile Day Walk

Studland and Shell Bay

Walk or event leader: Anna    Contact: 07813 499061    Email event leader

Description:

Join us for this refreshing seaside walk at Studland Beach. We'll walk all the way along the beach and around into Shell Bay, before heading back on an inland route, crossing Studland Heath. There are plenty of cafes and pubs in Studland for refreshments after the walk.

Start or meeting point: Middle Beach Car Park, Studland

Directions: Please follow signs to Middle Beach Car Park (see map below). Parking is free for National Trust members, with a charge for non-members.

OS Grid Ref: SZ035828    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.64557, -1.95063   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 1-2 Marine Terrace, Studland, Swanage BH19 3AX

Monday 1st May, meet time 10:30

8 mile Day Walk

Swanage walk plus steam train

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07773 106 405    Email event leader

Description:

A Bank Holiday walk starting from Norden Park & Ride and returning by steam train.

We will firstly go up onto the ridge running from Corfe to Swanage, with great views over the valley one way and Poole Harbour in the other direction.

Then we will descend and cross over the railway at Harman's Cross and continue through attractive countryside along the floor of the valley to Swanage.

We can then spend some time in Swanage before returning on the steam trains which will be running at 40 minute intervals. Fare £7.

Please note that although the walk is rated 'moderate' overall, there is a steep 60m climb up steps close to the start of the walk.

Start or meeting point: Norden Park and Ride. Postcode: BH20 5DW.

OS Grid Ref: SY957828    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.64561, -2.06137   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): A351, Wareham BH20

Sunday 30th April, meet time 10:30

Social Event

Dorset Knob Throwing and Food Festival

Walk or event leader: Katie    Contact: 07493880897    Email event leader

Description:

It's the same festival but a new venue for the famous Dorset Knob Throwing event, so come along to try your hand at knob throwing, knob and spoon race, pin the knob on the Cerne Abbas Giant, putt the knob, knob or no knob, knob painting and much more knob related entertainment. Also music from our famous Dorset Phil which I'm sure we will hear his rendition of his very popular Dorset Knob song and an extra treat The Jimmy Hillbillies will be on at 1pm.

Besides all the festivities of The Dorset Knob festival, The Frome Valley Food festival will run along side it, so there will be plenty of opportunity to sample, taste and purchase a range of foods; look for more information on their website at www.dorsetknobthrowing.com, the entrance price is £5 and finishes at 4pm.

So come and join in for a really enjoyable day out with a difference!

Start or meeting point: Meet me just inside the main entrance, I am hoping there will only be one as this is a new venue for the festival. I will wait approx 15 minutes after the meet up time of 10:30am, please contact me on my mobile which is above to let me know if your coming or otherwise on the DYW facebook page so I can look out for you.

Directions: Kingston Maurward is signposted just off the A35, 3 miles east of Dorchester in central Dorset. there is plenty of free onsite parking, follow the signs for visitors parking. There is more information on directions on the website ie from Yeovil and North and West, also from Bournemouth and East. There is a free park and ride from Country Hall and Queen Mothers Square in Poundbury, which runs every 30 mins from 10am.

Event address: Kingston Maurward College, DT2 8PY

OS Grid Ref: SY715910    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71862, -2.40429   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 2 Butchers Cl, Kingston Maurward, Dorchester DT2 8PX

Sunday 23rd April, meet time 11:00

Social Event

Dorset Young Walkers' AGM

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

It’s that time of year again, for the DYW Annual General Meeting (AGM), which this year, due to the success of last year’s AGM, will return to Vivo Lounge in Dorchester’s Brewery Square, on Sunday 23rd  of April 2017, at 11:00 am. We will be booked into “the Snug” – a room off the bar.
 
http://thelounges.co.uk/lounges/vivo-lounge/

 
As well as returning to the to the snug of a bar, we will continue to take a less formal and more pragmatic approach with the event, as some of the formalities can be off-putting and superfluous to our needs at DYW.
 
If you really want to get into the nitty-gritty of it, attachments have been included in an email to DYW members (to cover the rules on Voting, Motions and Amendments to our Constitution). But Voting etc. is pretty self-explanatory and Motions and Amendments are very rare.
 
We will be booked in for 11:00am, with the meeting being about an hour; before we settle down to the lunch – the food there has always been rather good! After lunch will be quite flexible, in that there will be a short walk for anyone who fancies it…or people can take advantage of the bargain tickets at Dorchester Plaza Cinema - only £3.50 - and go see whatever’s on…or you can simply call it a day after lunch. (The walk will start a short hop away, near Hardy's cottage, and will be in the Puddletown Forest area adjacent, for short walk of about 5 miles, with the chance for a drink at the end).
 
In the meeting, like I say, we will again be more pragmatic. There will be reports from the previous year’s Committee, celebrating our successes of the last 12 months; then some prize give-aways (for those who’ve lead/walked the most miles or put on the most Socials etc.); and then we will be forming the new Committee. So, come and hear what we’ve been up to in the last 12 months; see if you win a prize; but also show your support by attending.
 
I will include this in a separate email (to DYW Members, as you have to be a Member to be on the Committee), but the Committee does need Members to step forward and volunteer some of their time; to avoid the Committee being too stretched and affecting the running of the group. This needn’t be too onerous on each person. Many hands make light work. And the experience is quite rewarding and should be enjoyable.
 
Hoping to see you there.

Start or meeting point: Vivo Lounge (in the "Snug"), which is in Brewery Square, Dorchester. There is a large Car Park opposite Brewery Square; which is free on Sundays.

OS Grid Ref: SY691901    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71050, -2.43861   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 3-4 Weymouth Ave, Dorchester DT1

Saturday 15th April, meet time 10:30

6.5 mile Day Walk

A Walk with a view of Jurassic Coast

Walk or event leader: Toni    Contact: 07583335119    Email event leader

Description:

An Easter Saturday circular walk, this will take us along the Jurassic Coast from Seatown to Eype mouth and then inland to Chideock and Eype Downs. As it is a coastal walk there are a couple of steep hills but worth it for the views. Please bring pack lunch. When I recceed the walk, it was muddy in places wear suitable footwear. 

As there are a couple of hills the pace will be slow.

Start or meeting point: Park at the services and picnic area off the A35 about 2.5 miles west of Bridport . There is also toilets and a refreshments hut.

Directions: Off of A35 about 2.5 West of Bridport it is sign posted.

OS Grid Ref: SY451921    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.72663, -2.77816   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Broad Ln, Bridport DT6 6AS

Sunday 2nd April, meet time 10:30

10 mile Day Walk

Dorchester to Weymouth Walk

Walk or event leader: David    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

The walk starts from Dorchester South train station, and follows the train line out of Dorchester, before joining a walking trail, which heads towards Sutton Poyntz. In the morning, we should have a good view of Dorchester, as we climb up to the highest point of the ridgeway, near the White Horse. At lunch, we will have a nice view overlooking Weymouth Bay, before walking down to Bowleaze Cove. We will travel back to Dorchester by public transport.

 

Start or meeting point: Dorchester South train station, near Costa Coffee. Note: it is Dorchester SOUTH, the main station, nr the new Brewery Square development. (I.e NOT Dorchester West).

OS Grid Ref: SY692900    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.70927, -2.43726   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 33 Cromwell Rd, Dorchester DT1 2DN

Saturday 18th March, meet time 19:00

Social Event

Wimborne Cider Festival

Walk or event leader: Phil    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

The 2017 Wimborne Cider Festival will be held at The Allendale Centre, Wimborne.  On Saturday 18th March 7pm to midnight with live music from the Skimmity Hitchers. This event is a must for all fans of good cider and good music!

Tickets (£8 in advance or £10 on the door) include reuseable plastic pint glass and first two half pints of cider. BBQ on patio and full licensed bar if cider be not yer tipple. Available from www.fuelledbycider.com & The Allendale Centre in person.

Start or meeting point: Outside the front of the Allendale Community Centre, Wimborne Minster

Directions: The Allendale Community Centre is located in Wimborne Minster on Hanham Road, on the opposite side of the road to the Olive Branch pub. There is a large car park (Allenview) off of the mini roundabout to Allenview Road.

Event address: Allendale Community Centre, Hanham Rd Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1AS

OS Grid Ref: SU010002    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.80144, -1.98601   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Hanham Rd, Wimborne BH21

Sunday 5th March, meet time 10:30

7 mile Day Walk

Wareham River Circular

Walk or event leader: Anna    Contact: 07813 499061    Email event leader

Description:

We will meet at Wareham Train Station for this lovely circular walk, starting with a short stretch along part of the town's saxon walls, before heading towards the river Frome. We'll follow the river back into town and then out again towards the villages of Ridge and Stoborough before returning across the Causeway to the town centre.

This is a relatively flat walk across varied terrain. Please note that the walk can be very muddy in places, so walking boots are essential.

Start or meeting point: Wareham Train Station - meet outside the ticket office.

Directions: Wareham Train Station is located to the north of the town - please follow signs to the station. Parking at the station car park is free on Sundays.

OS Grid Ref: SY919881    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.69285, -2.11519   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 6A Johns Rd, Wareham BH20 4BG

Sunday 26th February, meet time 10:30

9 mile Day Walk

Badbury Rings and the River Stour

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07773 106405    Email event leader

Description:

*******Start Point Moved Due to Horse Racing Event*********

A circular walk, starting from outside the Anchor Inn at Shapwick with free roadside parking and following the western boundary of Kingston Lacy House before reaching the Stour Valley Way. We pass the National Trust's White Mill, last rebuilt in 1776, and then walk through meadows adjacent to the Stour.

We can have a refreshment and toilet stop at the Anchor Inn in Shapwick (6.5 miles) before returning to the car park with fine views over surrounding countryside, and passing along part of the Beech avenue on the B3082.

Please note: dogs are not permitted on parts of the walk, therefore they cannot be brought along.

Start or meeting point: Anchor Inn Pub, Shapwick village, DT11 9JT, Free roadside parking.

Directions: Anchor Inn Pub, Shapwick village, DT11 9JT. Heading from Blandford Forum to Badbury Rings along Blandford road there is a turning on the right onto new road. Take this turning and follow until you reach the Anchor inn on your right. or If coming through Sturminster Marshall, follow the high street road through the village and keep following until you get to Shapwick with the Anchor inn on your right at the crossroads.

OS Grid Ref: ST938017    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.81502, -2.08918   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): The Anchor inn, Blandford Forum DT11 9LB

Saturday 18th February, meet time 10:30

7 mile Day Walk

West Moors, Three Legged Cross and Castleman Trailway

Walk or event leader: Julia    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A flat walk surrounding West Moors, taking in part of Holt Heath, farmland, urban stretches and the Castleman Trailway.  There are a few muddy patches but nothing difficult.    Please bring packed lunch and drink.    Afterwards we'll have refreshments at the Tap and Railway Pub in West Moors. 

Start or meeting point: Meet and park at the Memorial Hall Car Park in West Moors.

Directions: The Memorial Hall is opposite the school. Head through the village, go past the Tap and Railway Pub and the turn for the Memorial Hall is a little further up on the left hand side just past the speed camera.

OS Grid Ref: SU078032    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.82869, -1.89016   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Castleman Trailway, West Moors, Ferndown BH22

Tuesday 14th February, meet time 19:00

Social Event

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Walk or event leader: Katie    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

If you haven't got plans for Valentine's then come and experience an extraordinary collection of short films from the world's most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of some of today's most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought provoking pieces shot from far flung corners of the globe.

*** TICKETS SELL OUT FAST SO BOOK ONLINE ON THE LIGHTHOUSE WEBSITE - lighthousepoole.co.uk  Tickets are £15.75p inc £1.75p cmsn booking fee and seats are unallocated so we can sit where we want on the night providing we get into the theatre just after 7pm.

Hope to see you there for some film adventure, sports and amazing scenery.

 

Start or meeting point: Meet at the Lighthouse Poole's Center for the Arts at the upstairs bar at 7pm to get a drink then get our seats before the film starts at 7:30pm

Directions: The Lighthouse is centrally located in Poole with the train station a short walk away and the bus station opposite. If you are driving there are car parks close by at the Dolphin Shopping Center or next door to the Lighthouse is a multi storey.

Event address: 21 Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

OS Grid Ref: SZ016909    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71840, -1.97766   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 21 Kingland Rd, Poole BH15 1UG

Saturday 11th February, meet time 10:45

7 mile Day Walk

Old Harry Rocks Circular

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

Join us for this popular walk, recently featured on Julia Bradbury's latest walking programme. After meeting at Bankes Arms Inn, we'll make our way out of Studland, across part of Godlingston Heath Nature Reserve and up to the ridge of Ballard Down. After which, it is easy going all the way to Old Harry rocks (rock formations heading out to sea). There's plenty of views from the ridge, as well as points of interest along the route.

Start or meeting point: Outside the entrance to the Bankes Arms Inn. There is a Car Park right next to this pub (£4 all day, or free for National Trust Members). If you're in a Car Park and not next the Bankes Arms Inn, you're in the wrong Car Park.

Directions: It's worth spending a minute checking the route to the start beforehand. If you are coming from Bournemouth/Poole area, you can go through Sandbanks and take the Chain Ferry (allowing 15 or mins for waiting and crossing should be fine). Then continue along the Ferry Road till the Bankes Arms Inn, with CP adjacent. Elsewhere, you can head from Wareham to Corfe Castle; then Corfe Castle towards Studland-aiming for the Bankes Arms Inn, with CP adjacent.

OS Grid Ref: SZ038825    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.64222, -1.94749   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Manor Rd, Studland, Swanage BH19

Sunday 22nd January, meet time 10:30

7.5 mile Day Walk

Farnham circular

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07773 106405    Email event leader

Description:

A circular walk through attractive countryside. Starting from Farnham (Dorset), this will cross Chettle Common and pass the Bloody Shard Gate; tranquil now but the scene of violent confrontations between gamekeepers and poachers in the 18th century. We'll pass Chettle House, built in 1710, and go through Chettle village on the way back to Farnham via the Jubilee Trail.

Dogs can be brought on this walk provided they are kept on a lead where necessary. There are no major ascents or descents on this walk.

Refreshments afterwards at the Museum Inn in Farnham.

Start or meeting point: Outside the Museum Inn in Farnham (Dorset).

Directions: Farnham is signposted off the A354, about 6 miles from Blandford. Nearest postcode DT11 8DE. Roadside parking available in the centre of Farnham. Please note: there will be no toilets available at the start as the Inn will not be open then.

OS Grid Ref: ST958151    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.93539, -2.05978   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 8 Oakley Ln, Farnham, Blandford Forum DT11 8DF

Sunday 15th January, meet time 10:30

12 mile Day Walk

Walk around Upwey and the South Dorset Ridgeway

Walk or event leader: David    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

The walk starts in Upwey at the train station, for the first mile or so, we head towards the source of the River Wey, at the Upwey Wishing Well. After this, we go uphill, onto the first of two ridgeways on this walk, on the South Dorset Ridgeway, we will head in the direction of Abbotsbury for a few miles. On our way towards Abbotsbury there are nice views south, over Weymouth and Portland, as we head north onto the second higher ridgeway the landscape view will be picturesque looking towards Dorchester. At this point, we circle back on ourselves, heading east, along the ridgeway, descending back into Upwey. 

Start or meeting point: Upwey train station. Please meet at the car park, immediately adjacent to platform 1. There should be plenty of on-street parking immediately surrounding the station, or else, the station car park is free of charge, though, technically, only to station users.

Directions: Travelling along the Weymouth Relief Road, or A354, follow the signs to Upwey. After going around a pair of roundabouts, and crossing over the Weymouth Relief Road, you should reach Upwey. Keep travelling through Upwey, along Littlemoor Road. After passing underneath an old railway bridge, the driveway for Upwey Train Station will be immediately on your left. If you want to park on the street, it is best to turn left just before, or just after the station. You can also get to the start of the walk by train. There is a train from London Waterloo, which gets to the station at 10:31 AM. i will wait at least 15 minutes, until 10:45 AM for the train and anyone else that turns up slightly late.

OS Grid Ref: SY671832    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.64825, -2.46623   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 35 Came Down Cl, Weymouth DT3 5RB

Sunday 8th January, meet time 10:15

7 mile Day Walk

Tolpuddle Walk

Walk or event leader: Toni    Contact: 07583335119    Email event leader

Description:

A cirular 7 mile walk starting at Affpuddle on to Tolpuddle then to Briantspuddle and back to the start. Walk will be MUDDY in places. Please bring a pack lunch. Note slightly earlier start due to shorter day light.

Start or meeting point: Affpuddle Forestry Commission Car Park and picnic area.

Directions: From the A35 east of Dorchester and about two miles west of Bere Regis on the A3309 to Affpuddle. The entrance is a bit hidden and made for cars only.

OS Grid Ref: SY804924    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.73144, -2.27867   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): B3390, Dorchester DT2 7HP

Saturday 31st December, meet time 10:00

3.5 mile Day Walk

NYE Post Christmas Bockhampton Circular Walk

Walk or event leader: Stacey and Shaun    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Santa Hat Walk (if you have one and wish to wear it) 

An easy circular walk ideal for new members starting at the National Trust Car Park at Hardy's Cottage. We shall start by walking down through Duddle Heath & Plantation heading towards Lower Bockhampton along the river and through the Kingston Maurward Estate where we will then head back towards the Visitor Centre where we will be able to get tea or coffee in the cafe if we wish to after the walk.

Hope to see you there!

Start or meeting point: Meet at the Hardy's Cottage National Trust Visitor Centre

Directions: Hardy's Visitor Centre, 7 Cuckoo Lane, Dorchester, DT2 8QJ - There is parking there.

OS Grid Ref: SY724922    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.72944, -2.39109   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 7 Cuckoo Ln, Dorchester DT2 8QJ

Saturday 17th December, meet time 10:45

6 mile Day Walk

Festival of Winter Walks: Holes Bay

Walk or event leader: Anna    Contact: 07813499061    Email event leader

Description:

Join us for this leisurely winter walk with lovely views across Holes Bay. We will meet at Poole Station and will head across the Twin Sails bridge before walking around Holes Bay, passing through Upton County Park on our way. There is an option to stop at the tearooms in Upton County Park if we fancy a break. Parking is available close to the starting point at Chapel Lane Car Park.

Start or meeting point: Poole Station

Directions: Please follow directions to Poole Station.

OS Grid Ref: SZ012910    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71943, -1.98331   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): A350, Poole BH15 2BQ

Sunday 11th December, meet time 10:45

3.5 mile Day Walk

Post Christmas Party Walk

Walk or event leader: Faye    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A chance for those who went to the party to clear their heads in the morning and for everyone else to join us for a walk. We will start from the Riviera Hotel and walk through Alum Chine to Westbourne then back down Branksome Chine then along the beach back to Riviera Hotel.

There will be a chance for a light refreshment at Branksome Beach Cafe.

Branksome Chine can be muddy if it has been rainnig so please wear sensible footwear!

There is a main car park on the next road otherwise there is free on the road parking both on Barnaby Road (but it does get busy) and on Sandbourne Road which is just a short walk from the hotel.

Start or meeting point: Riviera Hotel, 14-16 Burnaby Rd, Bournemouth BH4 8JF

OS Grid Ref: SZ071902    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71227, -1.89985   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 14-16 Burnaby Rd, Bournemouth BH4 8JF

Saturday 10th December, meet time 18:00

Social Event

Members Christmas party at The Riviera Hotel, Bournemouth

Walk or event leader: Katie    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Come and join in the festivities this year in the Cunarder room at The Riviera Hotel, where our meal will be served and bar/disco in a room next door ( disco till 1am ). The meal will be the usual three courses and coffee etc costing £32.00pp, which includes half a bottle of wine ( if you would prefer soft drinks that is not a problem ), please contact me of any food allergies or dietary needs. Accommodation is £32:50 pppn inc breakfast or £27:50 pppn only, you will need to book with the Hotel. So check out their website www.rivierabournemouth.co.uk / www.rivierabournemouth.co.uk/christmas-party-hotel-bournemouth ( download New 2016 Christmas parties ) so don't delay and get booked in for a great night.    

There will be the secret Santa so look for something walk related, quirkie or even something edible for £5  what ever you think for either male or female.                   

There will be either a walk organised for the Sunday ( not too early :-))  or a stroll along the beach.                                                                                                                              Can't wait to see you there for festive fun and food!           

 

 

Start or meeting point: Meet up for drinks at the bar linked with the Cunarder room, it will be cocktail hour 2 for 1 , then we will be served our meal at 7pm

Directions: From Westbourne go south on Alumhurst road over the roundabout, at the end of the road turn left onto Beaulieu road then take the first right onto Burnaby road, further down you will see The Riviera Hotel on the left.

Event address: Burnaby road, Alum chine, Bournemouth, BH4 8JF

OS Grid Ref: SZ071902    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71215, -1.89998   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 14-16 Burnaby Rd, Bournemouth BH4 8JF

Sunday 4th December, meet time 10:30

5 mile Day Walk

Shillingstone

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07773 106405    Email event leader

Description:

A fairly easy walk passing through fine countryside - suitable for new members as there is very little ascent & descent, though there are many stiles. Be sure to have suitable footwear as parts of the route may be muddy.

We will start from the Trailway car park at Shillingstone and take a circular route crossing over the River Stour twice. There will be a short section on the Trailway before arriving back at the car park.

Start or meeting point: The Trailway car park, Bere Marsh, Shillingstone, adjacent to the A357. Nearest postcode DT11 0QX. From the A357, take the road to Child Okeford, then turn round to access the car park which is on the exit side of the triangular junction. No toilets at the car park, but facilities are available at the restored station about 5 minutes walk away down the Trailway.

OS Grid Ref: ST822119    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.90691, -2.25373   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Bere Marsh, Shillingstone, Blandford Forum DT11 0QX

Saturday 3rd December, meet time 19:00

Social Event

Unofficial Christmas party

Walk or event leader: Katie    Contact: 07493880897    Email event leader

Description:

This is for everyone who couldn't book onto the Christmas party at the Riviera but also to anyone that wants to come for a pre-jolly. We will start at the weatherspoons pub and move onto other pubs of choice- alot to choose from in Wimborne, then ending up at The White Hart for 9pm to have a bit of a jig and maybe a crack with the celtic, folk, punk, rock band Black Water County- the kind of music that your feet can't stop dancing to. Check them out on facebook as they were brilliant on St paddys day at the Taphouse.

If you fancy getting a bite to eat before the meet up time then contact me as probably may be eating at The Man in the Wall or else where in Wimborne.

So come and have a pre-jolly party and start the festive season with a swing ;-)

Start or meeting point: The Man in the Wall, J D Wetherspoons pub, meet inside near the bar. Please contact me on the above number or via facebook so I know to look out for you.

Directions: The Man in the Wall pub is just off Wimborne square and if you are driving there are many car parks to choose from, especially the Allenview car park which isn't far from the pub and is free after 6pm but don't hold me to this, double check first.

Event address: The Man in the Wall, JD Wetherspoons, 10 West Borough, Wimborne Minster BH21 1NF

OS Grid Ref: SU009001    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.80081, -1.98834   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 10 West Borough, Wimborne BH21 1NF

Sunday 27th November, meet time 10:30

8.5 mile Day Walk

Cerne Abbas and Minterne Magna Circular Walk

Walk or event leader: David    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

After a short and easy climb out of Minterne Magna, we travel through a woodland, along the top of a small, wooded ridgeway, and then slightly downhill. We then join the Wessex Ridgeway trail for a short period, which goes up onto another ridgeway, with good views overlooking the Cerne Valley. We follow the ridgeway for a few miles, before going down into the historic village of Cerne Abbas, where there are plenty of pub and teashop opportunities, if required. From Cerne Abbas a footpath heads up onto the downs, passing below the prehistoric figure of the Cerne Giant, and continues across open country and through woodland, with fine sweeping views, before descending back into Minterne Magna.

Start or meeting point: Minterne Magna, in a car park opposite the local church.

Directions: Starting on the A37 ring-road around Dorchester, follow the signs to Charminster. Take the first turnoff to Charminster, along the A352. Keep travelling along the road, through Charminster and Cerne Abbas. Minterne Magna is the first village after Cerne Abbas. Look for the church on the right-hand side of the road, and the car park immediately opposite.

OS Grid Ref: ST659043    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.83752, -2.48520   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 10 Sandy Ln, Dorchester DT2 7AS

Saturday 19th November, meet time 10:00

4.5 mile Day Walk

Area AGM Walk 2016 **updated with American lunch and AGM details.

Walk or event leader: Jan    Contact: 01963 362162    Email event leader

Description:

The route takes you alongside, up-and-over and round Hod Hill. Some Stour Valley Way, bit of Jubilee Trail, and splendid views. 4.5 miles approx. weather dependent. (The walk is likely to start at 10am prompt, i.e. without a wait).

After the walk, there will be a lunch followed by the Annual Gereral Meeting for Dorset Area (which comprises all 6 Dorset Ramblers Groups, including ours). Please see the except below, from Autumn's Footnotes newsletter:

The Area AGM will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday the 19th November 2016 in Stourpaine Village
Hall, Havelins, Stourpaine, DT11 8TJ. The OS Grid Reference ST 8579 0955.
This link may also be useful to some http://www.stourpaine.info/villagehall/
There will be a morning walk starting at 10.00am via Hod Hill, Stour Valley Way and Jubilee Trail with
splendid views (weather permitting). The walk will be up to 4.5 miles with the intention of returning
by 1.00pm.

Catering

In a change from previous years the AGM will be different to try to encourage more members to
attend. Following the walk there will be an “American Lunch” at 1pm. For those not familiar with
these events the idea is that we each bring along a plate of food to share with other members.
There is complete free choice as to what you bring - sandwiches, cakes, salad, etc. Not too much
but enough to share with a few others.
Even if you don’t come on the walk please come for the lunch. The hall will be open from 9am so
food can be left there. We will be providing wine and soft drinks with the lunch.
As usual there will be tea/coffee and cakes at the end.

Start or meeting point: Stourpaine Village Hall

Directions: From Poole, follow the A350 to Blandford, keep following the A350 past Blandford to Stourpaine.

OS Grid Ref: ST857095    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.88527, -2.20335   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 1 Hod Dr, Stourpaine, Blandford Forum DT11 8TJ

Sunday 13th November, meet time 10:30

4.5 mile Day Walk

Tolpuddle and Athelhampton House

Walk or event leader: Julia    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A walk  along easy paths and through beautiful surrounding countryside starting from the village of Tolpuddle famous for the Tolpuddle Martyrs.  About a third of the way round we will catch a glimpse of Athelhampton House.                                                            

Please bring a packed lunch and drink and wear suitable footwear as the paths may be muddy in places.  We will have a drink at the Martyrs Inn afterwards.

 

 

 

Start or meeting point: Meet at the Martyrs' Tree in Tolpuddle

Directions: Entering Tolpuddle from the West, ending up on Dorchester Road, The Martyrs' Tree (large sycamore) and thatched shelter will be on your right. There is roadside parking in Tolpuddle.

OS Grid Ref: SY791944    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.74947, -2.29665   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): The Old Mill, Tolpuddle, Dorchester DT2 7EX

Saturday 5th November, meet time 19:30

Social Event

Bonfire Night and Curry, Weymouth Seafront.

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

Join us at one of the community's largest events - Weymouth Bay Fireworks Display; after which, we will leave the seafront and head to the Balti House, for some fine Indian cuisine. Please allow enough time to arrive and park, as it WILL get busy. Also, especially as it's a Saturday, please email me before November to book a seat. No book-y; no seat-y.

This event is close to the train station, if you wanted to use public transport after a couple of Cobras.

 

Start or meeting point: Meet at the Jubilee Clock on the sea front at 7:30. We will wait for 10 minutes only, then head to the beach Bonfire, to watch the fireworks over the Bay, which start around 8:00. Parking: with the sea on your left, turn right at the Jubilee Clock, down King St - then keep heading down to the RSPB Pay and Display Car Park at the end of the road (turn right at the lights then left for the CP). Or there are others (same sort of price) on Commercial Rd.

Event address: Jubilee Clock, Weymouth Seafront.

OS Grid Ref: SY680795    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.61440, -2.45271   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Jubilee Clock Tower, Weymouth DT4 7BE

Saturday 29th October, meet time 19:45

Social Event

Halloween Spooky Silent Disco

Walk or event leader: Katie and Faye    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

How do you fancy doing something different for Halloween, well come along to Shush headphone parties presents the Halloween spooky silent disco on Bournemouth Pier. If you have never been to a Silent disco before then this is a must, it is a truly fun, dance your feet off experience.

To get your tickets either go on the facebook page and through the link or online at www.eventbrite.co.uk  Tickets cost £7.50p inc booking fee. Please contact Us on Facebook to say that your coming.

As its Halloween we will be doing fancy dress, the event does say it is not required but they wouldn't leave the house without making an effort, so go as a witch, vampire or zombie even and come to sing your heart out as no one can hear.... you scream ( opps getting a bit ahead of ourselves - Halloween style ;-) have a dance, so typical silent disco stuff, if you haven't been before come down and check it out.

Start or meeting point: Meet at the start of the Pier just outside Aruba's front entrance, then we can walk down to the Key West Restaurant.

Directions: Bournemouth Pier is a short walk from the Town Square which is easy to get to by bus and car, there are many car parks to choose from but be careful as some are extremely more expensive than others.

Event address: KeyWest Restaurant, Bournemouth Pier, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA .

OS Grid Ref: SZ089904    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71397, -1.87465   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): W Undercliff Promenade, Bournemouth BH2

Monday 24th October, meet time 19:00

Social Event

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour

Walk or event leader: Katie    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

The Ocean film festival showcases the world's most amazing ocean films from above and below the water's surface. This extraordinary collection of short films documents the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea's salt spray. To get your ticket go online on the Lighthouse website ( tickets cost £15.25p inc fee ) or go down to the pop up box office to the left of the Lighthouse, as it is currently being refurbished, also there is no seat allocation but we will need to get our seats soon after 7 so we can all sit together. PLEASE GET YOUR TICKETS QUICK TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT AS THEY SELL OUT FAST NEARER THE EVENT!

So if you love adventure, the water and sports come and see these short films, if it's anything like the Banff film festival your'l be amazed, inspired and wanting to see more!

Start or meeting point: Meet at the Lighthouse , Poole's centre for the Arts at the upstairs bar at 7pm for a drink and then get our seats before the films start at 7:30pm.

Directions: The Lighthouse is centrally located in Poole with the train station a short walk away and the bus station opposite. If you are driving there are car parks close by at The Dolphin shopping centre or next door to the Lighthouse there is a multi storey.

Event address: 21 Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

OS Grid Ref: SZ016909    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71854, -1.97749   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 21 Kingland Rd, Poole BH15 1UG

Sunday 23rd October, meet time 10:30

9 mile Day Walk

Wareham Forest Walk

Walk or event leader: Anna    Contact: 07813 499061    Email event leader

Description:

Enjoy spending time in Wareham Forest on this autumnal walk. We will start at Wareham Station, following a track through the Forest before heading up to Woolsbarrow Fort where we can stop for lunch. There are nice open views across the Forest from the top of the fort. After lunch we will follow the Wareham Forest Way back towards the station. The walk is mostly flat with just one gentle incline up to Woolsbarrow Fort.

Please note that the toilets at the station are not always open, so there may not be toilets available at the start of the walk.

Start or meeting point: Wareham Station - we will meet just outside the station building.

Directions: Wareham Station is located just off the A351 - please follow signs for the station as you head towards Wareham. Postcode is BH20 4AS. Parking is available at the station (free on Sundays) and there are also laybys available nearby on the Bere Road.

OS Grid Ref: SY919881    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.69287, -2.11520   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 6A Johns Rd, Wareham BH20 4BG

Saturday 22nd October, meet time 13:30

Social Event

Wimborne Minster Food

Walk or event leader: Katie    Contact: 07493880897    Email event leader

Description:

Come and join in the third annual Wimborne Minster Food and Drink Festival where you can taste, buy food and drink from the best local producers, also enjoy demonstrations from the best local chefs. There will also be the Anonymous Travelling Market in Deans Court and free admission to the Prests House Museum and Wimborne Model Town if you have ever wanted to see Wimborne in miniature.

When the Festival finishes there will be a chance to grab some more food if your still hungry in one of Wimbornes many restaurants, then on to the Vintage Rooms to see the band Jack Scrumpy and the Moonshines for a bit of scrumpy and western.

Start or meeting point: Meet outside Wimborne Minster opposite the green

Directions: The Wimborne Minster is not far from the Town Square, where you can get a bus from Poole or Bournemouth. By car there are many routes into Wimborne via the A31 and B3073 or the B3078, you can choose from the many small car parks ( these might get quite full during this event ).

Event address: Wimborne Minster, High St, Wimborne, BH21 1HT

OS Grid Ref: SZ009999    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.79889, -1.98805   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 8 King St, Wimborne BH21 1DY

Saturday 15th October, meet time 10:30

8.5 mile Day Walk

Corfe Castle - Wood, Heath and Ridge.

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

Starting at Norden (home of the Corfe to Swanage steam train, which we may see later in the walk) this walk takes in a variety of different scenery: lush greenery and woodland; Heathland tracks, including a dismantled tramline; and the ridgeway back to Corfe. Please bring lunch and water and dress for the weather. After the walk, there is the option of a drink in a tea-room, pub or beer garden.

Start or meeting point: Norden Park and Ride.

Directions: Going South on the A351 (from Wareham to Corfe), take the 1st exit at the roundabout before Corfe Castle. Then turn right at the sign for Norden Park and Ride. Parking is 3 pounds all day. Meet at the grassy island near the Car Park Attendant booth.

OS Grid Ref: SY956828    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.64571, -2.06228   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Wareham BH20 5DW

Sunday 9th October, meet time 10:30

8 mile Day Walk

Circular Walk of Portland

Walk or event leader: David    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Join us on a walk round the unique landscape of the Isle of Portland. Described by Thomas Hardy as "Dorset's Gibraltar", featured recently on BBC's Countryfile and home to the famous Portland Stone; Portland feels like nowhere else in Dorset. Starting with great views overlooking Chesil Beach and the site of the 2012 Olympic Sailing, the Coast Path continues past: Military Batteries, the Isle's old Quarry sites, iconic landmarks such as the Portland Bill Lighthouse and Pulpit Rock as well as Tout Quarry Sculpture Park. All the while being surrounded by great sea views and interesting landscape (and with luck, nice views of its wildlife).

 

Start or meeting point: Meet near the Olympic Rings Statue, by Portland Heights Hotel.

Directions: Follow the A354 onto Portland, then through Fortuneswell. Portland Heights is facing you at the top of the steep road up, after Fortuneswell. (You can't miss it). At the roundabout in front of Portland Heights, take the first exit, then turn right, along the side of the Hotel, and continue to one of the car parks (there are 4). Portland Heights is also accessible by bus from Weymouth (see www.traveline.info/).

OS Grid Ref: SY689730    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.55647, -2.43990   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): New Ground, Portland DT5

Sunday 2nd October, meet time 10:30

5.5 mile Day Walk

A walk of two mills Sturminster

Walk or event leader: Toni    Contact: 07583335119    Email event leader

Description:

 A cirular walk starting at Sturminster Newton Mill following the River Stour to Fiddleford Mill  through woods and fields and back to Sturminster Newton.

Start or meeting point: Sturminster Newton Mill. There are public toilets at the start.

Directions: Signposted Sturminster Newton Mill off A357 west of Old Town Bridge.

OS Grid Ref: ST786141    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.92623, -2.30513   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 51 Bridge St, Sturminster Newton DT10 1BZ

Saturday 17th September, meet time 10:15

4 mile Day Walk

Wareham River Walk

Walk or event leader: Julia    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A walk along the pretty river path from Wareham town centre.  We go through the outskirts of the town before heading out towards open marshes and wind our way along the river to the quay.  As this is quite a short walk and will only take just over a couple of hours please bring lunch to have at the quay afterwards and a snack and a drink to have on the walk.  There are plenty of pubs at the end for refreshments.

 

Start or meeting point: Streche Road Car Park. Pay and Display- £2.80 for up to 4 hours.

Directions: From the main roundabout west of the town, take the Wareham turning. The car park is signed on the left before you reach the main town centre.

OS Grid Ref: SY920872    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.68527, -2.11409   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Streche Rd, Wareham BH20

Friday 16th September, meet time 15:00

Social Event

Acoustic movement festival and camping

Walk or event leader: Katie    Contact: 07493880897    Email event leader

Description:

Come and enjoy some music at probably the last camping festival of the year! They descibe it as a tented cafe style event promoting everything acoustic with a few wonkey favourites, I went to Wonkey Donk fest there last year and it was great fun.

There are alot of good bands on Friday and Saturday including favourites Quinns Quinny- If you don't know them you must come and experience their skiffle music, with tributes to Britney, Fresh Prince and their own reditions of popular songs i.e my tractors on fire ;-)   The camping site is quite basic so afraid no showers but who needs showers when your at a 2 day festival ( similar to Last of the Summer Cider fest). Camping stoves are allowed but no BBQ's and there is some food and drink on offer.

***This event will also be including Julia's walk on the Saturday in Wareham as its a nice 4 mile walk and not far from Halls Farm.***

Tickets are £30 for the weekend inc camping if you can purchase from Square Records in wimborne or Big Brother Records on Ashley road, otherwise online they are £32.70p inc fee from m.ents24.com and wegottickets.com.

Send me a message you are coming and join in the fun!

Start or meeting point: Meet in the car parking area for the festival at Halls Road Farm, give me a ring or text on my Mobile number above if unsure.

Directions: Head towards Lytchett Matravers on the A35 then turn onto Wareham road and Halls Farm is the first turning on the left, there will be signs for the Festival but you need to keep a look out for them.

Event address: Halls Road Farm, Halls Road, Lytchett Matravers, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6DP

OS Grid Ref: SY939941    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.74731, -2.08742   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Halls Rd, Poole BH16 6DP

Saturday 10th September, meet time 10:45

4 mile Day Walk

DYW Group Picnic Walk at Ringstead Bay

Walk or event leader: Janine    Contact: 07736688624    Email event leader

Description:

We will be walking to Ringstead Bay for a bring and share picnic. 

From the car park we will walk towards Upton before heading up Spring Bottom Hill, we will then walk through woodland to the South West Coast path and back towards Ringstead bay for the picnic on the beach. There is also a cafe for extra refreshments.

After the picnic we will continue the circular walk out of Ringstead, past the St Catherine's-by-the Sea church back up the hill to the car park.

There are quite steep hills at the beginning and end of this walk but we will go at a leisurely pace.

Start or meeting point: South Down National Trust car park. The car park is free. There are no toilets at the car park but there are toilets in Ringstead Bay, near where we will stop for the picnic

Directions: From the Wareham Rd/A352, at the roundabout near Warmwell head south on the A353, through Poxwell and then turn left in to Upton. This road will take you straight to the National Trust car park.

OS Grid Ref: SY756825    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.64182, -2.34564   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Dorchester DT2 8NQ

Sunday 4th September, meet time 10:30

8.5 mile Day Walk

Stour Valley Circular (Walkabout Festival)

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A circular walk taking in both Hod Hill and Hambledon Hill; scenic throughout and with excellent views from the high ground.

We'll start from the Trailway car park in Shillingstone and use the Trailway to walk to Stourpaine. From there, we'll walk up Hod Hill and follow the ramparts of this Iron Age settlement before climbing to the Neolithic hill fort of Hambledon Hill where we can stop for lunch.

Then it's down the hill and across the meadows back to Shillingstone. We can stop for tea and cake at Shillingstone station if you wish, a short distance from the car park.

The Walkabout festival is a Ramblers event that lasts a week in September to encourage walking in Britain. For more information please visit the Ramblers website.

Start or meeting point: The Trailway car park, Bere Marsh, Shillingstone, adjacent to the A357. Nearest postcode DT11 0QX. From the A357, take the road to Child Okeford, then turn round to access the car park which is on the exit side of the triangular junction. No toilets at the car park, but facilities are available at the station which will be passed a few minutes after starting the walk.

OS Grid Ref: ST822119    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.90687, -2.25374   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Bere Marsh, Shillingstone, Blandford Forum DT11 0QX

Saturday 27th August, meet time 09:30

5 mile Day Walk

Downton walk, Mote Gardens picnic, Salisbury, Wilts

Walk or event leader: Katie    Contact: 07717009947    Email event leader

Description:

I am organising this pleasant scenic leisurely walk through water meadow, woodland and by the riverside in the small town of Downton 5 miles outside Salisbury.

There is plenty of road side parking. 

We meet outside the Co-op in the Borough, Downton, I estimate that it will take us 3 hours to walk plus a drink or snack stop half way round. 

Please bring lunch to have in the Mote Gardens after the walk. I estimate that we will lunch approx 1pm or 1:30pm, hence the early start.

The walk is 5 miles which is circular. 

Please note the earlier start time of 9:30.

 

Start or meeting point: Outside the Co-op Downton, Borough Road.

Directions: If coming into Downton from Fordingbridge (A338) approach Downton, the Borough Rd (B3080) is on your right directly past traffic lights. Carry on down the Borough Rd (B3080) the Co-op should be on your right. Past this point there is plenty of road side parking. I do not advise you to park in the Co-op carpark as I am unsure of the penalty.

OS Grid Ref: SU175215    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.99272, -1.75177   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 53A The Borough, Downton, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 3LX

Sunday 14th August, meet time 10:30

9.5 mile Day Walk

Milton Abbas Circular Walk

Walk or event leader: Toni    Contact: 07583335119    Email event leader

Description:

A 9.5 Miles circular walk, woods, fields and country lands.  We will pass through the pretty village of Milton Abbas and visit the impressive Abbey. Please bring a pack lunch and wear suitable foot wear.  There is one steep hill and if it has been raining there's long wet grass.

Start or meeting point: Free parking area, Woodland Hill. Have put the Sat-Nav as close as poss. if you have difficulty finding it call me on my mobile.

Directions: Easily accessed from the A357 road West of Blandford Forum. Just before the area of masts.

OS Grid Ref: ST782058    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.85214, -2.30998   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Blandford Forum DT11

Friday 5th August, meet time 16:00

Trip Away

Square Fayre Festival and camping weekend

Walk or event leader: Joanne    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

The Square and Compass at Worth Matravers are holding their annual Square Fayre Festival. Live music all day saturday, lots of traditional ales, cider and the odd pasty!! Check out their website for the day's line up of music and more information. (www.squareandcompasspub.co.uk)

We will be camping at the Weston Dairy Campsite, just a ten minute walk away. camping is basic, but hot showers and loos are provided. And there is a small catering shed offering hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes, bacon sandwiches, ice cream and locally produced burgers. Please call the campsite directly to book - Telephone: 07757159749
or 07974565420 (if first number is not available)
Email: jlgstrange@btinternet.com

I plan to get there around 4pm on the Friday to get set up. I thought we could have a bbq (bring your own) then it's your choice whether you have a relaxing evening on the campsite or pop up to the pub for a few drinks. The campsite is very relaxed and has lovely views of Worth Matravers. I'm hoping for a nice relaxing weekend and I have put my order in for some sunshine!!

Saturday morning I thought we could go for a short walk, we can decide on the start time between us. As I'm not a walk leader I would kindly ask that someone put on a walk on, on my behalf. I just thought around 5/6 miles, so that we are back early afternoon. We could then have lunch and head up to the pub to enjoy the music for the rest of the day/evening. 

I have no plans for Sunday morning, but there is usually more music going on at the pub. Or you can go for a walk if you wish. 

 


 

Start or meeting point: Meet at Weston Dairy Campsite I will also post this on Facebook, if you let me know that you are coming or via email, we can look out for each other and camp together.

Directions: From Corfe Castle follow the A351, through Kingston, past the Scott Arms pub. When you get to Worth Matravers, follow the road right through the village, past the Square and Compass and the Duck pond, then you will see signs for Weston Dairy Farm and Campsite .

Event address: Weston Dairy Campsite, Weston Farm, Worth Matravers, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3LJ.

OS Grid Ref: SY968773    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.59558, -2.04614   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Old Harry Cottage, Worth Matravers, Swanage BH19 3LJ

Saturday 30th July, meet time 10:30

7 mile Day Walk

New Forest circular through Wood Green

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A walk through a variety of attractive countryside in the western New Forest - re-scheduled after the wash-out in January!

Starting from the Ashley Walk Forestry Commission car park, we'll walk to the picturesque village of Wood Green with great views over the Avon Valley along the way. There will be an optional coffee/toilet stop in Wood Green before returning to the car park via Godshill Inclosure.

Start or meeting point: Ashley Walk Forestry Commission car park - off the B3078 from Fordingbridge to Brook/Cadnam. The car park is easy to spot, parallel to the road and about 0.25 mile further on away from Fordingbridge from postcode SP6 2LN.

Directions: From Bournemouth take the A338 towards Salisbury. Bear left for Fordingbridge, then turn right at the T-junction with the B3078 (passing under the A338) to go east through Godshill.

OS Grid Ref: SU186156    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.93981, -1.73620   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): B3078, Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6

Saturday 23rd July, meet time 10:45

4.5 mile New Members Walk

RSPB Arne

Walk or event leader: Faye    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This 4.5 mile leisurely walk, ideal for new members, will take us through a variety of landscapes including open heath land, scrub, old oak woodland and even a secluded sandy beach, and offers both gorgeous views over Poole Harbour and the chance to see some beautiful wildlife including birds, deer and dragonflies.

 

We will meet outside the RSPB coffee shop, which is located opposite the main car park at Arne BH20 5BJ (postcode is approximate) and we will start on the Combe Trail which takes us around Coombe Heath and offers breathtaking views of the Purbeck Hills and Corfe Castle, we will then follow one of the Shipstal Trails which will then take us back passed the car park (if anyone needs to collect anything or use the public toilets) and through the main part of the reserve.

 

All the trails at Arne are very well maintained and so trainers would be appropriate as long as the weather is dry!

 

There are a couple of bird hides and viewing screens on this walk so whether you are a keen twitcher or not, remember to bring your binoculars to take full advantage of this enchanting nature reserve!

 

There will be a lunch stop on Shipstal Beach, so please bring a packed lunch, and a refreshment stop at the end of the walk at the Coffee Shop!

 

The car park is £5 for over 2 hours (free for RSPB members with a valid car sticker), while this money goes to help with the upkeep of Arne, as always it is worth teaming up to car share! For those wishing to use public transport, Wareham railway station is 4 miles (6.5 km) away with Taxis normally available and the nearest bus stop is Stoborough Villiage which is 3 miles (5 km) away.

Start or meeting point: Meet outside the RSPB coffee shop, which is located opposite the main car park at Arne, BH20 5BJ

Directions: If you are travelling from the East (Poole/Bournemouth) head for Wareham via the A351 and if you are driving from the West (Dorchester) head for the A35 towards Wareham, drive through Wareham and over the bridge, just after The Kings Arm Pub, take the first left onto Nutcrack Lane and follow this road all the way to Arne.

OS Grid Ref: SY971878    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.69062, -2.04099   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate):

Sunday 17th July, meet time 10:30

9 mile Day Walk

Kimmeridge and Corfe Castle - Area Picnic

Walk or event leader: David    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This walk is part of an annual event, where different age and regional walking groups meet, to have lunch. This walk is led by the Dorset Young Walkers Group.

A circular walk starting from Kimmeridge. We will walk initially towards Swyre Head, along the top of a fairly flat hill overlooking the coast. We will then go in a more northerly direction down into the valley, and along the River Corfe. At Corfe Castle we will turn back towards Kimmeridge, and walk along the ridgeway, which has views overlooking Poole and Swanage. We plan to have lunch during this section of the walk.

The walk is part of an annual event, where different age and regional walking groups meet, to have lunch. 

Start or meeting point: Meet in Kimmeridge Quarry Car Park (SY 918 800). This is just north of the village, and slightly higher up than the village itself. The car park is free, but space is limited.

Directions: Turn right for Kimmeridge/Creech off the Wareham bypass. Follow the road for about 4 miles, up onto the ridge and descend the other side. Turn right for Kimmeridge and after about a mile, just after a right hand bend, park in the quarry car park on the left.

OS Grid Ref: SY918800    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.62009, -2.11664   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 1 The Graylings, Kimmeridge, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5PH

Sunday 17th July, meet time 10:00

9 mile Day Walk

Purbeck Way, Stoborough Heath and Creech Bottom - Area Picnic

Walk or event leader: Jan and Graham    Contact: 07713 328723    Email event leader

Description:

This walk is part of an annual event, where different age and regional walking groups meet, to have lunch. This walk is led by the North Dorset Group.

The walk is mostly heath, with some boggy sections and a climb to the lunch spot. There are two crossings of the A351.

Start or meeting point: Sunnyside Farm, just south of Wareham, on the road to Arne ((GR SY 937 863).

OS Grid Ref: SY938863    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.67637, -2.08850   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Arne Rd, Wareham, Dorset BH20

Sunday 17th July, meet time 10:30

7.5 mile Day Walk

Scotland and Church Knowle - Area Picnic

Walk or event leader: Margaret and Morven    Contact: 07889 246685    Email event leader

Description:

This walk is part of an annual event, where different age and regional walking groups meet, to have lunch. This walk is led by the East Dorset Group. 

Start or meeting point: Corfe Castle, Challow Hill Walkers Car Park (GR SY 964 822).

Directions: Bus accessible, Wilts and Dorset 40 from Poole/Swanage, alight East Street, 5 mins walk to car park.

OS Grid Ref: SY963821    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.63917, -2.05249   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 5 Sandy Hill Ln, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset BH20

Sunday 17th July, meet time 09:30

10.5 mile Day Walk

Swyre Head, Knowle Hill and Brenscombe Hill - Area Picnic

Walk or event leader: Ian    Contact: 01202 319418    Email event leader

Description:

This walk is part of an annual event, where different age and regional walking groups meet, to have lunch. This walk is led by the East Dorset Group.

Start or meeting point: Worth Matravers Car Park (GR SY 974 776).

OS Grid Ref: SY974776    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.59871, -2.03773   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 1 Newfoundland Cl, Swanage, Dorset BH19

Sunday 17th July, meet time 10:00

11 mile Day Walk

Smedmore Hill, Church Knowle and Grange Arch - Area Picnic

Walk or event leader: Kate    Contact: 07733 171499    Email event leader

Description:

This walk is part of an annual event, where different age and regional walking groups meet, to have lunch. This walk is led by the South Dorset Group.

Hilly, with one steep ascent.

Start or meeting point: Tyneham Car Park (GR SY 881 802).

OS Grid Ref: SY881802    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.62153, -2.16825   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5DE

Sunday 17th July, meet time 11:00

4.5 mile Day Walk

Knowle Hill, Cucknowle - Area Walk

Walk or event leader: Julie    Contact: 07595 492552    Email event leader

Description:

This walk is part of an annual event, where different age and regional walking groups meet, to have lunch. This walk is led by the South Dorset Group.

Dogs by arrangement with the leader.

Start or meeting point: Corfe Castle Car Park - West Street, near the Model Village Tea Shop (GR SY 959 818).

OS Grid Ref: SY958818    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.63603, -2.06003   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 5 Toms Mead, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5HH

Sunday 17th July, meet time 10:30

6 mile Day Walk

Kingston and Church Knowle - Area Picnic

Walk or event leader: Cynthia Whyte    Contact: 07498 604486    Email event leader

Description:

This walk is part of an annual event, where different age and regional walking groups meet, to have lunch. This walk is led by the West Dorset Group. 

Start or meeting point: Houns Tout Car Park, Kingston (GR SY 953 794).

OS Grid Ref: SY953794    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.61517, -2.06754   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 26 West St, Corfe Castle, Kingston, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5LH

Sunday 17th July, meet time 10:00

10.5 mile Day Walk

Swyre Head, Kimmeridge, skirting Corfe Castle - Area Picnic

Walk or event leader: Andy    Contact: 07786 377101    Email event leader

Description:

This walk is part of an annual event, where different age and regional walking groups meet, to have lunch. This walk is lead by the 40s-50s Group.

Optional pub stop at the end of the walk.

Start or meeting point: Car Park west of Kingston (GR SY 943 792).

OS Grid Ref: SY943792    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.61306, -2.08152   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5LP

Saturday 9th July, meet time 10:00

5.5 mile Day Walk

Linear Walk and Dorset Seafood Festival, Weymouth

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

This is an ideal walk for New Members; it being a short walk with gentle terrain. (Current walkers, of course are welcome and are encouraged[!]; to meet and greet new members.) We will follow the South West Coast Path from Weymouth to Osmington Mills, along golden beach and rolling cliffs (nothing too steep, though); before catching a bus back and heading for the atmosphere of the Seafood Festival - a highlight of the Weymouth calendar (www.dorsetseafood.co.uk). Here we can get some food from some of the many stalls (some seafood, some non-seafood) or one of the great pubs or chip shops at Hope Square. This event is accesible by train (a few mins walk away).

Please note the earlier start time of 10:00, so we finish around lunch time. We will wait for 15 minutes at the meet point before leaving.

Start or meeting point: Meet at the RSPB centre (thatched building) at Radipole Lake. Parking is Pay and Display; the walk will take about 2.5 hours, but I would recommend 6 hours rather than the 4 hour period, to allow plenty of time at the festival.

Directions: On the A354 into Weymouth, you will pass the Radipole Lake and the RSPB centre on your left (see map). Turn left before the harbour, then left towards McDonalds, then left again to enter the RSPB centre.

OS Grid Ref: SY672799    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.61818, -2.46362   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Weymouth Way, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 0FD

Saturday 2nd July, meet time 10:30

9.5 mile Day Walk

Corfe Castle to Houns Tout circular

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

Circular walk from Corfe, heading south over Corfe Common towards Kingston in the distance; before taking the path to Houns-Tout, with impressive views. We then head back, along part of the Purbeck Way and footpaths leading back North, towards the ruins of the Castle. Please bring lunch, a drink and good boots. (Sunglasses/cap may be useful, depending on the weather, as we head South for the first half).

Parking: There is limited free parking in a layby just round the corner from the National Trust Visitor Centre. This is often very full so please get there early and car share if you want to take advantage of it. Alternatively, there is pay & display parking at the NT Visitor Centre (free if you are a NT member). Or there is Parking at Norden Station (£3.20 for all day), with a ten min walk to the meet point.

Start or meeting point: Meet outside the National Trust Visitor Centre; facilities available.

Directions: From Wareham, head to Corfe Castle on the A351. As you approach the castle, the NT Visitor Centre is on your left. To try the free parking, take the next right in front of the castle and the layby is on your right. (For alternative parking, at Norden, take the first exit at the roundabout just before the castle, then right to the CP, then walk ten minutes to the NT centre.)

OS Grid Ref: SY959824    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.64176, -2.05898   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): A351, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset BH20

Saturday 11th June, meet time 10:30

20 mile Joint Walk

AROUND SWANAGE (JOINT WALK WITH SURREY YOUNG WALKERS)

Walk or event leader: Holly    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Starting walking along the ridge of the Purbeck Way with great views over the Poole Harbour and Bournemouth and back toward the pretty seaside town of Swanage. Leaving the Purbeck Way we join the South West Coastal Path at Ballard Down where we will stop for a packed lunch.

 

After lunch we walk into the Swanage and around Durlston Head stopping at Durlston Country Park for a ice cream or drink before continuing along the South West Coastal Path to Dancing Ledge around Seacombe Cliff. Making our way around St Aldhlem’s head. Leaving the coast line we once again join the Purbeck Way up, stopping at Worth Matravers for a break at the pub before walking over countryside and farmland, over Corfe Common back to the pretty village of Corfe.

Any queries contact Surrey Young Walkers about this joint walk: http://surreyyoungwalkers.org.uk/contact-us.php

This is a 20 mile walk, if anyone wants to join this walk but only do part of it an idea is to start at the beginning, walk to Swanage, then catch the steam train back. This would be entirely up to you, it is advised to check the train times but they should be reguarly.

Start or meeting point: Corfe Castle Train Station (outside main entrance)

Directions: From Wareham follow the A351 to Corfe Castle/Swanage. As you come to Corfe Castle follow the road straight through into the village and on the left is Station Road just before the Corfe Castle Village Stores. There is a car park at the station or just before the castle on the left there is a national trust car park.

OS Grid Ref: SY962820    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.63799, -2.05493   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Railway Station, Station Rd, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5EJ

Friday 10th June, meet time 17:00

Social Event

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival weekend

Walk or event leader: Katie    Contact: 07493880897    Email event leader

Description:

Come and join myself and Faye camping in Wimborne for a fun packed weekend of music, dance, food, crafts and things to buy around the town. We will be camping at The Meadows camping field for two nights to enjoy all the festival events. The site has toilets, showers and a good 24 hour security, it is only a 10 minute walk from town over Julians Bridge. The cost is £7 per person per night plus booking fee online or £8 pp per night on the gate and entry to campsite is by camping wristband only, which you will recieve ( I will be paying on the gate as it wasn't too busy last time I went ). Information of online booking at merleyhallfarm.co.uk. * Please be aware that access to/from town on foot is over Julians Bridge, which has no foot path, so please take care when crossing at all times*.

On the Friday I have put an estimated meeting time as we hopefully will be setting up the tent before this time. From 5pm we will have a meal and go to the White Hart for 7pm music ( The Skimmity Hitchers +).

On the Saturday enjoy the many events around town from music ( I will be looking out for a particular busker well known to the group ;-), Morris dancing and the many trade stands. We can decide on what to see as there are many events and also Party in the Paddock with tribute bands and local bands ( there will be minimal costs involed with this event).

On the Sunday there may be a possibility of a short walk and more music at the festival.

For more info look at the website wimbornefolk.co.uk 

Start or meeting point: The Meadows camping field estimated meet time 5pm but arrive before to pitch your tent. To get to the campsite I would suggest coming via the B3078 and there should be signs on your right before you get to Julians Bridge. Text me or ring my mobile number above so that I know to look out for you.

Directions: As above come via the B3078 to get to The Meadows camping field. There is public transport and the nearest train station is in Poole. There are regular bus services from Poole and Bournemouth operated by More buses ( 3,4 and 13 ) to the town centre and text or phone me on above mobile as I can come and meet you in town.

OS Grid Ref: SZ002997    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.79727, -1.99784   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): B3078, Wimborne, Dorset BH21

Saturday 28th May, meet time 16:00

Social Event

Beach BBQ Durley Chine Beach Bournemouth

Walk or event leader: Claire    Contact: 07773776292    Email event leader

Description:

The general gist will be BYO disposable BBQ and some food to share, beach games and other such antics! 

Start or meeting point: Infront of Durley Inn at Durley Chine Beach, Bournemouth.

Directions: Parking either in the car park or on West Cliff Overcliff Drive. From the Bournemouth spur road (A338) follow until the Bournemouth West Roundabout then head for West Cliff road, then West Cliff Overcliff road. Postcode for Durley Inn: BH2 5JF.

OS Grid Ref: SZ079904    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71325, -1.88902   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Admirals Walk, W Cliff Rd, Bournemouth, Bournemouth BH2 5HG

Sunday 22nd May, meet time 10:30

6 mile Day Walk

Studland Heath with Ballard Down

Walk or event leader: Julia    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A classic Purbeck walk that starts from Studland Village over the heath to Agglestone Rock then up to Ballard Down.  We'll then follow the coast path back to Studland past Old Harry Rocks.  There are fantastic views over Poole Harbour, Swanage and the Isle of Wight. There will be drinks at the Bankes Arms afterwards.  Please bring a packed lunch and drink and warm, windproof, waterproof clothing as it is exposed along the ridge. 

Parking is next to the pub and is National Trust (Pay & Display or free for NT members displaying a NT car sticker or membership card).  I am not sure of the car park charges as they can vary but please bring enough change and car share where possible.

Start or meeting point: South Beach Car Park next to the Bankes Arms

Directions: Follow A351 to Corfe Castle. Take the left hand turn opposite the castle on to the B3351 Studland road. Follow this for 4-5 miles until you get to Studland village. Follow signs for South Beach Car Park /Bankes Arms.

OS Grid Ref: SZ037825    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.64219, -1.94766   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Manor Rd, Studland, Swanage, Dorset BH19

Sunday 15th May, meet time 10:30

6.5 mile Day Walk

Circular Walk between Tyneham Village and Kimmeridge

Walk or event leader: David    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Starting in Tyneham, we walk towards Worbarrow Bay. After reaching the bay, the walk goes up Gad Cliff, and along to Kimmeridge. At Kimmeridge, there is the option of stopping at a local cafe, for a drink, before heading back to Tyneham along the ridgeway. 

Start or meeting point: Tyneham Car Park. Parking is free, but there is an optional donation of 2 pounds.

Directions: From Dorchester, go towards Wool, and upon arrival, take the right hand turn, just before the railway crossing, and follow the sign posts, first to West Lulworth, and then towards East Lulworth. Just before the entrance to Lulworth Castle, take a right-hand turn, and follow the signs towards 'Tyneham Village'. Once at the top of the hill, look out for a sharp turn on the right. From Poole, take the A35, then A351 towards Swanage. Just after Wareham turn right and follow signs to Creech/Kimmeridge, then Tyneham. The turning to Tyneham village is on the left.

OS Grid Ref: SY881802    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.62162, -2.16815   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5DE

Friday 13th May, meet time 14:00

Trip Away

National Young Ramblers Event, hosted by Tiger Bay Ramblers

Walk or event leader: Christine O'Byrne    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Please note this was organised and booked up some time ago via emails to the then Members. This entry is for our Walk Records and for any insurance issues. Friday includes a Cardiff History Walk then bar. There are a variety of walks on offer on Saturday; a treasure Hunt on Saturday evening; and an optional walk on Sunday after a Workshop session.

Start or meeting point: See email.

Directions: See emails.

OS Grid Ref: ST193759    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 51.47673, -3.16264   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 99 E Moors Rd, Cardiff, Cardiff CF24

Sunday 8th May, meet time 10:30

Social Event

Christchurch Food and Wine Festival

Walk or event leader: Katie    Contact: 07493880897    Email event leader

Description:

I have always wanted to go to this event as it looks like fun- especially as there's food involved. There will be a wide variety of local, regional and international food and drink related products at the market located in the high street lay-boys and ally. There is also a festival village on the Quomps at Christchurch Quay, with a demonstration marquee and a picnic area where we could enjoy food purchases. Musicians will be performing in the bandstand on the quay as well as in Saxon Square. There is no programme as yet, but I will post on Facebook nearer the time. You can get more information on www.christchurchfoodfest.co.uk.

Start or meeting point: Meet me at the entrance of Christchurch Train Station. I will wait till 10:45 (15 mins after meet time of 10:30 ). Please let me know if you plan to attend via group email or by texting me on my mobile number listed.

Directions: It is suggested by the organisers to try not to drive to Christchurch as car parking will be at a premium during the festival and it will be very busy. You can park further away and use public transport. I will be using the train and the station is only a 10 minute walk to town. There are buses, but parts of the town centre will be closed off and there will be temporary stops. If you are going to go by bus, give me a text on my mobile number listed and I can arrange to meet you on route.

Event address: Christchurch Train Station, Stour Road, Christchurch BH23 1PL

OS Grid Ref: SZ153931    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.73820, -1.78450   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 22 Station Rd, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1QY

Sunday 1st May, meet time 10:45

Social Event

Dorset Knob Throwing

Walk or event leader: Phil G    Contact: 07960142190    Email event leader

Description:

Join me for this annual food festival and the famous Dorset Knob biscuit throwing festivities in Cattistock village.  Enjoy the fun atmosphere and the chance to sample (and buy!) lots of  Dorset/regionally made food and drink.  If you are feeling competitive you can join in with the throwing of the Dorset Knob biscuits and other related activities such as the 'Knob and Spoon race'!  Make this social event a part of your May bank holiday weekend.  Admission is £4.00 per person (under 12s free) and is open from 10 am - 4 pm (free parking).  For more information see www.dorsetknobthrowing.com.

Start or meeting point: Meet me just inside the main entrance (I think there should just be one main entrance like last year). I will wait for 15 minutes approx. after the meet time of 10.45 am. Please let me know via the group email address if you plan to attend so that I can look out for you (or phone/text me on my mobile number listed)

Directions: From Dorchester take the A37, then A356 towards Crewkerne. At Maiden Newton Post Office turn right, go past the War Memorial and take the next left signed Cattistock. Continue approx. 1 mile, over two bridges into Cattistock and follow the car park signs. POST CODE FOR SAT NAVS IS: DT2 0AQ

Event address: CATTISTOCK VILLAGE POST CODE IS DT2 0AQ

OS Grid Ref: SY593995    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.79388, -2.57747   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 3 Duck St, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 0JH

Saturday 23rd April, meet time 11:00

Social Event

DYW Annual General Meeting, Meal and more...

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

Join us for the DYW Annual General Meeting, which this year will be held at Vivo Lounge in Dorchester’s new Brewery Square, on Saturday April 23rd 2016, at 11:00. We will be booked into “the Snug” – a room off the bar.
http://thelounges.co.uk/lounges/vivo-lounge/  

As well as re-locating to the snug of a bar, we have decided to take a less formal and more pragmatic approach with the event, as some of the formalities can be off-putting and superfluous to our needs at DYW. 

N.B. If you really want to get into the nitty-gritty of it, attachments have been circulated via email (sent 18/3/16), to the members (to cover rules on Voting, Motions and Amendments to our Constitution). But Voting etc. is pretty self-explanatory and Motions and Amendments are very rare.

We will be booked in for 11:00am, with the meeting being about an hour; before we settle down to the lunch – the food there has always been rather good! After lunch will be quite flexible, in that there will be a short walk for anyone who fancies it…or people can take advantage of the bargain tickets at Dorchester Plaza - only £3.50 - and go see whatever’s on…or you can simply call it a day after lunch.

In the meeting, like I say, this year we have decided to be more pragmatic. There will be reports from the previous year’s Committee, celebrating our successes of the last 12 months; then some prize give-aways (for those who’ve lead/walked the most miles etc.); and then we will be forming the new Committee. So come and hear what we’ve been up to in the last 12 months; see if you win a prize; but also show your support by attending.

PLEASE EMAIL IN TO BOOK YOUR PLACE FOR THE MEAL.

Also circulated to the members was an email (sent 18/3/16) regarding the need for members to step forward this year and volunteer some of their time; otherwise the Committee will be too stretched and the group risks folding, even though we are thriving in just about everything else! We know that 4 Posts are not being re-stood for: Treasurer; Walks Cordinator; Area Representative; and Membership Secretary).

This needn’t be too onerous on each person. Many hands make light work. And the experience is quite rewarding and should be enjoyable. If any one is able to help, please let us know (by email/on a walk) - it is important to find interested people before the AGM.

Hoping to see you there.

 

Start or meeting point: Vivo lounge, Dorchester (the new Brewery Square area). This is accessible by public transport; Dorchester South train station being around the corner.

OS Grid Ref: SY690901    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71002, -2.43918   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 17 Weymouth Ave, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1QY

Sunday 17th April, meet time 10:30

8 mile Day Walk

A Walk in Wiltshire on the Longleat Estate with a view of Longleat House

Walk or event leader: Toni    Contact: 07583335119    Email event leader

Description:

An  8 mile circular walk fairly flat with amazing views. Bring pack lunch and wear suitable foot wear.

Start or meeting point: Park at Shearwater lake.

Directions: South-west of Warminster, easily reached from the A350 Warminster to Shaftesbury road.

OS Grid Ref: ST854420    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 51.17734, -2.20960   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Bargate Cottage, Shearwater, Crockerton, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 8AE

Saturday 9th April, meet time 10:30

10 mile Day Walk

Maiden Castle and Hardy's Monument

Walk or event leader: John    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Circular walk starting from Maiden Castle, one of the most  extensive Iron Age hill forts  in the country.  We will head along downland ridges and though dry valley bottoms towards Hardy's Monument. On a clear day, this walk offers lovely far reaching views both inland and towards the sea. Please bring packed lunch and plenty to drink. This walk can be quite exposed to the elements, so bring appropriate clothing. 

As this is a 10 miler, we will retain a fairly good pace.

Start or meeting point: Maiden Castle Car Park, Dorchester

Directions: From the A35, Dorchester bypass, head up to Dorchester from the Tesco / football club roundabout. This is Weymouth Avenue. There is a left turn signed Maiden Castle. Follow Maiden Castle Road right to the end where you will reach the car park.

OS Grid Ref: SY668889    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.69912, -2.47098   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Maiden Castle Rd, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 9PP

Saturday 2nd April, meet time 10:30

6.5 mile Day Walk

Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove Circular

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

Circular walk in a beautiful part of Dorset, taking in the iconic Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. The pace will be fairly leisurely, as will be the lunch stop, which will be at Durdle Door half way round. Drinks at the end at Lulworth Cove, before heading back to Church Road ( a nice 15 min walk back). Please bring lunch and water.

Start or meeting point: The meet point is Church Road (meet by the Church ). There is free parking here and enough space for 12 cars. However, you can also park in Lulworth Cove Heritage Centre (pay and display) then walk to Church Road on the pavement along the B3070 (a nice, 15 min walk), then turn left at the shops, to Church Road. Either way, please car share if possible. This walk is accessible by public transport - search for Traveline site.

OS Grid Ref: SY822807    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.62601, -2.25226   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 4 Church Rd, West Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset BH20

Sunday 20th March, meet time 11:00

5 mile Day Walk

Weymouth Walk- Preston,Bowleaze and Lodmoor Nature Reserve

Walk or event leader: Julia    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Starting from Littlemoor we follow the main road towards the Preston area of Weymouth and then along a quiet stretch of path to Bowleaze Cove where there are good views overlooking the bay towards Weymouth and Portland.  We will then head along the seafront towards Lodmoor Nature Reserve where we will pick up a path along the edge of the reserve before passing through fields back to Littlemoor.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink. Please wear suitable footwear as parts of the walk are muddy.  There will be refreshments at the end- there is a garden centre cafe nearby for tea and cakes etc. 

 

Start or meeting point: Littlemoor Shopping Centre Car Park

Directions: Littlemoor is clearly signed from the A354 and A353.

OS Grid Ref: SY679832    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.64812, -2.45470   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Louviers Rd, Weymouth, Dorset DT3

Saturday 12th March, meet time 10:45

6 mile Day Walk

Hengistbury Head

Walk or event leader: Janine and Fran    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A 6 mile walk around Hengistbury Head starting in Tuckton at the Riverlands car park, Wick Lane, BH6 4LF (post code is approximate). We will walk along the river Stour past Christchurch Harbour and around the Mudeford Sandbank and then back along the top of Hengistbury Head, where we will hopefully get some great views of Christchurch Harbour, Poole Bay, Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight. We will then walk back down and along the beach before heading back to Tuckton. There will be a lunch stop during the walk, so please bring a packed lunch. We are also planning to stop off near the end of the walk for refreshments.

The car park is £3.50 for up to 4 hours, alternatively on street parking is available in the streets close by. For those wishing to use public transport, Christchurch train station is a 20 minute walk away or Yellow buses stop at Tuckton Bridge which is a 5 minute walk.

Start or meeting point: Riverlands car park, Wick Lane, BH6 4LF (post code is approximate)

Directions: From the A338 (Wessex Way), exit at the Cooper Dean roundabout. At the roundabout, take the exit onto Castle Ln East/A3060. At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Iford Lane. Then at the end of Iford Lane turn left onto Tuckton Road. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Wick Lane. Destination will be on the left.

OS Grid Ref: SZ152921    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.72904, -1.78552   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 24 Wick Ln, Bournemouth, Bournemouth BH6

Saturday 5th March, meet time 10:30

8 mile Day Walk

Circular Walk Between Corfe Castle and Langton Matravers **Revised date - was previously Sunday***

Walk or event leader: David    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This walk starts in Corfe Castle. It initially runs parallel to the ridgeway, going in the direction of Swanage, and passing through a mixture of wood, grassy terrain and farmland. The half way point occurs around Langton Matravers. After passing through this village, there is a fairly steep assent, before turning back in the direction of Corfe Castle, and walking along the top of the ridgeway, with impressive views of Poole Harbour and Swanage. There are a number of tea shops and pubs in Corfe Castle, at the end of the walk. 

 

It can be quite muddy. Please remember to bring suitable clothing and lunch.

 

Start or meeting point: The National Trust Car Park, in Corfe Castle.

Directions: Starting from Wareham take the A351 South, following the signs to Corfe Castle. Corfe Castle is signposted to the right, off a roundabout, just before the village. After a few minutes, take the first left into the National Trust car park, which can be identified by a large visitors center. The car park itself is situated just outside Corfe Castle.

OS Grid Ref: SY959824    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.64213, -2.05855   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): The National Trust, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5DR

Saturday 27th February, meet time 10:30

4.5 mile Walk Leader Training

Map Reading and Navigation Day

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

This is a fairly unique opportunity to spend a day on Introduction to Map Reading and Navigation. I attended a Volunteer Development Day that the Ramblers held about a year ago, with the intention (by them and me) to hold a similar event for our group.

The morning will be "classroom-based" at the Colliton Club, Dorchester; where we can have lunch; while the afternoon will be "field-based" map reading. If you have them, please bring: a compass; Orange OS map for Dorchester (Explorer Map OL15); map case (weather dependent);  as well notepad and pen/pencil...Plus your normal walking gear incl. snacks. Handouts will be provided though.

This event is by booking only please - if you have done so already; you're in. If not please ensure you book, as space is very limited.

 

Start or meeting point: Colliton Club, Dorchester. Opens at 10:30.

Directions: At the Top o' Town Roundabout, head North, then immediately Right towards the parking. Keep going till you see the Colliton Club (looks like a pub) on the Right.

OS Grid Ref: SY690908    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71603, -2.43968   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 36 Glyde Path Rd, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XB

Sunday 21st February, meet time 10:30

4.5 mile New Members Walk

New Members' Walk - Sturminster Newton

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A short, circular walk in north Dorset that is particularly suitable for new members. The walk starts in the middle of Sturminster Newton and goes via Fiddleford, Hole House and Sturminster Newton Mill before returning to the town for a drink/lunch. There is one hill through a wooded area as we leave Fiddleford.  Please bring a drink and a snack.

Start or meeting point: Outside The White Hart pub, Market Cross, Sturminster Newton.

Directions: From the A350 to the north of Blandford, take the A357 through Durweston and Shillingstone, and on reaching Sturminster Newton turn right onto Bridge Street. This runs into Market Cross but the closest long stay car park is on Station Road (free on Sundays at time of writing). Please note we do not have permission to use the pub car park.

OS Grid Ref: ST786140    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.92569, -2.30532   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Market Cross House, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 1AN

Saturday 13th February, meet time 18:30

Social Event

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Walk or event leader: Anna    Contact: 07813 499061    Email event leader

Description:

Banff Mountain Film Festival is coming to the Lighthouse in Poole on Saturday 13 February. This promises to be a treat with a series of short films showcasing adventure sports and wild places from around the world. The films start at 7.30pm and we'll meet at the Lighthouse bar at 6.30pm for drinks beforehand. Tickets cost £13.50 and they usually sell out, so if you would like to come, please book your tickets online beforehand, at: http://www.banff-uk.com/event/poole-red-film-programme/ 

Seats are unallocated so we'll still be able to sit together on the night.

 

It would also be helpful if you could text or e-mail me to let me know you're planning to join us, so we know who to look out for in the bar. I went to this last year and it was a fantastic evening - hope to see you there!

Start or meeting point: Meet at the bar at the Lighthouse, Poole.

Directions: The Lighthouse is located on Kingland Road in Poole, opposite the bus station. It is a short walk from Poole train station.

Event address: The Lighthouse, 21 Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

OS Grid Ref: SZ016909    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71861, -1.97743   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 21 Kingland Rd, Poole, Poole BH15 1UG

Sunday 7th February, meet time 10:45

8 mile Day Walk

Ringstead Coastal Walk

Walk or event leader: Louise    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Starting from the National Trust car park above Ringstead, we will head East towards White Nothe and though The Warren towards Scratchy Bottom. Then slightly inland towards Newlands Farm. We will return via a track to the start point. There are some wonderful views. May be very muddy and slippery in places.

Please bring packed lunch and a drink.

There are no toilets at the start and none en route, however there is the odd bush!

In the event of snowy or severe icy weather, please check emails and website for last minute cancellations, as the lane to Ringstead is not gritted.

mileage is approx 8.

 

 

Start or meeting point: National Trust Car Park to the North East of South Down Farm

Directions: From the A353, take the Ringstead turning. Follow this though the hamlet of Upton. Follow this road to the very end and you will go over a cattle grid. You will then be at the National Trust Car park. Ignore the toll road turning off this lane on the right to Ringstead Bay.

OS Grid Ref: SY757824    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.64161, -2.34403   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Falcon Barn, Dorchester, Dorset DT2

Saturday 23rd January, meet time 10:45

4 mile Day Walk

Perimeter of Dorset 13 - West Bay to Chideock

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A short but hilly continuation of the Perimeter of Dorset series of walks, that takes us from West Bay where we finished last time along the next stretch of the South West Coast Path to the village of Chideock.  There should be good views out to sea (weather permitting).  Please bring a drink and a snack for a stop at Thorncombe Beacon - quite a steep climb but worth it for the views from the top.  We should be in Chideock in time for lunch at the George Inn, followed by the 14:10 bus back to West Bay. 

Start or meeting point: Outside the George Hotel, West Bay.

Directions: This walk is accessible by public transport, and attendees are encouraged to arrive by bus if possible. We'll aim to walk out at 11am, the bus from Weymouth arrives at 10:30. If you are driving, take the A35 towards Bridport. On reaching the roundabout at Bothenhampton, take the exit south toward Burton and West Bay, then the turnoff onto West Bay Road. Follow this past the junction with George Street and turn right near the angling centre to find the pub. Long stay parking is available in the East Beach car park (turn left near the angling centre), at £2 all day at time of writing.

OS Grid Ref: SY463904    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71141, -2.76171   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): George Hotel, 18 George St, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EY

Sunday 10th January, meet time 10:30

7 mile Day Walk

Kingston Lacy and Badbury Rings

Walk or event leader: Phil C    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Starting near Pamphill Primary School, this walk skirts the edge of Kinsgton Lacy Park before visiting Badbury Rings and returning via King Down. Much of the walk is on National Trust Property.  Walkers are informed that dogs are not allowed on Badbury Rings at any time becasue of grazing sheep.  Post walk refreshments in one of the many pubs of Wimborne.

Start or meeting point: Car Park behind Pamphill School.

Directions: From Wimborne (Pye Corner), take the B3082 and turn left after Victoria Hospital into Cowgrove Road, pass the football club and later turn left up Vine Hill passing the Vine Pub and Pamphill School, car park on right behind school. From Blandford take the B3082 and turn right at sign for Pamphill Dairy, pass the Diary and turn left. Parking on left after the cricket pitch.

OS Grid Ref: ST992004    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.80351, -2.01157   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Vine Hill, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 4EE

Saturday 2nd January, meet time 10:30

6.5 mile Day Walk

New Forest circular through Wood Green

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A walk through a variety of countryside in the western New Forest as part of the Ramblers' Festival of Winter Walks.

Starting from the Ashley Walk Forestry Commission car park, we'll walk to the picturesque village of Wood Green with great views over the Avon Valley along the way. There will be an optional coffee/toilet stop in Wood Green before returning to the car park via Godshill Inclosure.

Start or meeting point: Ashley Walk Forestry Commission car park - off the B3078 from Fordingbridge to Brook/Cadnam. The car park is easy to spot, parallel to the road and about 0.25 mile further on away from Fordingbridge from postcode SP6 2LN.

Directions: From Bournemouth take the A338 as far as Fordingbridge, then go east along the B3078 through Godshill.

OS Grid Ref: SU186156    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.93979, -1.73624   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): B3078, Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6

Monday 28th December, meet time 10:30

5 mile Day Walk

Festival of Winter Walks

Walk or event leader: Toni    Contact: 07583335119    Email event leader

Description:

A cicular walk from Montacute climing up to Ham Hill where there are some good viewing points and pub the Prince of Wales has a large beer garden. We will stop for lunch, please bring a packed lunch as you don't have to buy from the pub if you don't want to.  Will be a longish lunch then the decent through woods back to village.

When recced the woods were very muddy.  Please ware appropriate foot gear.

Start or meeting point: Opposite The Phelips Arms or near by there is limited parking please car share if possible.

Directions: Village Montacute signposted from Yeovil on A3088 Post Code TA15 6XB OS map ST 501/173.

OS Grid Ref: ST498169    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.94946, -2.71551   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 8 The Borough, Montacute, Somerset TA15 6XB

Saturday 12th December, meet time 10:00

13 mile Day Walk

Bath circular - again - this time with SURG (Surrey)

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Yet another opportunity for people who thought this walk looked interesting! It's on the calendar for 12th December on behalf of SURG - the Surrey equivalent to our group.

Details all the same as before, except an earlier start owing to the limited daylight hours.

Full info. from 12th September on our website:
http://www.dorsetyoungwalkers.org.uk/walks-events/bath-circular-sub-terra-to-skyline/

 

Start or meeting point: Outside the south side of Bath railway station (close to River Avon).

Directions: Travel: Car - Odd Down Park and Ride - park for free and just pay £2.60 return for the bus journey (BA2 8PA). Train: unfortunately a rather early start (06.38 from Weymouth) arriving Bath at 08.45.

OS Grid Ref: ST752643    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 51.37722, -2.35660   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Halfpenny Bridge, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset BA1 1SX

Sunday 6th December, meet time 11:15

5.5 mile Day Walk

Post Christmas Party beach path walk.

Walk or event leader: Joanne    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

To blow out the cobwebs from the night before, for those of you who will be partying the night away. And for those of you who would also like to join us.

 Starting at the Queens Hotel, I will be leading a leisurely walk along Bournemouth beach front towards Fishermans Walk zig zag in Southbourne. The walk is mainly flat along the promamnade but includes the ascents and descents of the zig zags at each end and middle of the walk. These are quite steep but short.

We will stop half way for either a coffee or a pint in the cafe or pub at Fishermans Walk, then stroll back along the front to the start point.

Parking is availble on the roads around the Queens Hotel, this is paid for at the Pay Meters around.

Please bring a drink and snacks if you wish for during the walk.

 

Start or meeting point: Queens Hotel and Spa Bournemouth, Meyrick Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3DL, United Kingdom

Directions: From Bournemouth Centre drive up Bath Road, take a right on the roundabout on to Meyrick Road. You can walk along the beach front from Bournemouth Pier, if you are coming by bus.

OS Grid Ref: SZ095911    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71972, -1.86579   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 3 Meyrick Rd, Bournemouth, Bournemouth BH1 3EB

Saturday 5th December, meet time 18:00

Social Event

Christmas Party 2015

Walk or event leader: Joanne    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A Masquerade Ball at The Queens Hotel in Bournmouth. The Hotel is in the prime position of Bournemouth East Cliff, just a short walk from the beaches, pier and town centre of Bournemouth.

We had a fantastic Christmas party last year and this promises to be a divinely decadent evening of good food, music and hopefully lots of dancing!

You'll be greeted by the masquerade hosts and will be given a mask in order to enter the proceedings. The price is £29.50 for a 3 course dinner, welcome drink, Christmas party novelties and a disco till 1am.

To book your place I will need a £10 deposit by Sunday 20th September. Apologies for the tight turn around but this is the deadline the hotel has given me. Details of who to make the cheque payable to and my address are in an email that I have sent to all members. (Please note that you DO need to be a member to attend ths social event). I have also attached a flyer to the email, for you to look at the venue in more detail and peruse the menu. I will ask for menu choices and the ramainder of the balance via email, at a later date.

This flyer also shows accommodation prices but please book any rooms you require directly with the hotel. 

For those of you wishing to blow out the effects of the night before, I will lead a short walk (approx. 4-5 miles) from the hotel - along the beach front, towards Southbourne; where we could stop for a coffee at either the cafe or pub at the top of Fisherman's walk, before returning back to the hotel.

Start or meeting point: The Queens Hotel and Spa Bournemouth, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3DL. Meet at 6pm, for complimentary drink and mask; then seating is at 7pm. (Note: this time has been edited from previously stated time).

Directions: The hotel is a 20 minute walk from Bournmouth centre. There are a selection of buses from Bournmouth Centre - Please check bus number and times. Limited parking is available at the hotel, but please enquire in the hotel if none is available. There is also free parking with time restrictions on the surrounding roads.

Event address: The Queens Hotel and Spa Bournemouth, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3DL

OS Grid Ref: SZ095911    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71991, -1.86563   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Gervis Roundabout, Bournemouth, Bournemouth BH1 3DL

Saturday 28th November, meet time 10:15

9 mile Day Walk

Perimeter of Dorset 12 - Abbotsbury to West Bay

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

The next in the Perimeter of Dorset series of walks takes us along the South West Coast Path from Abbotsbury to West Bay, just south of Bridport.  Please bring a packed lunch and a drink, as we'll stop at Burton Mere.  This should be a relatively easy walk for most of the distance, and there will be good vies out to sea (weather permitting). 

Start or meeting point: Outside the Swan Inn, Abbotsbury.

Directions: From Weymouth, follow the B3157 to Abbotsbury. The Swan Inn will be on your right, just before the village centre. This walk is accessible by public transport and attendees are encouraged to arrive by bus if possible. If you are driving, there's a pay and display car park in Rodden Row near the pub.

OS Grid Ref: SY579852    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.66522, -2.59562   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 2 Rodden Row, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4JL

Saturday 21st November, meet time 09:45

5 mile Joint Walk

Area AGM 2015 - The D'Urbeville Centre Wool

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This year's Area AGM will be hosted by the South Dorset Group and will take place at the D'Urbeville Centre, Wool in the afternoon of 21st November.  There will be a short walk in the morning, followed by a break for lunch before the meeting begins at 14:00. Please note the meet time for the walk is 09:45, to walk out at 10:00.  The walk grading and length are approximate, as this is being led by a member of South Dorset, not DYW.

Area AGM is your chance to influence how the Dorset Area (comprising the North, South, East, West, 4050 and DYW Groups) is run.  You can elect (or stand for) the new Area Council, vote on motions or ask questions as part of the meeting.  The national Chair of Trustees will be the guest speaker, and tea/cake are always available at the end. 

Start or meeting point: The D'Urbeville Centre, Colliers Lane, Wool.

Directions: Coming from Wareham on the A352, turn left onto Station Road then right onto Breach Field. At the end of the road turn right again into Colliers Lane and the hall should be visible soon after. Alternatively, this location is accessible by public transport - the exit from the train station brings you onto Station Road to walk the route set out above.

OS Grid Ref: SY843865    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.67850, -2.22275   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 41 Collier's Ln, Wool, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6DN

Sunday 15th November, meet time 10:15

7.5 mile Day Walk

High Corner- New Forest

Walk or event leader: Clare    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Pleasant walk across heathland and through some forest - fairly undulating. Hoping to see some of the New Forest's wildlife and catch the last of the autumnal leaves. There's a boggy 5mins near the start therefore walking boots are essential. Bring along a packed lunch to eat somewhere on route (and something waterproof to sit on). The full walk is 7.7miles, although if the weather's bad there is a shorter 5.8 mile option depending upon group consensus. Planning to have a drink at The High Corner Inn afterwards. Hope to see you there! 

Start or meeting point: High Corner Forestry Commission car park (free parking)

Directions: It's just off the pot-holed road leading down to The High Corner Inn, BH24 3QY (see their website for more details).

OS Grid Ref: SU199103    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.89253, -1.71835   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 3QY

Thursday 5th November, meet time 19:30

Social Event

Bonfire Night and Balti House, at Weymouth Bay

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536`    Email event leader

Description:

Join us to soak up the atmosphere at one of the community's largest events - Weymouth Bay Fireworks Display; followed by leaving the seafront and heading to the Balti House, to warm our cockles with some yummy curry. Please allow enough time to arrive and park, as it will get busy. Also, if you could let me know you want a seat, about a week before (by my email/text/phone), that would be grand - as I need numbers to book the table.

This event is close to the train station, if you wanted to use public transport.

Start or meeting point: Meet at the Jubilee Clock on the sea front at 7:30. We will wait for 10 minutes only, then head to the beach Bonfire, to watch the fireworks over the Bay, which start at 7:50/8:00. Parking: with the sea on your left, turn right down King St and keep heading down to the Pay and Display Car Park at the end of the road (turn right at the lights then left for the CP).

OS Grid Ref: SY680795    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.61436, -2.45251   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): S W Coast Path, Weymouth, Dorset DT4

Saturday 31st October, meet time 10:15

5 mile New Members Walk

Short Walk in Ringwood Forest

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A short circular walk through the quieter parts of Ringwood Forest, starting from the Visitor Centre at Moors Valley Country Park.  The walk starts by following the edge of the golf course, then turns toward the back of the forest before returning near to the Play Trail and Tree Top Trail (dogs on leads at this point please).  We finish with lunch/a drink at the Seasons Cafe.

Start or meeting point: Outside the Visitor Centre, Moors Valley Country Park.

Directions: Coming from the west on the A31, turn left at the Ashley Heath roundabout (towards Horton). Follow the road until you see signposts for the Country Park on the right. Please note: the one downside to this location is a parking charge of £6 for 4 hours, so car sharing is encouraged.

OS Grid Ref: SU106056    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.85000, -1.85027   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Ashley Heath, Ringwood, Dorset BH24 2ET

Saturday 24th October, meet time 10:30

9.5 mile Day Walk

Cheselbourne and the Dorsetshire Gap

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A circular walk passing through some very attractive countryside and fairly easy-going, virtually all of the ascent being very gradual.

Starting from Cheselbourne, we’ll pass over downs with views over a patchwork of fields. We then pass Highdon House and continue gradually uphill with a total ascent of about 200m in 4 miles. At the highest point, views extend from Hardy's monument in the west to Melbury Hill in the east.

Descending through woodland, we approach the Dorsetshire gap which has been a meeting of paths at least since medieval times. We walk along what is effectively a high embankment with great views over the lower ground to both north and south, with the medieval village of Melcombe Horsey in the distance.

Then it’s over fields to Lower Ansty followed by part of the grounds of Bingham's Melcombe House, a Grade I listed property, with a church dating mostly from the 14th century. There’s a short stretch along a quiet road followed by the final bridleway back to the start.

Start or meeting point: Long lay-by by Hillview Cottages, Cheselbourne, DT2 7NL. Best to enter Hillview Cottages on the Sat-Nav, if recognised; this is more precise than the postcode. If the lay-by is full, I suggest using the roadside parking of the closed pub a short way back down the road from the A35.

Directions: Heading along the A35 east of Dorchester, take the turning signed B3142 Piddlehinton. Cheselbourne is signed from the roundabouts. Note that after the north-side roundabout, and when travelling parallel to the A35, there is a right turn where the sign to Cheselbourne is partly obscured by vegetation. In Cheselbourne, pass the closed pub on the right, then about 1/4 mile after, the lay-by will be found on the left.

OS Grid Ref: SY764994    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.79423, -2.33524   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 5 Hillview Cottages, Cheselbourne, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7NL

Sunday 18th October, meet time 10:30

5 mile Day Walk

Beaminster, Stoke Abbott and Netherbury

Walk or event leader: Julia    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A walk through beautiful countryside around Beaminster taking in views from Gerrards Hill and the villages of Stoke Abbott and Netherbury.  The last stretch follows the River Brit.  There are a couple of short but steep hills - one soon after the start at the beginning of Gerrards Hill and one later on in the walk but we will take it easy on these! 

Please bring a packed lunch and drink and wear suitable footwear.  After the walk we hope to go to a pub in Beaminster. 

Start or meeting point: Meet at Yarn Barton Car Park just behind the main road through Beaminster. Turn right opposite the square - the car park is signed. Parking is free on Sundays and there are toilet facilities.

Directions: Beaminster is approximately 8 miles north of Bridport on the A3066.

OS Grid Ref: ST480013    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.80921, -2.73899   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 7 Fleet St, Beaminster, Dorset DT8 3EF

Sunday 11th October, meet time 10:30

6.5 mile Day Walk

Lulworth Circular

Walk or event leader: Louise    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Circular walk taking in Mupe Bay, Fossil Forest, Durdle Door, and Lulworth Cove. A very hilly part of the coast, so expect at least 2 very steep ascents, plus smaller hills.

Please bring packed lunch and drink. We will hopefully stop in Lulworth after the walk for a well deserved tea and cake or a pint!

There are toilets at the start point.

We will retain a fairly good pace, but will slow down up the hills. This walk will certainly get your heart rate up!

Start or meeting point: Outside the Heritage Centre in the Lulworth Cove Carpark. This is pay and display and quite pricey, so bring lots of change. Also car share if you can. Alternatively there is free roadside parking near the church in West Lulworth about a 10 minute walk away.

Directions: From Wareham, follow the signs to Lulworth. I am pretty sure it is well signed down to the Cove.

OS Grid Ref: SY822800    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.61957, -2.25264   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Britwell Dr, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5RH

Sunday 27th September, meet time 10:30

7 mile Day Walk

Jubilee Trail Anniversary Walk, from Moreton

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

Come along to this walk to mark the 20th Anniversary of the opening of The Jubilee Trail. The walk travels through Plantation and Heath land that surrounds Moreton and the paths are level and stoney - so accessible if it is your first walk.

(The Jubilee Trail is a 90 mile trail that stretches across Dorset and was opened on 24th September 1995 by Dorset Ramblers; to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Ramblers. Other Groups have also planned to walk sections of the Jubilee Trail around this date; to cover as much of it as possible around it's 20th birthday.)

Start or meeting point: Outside Moreton Tea Rooms, which is on the corner just before or just after Moreton Gardens (depending which way you are coming). There is free road parking surrounding this corner - on the left of the Tea Rooms; outside Moreton Gardens; or round the corner from the Tea Rooms. After the walk, we can return here for a drink.

Directions: If coming by car - on the B3390, take the turning North of Moreton Station (to Moreton). Moreton Tea Rooms is on the corner near Moreton Gardens.

   Walks grade: Leisurely

Event address: Moreton Tea Rooms

OS Grid Ref: SY803893    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.70326, -2.27891   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Hurst Rd, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8RQ

Saturday 19th September, meet time 12:00

Trip Away

Last of the Summer Cider Music and Cider Festival

Walk or event leader: Joanne    Contact: 07403327428    Email event leader

Description:

A 12 hour music and cider festival, hosted by Cranborne Chase Cider. Set in the lovely farming area of Minchington.

To celebrate The Best of Dorset, this chilled out but lively festival is brilliant fun and friendly.

Live music from Quinns Quiiney, Dog House Boat Boys, Mother Ukers, Skimmity Hitchers and lots more. Not to mention lots of Cider! There are also taditional ales and food stalls onsite.  

Tickets are £20 per adult (includes camping) and can be purchased from www.evenbrite.co.uk

If you could let me know that you are coming I can try to save enough camping space for us to camp together (my mobile number is above).

Camping is basic, when I was ther 2 years ago, there were just portaloos, no showers. But it is only one night, so manageable.

I won't be putting on a walk the next day as, as I say the facilities on site are very limited and I'm likely to want to get home the next morning. Anyone is welcome to lead a walk themselves the next day if they wish. 

Please note - No bbqs or glass are allowed onsite. 

 

Start or meeting point: Meet at the Farm. There will be someone on the gate to guide you to the parking area. We can choose where we camp, so I will get there at 12 and try to reserve some space for us all.

Directions: Off the A354 between Blandford Forum and Salisbury. When I went on Google maps it was very near to Tarrant Monkton. I remember it being easy to find last time I went.

Event address: 83 Minchington (Myncen Farm), DT11 8DH Blandford Forum

OS Grid Ref: ST972144    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.92978, -2.04008   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 87 Chapel Farm Cottages, Gussage Saint Andrew, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 8DL

Sunday 13th September, meet time 11:00

Social Event

Strurminster Newton Cheese Festival

Walk or event leader: Phil Garnett    Contact: 07960 142190    Email event leader

Description:

Come and sample the delights of the annual Sturminster Cheese Festival on Sunday 13 September (the first day of the event is on Saturday 12th Sept.).  This food festival offers over 70 food and cheese exhibitors and over 80 craft stalls.  Come and sample the best of the South-West's cheeses and other local/regional produce.  The festval also has real ales and cider to buy and live music to add to the atmosphere of the event. The festival is open from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm.   There is free parking near to the field where the event is held and a free park and ride service. The cost of the tickets on entry on the day is £5.00 per person (under 14's go free).  Sturminster Newton is on the A 357, north west of Blandford Forum.    The post code for Sat-Navs is DT10 1DQ.  Please let me know if you are going to attend this event so that I can look out for you, you can let me know via the group email account or text me on 07960 142190.    For more details please see the Cheese Festival website:  www.cheesefestival.co.uk.   See you there! 

Start or meeting point: Inside the main entrance. I will wait in this area for about 15 minutes from 11.00 am.

Directions: Sturminster Newton, Dorset is just off the A357 road north west of Blandford Forum or can be reached from Shaftesbury via the B3091.

Event address: Sturminster Newton, Dorset, post code: DT10 1DQ

OS Grid Ref: ST784136    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.92215, -2.30836   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 70 Bridge Street, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 1BZ

Saturday 12th September, meet time 11:15

13 mile Day Walk

Bath circular - Sub-Terra to Skyline

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This is another opportunity to follow the route enjoyed by several people last year - I always enjoy walking it so can't resist offering it again! Other groups will also be invited this time.

From Sub-Terra to Skyline is a circular walk from Bath taking in a section of the Kennet & Avon Canal, travelling below ground and on high ground along the way.

We'll start from Bath Railway Station and cross over Bathwick Green with panaramic views of the city before continuing along part of the National Trust's Skyline route. Then it's a drop down to the Kennet & Avon Canal at Bathampton, where there will be a lunch stop. You can order food at the pub, or eat a packed lunch by the canal.

The canal will be followed for 4 miles, passing the famous Dundas Aqueduct on the way to Brassknocker Basin, where there will be the option of a refreshment & toilet stop. Then we'll leave the canal for the peaceful Midford Valley and ascend a steep flight of steps onto the Two Tunnels Greenway. After passing through the longest cycling tunnel in Britain, and as much as 300 feet below ground level, we will arrive back in urban Bath where we will descend back to the station. We can then stay a while in Bath before heading home.

The date has been chosen as one when Bath Rugby have an away fixture. You must email me using the mail link above to let me know you are interested in coming.

Here are some photos from last year:

http://www.users.waitrose.com/~rod99/images/DSC00828%20low%20res.jpg    Dundas 1
http://www.users.waitrose.com/~rod99/images/DSC00829%20low%20res.jpg    Dundas 2
http://www.users.waitrose.com/~rod99/images/DSC00831%20low%20res.jpg    Brassknocker
http://www.users.waitrose.com/~rod99/images/DSC00839%20low%20res.jpg    Tunnel

Start or meeting point: Outside the south side of Bath railway station (close to River Avon).

Directions: Travel: Car - Odd Down Park and Ride - park for free and just pay £2.60 return for the bus journey. Train - Weymouth 8:46, £17.40; Dorchester West 8:59, £17.90 - arriving Bath 11:06. Groupsave available - 3 to 9 people at 34 per cent off.

OS Grid Ref: ST752643    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 51.37754, -2.35657   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Halfpenny Bridge, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset BA1 1SX

Saturday 29th August, meet time 10:15

10.5 mile Day Walk

Perimeter of Dorset 11 - Portland Spit to Abbotsbury

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

The next in the Perimeter of Dorset series of walks picks up where the Osmington - Weymouth walk left off, and takes us along the South West Coast Path from the Weymouth end of the spit that goes to Portland, to Abbotsbury.  We pass Chesil Beach and the Fleet, and walk through Ansty Country Park en route.  There should be excellent views out to sea (weather permitting).  The walk will end with a drink at the Ilchester Arms in Abbotsbury.  Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink, plus sun cream if the weather stays hot.

Start or meeting point: Meet at bus stop K4, the Esplanade, Weymouth (near the King's Statue), in time for the 10:15 bus to Portland. We'll walk out from the Weymouth end of the spit as soon as the bus gets there at around 10:30, and we're likely to finish in time for the X53 bus from Abbotsbury back to Weymouth at 16:27 or 17:27.

Directions: This walk is accessible by public transport and attendees are encouraged to arrive by bus or train if possible. From the station, walk toward the sea and the Esplanade bus stops will be signposted. If you are driving there is pay and display parking available at the station, which is signposted from the main road into Weymouth.

OS Grid Ref: SY680793    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.61293, -2.45353   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 84 The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7AA

Saturday 22nd August, meet time 10:30

9 mile Day Walk

Corfe Castle to Swanage Linear Walk

Walk or event leader: Mat    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

Join us on this old favourite route, from Corfe Castle to Swanage, returning via the Swanage Railway steam train. We will travel along the ridgeways, which will involve a some ascents and descents; then follow the Coast Path into Swanage, where we will catch the steam train back to the start. Please bring Six Pounds Fifty for the steam train back. We can also have a drink in Swanage if we time it right - trains are every 40 mins around that time. (Incidently, if the weather requires it, we can travel along the foot of each ridge way, which is less exposed).

Start or meeting point: Norden Park and Ride Car Park

Directions: Going South on the A351 (from Wareham to Corfe), take the 1st exit at the roundabout before Corfe Castle, then turn right at the sign for Norden Park and Ride. Parking is 3 pounds all day. Meet at the grassy island near the Car Park Attendant booth.

OS Grid Ref: SY956828    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.64568, -2.06227   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): A351, Wareham, Dorset BH20

Sunday 16th August, meet time 10:30

6 mile Day Walk

Cerne Abbas and Minterne Magna

Walk or event leader: Julia    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This walk incorporates the historic village of Cerne Abbas and some superb surrounding countryside. From Cerne Abbas we pass below the prehistoric figure of the Cerne Giant and continue across open country and woodland with great views, before descending into Minterne Magna. 

After lunch at Minterne Magna we have a short and easy climb on to a ridge which then leads down to the tiny hamlet of Up Cerne then along a quiet lane back to Cerne Abbas.  On the last stretch we will see the Cerne Giant in all his glory!

Please bring a packed lunch and a drink. Please wear appropriate footwear as the walk may be uneven and muddy in places. 

Start or meeting point: Kettle Bridge Car Park/ Picnic Area just outside the village.

Directions: Cerne Abbas is on the A352 Dorchester to Sherborne Road. The Car Park is clearly signposted to the north of the village from the road

OS Grid Ref: ST663014    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.81176, -2.47859   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 18 Duck Street, Cerne Abbas, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7LA

Sunday 9th August, meet time 11:00

4 mile Day Walk

Bring

Walk or event leader: Anna    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This is a short walk (around 4 miles) starting at Tyneham Village, with some stunning views of the coast. From the village, we will head up onto the ridgeway towards the Iron Age Hill Fort at Flowers Barrow, before we descend to Worbarrow Bay for a bring & share picnic lunch and optional swim. After lunch there is a short walk back into Tyneham, with an opportunity to explore the village before heading home.

Please bring food to share as part of the picnic, as well as sun screen and plenty to drink. There is no cafe or shop on this walk, but toilets are available at Tyneham Farm (two minutes walk from the car park).

 

 

Start or meeting point: Tyneham Village Car Park. There is no fixed charge for parking, but a donation of £2 per car is encouraged.

Directions: Please see directions at this link: www.tynehamopc.org.uk/visitors.html

OS Grid Ref: SY881802    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.62164, -2.16819   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5DE

Sunday 9th August, meet time 11:00

4 mile Day Walk

Bring

Walk or event leader: Anna    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Please note that the route of the walk has been updated, but the meeting point and start time remain the same.

This is a short walk (less than 4 miles) starting at Tyneham Village, with some stunning views of the coast. From the village, we will head up onto Gad Cliff, and we'll then follow the coast path for a short while before we descend to Worbarrow Bay for a bring & share picnic lunch and optional swim. After lunch there is a short walk back into Tyneham, with an opportunity to explore the village before heading home.

Please bring food to share as part of the picnic, as well as sun screen and plenty to drink. There is no cafe or shop on this walk, but toilets are available at Tyneham Farm (two minutes walk from the car park). 

Start or meeting point: Tyneham Village Car Park. There is no fixed charge for parking, but a donation of £2 per car is encouraged.

Directions: Please see directions at this link: www.tynehamopc.org.uk/visitors.html

OS Grid Ref: SY881802    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.62159, -2.16825   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5DE

Friday 7th August, meet time 17:45

Social Event

Open Air Shakespeare - The Tempest

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This year's open air Shakespeare production will again be taking place between late July and early August on Brownsea Island.  For those unfamiliar with Brownsea Open Aire Theatre, it's an amateur dramatics group that puts on an open air production of a Shakespeare play every summer, with profits going to the National Trust.

This year's play is 'The Tempest', a story of love, justice and disembodied spirits.  Several years before the play begins Prospero, the Duke of Milan, was usurped in a coup led by his younger brother, and marooned on an island with his daughter Miranda.  As the play opens, fate brings his brother's ship into striking distance of Prospero's island, and he determines to get his dukedom back with the help of the spirits that are pretty much the only other inhabitants.

The play runs from 22nd July to 7th August, and we will be attending on Friday, 7th August.  Tickets are £21, which includes the boat fare to Brownsea Island, landing fee and entry to the play.  We usually catch the 6pm ferry, which gives us time to have a picnic before the play starts at 7:30.  They generally finish by 10pm and we're back on Poole Quay around 11pm. 

Tickets for these plays sell like hotcakes so if you want to come along and haven't received the email about it, please email dywra@hotmail.com no later than 31st March.

Start or meeting point: Poole Quay, outside the Lord Nelson pub, at 5:45pm for the 6:00pm ferry.

Directions: From the A35, follow signs to Poole Town Centre and from there to Poole Quay. There is a multi-storey, pay and display car park available.

Event address: The Lord Nelson, The Quay, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HJ

OS Grid Ref: SZ013902    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71210, -1.98185   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): The Quay, Poole, Poole BH15 1HD

Wednesday 5th August, meet time 18:45

3.5 mile Evening Walk

Evening Walk around Badbury Rings

Walk or event leader: Elaine    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

An evening walk exploring around Badbury Rings, we'll go for a drink in Wimborne after.  If you are on our facebook page I will put an event on there, could you please let me know if you're coming along

Start or meeting point: Badbury Rings National Trust Car Park

Directions: Follow signs to Badbury Rings off the B3082 Blandford - Wimborne Minster Road

OS Grid Ref: ST962029    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.82631, -2.05455   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): B3082, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 9JL

Saturday 25th July, meet time 19:00

2.5 mile Evening Walk

Abbotsbury short walk

Walk or event leader: Adrian    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

An hour's walk from Abbotsbury up to the ridgeway and then following along it and then back down again into the village, followed by a drink in the Ilchester arms.  Great views at the top if the weather is good.  Parking can be found in Rodden Way in the village before you get to main high street, or you can try and find a space in the village centre.

Start or meeting point: Opposite Ilchester arms pub in Abbotsbury

OS Grid Ref: SY576853    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.66634, -2.60041   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 18 Market Street, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4JR

Friday 24th July, meet time 16:00

Trip Away

Pennington Camping Trip

Walk or event leader: Louise W    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Summer Camping Trip to  Pennington, near Lymington, Hampshire.

http:/www.hurstviewleisure.co.uk

Dates: 24-26 July ( I have booked for the Friday and Saturday night. You can stay Sunday night if you wish, by arrangement with the site ). As this is so close to home, you can choose whether you want to book the Friday off or not. I expect the majority of us will arrive between 3:30 - 6pm, however, you can arrive earlier if you wish). We will probably head to the pub around 7pm,(tbc), so you will need to aim to arrive before this, to get your tent up.

Cost: £10 per pitch per night if one person in a tent.  £20 per pitch per night if 2 people in a tent. A £10 deposit is required.

How to book: If you are a member, you should have received an email about this. If you are not a member, please email the group, who will be able to check your membership status and forward your email on to me.  Priority goes to DYW members, however this is open to members of other groups too.  You must be a Ramblers member to join this trip.

Please let me know if you are planning to come on this trip. If you don't know my personal email, then please email DYW, who can forward your email on to me. Please book your space asap, as numbers are limited to 16 people.

Gear/ Transport:: You will need your own camping gear and food. Transport is not provided, however, if you email, I can put you in touch with others who may be able to offer a lift.

The campsite seems fairly chilled and they allow campfires. There is a nature reserve and coastal walks nearby. We normally go to a pub on the first night and have a BBQ the second night. Hurst Castle is also nearby, plus there are boat trips, so plenty to do. The most important thing is chilling out at the campsite! There will be no major plans Sunday, as some of us may want to head home. The site are happy with groups, as long as we respect the site rules and are quite after dark.

Start or meeting point: Hurst View Leisure Hurst View Caravan Park

Directions: Please see the campsite's website for directions to the site. On arrival, please check in at reception and state you are with the Dorset Walkers.

Event address: Hurst View Caravan Park, Lower Pennington Lane, Pennington, Lymington, SO41 8AL

OS Grid Ref: SZ317933    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.73890, -1.55181   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Solent Reach Mews, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 8AL

Thursday 23rd July, meet time 19:15

3.5 mile Evening Walk

Evening Walk around Hambledon Hill

Walk or event leader: Elaine    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

An evening walk around Iwerne Courtney (Shroton) and weather permitting enjoying the beautiful views from Hambledon Hill

The village pub http://www.thecricketersshroton.co.uk/ serves food from 6.30 and I will grab something to eat there.  If you're on the facebook page I will put an event there - can you let me know if you are coming along

Start or meeting point: Meet outside the Cricketers Inn Shroton (also known as Iwerne Courtney). Please park in the layby opposite the church or unobtrusively in the village

Directions: The village has 2 names Iwerne Courtney and Shroton. It is off the A350 and the pub (The Cricketers) is signposted from the main road

OS Grid Ref: ST860124    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.91135, -2.20007   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Main Street, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11

Saturday 18th July, meet time 11:15

6 mile Day Walk

Swanage circular including the beach and a steam train ride

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

On the first part of this walk, we'll start from the Village Inn, Ulwell (which will be open from 10 for coffee; toilets available.) On reaching Swanage, we can have lunch on the beach, weather permitting.

After some time on the beach, we will catch a steam train to Harman's Cross (Fare: £4) and from there, we will start the second, and longer, part of the walk back to Ulwell through some very attractive countryside.

Start or meeting point: At the Village Inn, Darkie Lane, Ulwell. Near to BH19 3DG. If driving, please park in one of the two large laybys on Ulwell Road, which can be seen north of the marker on the map (Free parking). Do not park at the Inn. By bus, More Bus service 50 from Bournemouth Railway Station via Sandbanks runs half-hourly and is usually operated with open-top buses. Please be aware that these services can run full on Summer Saturdays and it may be advisable to join at the starting point.

OS Grid Ref: SZ021807    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.62684, -1.97054   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Darkie Lane, Swanage, Dorset BH19 3DG

Sunday 12th July, meet time 10:15

10 mile Joint Walk

Area Picnic 2015 - Hermitage Village Hall

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Dorset Young Walkers' contribution to the annual Area Picnic is this 8.5 mile circular walk from Hermitage village hall.  We'll be passing Lyon's Gate and Little Minterne Hill on our way to the lunch point at Giant's Hill, and after eating lunch with the other Dorset Ramblers groups will walk back to Hermitage via Upcerne and Penn Wood.

This event is a great way to meet walkers from other Ramblers groups and find out what's going on across the Area.  Various other walks will be led by the other groups and you're welcome to go on those instead.  We all aim to meet at the lunch point between 12:30 and 13:00, so please bring lunch, plenty to drink and sunscreen if we get a summer this year.  

Start or meeting point: Hermitage Village Hall

Directions: From Dorchester, take the A352 towards Sherborne. Pass through Middlemarsh and at the next crossroads turn left toward Hermitage. Follow the road round past Almshouse Farm into the village, and the village hall should be on your left.

OS Grid Ref: ST649072    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.86373, -2.49949   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Gunville Lane, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7BB

Sunday 12th July, meet time 09:45

9 mile Joint Walk

Area Picnic 2015 - Minterne Magna

Walk or event leader: Bruce Marriott    Contact: 01258 817942    Email event leader

Description:

North Dorset's Area picnic walk starts from Minterne Magna and takes in Telegraph Hill, Gore Hill and the Wessex Ridgeway as well as the Giant's Hill viewpoint for lunch.  Please bring a packed lunch, plenty to drink and sun cream.  Also, please note the earlier than usual meet time.  Bruce will walk out at 10am.  

Start or meeting point: Minterne Magna CP

Directions: From Dorchester take the A352 towards Sherborne. Minterne Magna is on the main road itself, but you'll need to turn left in the middle of the village to find the car park.

OS Grid Ref: ST658043    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.83764, -2.48610   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): A352, Dorchester, Dorset DT2

Sunday 12th July, meet time 09:45

9 mile Joint Walk

Area Picnic 2015 - Piddletrenthide

Walk or event leader: Margaret    Contact: 01202 522467    Email event leader

Description:

The East Dorset Group's medium walk for the Area picnic follows the Dorset Ridgeway from Piddletrenthide, meeting with the rest of us for lunch at Giant's Hill.  Please bring a packed lunch, plenty to drink and some sunscreen, and please note the earlier than usual start time: Margaret will walk out at 10am.

Start or meeting point: Piddletrenthide. Parking is dispersed throughout the village but the walk will leave from outside the post office.

Directions: Coming toward Dorchester from the east on the A31, take the exit towards Piddlehinton (B3142). On reaching the B3143 turn right and go through Piddlehinton to Piddletrenthide. The post office is off the main road on the left.

OS Grid Ref: SY704998    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.79705, -2.42053   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): B3143, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7QF

Sunday 12th July, meet time 09:45

9.5 mile Joint Walk

Area Picnic 2015 - Hillfield Hill

Walk or event leader: Kate    Contact: 01305 772126    Email event leader

Description:

The South Dorset Group will be leading a walk from Hillfield Hill for the Area picnic.  It will take in the Wessex Ridgeway, Cerne Abbas and Dogbury Gate, and there is a warning of two steep ascents on the route.  Please bring a packed lunch, plenty to drink and sun cream.  Also please note the earlier than usual meet time.  Kate will walk out at 10am. 

Start or meeting point: Hillfield Hill car park

Directions: From Dorchester take the A352 toward Sherborne. Go through Minterne Magna and take the next road on the left, toward Batcombe and Hillfield. The car park is on the right.

OS Grid Ref: ST635039    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.83376, -2.51868   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT2

Sunday 12th July, meet time 10:15

7.5 mile Joint Walk

Area Picnic 2015 - Sydling St Nicholas

Walk or event leader: Cynthia    Contact: 01300 320346    Email event leader

Description:

West Dorset Group's Area picnic walk starts from Sydling St Nicholas and passes Up Sydling, the Wessex Ridgeway and Nether Cerne as well as the lunch point at Giant's Hill.  Please bring a packed lunch, plenty to drink and sun cream, and note the earlier than usual meet time.  Cynthia will walk out at 10:30am. 

Start or meeting point: Sydling St Nicholas. Parking is on the road either in Church Lane or along the road near the village hall. The walk will leave from the bus shelter.

Directions: From Dorchester take the A37 towards Yeovil, go past the turn off for Frampton, then turn right and left toward Sydling St Nicholas. On reaching the village centre take the first left for the bus shelter.

OS Grid Ref: SY630993    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.79260, -2.52550   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Church Lane, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 9PA

Sunday 12th July, meet time 10:15

8 mile Joint Walk

Area Picnic 2015 - Buckland Newton

Walk or event leader: Sonia    Contact: 07841 748399    Email event leader

Description:

The 4050 Group will lead this Area picnic walk from Buckland Newton village hall, taking in Ridge Hill, Minterne Parva and the Wessex Ridgeway, and stopping for lunch with the rest of us at Giant's Hill.  Please bring a packed lunch, plent to drink and sun cream, and note the earlier than usual start time: the walk will leave at 10:30am. 

Start or meeting point: Buckland Newton village hall car park

Directions: Approaching Dorchester from the east on the A31, take the exit for Piddlehinton (B3142). On reaching the B3143 turn right. Go through Piddlehinton, Piddletrenthide and Alton Pancras, after which the road goes through Buckland Newton. The village hall is on the right just after a crossroads.

OS Grid Ref: ST693053    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.84666, -2.43654   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): B3143, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7DP

Sunday 12th July, meet time 09:15

15 mile Joint Walk

Area Picnic 2015 - Warden Close

Walk or event leader: Jason    Contact: 01202 380413    Email event leader

Description:

This year's long walk for the Area picnic will be led by the East Dorset group from Warden Close lay-by off the A37.  It will go via Up Sydling, Cerne Park, Minterne Parva and Batcombe, and will stop for lunch with the rest of us at Giant's Hill.  This route carries a health warning: even the East Dorset Group think it's strenuous and hilly, so please only do it if you're up for a challenge. 

Please bring a packed lunch, plenty to drink and sun cream.  Also, please note the early start time: there's a lot of ground to cover and Jason will walk out at 09:30am.

Start or meeting point: Warden Close lay-by on the A37.

Directions: From Dorchester, take the A37 towards Yeovil. The lay-by is on the right just after the karting track and the turn off for Frome St Quintin.

OS Grid Ref: ST605031    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.82642, -2.56168   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Long Ash Lane, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 9PW

Saturday 11th July, meet time 10:30

5 mile Day Walk

Rodwell Trail, Fleet and Seafood Festival

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

This is an ideal walk for New Members; it being a short walk with level terrain and gentle pace. (Current walkers, of course are welcome and are encouraged[!]; to meet and greet new members.) We take in part of the RSPB reserve at Radipole Lake as well as part of the Fleet and the Rodwell Trail - a popular green link used by walkers and cyclists that follows the old Weymouth to Portland railway. In the latter half of the walk, we visit Sandsfoot Castle ruins and Gardens, before heading for the atmosphere of the Seafood Festival - a highlight of the Weymouth calendar (www.dorsetseafood.co.uk). Here we can get some food from some of the many stalls (some seafood, some non-seafood) or one of the great pubs in Hope Square. This event is accesible by train (a few mins walk away) and is fine in good trainers (weather permitting).

Start or meeting point: Meet at the RSPB centre (thatched building) at Radipole Lake. Parking is Pay and Display; I would recommend 6 hours rather than the 4 hour period, to allow plenty of time at the festival.

Directions: On the A354 into Weymouth, you will pass the Radipole Lake and the RSPB centre on your left (see map). Turn left before the harbour, then left towards McDonalds, then left again to enter the RSPB centre.

OS Grid Ref: SY675796    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.61526, -2.45959   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Weymouth Way, Weymouth, Dorset DT4

Saturday 4th July, meet time 09:30

Walk Leader Training

Volunteer Development Day - Bristol

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Following a couple of requests for us to run walk leader training we decided to advertise this session, being run by Ramblers Central Office for all current or aspiring volunteers.  The day would be of interest to anyone who volunteers, or hopes to volunteer, in any role, as there are a number of different sessions running.  They include one on Managing a Group when leading a walk in the morning, and Navigation Skills in the afternoon.

The training day is being held in Bristol (venue TBC at time of writing), and you can attend for the morning or afternoon session or both (though please note some training sessions are all day).  For further details or to book a place on the course, please see http://www.ramblers.org.uk/what-we-do/news/2014/december/ramblers-volunteer-development-days-return-for-2015.aspx. 

Start or meeting point: Bristol - venue to be confirmed.

Directions: Please see the above website. Attendees are encouraged to reach Bristol by public transport if possible.

OS Grid Ref: ST594718    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 51.44399, -2.58459   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Saint Luke's Road, Bristol, City of Bristol BS3

Saturday 4th July, meet time 15:15

4 mile Day Walk

Pamphill Circular

Walk or event leader: John    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Afternoon walk starting in Wimborne and heading along the beautiful River Stour and returning via Pamphill. Come and enjoy this lovely area on a summers afternoon. No planned food stop, but please bring a drink. Please wear suitable footwear. Walk is fairly easy terrain, but can be muddy and wet in places if recent rain. Also some uneven areas. Don't  forget your sunscreen and a hat. Ideal for new members. 

Pub stop in Wimborne afterwards for a drink.

Start or meeting point: Old Road pay and display Car park, behind Green Man pub, Wimborne

Directions: Off Victoria Road near Green Man pub.

OS Grid Ref: SU006000    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.79972, -1.99247   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 18 Old Road, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1EJ

Saturday 27th June, meet time 10:00

5 mile New Members Walk

New Members' Walk at Corfe Castle

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This is a five mile circular walk from Corfe Castle, that is particularly suitable for new walkers.  It starts from the village square near the castle entrance and passes Norden Park and Ride and Blue Pool before finishing in time for lunch at the National Trust tea shop.  There should be good views of the castle itself.

Please bring plenty to drink, a snack and sun cream, and note the earlier-than-usual meet time.  We will walk out at 10:15 to be sure of getting back in time for lunch. 

Start or meeting point: The Square at Corfe Castle, just outside the Castle entrance.

Directions: This walk is accessible by public transport, and attendees are encouraged to arrive by bus if possible. If you are driving, Corfe Castle is on the main road from Wareham to Swanage, and there are signed car parks in the village (though you may need to pay for them).

OS Grid Ref: SY960820    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.63852, -2.05704   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 17 East Street, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5ED

Saturday 27th June, meet time 14:00

Social Event

Walks Planning Event - Corfe Castle

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Everyone's invited to our next walks planning event, taking place at the National Trust tea room, Corfe Castle.  There will be a short walk in the morning followed by lunch at the tea room, and the meeting will start around 2pm (or whenever we finish eating). The aim of the exercise is to fill our walks programme for the next few months, so please come along with some ideas for potential walks to lead.

If you're new to leading, don't worry - there will be maps and walk books available to give you some inspiration, and experienced leaders are always happy to help out with route planning and pre-walking.

Start or meeting point: The National Trust tea room, Corfe Castle.

Directions: Corfe Castle is accessible by public transport, and attendees are encouraged to arrive by bus if possible. If you are driving, the village is on the main Wareham - Swanage road, and there are signed car parks, though they may be pay and display.

Event address: The Square, Corfe Castle, BH20 5EZ

OS Grid Ref: SY960820    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.63838, -2.05764   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 4 West Street, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5HD

Saturday 13th June, meet time 15:00

Social Event

Folk Festival - Wimborne Minster

Walk or event leader: Elaine    Contact: 07967191307    Email event leader

Description:

Its nearly time for the Annual Wimborne Folk Festival - official page here: http://www.wimbornefolk.co.uk 

Many of the pubs in town also have a variety of bands on starting on the Friday evening.  

Head into Wimborne and take in all the morris dancing (a sight to behold) we will be watching The MotherUkers perform at The Taphouse at 3pm on Saturday if you want to join us and see some bands perform

Start or meeting point: The Taphouse, 11 West Borough, Wimborne Minster

Directions: From the square, follow the one way system towards the Tivoli Theatre - the Tap House is shortly before

Event address: 11 West Borough, Wimborne Minster

OS Grid Ref: SU008001    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.80115, -1.98867   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 17 West Borough, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1LT

Saturday 6th June, meet time 19:00

6 mile Evening Walk

White Horse Hill - Evening Walk

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

Come along for an evening walk in the lush greenery surrounding the Osmington White Horse - a chalk depiction of King George the Third, which covers over an acre and is visable for miles. There is an incline at the start, but is very easy walking after that.

 

There is the option of meeting at 5.30pm, at the Springhead Inn (looks really nice) beforehand for a meal, but let me know a.s.a.p. (email/text mobile) to book your seat. Alternatively, come along for just the walk at 7.00.

Start or meeting point: Whether you're coming for the meal or just the walk, the meet point is the Springhead Inn at Sutton Poyntz. 5.30 if having a meal - let me know by Friday to book your place. Or 7.00 for just the walk.

Directions: Whether heading into Weymouth or away from Weymouth; from the A353, take the turn opposite the Spiceship pub (to the Springhead Inn). Continue along the road and at the fork, bear RIGHT to the Springhead Inn (signed). Park near the the mill pond (should be enough parking) and meet at the Springhead Inn entrance.

OS Grid Ref: SY706838    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.65344, -2.41594   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 115 Sutton Road, Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 6LW

Sunday 24th May, meet time 10:30

8.5 mile Day Walk

Dorchester to Weymouth

Walk or event leader: David    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

The walk starts from Dorchester South train station, and follows the train line out of Dorchester, before joining a walking trail, which heads towards Sutton Poyntz. In the morning, we should have a good view of Dorchester, as we climb up to the highest point of the ridgeway, near the White Horse. At lunch, we will have a nice view overlooking Weymouth Bay, before walking down to Bowleaze Cove. We will travel back to Dorchester by public transport.

Start or meeting point: Dorchester South train station, near Costa Coffee. Note: it is Dorchester SOUTH, the main station, nr the new Brewery Square development. (I.e NOT Dorchester West).

OS Grid Ref: SY692900    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.70950, -2.43746   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Pope Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1GA

Saturday 16th May, meet time 10:00

9.5 mile Day Walk

Perimeter of Dorset 11 - Portland Circular

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

The next walk in the Perimeter of Dorset series is the Portland Circular.  Starting from Fortuneswell we follow the South West Coast Path in an anti-clockwise direction, stopping for lunch at Portland Bill.  There should be good views out to sea and along the coast, weather permitting.  Please bring lunch, a drink and weather-appropriate clothing. 

Start or meeting point: The bus stops by the King's Statue, Weymouth, in time for the 10:05 bus to Portland.

Directions: This walk is accessible by public transport, and attendees are encouraged to arrive by bus or train if possible. From Weymouth train station, walk toward the sea and then follow the pedestrian signs for the King's Statue. If you are driving, pay and display parking is available at the station, which is signposted from the main road. We'll meet at the bus stop. Please make sure you get to the correct one: we'll be taking the First in Wessex, Dorset

OS Grid Ref: SY680791    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.61144, -2.45325   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 59-60 The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset DT4

Sunday 10th May, meet time 10:30

6 mile Day Walk

Blandford, North Dorset Trailway and surrounding villages

Walk or event leader: Julia    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

From Blandford we follow the latest section of the North Dorset Trailway to be opened, to Stourpaine.  After lunch at Stourpaine we pass through the village of Durweston and through fields and woodland surrounding Bryanston School. 

The walk is very easy throughout, there is just one short and steep hill with steps!  Please bring packed lunch and drink.  Refreshments in Blandford afterwards. 

Start or meeting point: Stour Meadows Car Park - free parking.

Directions: Off the A354 Blandford Forum bypass, head towards the Tesco superstore, then turn off left towards the free car park beside the Brewery

OS Grid Ref: ST887059    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.85325, -2.16179   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Stour Park, Blandford Saint Mary, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11

Sunday 3rd May, meet time 11:00

Social Event

Dorset Knob Throwing and Food Festival, Cattistock

Walk or event leader: Phil Garnett    Contact: 07960 142190    Email event leader

Description:

Come and join me at the Dorset Knob Throwing and Food Festival in Cattistock near Maiden Newton. This event is held annualy and if you like throwing Dorset Knob Biscuits competitively and enjoy trying out local (Dorset/South-West) foods this event is for you. There are plenty of stalls from which you can buy produce that takes your fancy, this includes craft stalls. There are usually bands playing to help you soak up the atmosphere.  The price of admission is £2.50 per person upon entry and the car parking in the village is free.  You can see more details about this event on the website:  www.dorsetknobthrowing.com.   The event opens at 10.00 am and finishes at 4.00 pm.    

Start or meeting point: At the main entrance in the field, I will wait for you there for about 15 minutes after 11.00 am. Please let me know if you are thinking of coming to this event via the group email address. If you decide to attend on the day please text or call me on my mobile (number listed on this page)

Directions: From Dorchester take the A37 towards Yeovil then turn left onto the A356 towards Crewkerne. At Maiden Newton Post office turn right and past the War Memorial and take the next turning on the left signed to Cattistock. In the village there will be car park marshalls directing you to the car park. Also there are full directions on the Knob Throwing website

Event address: Cattistock, near Maiden Newton. Postcode is DT2 0JJ

OS Grid Ref: SY593994    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.79331, -2.57738   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 2 Ringers Plot, Cattistock, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 0JL

Saturday 2nd May, meet time 10:30

6 mile Day Walk

Shapwick ice cream walk

Walk or event leader: Katie    Contact: 07717009947    Email event leader

Description:

This walk consists of 6miles which is a circuit along watermeadows in Shapwick, then mid walk we stop for ice cream at the Barford ice cream gardens, nr Sturminster marshall.

Depending on the number of attendees parking can be at the side of the roads. I would not say there is plenty of parking, carsharing is advised if possible.

 

 

Start or meeting point: out side Anchor inn, shapwick

Directions: From main Blandford road bear left to Shapwick from Wimborne. If coming from Blandford bear right in to shapwick. The Anchor inn is on the High street near the end of the road to you right.

OS Grid Ref: ST937017    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.81529, -2.08960   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 195 West Street, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 9LB

Sunday 26th April, meet time 10:15

2.5 mile Day Walk

Thorncombe Woods and Bockhampton Circular - AMENDED; IS NOW 2-3 MILES (all other details same)

Walk or event leader: Louise    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Come and enjoy the woods in early Spring! Circular walk, starting in Thorncombe Woods. This walk includes woodland, fields and a waterway. We may be lucky enough to see some bluebells. Please bring packed lunch and water. There is a new cafe in the carpark which we can visit after the walk. If this is busy, I know of another tea room nearby. There is also an interesting visitor centre. You may wish to visit Thomas Hardy's birthplace after the walk. This is a National Trust property. 

If there has been recent rain, I may have to re-route this walk. 

The mileage will be approx 2-3 miles. The walk is mainly flat with only a couple of small hills. I am not sure of exact mileage, depends on route taken. 

 

 

Start or meeting point: Thorncombe Woods Car park. Should be signed Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre. There are toilets in this Car park. Please car share if possible, as the parking is limited. I believe the Car park is free, but please bring money just in case.

Directions: From the East, turn left off the A35 Higher Bockhampton junction. This turning is just after the end of the dual carriageway. Then turn left off this minor road down to the carpark. From the West / Dorchester, use the Kingston Maurwood College roundabout and follow this road taking a left turn to higher Bockhampton, then a right down to the carpark.

OS Grid Ref: SY725921    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.72807, -2.39047   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 7 Cuckoo Lane, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8QJ

Saturday 18th April, meet time 10:00

5.5 mile Day Walk

Holes Bay and Upton Country Park‏

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247536    Email event leader

Description:

This is a short circular walk that starts and finishes at the Twin Sails Wharf, where afterwards we'll have lunch at 1:00, followed by our AGM at 2:00. The walk will be fairly leisurely, around the perimeter of Holes Bay, taking in Upton Country Park and hopefully views of some of the birdlife in this area. Note: this walk starts at 10:00 to allow us to finish for a 1:00 lunch, in order to start the AGM at 2:00.

Start or meeting point: The Twin Sails Wharf entrance.

Directions: The Twin Sails Wharf is just south of the Poole train station, Asda and the RNLI buildings; on West Quay rd, with a large car park in front of it, which we are free to use. Post code for the Twin Sails Wharf is BH15 1HX.

OS Grid Ref: SZ007906    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71561, -1.99050   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): West Quay Road, Poole, Poole BH15

Saturday 18th April, meet time 14:00

Social Event

DYW AGM 2015, Twin Sails Wharf

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247536    Email event leader

Description:

This year's Annual General Meeting will take place in the function room of the Twin Sails Wharf, Poole. Please note: there is a short walk at 10:00, followed by lunch at 1:00, before the meeting starts at 2:00.


The AGM is your chance as members to influence the way the Group is run. Any full member of the Group is welcome to come along to hear what we've been doing over the last year, put a pre-notified motion (suggestion for a change in the running of the Group), ask a question and/or elect the new committee.


We would also encourage you to consider standing for a committee post if you're a Ramblers member. These don't necessarily take up much time, and we're always looking for new ideas on the committee. Any current committee member would be more than happy to discuss what's involved.

Start or meeting point: Function room of the Twin Sails Wharf, Poole, BH15 1HX.

Directions: The AGM (as is the walk) is accessible by public transport and attendees are encouraged to arrive by bus or train if possible. From the bus/train station walk down the B3068 toward Poole Quay, turn right onto West Quay Road and left to find the venue. If you're driving, take the A350 toward Poole Quay, then follow it round the one way system to go down West Street and back up West Quay Road. There is a large car park in front of the venue.

Event address: The Twin Sails Wharf, Poole, BH15 1HX.

OS Grid Ref: SZ007906    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71555, -1.99029   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): West Quay Road (NE-bound), Poole, Poole, Poole BH15

Saturday 18th April, meet time 19:00

Social Event

The King And The Corpse.

Walk or event leader: Dave    Contact: 07833502490    Email event leader

Description:

PERFORMANCE STORYTELLING BY TUUP
MUSIC BY SHEEMA MUKHERJEE
When a king is challenged to carry the corpse of a hanged man across a graveyard at night in return for power and wisdom - chaos, enchantment and dilemma inevitably ensue.  The corpse is not dead, it is possessed by a demonic spirit, whose enigmatic puzzles threaten to burst the King's head into a thousand pieces...

Wild, mysterious and comedic by turn - the fabulous storyteller, Godfrey Duncan TUUP, takes to the stage with sitar virtuoso Sheema Mukherjee, to tell transglobalised versions of a stunning 2,000 year old fairytale. As much an encounter as a performance, this formidable collaboration by two core members the world music collective Transglobal Underground, brings an 11th Century Indian fairytale to life.

Enter a place of metaphor, magic and ritual!

 

'this will stay with you long after it's over...' Londonistl  

 

TICKETS: £10 adults / £5 children - suitable 12+ (plus booking fee)

BOX OFFICE: 01202 888 992 
(advance booking highly recommended - we can't promise there will be tickets on the door)

DOORS OPEN: 7:00pm (starts 7:30pm)

Start or meeting point: Outside the Earthhouse.

Directions: The Earthouse address is The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5RP Turn off Damerham Road into Cranborne Middle School. Parking is in the school car-park. Walk up the road from the car-park to the Ancient Technology Centre, and follow the lane and then the candle lanterns to the doors of the Earthouse.

Event address: The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5RP

OS Grid Ref: SU057135    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.92140, -1.91959   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 16 Penny's Lane, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 5QE

Thursday 9th April, meet time 19:00

Social Event

ANY PARSONS - LIVE AND UNLEASHED BUT NATURALLY CAUTIOUS

Walk or event leader: Mark    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A chance to catch Andy Parsons - of Mock the Week fame -  doing a one off gig at The Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne.  The plan is to meet at The Man in the Wall pub (almost directly opposite the theatre) at 7pm for food/drink whichever is your preference.  Alternatively, meet us at the entrance of the theatre around 7.45 for an 8pm start.

Start or meeting point: The Man in the Wall Pub, 10 West Borough, Wimborne, BH21 1NF - 7PM (or the theatre as above)

Directions: Parking is available in town centre car parks free after 7pm

Event address: 10 West Borough, Wimborne, BH21 1NF

OS Grid Ref: SY995984    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.78536, -2.00781   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 112 Wimborne Road, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset BH21

Friday 3rd April, meet time 19:15

Social Event

Quinns Quinney Skiffle band with Pizza, Pie and Cider at The Stable Pub in Poole

Walk or event leader: Joanne    Contact: 07403327428    Email event leader

Description:

This should be a fun and lively night with the added bonus of good food.

If you've not seen Quinns Quinny before, now's your chance. Never seen someone playing a watering can or a Kazoo, nows your chance!!

Their music is  lively and entertaining. They have their own songs as well as doing some very famous covers, but in their own unique style with their own lyrics! 

The Stable Pub serves a wide selection of hand made pizza and pies from locally sourced produce. They also have over 40 Ciders on offer  as well as traditional Ales and soft drinks. 

Meet in the bar at 7.15pm ready to eat at 7.30pm. I expect the band will be on around 9pm. You will need to let me know if you are eating so that I can book us a table. My number is above for you to text me. 

Start or meeting point: The Stable, Poole Quay 2 High Street Poole BH15 1BW - Meet in the bar at 7.15, I'll book the table for 7.30pm.

Directions: The Stable is on Poole Quay, which is walking distance from Poole bus and traind stations.Just follow the signs throuth the Town centr. If driving there is the Old Orchid Multi Storey car park behind The Quay. The postcode for this is BH15 1SB. There is also free parking on High Street, if space.

Event address: The Stable, Poole Quay 2 High Street Poole BH15 1BW

OS Grid Ref: SZ008902    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71204, -1.98889   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 7 The Quay, Poole, Poole BH15 1HA

Sunday 29th March, meet time 10:30

7.5 mile Day Walk

Shillingstone and Okeford Fitzpaine

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A circular walk passing around the village of Okeford Fitzpaine and through some very pleasant countryside along the way.

The starting point will be on the platform at the restored Shillingstone Station; here there will be refreshments, snacks and toilets available from 10am.

We'll cross fields to Okeford Fitzpaine, then go around the village on a series of short paths, with a water stop at the historic pound. Then there'll be a gradual climb to Banbury Hill, after which we will head back to Shillingstone via the edge of Piddles Wood and the Fiddleford Inn.

The walk is fairly easy-going, but note that there are many stiles.

Parking options include:

- Lay-by on A357 (southbound) near the Forum School entrance (footpath to station).

- Station Road (please do not park in the industrial estate or at the station).

- Bere Marsh (the road to Child Okeford) next to the Trailway. 

Start or meeting point: On the platform at Shillingstone Station, Station Road, Shillingstone, Dorset. DT11 0SA.

OS Grid Ref: ST823117    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.90486, -2.25172   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Station Road, Shillingstone, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0SA

Sunday 22nd March, meet time 10:00

4 mile New Members Walk

New Member's Walk - Seatown and Golden Cap

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A circular walk starting from the car park above the gravel beach in Seatown, and taking in Golden Cap and the ruined St Gabriel's chapel before turning inland.  Golden Cap is the only major hill, which we will be taking slowly.  Please bring a drink and a snack.  We will be going for lunch at the Anchor Inn, Seatown at the end of the walk.

This walk is particularly suitable for new (or potential) members, but is graded as moderate in spite of the short distance as we will be climbing the highest peak on the South Coast.

Start or meeting point: Car park above the gravel beach at Seatown.

Directions: Follow the A35 west from Bridport to Chideock, then take the turning on the left toward Seatown. Take the right fork, followed by the left fork, and drive past the pub to the car park. The car park is pay and display.

OS Grid Ref: SY420917    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.72252, -2.82284   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Sea Hill Lane, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6JU

Sunday 22nd March, meet time 14:00

Social Event

Walks Planning Event - Seatown

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This walks planning event will take place at the Anchor Inn, Seatown after the morning's short walk on 22nd March.  We'll be having lunch at the Anchor Inn around 1pm and will start the meeting after this: from 2pm depending when we finish lunch. The aim of the exercise is to fill the programme from April to the end of June (or as close to it as we can get), so we hope to see as many walk leaders or potential leaders as possible.

Don't worry if you've never led before, as experienced leaders are always happy to help, and there will be maps and books of walks available to give you inspiration.

Start or meeting point: The Anchor Inn, Seatown.

Directions: Follow the A35 west from Bridport. When you get to Chideock take the left turn to Seatown. Take the right fork followed by the left fork to find the pub.

Event address: The Anchor Inn, Seatown, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6JU

OS Grid Ref: SY419917    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.72237, -2.82346   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Sea Hill Lane, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6JU

Saturday 21st March, meet time 18:30

Social Event

Skittles and Dinner at the Coach and Horses -, Wimborne

Walk or event leader: Joanne    Contact: 07403327428    Email event leader

Description:

We've had some great nights here before, so I thought we could give it another go. Come along for a fun competitive night of traditional skittles. The alley has recently been renovated, so they are now charging £30 for the hire of the alley, for the whole evening. So if we get 10 people it will just be £3 each. If there is more of us, it would be cheaper of course.

I thought we could have food first in the pub. They do a good selection of meals at 2 for £10, which can be ordered on the night. You can also choose from the main menu, but I would need your menu choice in advance for this.

I have to pay the fee for the skittle alley by Friday 23rd January so please could you email or text me before then (my number is above) to book your space.

If we have enough people interested I will then confirm the provisional booking I have made. I will then let everyone know exactly what it will cost. Could you also please let me know if you want to eat and which menu you would like to choose from. 

For those of you who have not been before, it's a really fun night, there is a CD player in the alley, so we can play our own choice of music. 

The bar is reasonably priced and has a good selection of wine, cocktails and real Ales!!

check out the wedsite at

http://www.gkflamegrill.co.uk/locations/coach-and-horses-wimborne

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Start or meeting point: Meet in the bar. I'll be there from around 6.15 pm. I will book the table for food for 6.30pm. For those just coming for Skittles, I expect we will be ready to start the first game by 7.45pm. Meet us in the Skittle alley which is is situated in the Pub car park.

Directions: From poole follow direction to Wimborne. The pub is on the main road into Wimbore on the B3073. There is a free car park on the side of the pub. If coming by bus from Poole, the Number 4 Wilts and Dorset bus goes along Poole Road in Wimborne.

Event address: The Coach and Horses Pub 73 Poole Rd, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1QB 01202 884869

OS Grid Ref: SZ014994    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.79480, -1.98120   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 73 Poole Road, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1QB

Saturday 14th March, meet time 10:30

9 mile Day Walk

Corfe Castle Circular Walk

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247536    Email event leader

Description:

Circular walk from Corfe, heading south towards Kingston in the distance, before taking the path to Houns-Tout, with impressive views and lunch. We then head back, along the Purbeck Way towards the ruins of the Castle. Please bring  lunch, a drink and good boots. (Sunglasses/cap may be useful as we head South for the first half).

Parking: There is limited free parking in a layby just round the corner from the NT Visitor Centre. This is often very full so please get there early and car share if you want to take advantage of it. Alternatively, there is pay & display parking at the NT Visitor Centre (free if you are a NT member).

Start or meeting point: Meet outside the entrance to the National Trust Visitor Centre. Facilities availble.

Directions: From Wareham, head to Corfe Castle on the A351. As you approach the castle, the NT Visitor Centre is on your left. To try the free parking, take the next right, before the castle, and the layby is on your right.

OS Grid Ref: SY959824    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.64193, -2.05891   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): A351, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset BH20

Sunday 8th March, meet time 10:30

8.5 mile Day Walk

Circular walk around Poundbury, Martinstown and Maiden Castle

Walk or event leader: David    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

The walk starts in Poundbury, and goes up to a bronze age hill fort, that was damaged by the Roman Aquaduct, built to supply Dorchester with water. The route then goes along the Roman Aquaduct, and west, into Combe Bottom, and down into Martinstown. From Martinstown, the walk heads past Mainden Castle, one of the largest and most complex hill forts in Britain, and then back to Dorchester. We will pass some local sites of historical intest, and have some pleasant views of Dorchester and surrounding areas. There may be some mud along the way, particularly at this time of year, so please appropriate clothing. There will be a number of pubs and coffee shops available at the end of the walk.

Start or meeting point: We will meet at Queen Mother's Square, opposite the small Waitrose store, in Poundbury.

Directions: Dorchester is accessable by train and bus, with Poundbury being a short walk from Dorchester station.

OS Grid Ref: SY672906    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71490, -2.46590   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 1 Poundbury Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 3RT

Saturday 28th February, meet time 10:30

7 mile Day Walk

Worth Matravers, St Aldhelm's Head and Chapman's Pool

Walk or event leader: Phil C    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Classic circular walk from Worth Matravers taking in Dancing Ledge and St Aldhelm's Chapel followed by the 'Steps of Doom!'  Ending with a well deserved pint of cider in the legendary Square and Compass.

Start or meeting point: Worth Matravers Car Park

Directions: Turn off B3069 towards Worth Matravers. Car park is on the right as you enter Worth Matravers (before Square and Compass)

OS Grid Ref: SY974776    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.59877, -2.03785   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 1 Newfoundland Close, Swanage, Dorset BH19

Saturday 21st February, meet time 10:30

5.5 mile Day Walk

Sherborne Park

Walk or event leader: Julia    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

An easy, flat walk from the attractive town of Sherborne with a mixture of woodland, a deer park and a lake with fine views towards both old and new Sherborne Castles.  Please bring a packed lunch and drink.  We will have refreshments afterwards in Sherborne where there is a choice of pubs / cafes. 

Start or meeting point: Culverhayes Car Park opposite Sainsburys. Long Stay parking is £2.80 all day.

OS Grid Ref: ST640164    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.94608, -2.51257   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 10 Ludbourne Road, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3NJ

Saturday 7th February, meet time 10:25

10.5 mile Day Walk

Perimeter of Dorset 9 - Osmington to Portland

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

The Perimeter of Dorset series continues with a walk along the Coast Path from Osmington to Portland, taking in the coastline of Weymouth before ending in Fortuneswell.  Please bring lunch, a drink and warm clothes, and be prepared for mud if the weather's bad.  Refreshments will be available at the end either in Fortuneswell or Weymouth.  

Start or meeting point: The King's Statue, Weymouth or bus stop K5 on the Esplanade.

Directions: This walk is accessible by public transport, and attendees are encouraged to arrive by bus or train if possible. From the station, turn onto King Street toward the Esplanade, then follow the pedestrian sign to the King's Statue. Otherwise there are public car parks in Weymouth, though they may be pay and display. We'll meet at the King's Statue by 10:30 at the latest, otherwise we'll be found at bus stop K5 on the Esplanade waiting for the 10:37 bus to Osmington, from where we'll walk out at 11:00. We should be back in Fortuneswell by 17:00, from where we'll get the bus back to Weymouth.

OS Grid Ref: SY680792    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.61210, -2.45353   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 70 The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7AA

Sunday 1st February, meet time 10:30

7.5 mile Day Walk

Ranges Walk

Walk or event leader: Louise    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Circular walk on the Lulworth Ranges, taking in Povington Hill, Worbarrow Bay and Flowers Barrow (an ancient hill fort). Come and enjoy some stunning views. Some steep ascents, as you would expect on the coast and and a very steep one up Flowers Barrow, but this is a short climb and there will be time to rest at the top.  

Please bring packed lunch, drinks and dress appropriately for the weather, as area is exposed. 

Start or meeting point: Whiteways View Car Park, Povington Hill

Directions: Take the Ranges road out of East Lulworth.

OS Grid Ref: SY888812    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.63045, -2.15947   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5DE

Saturday 24th January, meet time 10:30

8 mile Day Walk

Ashmore and Fontmell Down

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This is a scenic circular walk leaving Ashmore via Shepherd's Bottom. We will then pass Compton Abbas airfield and drop down into Compton Abbas itself. After walking through the village, we will climb steeply onto Fontmell Down with excellent views.

The return to Ashmore will be via Fontmell Wood.

Much of the walk is fairly easy-going, though there is a sharp descent & ascent at Shepherd's Bottom and, of course, on Fontmell Down.

After the walk, we can obtain refreshments at the pub in Fontmell Magna.

Start or meeting point: The Pond, Ashmore. Nearest postcode SP5 5AG.

Directions: Ashmore can be reached from: - The A350 turning off at Fontmell Magna, - The Melbury Abbas road from the Blandford bypass, turning right past the Compton Abbas airfield [this is before the long-term road closure], - The A354 via the B3081 through Sixpenny Handley.

OS Grid Ref: ST912178    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.95976, -2.12543   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): The Pond (W-bound), Salisbury, Dorset SP5

Saturday 24th January, meet time 09:30

Walk Leader Training

Volunteer Development Day in Exeter

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Following a couple of requests for us to run walk leader training we decided to advertise this session, being run by Ramblers Central Office for any existing or aspiring volunteers.  The day would be of interest to Ramblers volunteers in practically any role (or those who might want to volunteer in the future), as there are several different sessions running.  They include a session in the morning on How to Manage a Group when leading walks, and one in the afternoon on Navigation Skills.

The event is being held at Exeter College, and you can attend for the morning, the afternoon or both (though please note some of the training sessions are all day).  For more information or to book onto the course please see  http://www.ramblers.org.uk/what-we-do/news/2014/december/ramblers-volunteer-development-days-return-for-2015.aspx.

Start or meeting point: Exeter College, Hele Rd, Exeter EX4 4JS

Directions: Please see the above website. Attendees are encouraged to reach Exeter by public transport if possible.

OS Grid Ref: SX915931    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.72813, -3.53817   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Hele Road, Exeter, Devon EX4

Sunday 18th January, meet time 10:30

8 mile Day Walk

Langton Herring and the Fleet Lagoon

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

Circular walk in the land surrounding Langton Herring. This walk visits the area north of The Fleet not often visited by the group; taking us inland past Tatton House, before along the coastal path beside Chesil Beach and the atmospheric Fleet Lagoon (the second oldest nature reserve in the country). Please bring a packed lunch and drink. Some mud may be unavoidable if there has been rain also. After the walk we can have a drink at the Victoria Inn, or if the pub is still shut we can head towards Chickerell - down the B3157 and left at West St to the Luggers Inn.

Note: the map below says Victoria Inn is in a different place - but it IS on the B3157. ("Victoria Inn" on the map below is actually Moor Farm).

Start or meeting point: Victoria Inn car park. There is plenty of space - up to 30.

Directions: Victoria Inn is right on the B3157, about 1 mile outside Chickerell.

OS Grid Ref: SY631815    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.63205, -2.52172   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): B3157, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4EA

Saturday 10th January, meet time 10:30

9 mile Day Walk

Cranborne and the Allen Valley

Walk or event leader: Elaine    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A nice flat 9 mile walk around the Cranborne estate and Allen Valley.  I have not walked the route recently so please wear suitable clothing and shoes as some areas may be wet and muddy.  Please bring a packed lunch and drink.  There are no toilets at the start.

Start or meeting point: Car park by the school in water street. There is on street parking around if it is full

Directions: Follow road signs for Cranborne, the school is on the right at the end of Wimborne Road

OS Grid Ref: SU056133    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.91925, -1.92095   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 3 Water Street, Cranborne, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 5QB

Sunday 28th December, meet time 10:00

4.5 mile New Members Walk

Festival of Winter Walks 2014 - Hambledon Hill

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A short morning walk from the Cricketers pub in Shroton (Iwerne Courtney), taking in Child Okeford and Hambledon Hill.  There will be one climb up Hambledon Hill itself.  Please bring a drink, a snack and plenty of warm clothing.  The walk will be followed by lunch at the pub, but if you plan to stay for lunch please let us know at dywra@hotmail.com by 14th December so we can book a table.  This walk would be a great introduction to the Ramblers for new members, and is being offered as part of the national Festival of Winter Walks.

Start or meeting point: The Cricketers pub, Shroton. We have permission to use their car park.

Directions: Shroton (Iwerne Courtney) is off the A350 north of Blandford. The road in should be signposted on the left (if coming from the south). On entering the village follow the road round until you see the pub.

OS Grid Ref: ST860126    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.91287, -2.20007   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 3 The Glebe, Iwerne Courtney, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 8PX

Sunday 28th December, meet time 13:30

Social Event

Walks Planning Meeting - Shroton

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This meeting will follow the Festival of Winter Walks event and lunch at the Cricketers, Shroton.  Members can either stay on after lunch or turn up just for the meeting.  If you're doing the second, though, please note the start time is approximate depending when we finish lunch.  

The aim of the meeting will be to plan the next few months of walks and events, and maps/walk books will be available on the day.  Experienced walk leaders will also be on hand to help, so don't worry if you've never led before.  We would encourage as many people as possible to come along and try leading a walk - if every member of the Group led, we'd only have to put on one walk each a year.

Start or meeting point: The Cricketers pub, Shroton (also known as Iwerne Courtney).

Directions: Shroton is off the A350 north of Blandford. The road in should be signposted on the left (if coming from the south). Once you enter the village follow the road around until you come to the pub.

Event address: The Cricketers, Main Street, Shroton, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8QD

OS Grid Ref: ST860125    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.91203, -2.20034   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Main Street, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 8RF

Saturday 13th December, meet time 19:00

Social Event

Christmas Party 2014

Walk or event leader: Joanne    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This years Christmas Party will be at the Riviera Hotel, Alum Chine, Bournemouth. It is a lovely location, just 5 minutes walk from the beach. I went to a Christmas party there a couple of years ago and found the food and venue to be lovely and the prices are very reasonable.

I have booked the Mauretania Room as this offers our meal and disco all in the same room, which is more conducive to getting everyone up on the dance floor!

The price will be £25 per person to include a 3 course dinner with ½ bottle of wine, crackers, party novelties and a disco until 1.00am. A deposit of £5.00 per person is required by the 1st September 2014. Room rates are £29pppn inc breakfast or £23 pppn room only. Please book this directly with the Hotel.

We could take an optional brisk walk along the seafront the following morning to blow out the cobwebs and the effects of the night before. Shore Road Beach is approximately 2 miles away where Jazz Cafe is; we could stop off for a coffee then wander back to the hotel before heading home.

Start or meeting point: Please meet in the Hotel bar at 7pm. There are drinks promotios on till 8pm when we will be invited to be seated in the Mauretania Room for dinner.

Directions: The hotel is approximately 10 minutes walk from Westbourne Centre The M1 and M2 buses run directly from Poole Bus Station and Bournemouth Centre. There is free parking at the Hotel, though this is quite limited, so car sharing would be advised if possible.

Event address: Alum Chine Hotel, 33 Studland Rd, Bournemouth, Dorset BH4 8HZ

OS Grid Ref: SZ071903    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71265, -1.90016   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 20 Burnaby Road, Bournemouth BH4 8JF

Thursday 4th December, meet time 19:15

Social Event

The Nutcracker – Tivoli Theatre

Walk or event leader: Elaine    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A chance to see the Christmas favourite the classical ballet The Nutcracker performed by the highly acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet at the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne.

http://www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk/Default.aspx?pagename=Whats-on-in-detail&eventtitle=THE-NUTCRACKER&eventarticleid=725

I have booked my ticket (C10) and at the time of booking there were plenty of other seats around, tickets are £18.50 plus credit card/booking fees.  Please contact the Tivoli Box Office 01202 885566 to book your tickets and drop me a line via the group email so I know you are coming.  If you want to eat beforehand we can meet in the Man in the Wall pub just down the road.

Start or meeting point: Performance starts at 7.30, so we will meet in the Foyer of the Tivoli at 7.15 to go in

Directions: There is ample car parking in the main town centre car parks, the nearest of these are at Westfield Close off Victoria Road and the Allenview car park off Hanham road. Car parking is free after 6 p.m.

Event address: The Tivoli Theatre, West Borough, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 1LT

OS Grid Ref: SU009002    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.80136, -1.98850   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 28 West Borough, Wimborne, Dorset BH21

Saturday 29th November, meet time 10:30

7.5 mile Day Walk

Woodland Walk - Tolpuddle

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

Starting at the village of Tolpuddle, famous for the Tolpuddle Martyrs, we head through breathtaking woodland and the valley of the River Piddle, taking in views of the River Frome Valley and Athelhampton House along the way. This is an ideal walk if you are interested in trying a walk with us for the first time, as the terrain is nice and accessible but still offers great surroundings. Please bring a packed lunch and water/hot drink and dress for the weather. We will also stop for a drink at the end, at the Martyrs' Inn.

Start or meeting point: Meet at the Thatched Shelter by the famous Martyrs' Tree (there are information boards alongside it so you'll know you're in the right place).

Directions: Entering the village of Tolpuddle from the West, ending up on Dorchester Road, go past the Church on the right - The Martyrs' Tree (a large sycamore) and Thatched Shelter will be just on your right, opposite Central Farm Lane. Alternatively, see map below and meet at The Thatched Shelter by the Martyrs' Tree (the red marker). Parking is available on the road running through Tolpuddle.

OS Grid Ref: SY791944    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.74950, -2.29664   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Dorchester Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT2

Saturday 22nd November, meet time 10:00

5.5 mile Joint Walk

Area AGM Walk - Bere Regis Circular

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A short morning walk prior to the Area AGM.  We walk out from the Scout Hut at Bere Regis and take a circular route via Dodding's Farm, Hundred Barrow and Turners Puddle, returning on the Jubilee Trail.  Please bring a drink and a snack.  There wiil be time for sandwiches or lunch at the pub after the walk.

Attendees are encouraged to stay on for the Area AGM in the afternoon.  Starting at 2pm this is your chance to hear what's going on in the wider Ramblers, have your say in the running of the Area and vote for the committee.  Tea and cake will be available afterward.

Start or meeting point: The Scout Hut, Bere Regis. Car sharing is encouraged as parking is limited.

Directions: Bere Regis is at the junction of the A31 and A35, east of Dorchester. On entering the village from the A35 east, turn left down Southbrook and then right onto Elder Road, where the Scout Hut is.

OS Grid Ref: SY846947    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.75195, -2.21917   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 15-19 Elder Road, Bere Regis, Wareham, Dorset BH20

Saturday 15th November, meet time 10:30

7.5 mile Day Walk

Badbury Rings and Shapwick

Walk or event leader: Julia    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A varied and easy walk which heads first to Shapwick along a Roman Road then through quiet fields and lanes towards the hamlet of Tarrant Crawford.  We will stop for lunch at the church at Tarrant Crawford then cross farmland to the old Crawford Bridge.  From here we follow the River Stour before heading back towards Shapwick.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink and suitable footwear.  We will have a drink at the pub in Shapwick at the end or head into Wimborne depending on how people feel. 

Start or meeting point: Badbury Rings Car Park

Directions: Badbury Rings is on the B3082 Wimborne-Blandford Road.

OS Grid Ref: ST958029    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.82593, -2.06077   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): B3082, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 9JL

Saturday 8th November, meet time 10:30

8 mile Day Walk

Perimeter of Dorset 9 - West Lulworth to Osmington

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

After a few setbacks I'm determined to get to Osmington this time!  This walk starts from the War Memorial in West Lulworth and takes a combination of the inland route and the South West Coast Path.  There should be good views out to sea - weather permitting.  Please bring a packed lunch and water.  We should get to Osmington in time for a drink at the Sunray before the bus home.

Start or meeting point: Meet at Wool railway station in time for the 10:41 bus to West Lulworth, from where we'll walk out at 11:00. We'll be getting the 16:49 bus from Osmington back to Wool.

Directions: Wool is on the A352 Wareham - Dorchester road, and the station is signposted. There is parking available, but attendees are encouraged to arrive by bus or train if possible.

OS Grid Ref: SY844869    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.68171, -2.22153   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Wool, Wool, Wareham, Dorset BH20

Wednesday 5th November, meet time 19:30

Social Event

Fireworks Display and the Handmade Pie and Ale House, Weymouth

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

Come along to one of the borough's largest community events - Weymouth's Guy Fawkes Night Fireworks Display over Weymouth Bay. After which, we will head to new ground at the Handmade Pie and Ale House by the station, a relatively new venue that specialises in pies (but also do non-pies) to lovingly create home-made, traditional food that is simple and reasonably priced, but extremely delicious and very popular . Please let me know if you are coming to book seats by 20th October, so I can confirm numbers.

Start or meeting point: Meet at the Jubilee Clock on the sea front at 7:30. We will wait for 15 minutes then head to the beach Bonfire, to watch the fireworks over the Bay, which start at 8:00. Parking: with the sea on your left, turn right down King St and keep heading down to the Pay and Display Car Park at the end of the road (turn right at the lights then left for the CP).

OS Grid Ref: SY680795    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.61443, -2.45255   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): South West Coast Path, Weymouth, Dorset DT4

Wednesday 5th November, meet time 19:30

Social Event

Fireworks Display and the Handmade Pie and Ale House, Weymouth

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

Come along to one of the borough's largest community events - Weymouth's Guy Fawkes Night Fireworks Display over Weymouth Bay. After which, we will head to new ground at the Handmade Pie and Ale House by the station, a relatively new venue that specialises in pies (but also do non-pies) to lovingly create home-made, traditional food that is simple and reasonably priced, but extremely delicious and very popular . Please let me know if you are coming to book seats by 20th October, so I can confirm numbers.

Start or meeting point: Meet at the Jubilee Clock on the sea front at 7:30. We will wait for 15 minutes then head to the beach Bonfire, to watch the fireworks over the Bay, which start at 8:00. Parking: with the sea on your left, turn right down King St and keep heading down to the Pay and Display Car Park at the end of the road (turn right at the lights then left for the CP).

OS Grid Ref: SY680795    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.61443, -2.45255   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): South West Coast Path, Weymouth, Dorset DT4

Sunday 2nd November, meet time 10:30

Social Event

Murder-Mystery-Themed Treasure Trail

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

As part of the Hallowe’en weekend, come along as we go on a Murder-Mystery-Themed “Treasure Trail” in Dorchester, following a “Treasure Trail” booklet I picked up at The Steam Fair this year.

“Treasure Trails” are a fun and hugely popular way to explore villages, towns etc. Solve the clues, which can be found on buildings, statues and monuments, revealing fascinating histology and beautiful scenery.

We will be solving clues to find the murderer and murder weapon. The answers will be names and dates that we find as we follow the Trail. Solve the clues to eliminate suspects and weapons. At the end of the Trail, we should be left with one of each – case closed!

For anyone not familiar with the "Treasure Trail" series, they’re really good fun and you get to see things in places that you’d normally just walk by without noticing. Imagine a short walk but having to look for clues all around you.

Bring a drink and lunch to have along the way (we’ll be going at quite a leisurely pace and stopping to look for clues).

Start or meeting point: Waitrose Car Park. (See map). Meet at the end nearest Waitrose.

Directions: Once at Dorchester and on High East St (B3150/main road through Dorchester), turn down Church Street and onto Acland Rd before entering the Car Park.

OS Grid Ref: SY693905    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71400, -2.43543   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Charles Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1

Friday 31st October, meet time 19:00

Social Event

Halloween dining train - Swanage Railway

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

By special request from last year's attendees, we are again planning to travel on the Swanage Railway's Halloween dining train where the menu, staff and many of the customers will be taking on a distinctive Halloween appearance..... 

The menu in past years has included Headless Horseman Soup, Festering Fruit Salad, etc, and 'witchever' main course you choose, the prices certainly won't spook you. The train will do two round trips on the line and the fare is a not too bone-rattling £4 per head. Allow extra for tips as the service is run by volunteers.

Let me know via the email link above as soon as possible if you are coming; I am monitoring the availability and will email the group list when I am about to order the tickets - for which you just need to bring £4 each on the evening.

Free parking without time limit is available from 6pm in the side streets to the north of the station.

 

Come and join this annual event on the Swanage Railway, with the dining train's menu and staff taking on a distinctive Halloween appearance..... Their menu includes Headless Horseman Soup, Festering Fruit Salad, etc, at prices that won't spook you and the train fare is a not too bone-rattling £3 per head. This event is always a good laugh and the food is good value, all main meals being under a tenner. Allow extra for tips as most staff are volunteers. See: http://swanage.vticket.co.uk/product.php/57/halloween-bistro for more info. Let me know (those that have not already done so elsewhere) via the email address above by Sunday 8th September if you are coming. I will order the tickets and you then just pay me on the evening. Free parking without time limit is available from 6pm in the side streets to the north of the station. - See more at: http://www.dorsetyoungwalkers.org.uk/walks-events-archive.html#sthash.Y0fjS4uQ.dpuf
Come and join this annual event on the Swanage Railway, with the dining train's menu and staff taking on a distinctive Halloween appearance..... Their menu includes Headless Horseman Soup, Festering Fruit Salad, etc, at prices that won't spook you and the train fare is a not too bone-rattling £3 per head. This event is always a good laugh and the food is good value, all main meals being under a tenner. Allow extra for tips as most staff are volunteers. See: http://swanage.vticket.co.uk/product.php/57/halloween-bistro for more info. Let me know (those that have not already done so elsewhere) via the email address above by Sunday 8th September if you are coming. I will order the tickets and you then just pay me on the evening. Free parking without time limit is available from 6pm in the side streets to the north of the station. - See more at: http://www.dorsetyoungwalkers.org.uk/walks-events-archive.html#sthash.Y0fjS4uQ.dpuf

Start or meeting point: Meet in the dining train bar from 7pm at Swanage Station, BH19 1HB. Train departs 7.30pm.

Event address: Swanage Railway Station, Swanage. BH19 1HB

OS Grid Ref: SZ029789    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.60997, -1.95975   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Springfield Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 1HB

Sunday 26th October, meet time 10:30

8 mile Day Walk

Abbotsbury Circular

Walk or event leader: Louise    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Circular walk taking in Abbotsbury Beach, West Bexington and the ancient St Catherine's Chapel. One or two steep ascents, but nothing too extreme. This walk offers stunning views of the coast. Also involves some walking on light shingle. Moderate to brisk pace. Please bring a pack lunch and drink. Please note: British summer time ends! Don't forget to change your clock the night before. 

Please come dressed for the weather. The ridge above Abbotsbury is very exposed.

Start or meeting point: Abbotsbury Beach Carpark

Directions: From the B3157 coast road take the signs to Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens. Go past the gardens and the beach car park is at the end of this road. I am unsure of car parking fee. There are toilets in this Car park.

OS Grid Ref: SY559845    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.65938, -2.62420   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): South West Coast Path, Weymouth, Dorset DT3

Saturday 18th October, meet time 10:30

10 mile Day Walk

Martin Down and Pentridge Hill

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A circular walk starting from the large Martin Down car park just off the A354.

We'll pass through the village of Pentridge and within sight of Penbury Knoll. Then we will take a little-used path along a valley bottom and pass over Blackbush Down on a gradual rise up to Pentridge Hill and the Knoll, where there are excellent views. The last stage of the walk will be alongside the Bokerley Ditch.

Start or meeting point: Car Park, Martin Down National Nature Reserve, just off the A354 about 2.7 miles north-east of the A354/B3081 roundabout. The nearest postcode is SP5 5RH; the car park is about half a mile further on in the Salisbury direction and clearly signposted.

OS Grid Ref: SU036200    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.97978, -1.94921   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): A354, Salisbury, Hampshire SP5 5RH

Friday 3rd October, meet time 21:00

Trip Away

Dartmoor weekend

Walk or event leader: Ray    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Weekend walking trip to Princetown on Dartmoor. Arriving on the evening of Friday 3rd October, and heading home on the afternoon of Sunday the 5th

We will stay at the Plume of Feathers in the middle of Princetown, which has a range of options for accommodation on site:

- B&B

- Bunkhouse

- Camping

Currently there are a small number of rooms free, and two 10 person rooms in the bunkhouse. It is possible to book a bed at the bunkhouse seperately rather than full room, although that could involve sharing with any other bookers. 

Camping is generally OK to arrive on the day at this site, and facilities have been good when I've stayed before.

I'll be away for the next couple of weeks, so please can anyone wanting to attend arrange their own accomodation directly with the Plume. 

There will be a 10 - 12 mile walk on the Saturday starting at 10am from the plume of feathers car park. Please note this will include some walking of path and sturdy walking boots are a must. As for any walk on the moors please ensure you have warm and waterproof clothing with you, along with packed lunch and drinks for a day out. There will be no shops etc. on the route.

We will also have a shorter walk at the same time on the Sunday morning before heading back to Dorset. 5-6 miles aiming for a lunchtime finish.

If attending please contact me through our Facebook group or the group e-mail by the 22nd of September so that we can arrange for the group to meet up.

If you have any questions please let me I know and I'll respond ASAP.

Trip is only open to ramblers members.

Start or meeting point: Plume of Feathers pub, Princetown, Devon

Directions: Saturday walk will start from the rear of the pub in the car park

Event address: Plume of Feathers, Princetown

OS Grid Ref: SX590734    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.54353, -3.99050   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 5 Plymouth Hill, Dartmoor National Park, Princetown, Yelverton, Devon PL20 6QG

Sunday 28th September, meet time 10:30

10 mile Day Walk

Hardy Country - Three Mills on the Stour

Walk or event leader: Elaine    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

The opportunity to walk some of Hardy country.  Starting in Fiddleford ,which if you arrive early you can look around Fiddleford Manor a 14th Century Manor house (opens at 10am you need 10 – 15mins)

We head across country to Sturminster Newton (don’t be put off by the mileage -there is a steep incline to start but after that its fairly level).  We will have a break at Sturminster Mill and soak up the scenery, (and a loo stop), it will possibly be a bit early for a full on lunch stop but we will stop about an hour later at the next mill for another break / late lunch.

We head out to Bagber and up the lane where William Barnes lived back to Sturminster where we follow the trailway back to Fiddleford Mill.  After changing our boots we can head to the Fiddleford Inn for a well earned drink.  Including breaks it should take around 5 hours.

Start or meeting point: Fiddleford Manor Car Park

Directions: Meet at the Fiddleford Manor Car Park (free) it is signposted off the A357 Blandford to Sturminster road. There's not a good postcode for sat navs - they seem to send you to Fiddleford Inn, head up the main road toward Sturminster for a few hundred yards and the road is on your right

OS Grid Ref: ST801134    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.91998, -2.28419   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Calf Close Lane, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 2BU

Saturday 27th September, meet time 19:30

Social Event

Ten Pin Bowling, Tower Park, Poole

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

Join us for a night of bowling at the Bowlplex in Tower Park. On Saturday nights, the lights go down and the disco cranks up, so come along for what's always a fun night out. It'll be £13 for two games and a drink from the bar. Please email mat_benfield@hotmail.com to book your place and also for the address to send cheques, which need to be with me before Tuesday 16th September please.

Start or meeting point: Meet at the bar in Bowlplex at 7.30, in order to get shoes and drinks and begin bowling at 8pm. The post code for Bowlplex is BH12 4NY.

Event address: Bowlplex, Tower Park, Poole.

OS Grid Ref: SZ035940    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.74648, -1.95107   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Ling Road, Poole, Poole BH12 4PY

Sunday 21st September, meet time 10:30

7.5 mile Day Walk

Osmington Coastal Walk

Walk or event leader: Louise    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Coastal walk from Bowleaze Coveway towards Osmington Mills with a loop inland to Upton. We then walk down though woodland back to the coast path. There will be an option to have a swim in the sea at Bowleaze Cove at the end of the walk.  Moderate to brisk walking pace. Please bring a packed lunch. 

For those wishing to swim in the sea, you can leave swim gear in car and collect it after the walk. Others may want to go to the Spyglass for a drink. 

Start or meeting point: Meet at the very end of the road at Bowleaze Cove, by the gate. There is free parking along this road or public pay and display car park at Bowleaze, where there are toilets, and a cafe.

Directions: Bowleaze Coveway road is off the A353 in Preston. Just follow the Bowleaze Coveway road to the end. Car park is on the right.

OS Grid Ref: SY706820    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.63744, -2.41692   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 99 Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 6PW

Sunday 14th September, meet time 12:00

4 mile Day Walk

Walks Planning Event - Ferndown

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Our walks programme is starting to look a bit thin, so anybody interested in leading a walk over the next few months is invited to this event.  We'll meet at The Angel Inn, Ferndown at noon to plan the next quarter's programme, followed by lunch at the pub and a short circular walk.  Please note that the lunch and walk are only open to people who have attended the meeting.

Maps and walk books will be available on the day.  Don't worry if you've never led a walk before - you can start with shorter routes, and experienced walk leaders are always happy to give any advice, help with recces etc.

Start or meeting point: The Angel Inn, Ferndown. Parking is available on site.

Directions: From the A31, turn right (if coming from the West) at the Canford Bottom roundabout outside Wimborne. Cross the next roundabout and turn left then straight over at the double mini-roundabout. The pub is further down the road on the left.

OS Grid Ref: SZ068991    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.79157, -1.90396   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 188 Ringwood Road, Ferndown, Wimborne, Dorset BH22 9AP

Saturday 13th September, meet time 11:00

Social Event

Cheese Festival - Sturminster Newton

Walk or event leader: Matthew W    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Join us for a great day out at the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival - one of the best foodie days in Dorset!  There will be over 20 different cheese producers, plus other food stalls, beers and ciders, live music and a craft tent.  It is £5 entry.  For full details please visit the website: www.cheesefestival.co.uk .  We have been going to this event for the last few years and it is always a really enjoyable day.  Don't worry if you don't like cheese - there are plenty of other food options available. 

Start or meeting point: Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival - just inside the main entrance from the car park.

Directions: Sturminster Newton is on the A357 which is off the A350 Blandford to Shaftesbury Road. If coming from Dorchester you can get to it from the Piddle Valley B3143.

Event address: Durrant Field, Sturminster Newton DT10 1DQ

OS Grid Ref: ST783139    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.92473, -2.30882   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 7 Durrant, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 1DQ

Saturday 13th September, meet time 11:00

Social Event

Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival

Walk or event leader: Phil G    Contact: 07960 142190    Email event leader

Description:

Come join me and enjoy this annual cheesey festival at Sturminster Newton. There are lots of stalls with cheeses from Dorset/SouthWest and beyond to sample and buy!  There will also be stalls selling other local produce to sample/buy. - So if you are a bit of a foodie this event is sure to appeal to you.  As well as food there are craft stalls and other attractions including music within a friendly atmosphere.  Tickets cost £5.00 per person (available to purchase on entry), under 15's have free entry. There is free car parking and car park A is in Durant Field adjacent to the event location not far from Bridge Street that leads into Sturminster Newton.  Disabled car parking is available in Car park A.  The cheese festival is open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm on both Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 2014 - I will be there on the Saturday.  Please see http://www.cheesefestival.co.uk  for further detaiils.  Please let me know if you are intending to be at this event on the Saturday so I know who to look out for, please email me via the DYW website or call/text me on my mobile number listed on this page.  I will be waiting just inside the event area not far from the main entrance (near to main field/Car Park A)

Start or meeting point: I will be waiting just inside the event area not far from the main entrance (near to main field/Car Park A) at the Cheese Festival, Sturminster Newton

Directions: Sturminster Newton is just off the A357, North-West of Blandford Forum. Post code for Sat Navs is DT10 1DQ

Event address: Sturminster Newton, DT10 1DQ

OS Grid Ref: ST784138    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.92364, -2.30758   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 7 Durrant, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 1DQ

Saturday 6th September, meet time 11:15

12 mile Day Walk

Bath: from sub-Terra to Skyline

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

From sub-Terra to Skyline is a circular tour from Bath taking in a section of the Kennet & Avon Canal, travelling below ground and on high ground along the way, and held over from a rather soggy September last year!

We'll start from Bath Railway Station and cross over Bathwick Green with panaramic views of the city before continuing along part of the National Trust's Skyline route. Then it's a drop down to the Kennet & Avon Canal at Bathampton, where there will be a lunch stop. You can order food at the pub, or eat a packed lunch by the canal.

The canal will be followed for 4 miles, passing the famous Dundas Aqueduct on the way to Brassknocker Basin, where there will be the option of a refreshment & toilet stop. Then we'll leave the canal for the peaceful Midford Valley and ascend a steep flight of steps onto the Two Tunnels Greenway. Passing through the longest cycling tunnel in Britain, and at up to 300 feet below ground level, will bring us back into urban Bath where we will descend back to the station. We can then stay a while in Bath before heading home.

Travel:
Train - Weymouth (08.46, £17), Dorchester West (08.59, £17.50), Maiden Newton (09.11), Yeovil Pen Mill (09.34, £16) arriving Bath 11.06. Groupsave available (3 to 9 people at 34% off). 

Nearest car parks: Manvers Street, 161 spaces, BA2 4AF; Avon Street, 512 spaces, BA1 1UF. Cost: about £10.

The date has been chosen as one when Bath Rugby have an away fixture.

You must email me using the mail link above to let me know you are interested in coming, and this way, we will coordinate the transport arrangements.

Start or meeting point: Outside the south side of Bath railway station (close to River Avon).

OS Grid Ref: ST752643    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 51.37741, -2.35674   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Bath, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset BA1 1SX

Saturday 30th August, meet time 10:30

8.5 mile Day Walk

Corfe Castle Circular Walk - Woodland, Heathland and Ridgeway

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247536    Email event leader

Description:

Starting at Norden (home of the Corfe to Swanage steam train, which we may see later in the walk) this walk takes in a variety of different scenery: lush greenery and woodland; Heathland tracks, including a dismantled tramline; as well as the ridgeway back to Corfe. Please bring plenty of water and dress for the weather. After the walk, there is the option of a drink in a tea-room, pub or beer garden.

Start or meeting point: Norden Park and Ride.

Directions: Going South on the A351 (from Wareham to Corfe), take the 1st exit at the roundabout before Corfe Castle, then turn right at the sign for Norden Park and Ride. Parking is 3 pounds all day. Meet at the grassy island near the Car Park Attendant booth.

   Walks grade: Moderate

Event address: Norden Park and Ride

OS Grid Ref: SY957828    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.64563, -2.06206   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): A351, Wareham, Dorset BH20

Saturday 23rd August, meet time 08:45

11 mile Day Walk

Perimeter of Dorset 8 - East Lulworth to Osmington

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This is the next in the 'Perimeter of Dorset' series of walks, which we're having a second go at after it was rained off last year.  We get the bus from Wool station and walk out from the Scott Arms in East Lulworth.  We follow a mixture of the South West Coast Path and the inland route to Osmington, where we should have time for a drink at the Sunray before getting the bus back to Wool.  There should be good views out to sea, weather permitting.  Please bring a packed lunch, plenty to drink, a hat and suncream. 

Start or meeting point: Wool railway station. Please arrive in time for the 08:55 bus to East Lulworth, from where we will walk out at 09:30. We should arrive in Osmington in time for either the 16:10 or the 17:10 bus back to Wool, depending how long a drink we want.

Directions: This walk is accessible by public transport, and attendees are encouraged to arrive by train or bus if possible. If you are driving, Wool is on the A352 between Wareham and Dorchester, and the railway station is signposted. Parking is available.

OS Grid Ref: SY844869    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.68171, -2.22136   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Wool, Wool, Wareham, Dorset BH20

Friday 22nd August, meet time 16:00

Trip Away

Croyde Camping Trip - August Bank Holiday Weekend

Walk or event leader: Louise W    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

August Bank Holiday camping trip to Croyde, North Devon.  Campsite, right by the beach. www.oceanpitch.co.uk    Amazing location, great for body boarding, surfing and walking.Hopfully nice weather for BBQs and chilling out in the evening.

You will need all your own camping gear for this trip.

Body / surf boards and wet suits can be hired from the campiste.

Cost of camping is £15 per night, per person, plus £3 per night for a car. It may seem pricey, but it is in a prime location and it is high season.

If you are interested in this trip and haven't received the email about it, then please email dywra@hotmail.com and they will forward your email to me. Please note, you need to be a Ramblers member to attend. There are only 16 spaces, so please get in touch with me as soon as possible.

 

Start or meeting point: Ocean Pitch Campsite Moor Lane, Croyde, Devon, EX33 1NN - meet time tbc

Directions: Use google maps /OS Map

Event address: Ocean Pitch Campsite Moor Lane, Croyde, Devon, EX33 1NN

OS Grid Ref: SS434397    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 51.13537, -4.23900   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Middleborough Lane, Croyde, Braunton, Devon EX33

Saturday 16th August, meet time 10:30

6 mile Day Walk

Summer picnic and 6 mile walk

Walk or event leader: Susan    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A circular walk starting in Abbotsbury Village Centre. The walk begins with an ascent to join the high grassy ridge, which gives magnificant views of the coastline, including Chesil Beach and the rolling downland. We will then walk along the Chesil Beach Coastal Path, stopping for our picnic lunch on the shingle beach area near the cafe. There are also toilet facilities nearby. Please bring swimwear and a towel if you fancy a dip in the sea - plus food and drink for the picnic to share.

If you would rather just come for the picnic, please meet on the beach: there is a car park on Buller's Way, just after the Sub-Tropical Gardens where you can park, then meet us on the beach nearby, near the beach cafe at around 12.30 to 1 o' clock. Please bring appropriate footwear, clothing and suncream. Note: we will be taking our picnic with us on the walk, to have 3/4 of the way around.

Start or meeting point: The car park on Rodden Row, which is 3 pounds to park all day. There is also free parking on Rodden Row if there is space

Directions: From the A35, take the Abbotsbury turn off and keep following signs to Abbotsbury, going through Portesham Village. The car park is off Rodden Row, on the left before you get to the junction with Market Street.

   Walks grade: Leisurely

Event address: Rodden Row car park Abbotsbury

OS Grid Ref: SY578852    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.66539, -2.59755   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 16 Rodden Row, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4JL

Friday 8th August, meet time 17:45

Social Event

Open Air Shakespeare - Henry IV Parts I and II

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This year's open air Shakespeare production will again be taking place between late July and early August on Brownsea Island.  For those unfamiliar with Brownsea Open Air Theatre, it's an amateur dramatics group that puts on an open air production of a Shakespeare play each summer, with the profits going to the National Trust.

Shakespeare gets historical this year with Henry IV (both parts in one).Having ascended the throne under dubious circumstances some years before, King Henry now faces rebellion from those who were once his strongest supporters.  To make matters worse, his eldest son and heir Prince Hal has fallen in with the wrong crowd and spends his time drinking and gambling, while the heir apparent to the chief rebel is making a name for himself as a soldier.  As Henry himself puts it, "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown".

The play runs from 23rd July to 8th August, and we will be attending on Friday, 8th August.  Tickets are £21, which includes the boat fare to Brownsea Island, landing fee, National Trust fee and a ticket to the play.  We usually catch the 6pm ferry to the island, which gives us time for a picnic before the play starts at 7:30pm.  Typically the play finishes by 10pm and we're back at Poole Quay by 11pm.

Tickets sell like hotcakes, especially for the Friday performances, so we do need to know how many people will be coming, and receive all cheques for tickets, no later than Sunday, 30th March 2014.  The address to send cheques to will be emailed to anyone attending, so please ensure you email dywra@hotmail.com well before the cutoff date if you want to come.

Start or meeting point: Poole Quay, outside the Lord Nelson pub. Please arrive by 5:45pm, as the 6pm ferry does often fill up early.

Directions: Entering Poole from the north/east, follow Holes Bay Road as far as it goes (you should end up at a large roundabout). From there the Quay and Quay visitors' car park are signposted. Please note the car park is pay and display.

Event address: Poole Quay

OS Grid Ref: SZ011902    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71204, -1.98545   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 23 The Quay, Town Centre, Poole BH15 1HJ

Friday 8th August, meet time 10:00

Trip Away

Dorset Coast Weekend - Worth Matravers

Walk or event leader: Phil C / Fiona S    Contact: 07539 023044    Email event leader

Description:

A weekend of walking and camping on a joint trip with the Hampshire group in the wild and exhilarating Purbeck hills. Be free, run wild and embrace the elements.  Walks will be reasonably long but not too bad. More info. to follow once I've walked the routes!  Idea is to arrive Friday, set up camp, and be ready to head off around 10am Saturday morning.  Please bring BBQs for Saturday evening.  Camp site is very close to the Square and Compass for quality cider and pasties!  If you are not into camping you are more than welcome to join us for the Saturday walk at 10am. Please note: booking is required (see email address and contact number) and also you need to be a member of Ramblers.

Fiona has paid a deposit to reserve plots at the campsite. Therefore, we can all pay Fiona on arrival. The cost is £7 per person per night plus £5 per car for the entire stay.

Start or meeting point: Weston Dairy Farm, Worth Matravers, Dorset

Directions: Take A351 from Wareham and through Corfe Castle. Take the B3069 to Worth Matravers and head down through the village to the farm.

Event address: Weston Farm, Worth Matravers

OS Grid Ref: SY967776    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.59863, -2.04710   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 3 Renscombe Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 3LL

Sunday 3rd August, meet time 10:30

7.5 mile Day Walk

Gussage St. Michael and the Downs

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Starting from Gussage St. Michael, we'll ascend gradually to Gussage Hill, where there are excellent views over rolling countryside.

We will then stay on the higher ground, passing over Harley, Tenantry & Brockington Downs before descending into Gussage All Saints. There will be the option of a refreshment stop at the village pub before returning to Gussage St. Michael.

Start or meeting point: Roadside parking in Gussage St. Michael on the road to Lower Farm. Nearest postcode BH21 5JA (further up the road).

Directions: From the Horton Inn on the B3078, take the road signposted Moor Crichel and Gussage All Saints. Travel about 2.75 miles to to a turning signposted Gussage St. Michael 0.25 mile. In the village, turn right signposted Gussage All Saints, then left signposted Cashmoor. The parking is on the next road on the right. From the A354, take the road within sight of The Inn on the Chase, signposted Gussage St. Michael 1.75 miles. The parking is on the first road on the left upon reaching the village.

OS Grid Ref: ST986115    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.90310, -2.02047   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 1 Pond Cottages, Gussage Saint Michael, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 5JA

Saturday 26th July, meet time 18:00

5 mile Evening Walk

Cowgrove and Pamphill walk

Walk or event leader: Katie    Contact: 07717009947    Email event leader

Description:

A tranquil, leisurely walk through the allotments in Wimborne; going along by the River Stour past Eye bridge then along Cowgrove; up All Fools Lane towards Pamphill, then down past the school and back through the allotments to Wimborne.

There is beautiful scenery on this route; the river Stour and all the rest of the route.

There is, however, a combination of walking: through open watermeadows, wooded areas and just a slight bit of walking or crossing over minor country roads.

(I cannot guarantee that there will not be mud; this can depend upon the rain fall. Therefore it might be slipperly under foot, please be aware that there are tree roots sticking out of the ground in certain areas.)

The pace could be brisk.

Start or meeting point: Old Road car park: off Julians Road; behind Green Man pub (Victoria Road)

Directions: Off B3078 Julians Road, behind Green Man pub (Victoria Road)

OS Grid Ref: SZ006999    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.79943, -1.99278   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 17 Old Road, Wimborne, Dorset BH21

Wednesday 16th July, meet time 18:15

5 mile Evening Walk

Dorchester, West Stafford and Lower Bockhampton

Walk or event leader: Julia    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A walk from the centre of Dorchester, through the outskirts of the town then out along open fields to the pretty village of West Stafford, where we will stop for a drink at the pub.   From West Stafford we will head up to Lower Bockhampton where we will turn off the road and follow the river back to Dorchester.  Although the terrain is level, there may be muddy or rough ground so please ensure appropriate footwear is worn.  We will be setting off promptly at 6.30pm.

Start or meeting point: Meet at the Charles Street Car Park near Waitrose off Acland Road. Parking is free after 6pm.

OS Grid Ref: SY693905    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71335, -2.43563   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 51 Charles Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1EE

Sunday 13th July, meet time 10:30

4.5 mile New Members Walk

Rodwell Trail and Seafood Festival - New Members' Walk

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

This is an ideal walk for NEW MEMBERS, it being  a short walk with level terrain and gentle pace. (Current walkers, of course are welcome and are encouraged[!]; to meet and greet new members.) We first take in part of the RSPB  reserve at Radipole Lake then follow the Rodwell Trail; a popular green link used by walkers and cyclists that follows the old  Weymouth to Portland railway. At the end of the Rodwell Trail, we visit Sandsfoot Castle ruins and Gardens, before heading for the atmosphere of the Seafood Festival - a highlight of the Weymouth calendar (www.dorsetseafood.co.uk). Here we can get some food from some of the many stalls (some seafood, some non-seafood) or one of the great pubs in Hope Square.

Start or meeting point: Meet at the RSPB centre at Radipole Lake. Parking is Pay and Display; I would recommend 6 hours rather than the 4 hour period, to allow plenty of time at the festival.

Directions: From the Jubilee Clock on the seafront, go down King Street to the lights at the end - turn right at the lights to the RSPB reserve (Radipole Park Drive) then turn left to the RSPB centre.

   Walks grade: Leisurely

Event address: RSPB Reserve Centre

OS Grid Ref: SY675796    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.61527, -2.45961   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Weymouth Way, Weymouth, Dorset DT4

Sunday 6th July, meet time 10:30

8.5 mile Joint Walk

DYW Group Walk to Hambledon Hill

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

One day every year each member group of the Dorset Area Ramblers organizes a walk with the intention to meet up at the same place and time, where a group picnic is then held.   This year the walks will meet up at Hambledon Hill (grid reference ST 845 125) between 12:30 and 13:00.

This walk represents the contribution of the Dorset Young Walkers and is led by Rod.  The walk takes in Stourpaine, Hod Hill, Wessex Ridgeway and the North Dorset Trailway.  It is an excellent opportunity to meet members from all Ramblers groups operating in Dorset.

The walk is moderate to hilly.  Please bring your own food for the picnic, plenty of water if the weather is hot and wear appropriate footwear as it may be muddy in places.

Start or meeting point: Lay-by on A357 just north west of Durweston

Directions: Take the A350 to just North of Blandford Forum then take the A357 (signposted Sturminster Newton). The lay by is just over half a mile on the left.

OS Grid Ref: ST855090    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.88077, -2.20677   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): A357, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0QE

Sunday 6th July, meet time 10:00

9.5 mile Joint Walk

North Dorset Group Walk to Hambledon Hill

Walk or event leader: Jan and Bruce Marriot, Jan Wardell    Contact: 07746586346    Email event leader

Description:

One day every year each member group of the Dorset Area Ramblers organizes a walk with the intention to meet up at the same place and time, where a group picnic is then held.   This year the walks will meet up at Hambledon Hill (grid reference ST 845 125) between 12:30 and 13:00.

This walk represents the contribution of the North Dorset Ramblers and is led by Jan & Bruce Marriot and Jan Wardell.  The walk takes in Hammoon, Gallows Corner and Child Okeford.  It is an excellent opportunity to meet members from all Ramblers groups operating in Dorset.

The walk is moderate to hilly, with one steep climb before lunch  Please bring your own food for the picnic, plenty of water if the weather is hot and wear appropriate footwear as it may be muddy in places.

Start or meeting point: Fiddleford Manor Car Park (Free)

Directions: Take the A357 to just East of Sturminster Newton. Take Calf Close Lane (signposted Fiddleford Manor). The car park is a short distance on the left.

OS Grid Ref: ST801135    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.92067, -2.28367   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Calf Close Lane, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 2BU

Sunday 6th July, meet time 10:00

9 mile Joint Walk

East Dorset Group Walk to Hambledon Hill (Shorter Walk)

Walk or event leader: Margaret Kettlewell and Morven Spence    Contact: 07765 495594    Email event leader

Description:

One day every year each member group of the Dorset Area Ramblers organizes a walk with the intention to meet up at the same place and time, where a group picnic is then held.   This year the walks will meet up at Hambledon Hill (grid reference ST 845 125) between 12:30 and 13:00.

This walk represents the contribution of the East Dorset Ramblers and is led by Margaret Kettlewell and Morven Spence.  The walk takes in Preston Hill and Hod Hill.  It is an excellent opportunity to meet members from all Ramblers groups operating in Dorset.

The walk is moderate to hilly.  Please bring your own food for the picnic, plenty of water if the weather is hot and wear appropriate footwear as it may be muddy in places.

Start or meeting point: By The Cricketers Pub in Iwerne Courtney (Shroton)

Directions: Take the A350 north of Blandford to about two miles north of Stourpaine. Turn left into Main Street (signposted "Shroton (Iwerne Courtney)" and "The Cricketers"). Follow the road into Shroton until you reach The Cricketers on your right. There is a Bus Shelter on your left.

OS Grid Ref: ST859126    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.91320, -2.20075   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Shroton or Iwerne Courtney, The Cricketers (S-bound), Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11

Sunday 6th July, meet time 09:30

15 mile Joint Walk

East Dorset Group Walk to Hambledon Hill (Longer Walk)

Walk or event leader: Ian Quarrinton    Contact: 01202 319418    Email event leader

Description:

One day every year each member group of the Dorset Area Ramblers organizes a walk with the intention to meet up at the same place and time, where a group picnic is then held.   This year the walks will meet up at Hambledon Hill (grid reference ST 845 125) between 12:30 and 13:00.

This walk represents a contribution by the East Dorset Ramblers and is led by Ian Quarrinton.  The walk takes in Iwerne Minster and Iwerne Courtney.  It is an excellent opportunity to meet members from all Ramblers groups operating in Dorset.

The walk is strenuous. Please bring your own food for the picnic, plenty of water if the weather is hot and wear appropriate footwear as it may be muddy in places.

Start or meeting point: The pond at Ashmore (park in the village)

Directions: Take the A350 north of Blandford to Fontwell Magna. Turn onto Mill Street (signposted Ashmore). At the crossroads, go straight ahead until you reach Ashmore.

OS Grid Ref: ST912178    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.95976, -2.12538   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Green Lane, Salisbury, Dorset SP5 5AG

Sunday 6th July, meet time 10:00

10 mile Joint Walk

South Dorset Group Walk to Hambledon Hill

Walk or event leader: Kate Gocher    Contact: 07733 171499    Email event leader

Description:

One day every year each member group of the Dorset Area Ramblers organizes a walk with the intention to meet up at the same place and time, where a group picnic is then held.   This year the walks will meet up at Hambledon Hill (grid reference ST 845 125) between 12:30 and 13:00.

This walk represents the contribution of the South Dorset Ramblers and is led by Kate Gocher.  The walk takes in Blandford Forest, Hanford and Okeford Pitzpaine.  It is an excellent opportunity to meet members from all Ramblers groups operating in Dorset.

The walk is moderate to hilly.  Please bring your own food for the picnic, plenty of water if the weather is hot and wear appropriate footwear as it may be muddy in places.

Start or meeting point: Okeford Hill Car Park (Free)

Directions: From the A350 North of Blandford, take the A357 (signposted Sturminster Newton). Continue past Shillingstone and turn left into Castle Lane (signposted Okeford Pitzpaine and Royal Oak Inn). Continue on that road through Okeford Fitzpaine and turn left at the Y-junction (signposted Turnworth and Winterborn Stickland) The car park is 0.75 miles on the right.

OS Grid Ref: ST812093    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.88341, -2.26837   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Lanchards Lane, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0TF

Sunday 6th July, meet time 11:00

6.5 mile Joint Walk

West Dorset Group Walk to Hambledon Hill

Walk or event leader: Ian Ibbotson    Contact: 07977 648781    Email event leader

Description:

One day every year each member group of the Dorset Area Ramblers organizes a walk with the intention to meet up at the same place and time, where a group picnic is then held.   This year the walks will meet up at Hambledon Hill (grid reference ST 845 125) between 12:30 and 13:00.

This walk represents the contribution of the West Dorset Ramblers and is led by Ian Ibbotson.  The walk takes in Hod Hill, Child Okeford and Hanford House School.  It is an excellent opportunity to meet members from all Ramblers groups operating in Dorset.

The walk is moderate with some steep hills.  Please bring your own food for the picnic, plenty of water if the weather is hot and wear appropriate footwear as it may be muddy in places.

Start or meeting point: Car Park in Nutcombe Wood, near Hod Hill.

Directions: Take the A350 North of Blandford, past Stourpaine, and turn left towards Child Okeford (signposted Hanford and Child Okeford). Continue for 1600ft/500m and there is a small car park on the left. This is the start point.

OS Grid Ref: ST852112    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.90041, -2.21138   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): A350, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 8PR

Sunday 6th July, meet time 10:45

8 mile Joint Walk

40s/50s Group Walk to Hambledon Hill

Walk or event leader: Sonia Booth    Contact: 07841 748399    Email event leader

Description:

One day every year each member group of the Dorset Area Ramblers organizes a walk with the intention to meet up at the same place and time, where a group picnic is then held.   This year the walks will meet up at Hambledon Hill (grid reference ST 845 125) between 12:30 and 13:00.

This walk represents the contribution of the Dorset 50s/50s group and is led by Sonia Booth.  The walk takes in Hod Hill, Iwerne Courtney and the Stour Valley Way.  It is an excellent opportunity to meet members from all Ramblers groups operating in Dorset.

The walk is moderate to hilly.  Please bring your own food for the picnic, plenty of water if the weather is hot and wear appropriate footwear as it may be muddy in places.

Start or meeting point: Stourpaine Village Hall (the lane is almost opposite the White Horse Pub)

Directions: Take the A350 North to Stourpaine. Virtually opposite the White Horse Pub is a turning into Bottom Road (signposted "Village Hall"). You can park in the Village Hall Car Park for free (donations encouraged).

OS Grid Ref: ST862094    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.88480, -2.19740   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 24 Orchard Close, Stourpaine, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 8TE

Sunday 29th June, meet time 10:30

9 mile Day Walk

Portland Circular Walk

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

Join us on a walk round the unique landscape of the Isle of Portland. Described by Thomas Hardy as "Dorset's Gibraltar", featured recently on BBC's Countryfile and home to the famous Portland Stone; Portland feels like nowhere else in Dorset. Starting with great views overlooking Chesil Beach and the site of the 2012 Olympic Sailing, the Coast Path continues past: Military Batteries, the Isle's old Quarry sites, iconic landmarks such as the Portland Bill Lighthouse and Pulpit Rock as well as Tout Quarry Sculture Park. All the while being surrounded by great sea views and interesting landscape (and with luck, nice views of its wildlife).

 

Start or meeting point: Meet near the Olympic Rings Statue, by Portland Heights Hotel. Directions: follow the A354 onto Portland, then through Fortuneswell. Portland Heights is facing you at the top of the steep road up, after Fortuneswell. (You can't miss it). Portland Heights is also accessible by bus from Weymouth (see www.traveline.info/). Parking: At the roundabout in front of Portland Heights, take the first exit, then turn Right, along the side of the Hotel, and continue to Car Parks (there are 4).

OS Grid Ref: SY687729    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.55515, -2.44314   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Priory Road, Portland, Dorset DT5 2EN

Saturday 28th June, meet time 13:00

Social Event

Folk on the Quay

Walk or event leader: Joanne    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

FOLK ON THE QUAY is a free folk music festival in Poole on 28th and 29th June with four outdoor music stages, two ceilidh dances and over twenty teams of morris dancers in the streets overlooking Poole's lovely Harbour.

I went to this last year and it was a good day out. There are 4 stages along the Quay, with various bands on all day. The live music then continues till late in the various bars. There is also dancing, stalls and of course the beautiful views of Brownsea  Island and the Marina.

There are plenty of places to eat, from fish and chips to the Poole Arms, one of the oldest pubs in Poole. They offer an extensive fish menu at reasonable prices. 

Thought we could meet for a drink at the Lord Nelson Pub. They have plenty of outside seating and there is a band stand right next to it.

We can then either have a wander round as a group to see what is on offer. Or you can go off into your smaller groups and decide what you want to do yourselves.

Let me know on Facebook or email if you are coming, then I can look out for you.

For more information, here is the web address www.folkonthequay.co.uk

 

 

Start or meeting point: Lord Nelson Pub at the end of the row of pubs, near to the roundabout.

Directions: There is a multi story car park behind the Quay on the corner of Castle Street and Old Orchard, Poole BH15 1SB - 01202 262000 - charging approx 80p p/h Poole Train and Bus Stations are approx 10 minutes walk away, follow signs for Poole Quay through the town.

Event address: Poole Quay

OS Grid Ref: SZ011902    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71228, -1.98568   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 23 The Quay, Poole BH15 1HJ

Friday 20th June, meet time 19:00

4.5 mile Evening Walk

Sundowners on Hambledon Hill

Walk or event leader: Elaine    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

An evening walk on the eve of the longest day to watch the sun go down at the top of Hambledon Hill.  Please feel free to bring snacks and your sundowner drink of choice. Sunset will be approximately 9.25pm and we will move off the hill 10 or 15 minutes after, please bring torches for the decent as light will be poor.  If it is poor weather we will just do the walk and head to the pub early.

Start or meeting point: Meet outside the Cricketers Inn Shroton (also known as Iwerne Courtney). Please park in the layby opposite the church or unobtrusively in the village.

Directions: Shroton (Iwerne Courtney) is just off the A350 north of Stourpaine. The layby for the church is on the left hand side.

OS Grid Ref: ST860124    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.91141, -2.19994   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Main Street, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11

Saturday 7th June, meet time 10:30

6 mile Day Walk

Ebbesbourne Wake and Swallowcliffe Down

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A circular walk, first climbing out of Ebbesbourne Wake and making for Swallowcliffe Down, noted for its wildflowers during the spring and summer.

After walking along the top edge of the Down, enjoying excellent views, we will head back to the village via Church Bottom and the Prescombe Down National Nature Reserve.

We will meet for a drink in a pub after the walk; this will be either in Ebbesbourne Wake or a neighbouring village depending upon the finish time.

Start or meeting point: Start point is roadside parking on Top Road, Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire. SP5 5JR. Please note that the postcode is further along Top Road from the start point.

Directions: From the A354 near the Martin Down nature reserve, signposted Broad Chalke. (From the A354 roundabout near Sixpenny Handley and passing through this village is a popular route, though the road surface beyond the village was severely damaged at the time of the walk submission.) From the A30 near Ansty, signposted Ebbesbourne Wake, 3 miles.

OS Grid Ref: ST984243    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 51.01872, -2.02292   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 306 Duck Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5

Friday 6th June, meet time 09:30

Walk Leader Training

Ramblers Volunteer Development Day - Somerton (Somerset)

Walk or event leader: Karen Inkster    Contact: 020 7339 8510    Email event leader

Description:

The Ramblers is a charity whose goal is to protect the ability of people to enjoy the sense of freedom and benefits that come from being outdoors on foot. To achieve this we rely on a huge number of able and willing volunteers, who are at the heart of our work. As a Ramblers volunteer your role is vital to the organisation and as such we are keen to help support you and offer guidance and training.

The Ramblers are pleased to offer four different workshops at this event. PLEASE NOTE ALL SESSIONS ARE RUNNING SIMULTANEOUSLY THEREFORE YOU CAN ONLY BOOK ONE WORKSHOP.

Promoting your group in the media

This workshop will show you how to promote the Ramblers, local walks and campaigns in traditional and social media, and share best practice. Ideal for those new to volunteering, or new to using press and social media. Volunteers are encouraged to bring examples of their own press/publicity work, if they have anything thing they would like to share.

Ramblers Routes Workshop

This practical workshop is designed to help members learn the skills needed to develop great walking routes. The training will cover what makes a good route, stages of route development, developing a route card and how to check routes. The afternoon will be outside developing and checking routes.

Rights of Way: A Beginners Guide to the Law

An introduction to rights of way and access law with the chance to consider how to deal with a public path diversion order. These sessions are aimed at those who are new to rights of way work and will provide an overview of the legal framework and a taste of the type of work which Ramblers rights of way volunteers undertake.

Meet the Chief Executive

An opportunity to ask Benedict Southworth questions about Ramblers recent developments. Please note, unlike all other sessions, this workshop is only half a day and will run in the afternoon.

Treasurer Training Workshop

Training session is primarily aimed for new Treasurers and will be covering all the major areas of guidance for Treasurers, including: The role of Treasurer, Use of charitable funds, budgeting & reserves, banking, bookkeeping & accounts and some other policy areas.

Walk Leaders Workshop

This session includes how to plan and lead a walk, including what to do before, during and after a walk. The afternoon’s session will deliver basic navigation skills. The workshop is suitable for leaders new and old.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Places on the workshops are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. We hope that there will be a wide variety of Groups represented so ideas and good practice can be shared. Please note that all workshops are running at the same time, thus you can only book one session.

Where possible the organisation is grateful if volunteers are able to donate their travel expenses. Volunteers can claim back expenses from central office, but please note that there is a cap of £50. This allows for a return car journey of almost 180 miles - we hope you will consider car sharing.  For consistency travel by public transport is also capped at £50. In exceptional cases it may be possible to waive the cap – in this scenario please contact Karen before booking your place.

For public transport please visit: www.traveline.info. Please note public transport is not available directly to this venue. Bike, car, or taxi is required to reach the business park. Therefore we are encouraging car share and have set up a Facebook page to allow members to access and offer lifts. https://www.facebook.com/groups/175364702669840

Tea and coffee will be served, but please note you need to supply your own lunch.

Start or meeting point: SOMERTON EDGAR HALL, SOMERTON BUSINESS PARK, SOMERTON, ENGLAND, TA11 6SB.

OS Grid Ref: ST476291    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 51.05924, -2.74813   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 14F Bancombe Road, Somerton, Somerset TA11 6SB

Sunday 1st June, meet time 12:00

5.5 mile Day Walk

Sunday Carvery and Osmington Mills Coastal Walk

Walk or event leader: Mat    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

Come along for a Great British Carvery at the Spyglass at Bowleaze Cove, followed by a walk along the South West Coast Path heading to Osmington Mills. There, we can call in at the 13th Century pub, The Smugglers Inn, one of the finest in the county. After the option of a quick drink, we'll head back along the coast. The route offers lovely views over Weymouth Bay and surrounding fields (and the White Horse on a clear day). Due to the length and terrain, this walk is ideal for anyone interested in trying out a first walk with the group, though parts can be muddy so please bring boots (as well as appropriate clothing). If you could let me know if you are attending, that would be great, in case we need to book a table (mat_benfield@hotmail.com).

Start or meeting point: Meet point is the entrance to The Spyglass pub/restaurant on Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth. There is a car park at The Spyglass, as well as parking on the road outside.

Directions: From Preston Rd, with the sea on your right; take the second exit at the roundabout next to Oasis Cafe, to go up the hill to The Spyglass.

OS Grid Ref: SY696817    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.63458, -2.43014   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 3 Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 6PN

Monday 26th May, meet time 11:00

Social Event

Sherborne Castle Country Fair

Walk or event leader: Phil    Contact: 07960 142190    Email event leader

Description:

Come and join me for a  fun day out on the Monday 26th May bank holiday at the annual Sherborne Castle Country Fair. It has got everything you would expect from a country fair/show including Dorset local food stalls, craft and other varied stalls areas, a rare breeds show and livestock, a dog show, a circus big top, a fair, dragon boat racing and a 'silent auction'.   The event is organised by a not for profit organisation and proceeds go to local charites.  The event costs £11. per adult on the day at the main entrance, or you if you order tickets in advance it will cost you £9.35.  You can order tickets via the internet (www.netaticket.co.uk  - they will add 62 p for postage and you should order no later than 2 working days before the event if ordering via the internet).  Also you can phone the order line on 01749 813899 for tickets. Finally, if you live in the area you can purchase tickets in person through Sherborne and Yeovil Tourist Information Offices or The Abbey Pharmacy in Sherborne.  Please see the website: www.sherbornecountryfair.com  for further details about this event  Hope to see you there!   - If you could let me know if you are likely to be coming so I know who to look out for- email me via the DYW website.  However, if you decide on the day that you wish to attend the event, then please do!

Start or meeting point: Just inside the main entrace to the event (which is just inside the main entrace to Sherborne Castle). I shall wait just inside the main entrace for the event for 15-20 minutes or so from 11.00 am

Directions: For Sat Nav users the postcode is DT9 5NR. Please see www.sherbornecountryfair.com for directions from your location.

Event address: Sherborne Castle, New Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5NR

OS Grid Ref: ST649164    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.94604, -2.50065   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 5NS

Sunday 25th May, meet time 10:30

6 mile Day Walk

Bincombe, Upwey and the Ridgeway

Walk or event leader: Julia    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A lovely walk with extensive views of Weymouth and Portland on a sunny day.  From Littlemoor we follow the road up to Bincombe where there is a steady but not strenuous climb to the South Dorset Ridgeway.  We then follow the Ridgeway over the relief road and  drop down in to the pretty village of Upwey.  After a short stretch of urban walking we follow our route back through farmland and retrace our steps back to Littlemoor.

Please wear suitable footwear and bring a packed lunch and drink.  After the walk there are a number of pubs in Upwey or tea and cake at the nearby garden centre at Littlemoor. 

Start or meeting point: Meet at Littlemoor shopping centre car park. There is a large Co-Op and parking is free.

Directions: Littlemoor is well signed from the A353 Wareham Road and the A354 heading south towards Weymouth.

OS Grid Ref: SY679832    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.64848, -2.45454   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Littlemoor, Shopping Centre (W-bound), Weymouth, Dorset DT3

Sunday 25th May, meet time 13:15

5 mile Joint Walk

Area Short Walk - Sherborne Circular

Walk or event leader: Jan    Contact: 01963 362162    Email event leader

Description:

A circular walk to Quarr and Coombe.  Mostly quiet lanes and tracks, no stiles.  The walk will be undulating, with the first half generally uphill.  There should be good views, weather permitting.

Please bring a drink and a snack.  Stout walking boots/shoes are recommended as the walk could be muddy.

Start or meeting point: Sherborne Acreman Street Car Park

Directions: Acreman Street is south off the A30, at Kitt Hill.

OS Grid Ref: ST635167    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.94862, -2.51988   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 40C Acreman Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3NX

Sunday 18th May, meet time 10:30

7.5 mile Day Walk

Sturminster Newton and River Stour circular

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A circular walk, first following the River Stour to Cutt Mill, then heading through Hinton St. Mary and towards Manston, returning to Stur via a short stretch of the Trailway.

Apart from the drop down to and rise up from the river, this walk has no hills of any significance.

See this link and the notes below for the location of the car park and start point.

Start or meeting point: Station Road car park, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1FJ. Free on Sunday. Toilets adjacent.

Directions: From the A357 traffic lights, go straight up Bridge Street and Market Cross and turn right at the traffic lights onto Old Market Hill, then right again at the next set of lights to reach the car park.

OS Grid Ref: ST787142    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.92692, -2.30354   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Sturminster Newton, Car Park (SE-bound), Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10

Sunday 4th May, meet time 11:00

Social Event

Dorset Knob Throwing and Frome Valley Food Festival

Walk or event leader: Phil Garnett    Contact: 07960142190    Email event leader

Description:

Come and join in the fun at the annual Dorset Knob Throwing contest and Frome Valley Food Festival this Sunday at Cattistock Village near Maiden Newton.  As well as the opportunity to take part in the Dorset Knob throwing (a type of small biscuit made by Moores Biscuits) competitions, there are other attractions/stalls to make this a fun day out.    This event is also a food festival with the opportunity to sample and buy lots of different kinds of Dorset/West Country foods such cheeses, meats, pies, jams, cakes, ciders, beers etc.  See further details on the website www.dorsetknobthrowing.com.  A prefect addition to your bank holiday weekend!   The event is open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm and admission price is £2.50 (free for the under 12's).  Car parking is free.

Start or meeting point: Meet me at 11.00 am just inside the main entrance in the field where the event is being held (in previous years the event was held in the centre of the village). Event stewards can direct you to where the event is located in the village.

Directions: From Dorchester take the A37 towards Yeovil, then take the left hand turn onto the A356 that heads towards Crewkerne. At Maiden Newton take a right hand turn at the post office, go past the War Memorial and take the next left hand turn signed Cattistock. At Cattistock Village follow the signs for the car parking (stewards will be there). For directions coming from Yeovil direction, please look at the website: www.dorsetknobthrowing.com

Event address: Cattistock Village, Near Maiden Newton, Dorset

OS Grid Ref: SY591994    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.79293, -2.58050   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 5 South Drive, Dorchester, Dorset DT2

Sunday 27th April, meet time 10:30

8 mile Day Walk

Ranges circular coastal walk

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Circular coastal walk in the Lulworth Ranges. ( no firing this day!). From Povington Hill, we will walk towards the coast and then down to Worbarrow Bay. This walk will involve one of the steepest climbs on this stretch of coast - up  Flowers Barrow, but don't worry, it is a short steep climb!!! Plus other hills, as you would expect on the Dorset coast. Stunning views.

I have marked this walk as moderate, but some may find it strenuous, depending on fitness level.

Please note, I have led this walk in the past, but have no spare time to re-recce it. Route therefore may be subject to last minute changes on the day. It should not be anymore than 8 miles.

Please bring packed lunch, plenty of water and sun protection.

Start or meeting point: Whiteways view car park, Povington Hill, near Tyneham

Directions: Whiteways carpark is the one on the top of Povington Hill, within the Lulworth Ranges

OS Grid Ref: SY888811    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.62977, -2.15960   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): South West Coast Path, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5PF

Friday 18th April, meet time 18:00

Trip Away

Easter Weekend Trip

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

The DYW Easter weekend trip this year will be in mid-Wales. Please note that this is now fully booked. However, if you are thinking of trying our group, this is typical of the sort of long weekend away that you could join us on once you are a Ramblers Association member.

We will be staying in a well-equipped 19th century cottage near New Radnor. It's located on a quiet no-through road, yet is only half a mile from the nearest pub. We will arrive on Good Friday, and would expect to depart on Easter Monday, however, we are able to stay longer at no extra charge.

A more detailed plan is to follow. The cost per person is £85, which includes an amount for communal items.

Start or meeting point: Llanhillyn, Llanfihangel Nant Melan, Powys. LD8 2TP

Event address: Llanhillyn, Llanfihangel Nant Melan, Powys. LD8 2TP

OS Grid Ref: SO169582    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 52.21587, -3.21760   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): A481, Presteigne, Powys LD8 2TP

Saturday 12th April, meet time 10:30

Social Event

DORSET YOUNG WALKERS' AGM 2014 - plus Social

Walk or event leader: DYW Committee    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Come along to the DYW AGM. This is your chance to get involved with the running of the group, whether it be by voting or standing for a Post; putting forward a Motion or Constitutional Amendment or asking a question.

As Members (and friends) of the group will already know, from information received via email (Invitation, Agenda, Guide to Posts, and Constitution); the proceedings will include Annual Reports, to show the progress of the group, before the all-important voting-in of the new Committee.

As always, the current Committee members stand down and all Ramblers members are eligible to stand for posts. Please bring your Membership card for voting. Nominations can be taken in advance if unavoidably unable to attend, but note the deadlines for this in the information.

As is becoming tradition, there will also be a small awards ceremony - plus, as a treat, some cake or cakes.

For those attending the AGM, (and those attending the AGM only), there is then lunch at the Colliton Club bar downstairs, followed by skittles around the corner.

Times: 10.30 - arrive at Colliton Club bar (hot or cold drinks may be purchased) and place your order for lunch. Standard pub lunches are available at reasonable prices. 11.00-prompt - AGM meeting begins in Dorset Room of the Colliton Club.

Parking: Pay and Display Car Park adjacent to the Colliton Club; or the Top o' Town Car Park across the road . This event is accessible by public transport; trains 10 mins walk away.

Start or meeting point: Colliton Club bar before moving to the Dorset Room upstairs for the AGM.

Directions: Upon entering Dorchester and once on the B3150 (Bridport rd, High East St, High West St), take the North exit at Top o' Town roundabout, then bear immediately right for the Pay and Display CP adjacent to Colliton Club. Alternativley, the turning for Top o' Town Car Park is just West of Top o' Town roundabout, with Colliton Club across the B3147 (see map).

Event address: Colliton Club, Colliton House, Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XJ

OS Grid Ref: SY690907    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71598, -2.43969   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 35 Glyde Path Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT1

Saturday 29th March, meet time 11:00

4 mile New Members Walk

New Member's Walk: Upton Heath

Walk or event leader: Phil G    Contact: 07960 142190    Email event leader

Description:

This relatively short walk is aimed at potential new members to the group as well as current members. Starting from Upton Country Park, we'll make our way to the Creekmoor district where we'll walk a section of the Castleman Trailway up to the southern part of Corfe Mullen. From Corfe Mullen we'll enter Upton Heath nature reserve and make our way around the heath, skirting the border of Beacon Hill.  We'll then head to the edge of the reserve, bordering the A35, and return via Creekmoor to Upton Country Park.  Please bring a packed lunch which we can eat at a view point in Upton Heath or another part of the heath area. Alternatively, people may prefer to eat their lunch at Upton County Park at the end of the walk. The park has a cafe and toilet facilities.  Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions on the day.  Although this is a short walk, sturdy walking boots or shoes are recommended as some of the terrain could be uneven and muddy.

Start or meeting point: Main car park, Upton Country Park, Poole. The car park is free.

Directions: Upton Country Park is just off the A35 on the western outskirts of Poole. From either direction, take the Creekmoor slip road off the A35 and follow the signs to Upton Country Park.

OS Grid Ref: SY993929    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.73649, -2.01090   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Upton, Poole BH17 7BJ

Sunday 23rd March, meet time 10:30

6.5 mile Day Walk

Milton Abbas Walk

Walk or event leader: Daniel    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This is a circular walk starting from Milton Abbas that heads along the Jubilee Trail to Winterborne Clenston. After passing Clenston Lodge, it then heads back through Oatclose Wood and Whatcombe Wood. The walk finally crosses rolling farmland with great views before finishing back in Milton Abbas. There are a couple of exposed and muddy sections so I would recommend warm clothes and some decent boots.

We will stop for lunch in Whatcombe Wood so please bring a packed lunch or snack. The Hambro Arms is conveniently placed for a drink when we finish.

Start or meeting point: The starting point is roadside parking opposite The Hambro Arms, Milton Abbas, Dorset. DT11 0BP.

Directions: From the A354 in the centre of Milborne Saint Andrew, turn into Milton Road signposted Milton Abbas / Hilton. Follow the road out of the village and up the valley. Continue on until you reach a cross roads. Bear right around the lower end of Lake Lodge. Continue through the village past the church until you reach The Hambro Arms.

OS Grid Ref: ST808019    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.81660, -2.27379   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 8 Athelstan Way, Milton Abbas, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0BA

Saturday 15th March, meet time 10:30

7 mile Day Walk

Osmington, White Horse Hill and Sutton Poyntz

Walk or event leader: Alison    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A circular walk from Osmington Mills through the village of Osmington, up onto White Horse Hill, along the ridge and down to the village of Sutton Poyntz. We'll head back along the valley with views of the White Horse before completing the last stretch on the South West Coast Path. This walk promises good views, pretty villages, lovely coastline and a welcoming pub at the end! Please bring pack lunch, drink and warm clothing as it may be chilly along the ridge. Good boots are also recommended as it could be very wet and muddy in places. We'll have lunch somewhere along the ridge or just below depending on the weather. Toilets at the start.

I've not had time to re-reccie this walk since the recent storms & floods but hopefully it'll be OK!

Start or meeting point: Along the roadside near the pub at Osmington Mills (please note that the pub car park is for patrons only!)

Directions: From the Warmwell roundabout, take the A353 through Poxwell to Osmington. Just before you enter the village, take the left turn signposted Osmington Mills. Drive almost to the end of this road and park on the roadside near the pub.

OS Grid Ref: SY735818    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.63549, -2.37530   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 3 Old Coastguards, Osmington Mills, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 6HQ

Saturday 8th March, meet time 10:30

9 mile Day Walk

Circular Walk form Corfe Castle to Worth Matravers

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247536    Email event leader

Description:

Circular walk from Corfe, heading south over Corfe Common towards Kingston in the distance, before taking the path to the Houns-Tout, with impressive views. We then head back, taking in Worth Matravers, along the Purbeck Way towards the ruins of the Castle. Please bring lunch, a drink and good boots. (Sunglasses/cap may be useful as we head South for the first half).

Parking: There is limited free parking in a layby just round the corner from the NT Visitor Centre. This is often very full so please get there early and car share if you want to take advantage of it. Alternatively, there is pay & display parking at the NT Visitor Centre (free if you are a NT member).

Start or meeting point: Meet outside the National Trust Visitor Centre; facilities available.

Directions: From Wareham, head to Corfe Castle on the A351. As you approach the castle, the NT Visitor Centre is on your left. To try the free parking, take the next right in front of the castle and the layby is on your right.

OS Grid Ref: SY959824    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.64172, -2.05884   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Corfe Castle, Castle View Information Centre (SE-bound), Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20

Saturday 1st March, meet time 10:30

8.5 mile Day Walk

Walk around Martinstown, Hardy Monument and Maiden Castle

Walk or event leader: David    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

The walk starts at Martinstown and goes past Maiden Castle, a fairly large Iron Age hill fort looking out over Dorchester. The walk then changes direction, heading towards the ridgeway between Weymouth and Dorchester and then West, towards Hardy's Monument. which has good views of the coast. After visiting Hardy's Monument, the route will take us back towards Martinstown, where there is the option of a drink at the local pub.

Please remember to bring some form of wind protection, as Hardy's Monument can be quite windy.

 

Start or meeting point: Martinstown, outside St Martins Church.

Directions: By Car: Martinstown is about three miles south west of Dorchester, off the A35. By Bus: Martinstown service number A31, Weymouth to Axminster, via Dorchester.

OS Grid Ref: SY647889    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.69943, -2.50068   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): B3159, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 9JP

Saturday 1st March, meet time 10:30

3 mile Joint Walk

Area Introductory Walk - Meyrick Park

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This is a Dorset Area Walk which is advertised across all the walking groups in Dorset. These walks are slightly shorter and easier for those new to walking, who may be slightly less fit or who do not have time for the longer day walks.

A short, zig-zag shaped walk around Meyrick Park in Bournemouth, particularly suitable for those new to walking.  There will be a tea shop stop at the end.

Start or meeting point: Near the bowls pavilion in Meyrick Park, Bournemouth. Parking is available along the road.

Directions: From the A338, turn right at Richmond Hill (or left if travelling from Poole). Turn left at Braidley Road and Meyrick Park will be signposted.

OS Grid Ref: SZ083919    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.72706, -1.88304   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Central Drive, Bournemouth BH2 6JF

Sunday 23rd February, meet time 10:45

4 mile Joint Walk

Area Introductory Walk - Shaftesbury Town Centre

Walk or event leader: Sonia    Contact: 07841 748399    Email event leader

Description:

This is a Dorset Area Walk which is advertised across all the walking groups in Dorset. These walks are slightly shorter and easier for those new to walking, who may be slightly less fit or who do not have time for the longer day walks.

A walk around the quiet lanes and backwaters of Shaftesbury, taking in many a splendid view and historical buildings en route.  90% of this circular walk is on lanes or good tracks but there is a field at the start which is often muddy in winter, so please wear appropriate footwear.

The walk is predominantly flat but there is a short steep section as we come up to St. James, one of the historical parts of town, and a second longer steep section as we climb the steps onto Castle Hill.  We will do this slowly and the view at the top is well worth it.

We come back into the town centre along Abbey Walk, enjoying more far reaching views.  At this point, and for those who are game, we can take a small diversion down the steps from Abbey Walk onto St James, retrace a few of our earlier steps and climb back up to the town via the famous cobbled Gold Hill with the incentive of the Salt Cellar tea rooms at the top to spur us on.

As this is a short walk, there will be no lunch stop but please do bring a snack and something to drink as we will have a couple of short stops.  Depending on how people feel on the day, there would be an opportunity for a pub stop at the Two Brewers in St James when nearly half way round and there will be cafe facilities in the town upon our return.

Start or meeting point: Co-Op Supermarket, Shaftesbury Town Centre

Directions: Meet outside Co-Op supermarket in Bell Street car park, free parking on Sundays. Coming from the A350 or A30 take the B3081 signed Gillingham at the Ivy Cross roundabout. Where the road bends sharply to the right, continue straight on along Bleke Street and the car park is the second turning on the left. Public toilets at the start (20 pence charge).

OS Grid Ref: ST862231    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 51.00796, -2.19801   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 2 New Road, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8QH

Saturday 15th February, meet time 09:00

11 mile Day Walk

Perimeter of Dorset 8 - East Lulworth to Osmington

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Meet at Wool station for the next in the Perimeter of Dorset series of walks.  We will complete a linear walk from East Lulworth, on the ridgeline just inland from the South West Coast path, finishing in Osmington where there should be time for a drink at the Sunray before the bus back to Wool. 

Please bring a packed lunch and a drink, and be prepared for a difficult walk in high winds.  Also, this walk comes with a severe mud warning. 

Start or meeting point: Wool rail station. This walk is accessible by public transport, and attendees are encouraged to arrive by train if possible.

Directions: If driving, take the A35 into Wool and follow the signs to the station. Limited parking is available on site. Please arrive in time for the 09:05 bus to East Lulworth, from where we will walk out at 09:30. Our bus back to Wool leaves Osmington at 16:35.

OS Grid Ref: SY844869    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.68171, -2.22153   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Wool, Dorset BH20

Wednesday 12th February, meet time 19:30

Social Event

Stewart Lee at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247536    Email event leader

Description:

Following the sell-out Carpet Remnant World, the acclaimed writer and comedian Stewart Lee presents Much A-Stew about Nothing - a mixed stew of new ideas in preparation for a 3rd BBC TV series. Exploring ideas from parental alcoholism, justifiable shoplifting, urban foxes, and vasectomies, to Helena Bonham Carter, Anglo Saxon epic poetry, The Big Bang and Judith Chalmers. Link: http://www.bic.co.uk/whats-on/

Tickets have already been purchased, but if you are interested, please email mat_benfield@hotmail.com to make arrangements (so I know you are coming and to possibly arrange food beforehand).  
 

Start or meeting point: Meet at the bar in the Pavilion Theatre at 7:30 for the 8:00 show.

Event address: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

OS Grid Ref: SZ089909    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71786, -1.87490   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Bournemouth, Westover Road (NW-bound), Bournemouth BH1

Sunday 9th February, meet time 10:30

7 mile Day Walk

Bere Regis and Winterborne Whitechurch

Walk or event leader: Julia and Matt    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A different route from Bere Regis going north following the Jubilee Trail through quiet fields and tracks up to Winterborne Whitechurch, where we will have lunch.  The return route follows the course of the River Winterborne then through open farmland back to Bere Regis.  There is a small stretch of the A354 to walk along and we will need to cross the A35 before returning to Bere Regis.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink.  Please wear appropriate footwear as the walk could be muddy in places. We will have a drink in one of the pubs in Bere Regis at the end.

Start or meeting point: Turberville Road Car Park / Recycling Point. There is parking in the surrounding roads

Directions: Take the A35 to Bere Regis, the car park is signposted in the village

OS Grid Ref: SY846948    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.75280, -2.21880   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 10 Turberville Road, Bere Regis, Wareham, Dorset BH20 7HA

Saturday 1st February, meet time 10:30

7 mile Day Walk

Ibberton and Winterborne Houghton

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This walk starts from the Ibberton car park, north-east of Bulbarrow Hill. We'll head east, descending South Down, then cross fields to the village of Winterbourne Houghton. This is the source of the North Winterborne which flows through several other villages with names starting with 'Winterborne' before reaching the River Stour.

Then it's along a surfaced farm road with the sides of the valley gradually steepening, leading to an ascent through woods which brings us on to high ground near Bulbarrow Hill. A little further on is our start point.

Start or meeting point: Ibberton car park, north-east from Bulbarrow Hill.

OS Grid Ref: ST791071    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.86348, -2.29758   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Belchalwell Street, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0EN

Sunday 26th January, meet time 09:30

5.5 mile Day Walk

New Forest Breakfast Walk

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A gentle Sunday morning stroll through the 500 acres of Wilverley Inclosure in the New Forest, within easy reach of the A35. At the half way point, we will stop at a tea house for coffee, with various breakfast options available for those who would like them. We will then follow a different route back to the starting point.

Standard walking shoes/boots are recommended as although the outward half will be mainly on gravel tracks, the return may be muddy in places.

Start or meeting point: Close to the eastern-most corner of the inclosure, in Wilverley Inclosure car park. Free parking. Toilets available.

Directions: From the Christchurch direction, turn left off the A35 signposted Burley, then turn right signposted Brockenhurst and Sway, passing underneath the A35. There are two left turns to the Wilverley Inclosure car park, both with green Forestry Commission signs; preferably take the second one as I will then see you arriving!

OS Grid Ref: SU254009    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.80773, -1.64059   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Burley Road, New Forest National Park, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7UP

Sunday 19th January, meet time 10:30

6.5 mile Day Walk

Shapwick circular

Walk or event leader: Katie Phillpotts    Contact: 07717009947    Email event leader

Description:

This is a circular walk which takes us down Swan Way into Shapwick then along Park Lane, Sweetbrier Drove, Kingston Lacy Drove and back along Beech Avenue to Badbury Rings.

For this walk, we will park and meet up at Badbury Rings car park. From here, we will continue down the gravel drive, turn right and walk along the grassy verge before desending into the village of Shapwick. There is a small section of road walking along a minor country road from Shapwick. The rest of the walk will be along dirt tracks lined with trees.

This is a fairly leisurely walk with no major hills although the pace may be brisk!

Start or meeting point: Badbury Rings car park, Blandford Road.

Directions: From Blandford, follow the B3082 Blandford Road south east for approx. 8 miles. Badbury Rings Car Park will be on your left. From Wimborne, follow the B3082 Blandford Road north west for approx. 2 miles. Badbury Rings Car Park will be on your right.

OS Grid Ref: ST960030    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.82731, -2.05682   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Blandford Road, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 9JL

Saturday 18th January, meet time 13:45

4.5 mile Joint Walk

Area Introductory Walk - Dorchester and Charminster

Walk or event leader: Steve    Contact: 01305 262839    Email event leader

Description:

This is a Dorset Area Walk which is advertised across all the walking groups in Dorset. These walks are slightly shorter and easier for those new to walking, who may be slightly less fit or who do not have time for the longer day walks.  

The walk starts by following the line of the old Town Walls. It then follows the Frome and crosses the water meadows and fields to Charminster.  We then skirt the village and return to Dorchester.

There are two short sections of road but most of the walk is through fields or along paved or unpaved paths.

Please bring a drink.  Walking boots are not strictly necessary for this walk, unless the weather is wet, but sturdy trainers should be worn as a minimum and waterproof clothing is advisable.

We aim to return by 16:30.  There is a pub on the walk just short of the town and teashops in town.

Start or meeting point: Cenotaph, near the South end of South Street, Dorchester.

Directions: By train: From Dorchester South station, turn right along Weymouth Avenue. On reaching junction, South Street is opposite. By bus: Alight at Brewery, walk back along Weymouth Avenue to junction. South Street is opposite. OR Alight at Trinity Street, walk back along, and turn left at junction with Weymouth Avenue. By car: Park along Weymouth Ave or at Top oâ Town CP.

OS Grid Ref: SY692903    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71237, -2.43628   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 30B South Walks Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1DS

Saturday 11th January, meet time 10:15

5 mile Day Walk

Wareham Forest and Walks Planning Meeting

Walk or event leader: Alison    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A leisurely morning walk from Wareham out into the forest, along part of the Sika nature trail and back through the town. The walk will be followed by lunch at the Red Lion (see "Lite Bites" menu on their website for details). Lunch is booked for 12:30 onwards and the walks planning meeting will start about 2pm. I'll bring maps and books from the DYW library and, hopefully, some pre-walked routes for people to chose from if anyone is stuck for ideas. We'll be covering the months from January to April. Please bring along your diaries and some ideas for walks that you'd like to reccie or lead (preferably both!).

Wareham is easily accessible by train or bus from Weymouth, Dorchester, Poole and Bournemouth - see Traveline South West website - but please arrive in reasonable time for the start of the walk at 10:30. The station is approximately 15-20mins walk from the start point. For those of you who are driving, there may be space to park for free along the North or West Walls roads (but please park considerately!) or there is a long stay car park at Streche Road at the start of the walk which is £3.10 all day (cheaper if you car share!).

Please let me know if you are planning to come for lunch via email at dywra@hotmail.com by Sunday 5th Jan.

Start or meeting point: Streche Road long stay car park, Wareham.

Directions: From Poole, take the A351 to Wareham, turn off the bypass onto the B3075 down North Street, turn right at the traffic lights and crossroads onto West Street and, at a sign for the hospital and parking, turn right into Streche Road. From the West, take the A352 to Wareham, turn off the bypass into Wareham on the B3070. Drive past Purbeck Middle School on your left then take the left into Streche Road. If walking from the station, follow signs for the town under the bypass to North Street, turn right along North Walls then left along West Walls until you find the car park.

OS Grid Ref: SY920873    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.68538, -2.11424   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Streche Road, Wareham, Dorset BH20

Saturday 4th January, meet time 10:30

6 mile Day Walk

Lawrence of Clouds Hill

Walk or event leader: Louise    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Circular walk exploring the woodlands and heath around the retreat of a famous British soldier - TE Lawrence. This walk is mainly on heathland tracks, forest, fields and woodland paths. It also follows part of the Jublilee Trail. May be quite wet in places. Pace will be moderate to brisk and we will have a short lunch stop.

We will hopefully go to the Moreton tea rooms after the walk.

Please bring warm clothing, drinks and packed lunch.

 

Start or meeting point: By the phone box, The Street, Moreton. This is quite near to the Moreton tea rooms and St Nicholas Church. Please park on track leading down to the ford and on nearby lanes. Please car share where possible.

Directions: Take the Affpuddle / Moreton/ Crossways signs from the A35 onto the B3390. Moreton is signed off this road. Please note, Moreton station is some distance from the start point.

OS Grid Ref: SY804894    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.70403, -2.27780   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 1 The Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8RJ

Tuesday 17th December, meet time 10:15

5 mile New Members Walk

Area Introductory Walk - Bridport

Walk or event leader: Evie    Contact: 01308 423839    Email event leader

Description:

We will walk beside parts of the three rivers that converge on Bridport.

Start or meeting point: Bridport Lower Walditch Road

Directions: By public transport, catch the number 31 bus from either east or west. The closest bus stop is on East Road near the Texaco garage. By car, for the east take the A35 as far as the turn off for Walditch. Follow the road round to the junction near the nature reserve. From the west take the A35 through Bridport and turn off for Walditch. From the north take the A3066 to Bridport and turn left at the roundabout toward Walditch.

OS Grid Ref: SY475929    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.73367, -2.74458   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 14-18 Manor Fields, Bridport, Dorset DT6

Sunday 15th December, meet time 11:15

5 mile New Members Walk

New Members' Walk - Coastal Walk from Weymouth to Osmington Mills

Walk or event leader: Mathew    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

Join us on a walk along the South West Coast Path heading from Weymouth to Osmington Mills. We will call in at the 13th Century pub, The Smugglers Inn, which is one of the best in the county. After a quick drink, we'll head back along the coast to Weymouth. The route offers great views over Weymouth Bay and surrounding fields and is easily accessible so it's ideal for those wishing to try their first walk (please bring boots, appropriate clothing, lunch and drink). For those who attend the Christmas do the night before, it will be perfect for blowing the cobwebs away. Note: The meet time is 11:15 for those who check out of the Hotel after the do at 11:00.

Start or meeting point: Meet point is the entrance to The Spyglass pub/restaurant on Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth. There is parking on the road outside the Spyglass. If full, there is parking at Heron Close - from the Spyglass, go down the hill and turn right at the roundabout; it is sigposted and is only 5 minutes back to the Spyglass.

OS Grid Ref: SY696817    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.63464, -2.43018   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 3 Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 6PN

Sunday 15th December, meet time 12:00

6 mile Day Walk

Brockenhurst Walk (Joint walk with Hants 20s30s group)

Walk or event leader: Aidan    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A circular walk from Brockenhurst Train Station, passing South Weirs, Blackhamsley Hill, and returning to Brockenhurst via Rhinefield Road.

Please note that this is a joint walk with the Hants 20s 30s group and that 12:00 is the walk start time (there will be no 15 minute wait!). Please arrive in plenty of time for the start of the walk.

Start or meeting point: Entrance to Brockenhurst Train Station

Directions: N/A

OS Grid Ref: SU301020    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.81682, -1.57351   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Brockenhurst, New Forest National Park, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42

Saturday 14th December, meet time 19:00

Social Event

Dorset Young Walkers Christmas Party 2013, Hotel Prince Regent

Walk or event leader: Mathew    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

DYW Christmas Party this year makes its return to Hotel Prince Regent (www.princeregentweymouth.co.uk),  located on Weymouth's historic promenade, with wonderful views of the beach and Weymouth Bay - the setting for the Christmas Party itself being The Crown Ballroom, with all the elegance and class you would hope for.
 
The night will be £29.95 per person and includes: your choice from the menu, which caters for gluten, wheat and nut free diets; half a bottle of wine per person; hats, crackers and novelties; and of course a disco for dancing, which runs till 1am.

Emails have been circulated already re. booking of places, so if you want to join us, please email (mat_benfield@hotmail.com) a.s.a.p. to avoid disappointment.

 

Accommodation

For those wishing to stay over, the rate is £35.00 per single room; £45.00 per double room (for the room, therefore if sharing, it is only £22.50 each, which is very reasonable); and £57.00 per Sea-view Double/Twin room. All include breakfast.

Accommodation is to be arranged by contacting the hotel individually. There are rooms available at time of writing, but book soon after booking your place to avoid disappointment, although there are many, many hotels alongside the Hotel Prince Regent.

Further emails will be circulated re. menu choices, remainder of the balance and to arrange the Secret Santa.

Directions

Parking for those staying over: Make your way to Weymouth and the Esplanade. If entering the Esplanade with the sea on your left, turn right down Lennox Street (very near the beginning of the Esplanade, just before it opens up) , then turn immediately left on to Victoria Street. A few buildings along is the back of the Hotel Prince Regent for parking facilities.

Start or meeting point: Meet at the bar in Hotel Prince Regent at 7.00 for a 7.30 seating.

Event address: Hotel Prince Regent

OS Grid Ref: SY681798    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.61707, -2.45163   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 139 The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7NR

Sunday 8th December, meet time 10:30

6 mile Day Walk

Studland Heath and Ballard Down

Walk or event leader: Alison D    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A walk from Studland village over the heath to Agglestone Rock then up to Ballard Down where we will stop for lunch overlooking Swanage Bay. We'll then follow the coast path back to Studland past Old Harry Rocks. There'll be an optional stroll along Studland beach at the end with drinks at the Bankes Arms afterwards. This is a lovely varied walk of heath, downland and spectacular cliffs with fantastic views over Poole harbour, the Isle of Wight (on a clear day) and the rest of the Purbecks. Bring pack lunch, drinks and warm, windproof, waterproof clothing.

Parking is next to the pub and is National Trust (Pay & Display or free for NT members). I don't think it's too expensive during the winter months but it's obviously cheaper if you can car share. An alternative option may be to park along Heath Green Road but please be considerate to local residents!

Directions:  Follow A351 to Corfe Castle. Take the left hand turn opposite the castle onto the B3351 Studland Road. Follow this for 4-5 miles until you get to Studland village. Follow signs for South Beach Car Park / Bankes Arms (or turn left into Heath Green Road if parking there).

Start or meeting point: South Beach car park next to the Bankes Arms.

OS Grid Ref: SZ037825    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.64223, -1.94816   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Manor Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19

Saturday 7th December, meet time 10:15

Day Walk

Wareham Forest and Walks Planning Meeting

Walk or event leader: Alison D    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

 

*** POSTPONED UNTIL JANUARY 11TH ***

 

Start or meeting point: n/a

OS Grid Ref: SY920873    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.68547, -2.11431   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Streche Road, Wareham, Dorset BH20

Saturday 30th November, meet time 08:00

8 mile Day Walk

Perimeter of Dorset 7 - Kingston to East Lulworth

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

The next in the Perimeter of Dorset series of walks starts from outside the Scott Arms (where we finished last time) and takes the inland route and the range walks toward Tyneham.  Bypassing the village we continue along the coast to Arish Mell where we turn inland toward East Lulworth.  There should be good views out to sea (weather permitting).  Please note: this walk contains a climb up Flowers Barrow from sea level.  We will be doing it slowly.

Owing to public transport issues in the Purbecks we will not be able to leave cars at the end of the walk, and will not be stopping for lunch.  We will have a couple of drink/snack stops, so bringing elevenses/breakfast with you is encouraged.  We get the bus to Kingston from Wareham station (where we can leave cars) in the morning, and will aim to be in East Lulworth in time for the 13:32 bus back to Wool.  In Wool there are options for a late lunch in a pub before the train leaves for Wareham again. 

Start or meeting point: Meet outside Wareham train station in time for the 08:04 bus to Kingston. We will walk out from the Scott Arms at 08:30 sharp as we need to be in East Lulworth for the 13:32 community bus back to Wool (the other options are to wait till 18:10 or fork out for a taxi).

OS Grid Ref: SY919881    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.69264, -2.11501   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Northport, Wareham, Dorset BH20

Saturday 23rd November, meet time 19:00

Social Event

Curry Night and Pub Skittles

Walk or event leader: Mathew    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

With the nights drawing in and the nights getting chilly, what better way to spend an evening than with a nice, warm curry. Well, how about a nice, warm curry followed by a good old game of Skittles. Join us at the lovely Raj Poot, Dorchester, before we head down the road to Tom Brown's where we can use their Skittle alley at the back of the pub. They also have a band on that night, so should be a good night. If you could email mat_benfield@hotmail.com to book your place, before Saturday 9th November, that would be great.

Start or meeting point: Meet at the reception of the Raj Poot.

Event address: Raj Poot, 43 High West Street, Dorchester.

OS Grid Ref: SY689906    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71501, -2.44105   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 37 High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1

Saturday 23rd November, meet time 10:30

6 mile New Members Walk

Holes Bay Circular: New Member's Walk

Walk or event leader: Helen    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Circular walk around perimeter of Holes Bay, Poole.

We will walk from the station over the new Twin Sails Bridge, through Hamworthy (on pavement), before accessing footpaths through Upton Country Park.  We will break in the Country Park for a lunch stop.  There is a coffee shop, but I would suggest a packed lunch so we can eat by the water.

From Upton we will follow the Holes Bay path back into Poole with views across the bay, finishing at the station. For those who wish to, we will go for a drink on the Quay afterwards.

Start or meeting point: Poole Train Station, outside ticket office

OS Grid Ref: SZ012910    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71941, -1.98318   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Poole, Serpentine Road (NE-bound, Unmarked), Poole BH15

Saturday 2nd November, meet time 18:45

Social Event

Firework display at The Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle

Walk or event leader: Joanne    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Enjoy Bonfire Night with an exciting Fire Show at 7.15pm and Firework Display at 7.30pm followed by live music and entertainment.

There will be real ales and traditional ciders on offer as well as hot dogs, hot pork and apples rolls and a BBQ. There will also be a Chocolate Fountain!

The Greyhound in Corfe Castle is nestled in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck. It's a family friendly traditional old English Country pub specialising in fresh local food, real ales and traditional ciders.

Start or meeting point: At the Greyhound Pub, look out for the group in the bar or in the gardens. You can park on the road if there are spaces or there's a car park about 5 minutes walk away from the pub if you drive further along West Street into the village and turn right. This should be free after 5pm.

Event address: The Greyhound Inn, The Square at Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5EZ

OS Grid Ref: SY960821    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.63927, -2.05716   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 8 East Street, Wareham, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5ED

Friday 1st November, meet time 19:00

Social Event

Halloween Bistro - Swanage Railway

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description: Come and join this annual event on the Swanage Railway, with the dining train's menu and staff taking on a distinctive Halloween appearance..... Their menu includes Headless Horseman Soup, Festering Fruit Salad, etc, at prices that won't spook you and the train fare is a not too bone-rattling £3 per head. This event is always a good laugh and the food is good value, all main meals being under a tenner. Allow extra for tips as most staff are volunteers. See: http://swanage.vticket.co.uk/product.php/57/halloween-bistro for more info. Let me know (those that have not already done so elsewhere) via the email address above by Sunday 8th September if you are coming. I will order the tickets and you then just pay me on the evening. Free parking without time limit is available from 6pm in the side streets to the north of the station.

Start or meeting point: Meet in the dining train bar from 7pm at Swanage Station, BH19 1HB. Train departs 7.30pm.

Event address: Swanage Railway Station, Swanage. BH19 1HB

OS Grid Ref: SZ029789    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.61003, -1.96018   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Swanage, Bus Station (E-bound), Swanage, Dorset BH19

Saturday 26th October, meet time 10:30

6 mile Day Walk

Shillingstone and Hambledon Hill

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

We'll start from the platform at the restored Shillingstone Station, where refreshments and toilets are available from 10am. After a short stretch of the Trailway, we will cross fields and climb steeply to the old hill fort of Hambledon Hill which along with Badbury Rings and Spetisbury Rings, visited on walks earlier this month, dates back to the Iron Age. Lunch will be on the top of the hill and we will then descend into Child Okeford, returning via the Stour Valley Way.

Parking options include:
- Lay-by on A357 (southbound) near the Forum School entrance (footpath to station).
- Station Road (please do not park in the industrial estate or at the station).
- Bere Marsh next to the Trailway.

Start or meeting point: On the platform at Shillingstone Station, Station Road, Shillingstone, Dorset. DT11 0SA.

OS Grid Ref: ST823117    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.90484, -2.25172   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Station Road, Shillingstone, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0SA

Sunday 20th October, meet time 10:30

7 mile Day Walk

Shapwick and Spetisbury

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This attractive walk in the Stour Valley will take us to Spetisbury Rings and through Tarrant Crawford, crossing the River Stour or its distributries on several occasions. We will stop for lunch on the Rings and there is a pub at the end of the walk.

Roadside parking is available in Shapwick village.

Start or meeting point: Outside the Anchor Inn, West Street, Shapwick, Dorset. DT11 9LB

OS Grid Ref: ST938017    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.81489, -2.08923   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 195 West Street, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 9LB

Saturday 12th October, meet time 10:30

7.5 mile Day Walk

Woodland Walk from Tolpuddle Village

Walk or event leader: Mat B    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description:

 Starting at the village of Tolpuddle, famous for its Martyrs, we head through breathtaking woodland and the valley of the River Piddle, taking in views of the River Frome valley and Athelhampton House along the way. There is a drink stop at the end at the Martyrs' Inn. This walk is accessible by public transport.
 

Start or meeting point: Meet at the Thatched Shelter by the famous Martyrs' tree (there are information boards alongside it so you'll know you're in the right place).

Directions: Entering the village of Tolpuddle from the West (on Dorchester Road) go past the church on the right - the Martyrs' Tree (a large sycamore) and Thatched Shelter are just on your right, opposite Central Farm Lane. Parking is along the road running through Tolpuddle (Dorchester Road).

OS Grid Ref: SY790945    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.74999, -2.29822   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Dorchester Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT2

Sunday 6th October, meet time 10:30

7 mile Day Walk

Badbury Rings and Kingston Lacy

Walk or event leader: Phil    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Starting from the prehistoric fort of Badbury Rings, this walk is mainly along tracks and paths passing through attractive stretches of woodland and skirting the edge of Kingston Lacy Park.  The last part of the walk crosses Badbury Rings.  We will stop for a packed lunch at or near Pamphill Farm shop.  We will probably have a post-walk drink a local pub in Wimborne.

Start or meeting point: Badbury Rings Car Park

OS Grid Ref: ST959030    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.82715, -2.05822   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Blandford Road, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 9JL

Saturday 28th September, meet time 11:15

12 mile Day Walk

Bath: From Sub-Terra to Skyline *** This walk has been CANCELLED ***

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

From Sub-Terra to Skyline is a circular tour from Bath taking in a section of the Kennet & Avon Canal, travelling below ground and on high ground along the way.

We will start by climbing steeply from Bath Railway Station and joining the Two Tunnels Greenway, opened earlier this year (it was attending the opening day that resulted in this walk being considered). One of the Two Tunnels is now the longest cycling tunnel in Britain. Music will sooth our way 300 feet below ground and we'll emerge into the peaceful Midford Valley.

Walking down to the K&A canal, we can take a coffee & toilet stop at Brassknocker Basin (4.7 miles); an attractive location.

Shortly after this we will reach the famous Dundas Aqueduct and then follow the towpath to Bathampton. Depending on progress, we may be able to stop at a canalside pub (8.4 miles) before climbing onto high ground following the National Trust's Skyline route.

After walking through woods, Bath will come into view at Bath Wick viewpoint. Then it's across Bathwick Green offering panaramic views of the city, followed by dropping back down to the station.

Important points: 
(1) The walk will be at a moderate pace; you must be used to walking this mileage.
(2) Although the Greenway and canal sections are fairly level, there are steep ascents and descents, some of which will be slippery after rain.
Footwear with good grip is essential.

Travel: Train recommended; Dorchester West (08.59), Maiden Newton (09.11), Yeovil Pen Mill (09.34) arriving Bath 11.06. Fare: £17 from Dorchester with Groupsave available (3 or 4 people for the price of 2).

From Bournemouth/Poole is via an indirect route with fares to match (£33.50); consider travelling to Salisbury station (£16.50).

Please contact me on a walk or via email (walk@ormitech.co.uk) if you are interested in coming - add our group initials DYW on the subject line to allow your mail through a spam gate.

Start or meeting point: Bath Railway Station

OS Grid Ref: ST752643    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 51.37767, -2.35701   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Bath Spa, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset BA1

Thursday 19th September, meet time 21:00

Trip Away

Shropshire Weekend Trip

Walk or event leader: Chris L    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Join us for a long weekend in the beautiful county of Shropshire!

We will be staying in a four star converted 17th Century barn on the outskirts of Ludlow. It's a self catering barn which sleeps up to 16 people. It's equipped to a high standard with two living areas with wood burners, kitchen and dining area, outside area with garden furniture and BBQ. There are a mixture of room types - mostly doubles and twins - and many of them en-suite. There is a well equipped kitchen, pubs within walking distance and plenty of places to buy food in Ludlow. All bedding and towels are included.

The barn is called 'Wandering William' and you can find more details and photos at the following link at www.wanderingwilliam.co.uk.

The plan is to arrive Thursday evening and return Sunday evening, giving us three full days in Shropshire, but if you wish to join us Friday night instead, that's fine although the price will remain the same. There are several good walks in the area and numerous places of interest to visit such as the Ironbridge Gorge museums, Severn valley Steam railway and the local market towns of Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth and Ludlow.

A more detailed itinerary will be provided nearer the time.

Shropshire is about 3.5 hours away (about £60 return per car) but car sharing will keep transport costs to a minimum. There's also the option to come by train if anyone prefers (Ludlow train station is less than a mile away).

The accommodation will cost £80 each for three nights based on two or more people sharing a room (regardless of which room you are in). This may be reduced slightly if the barn is filled to capacity. One of the rooms is a two person bunk bed room which I may use as a single room or offer it for twin occupancy at a discounted rate - contact me, if interested.

The price will include certain communal items (hand soap, washing up liquid, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen roll, etc) and, hopefully, basic breakfast items (cereals, milk, tea, coffee, bread, etc) but you will need to bring or buy your own food for lunches, barbecues, and for breakfast if you have any special dietary requirements.

This trip is partially booked up but there are a few spaces left (including one of the double rooms) as of 28th July. Spaces will be filled on a first come, first served basis and a reserve list created. If there is a lot of interest, it may be possible to arrange other accommodation nearby.

Please note that you need to be a member of the Rambler's Association to attend this trip! If you're interested in coming along, please let me know via email chrislaidler@hotmail.co.uk and I'll provide my bank / address details for payment. I will need the full amount of £80 to be paid by cheque or online transfer before the end of July please (or as soon as possible after this date).

Please note that no refunds can be given if you are unable to attend the trip for any reason. However, every attempt will be made to find someone to take your place if enough notice is given.  

Start or meeting point: Wandering William, Ludlow, Shropshire.

Event address: Wandering William, Folgate Farm, Steventon, Ludlow, Shropshire. SY8 4BN.

OS Grid Ref: SO525739    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 52.36191, -2.69875   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Foldgate Lane, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8

Sunday 15th September, meet time 11:00

Social Event

Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival

Walk or event leader: Elaine    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

Our little annual get together of cheeseaholics at the Sturminster Cheese Festival (more info here http://www.cheesefestival.co.uk/) .

Theres lots of local produce to taste as well as demonstrations and craft stalls etc.

Start or meeting point: Its a small site so eventually you bump into people, if we meet near the entrance from the car park (thats normally near the food and drink area!)

OS Grid Ref: ST784137    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.92324, -2.30764   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 7 Durrant, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 1DQ

Saturday 14th September, meet time 11:00

6 mile Day Walk

Walk around Osmington, Sutton Poyntz and the White Horse

Walk or event leader: David    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A moderate walk around Osmington and the White Horse, with good views across Weymouth Harbour. The walk involves an initial steep climb to the top of the ridgeway, followed by fairly unchallanging terrain across the top of the White Horse and back through Osmington. There is an opportunity for visiting the Spring Head pub in Sutton Poyntz after the walk.

Parking is limited - Please Consider Car Sharing, or travelling by bus.

Public Transport - Travel Information is available from Travelline.

Start or meeting point: In Sutton Poyntz, between the Spring Head Pub and the Mill Pond. The Pub car park is for customers only.

OS Grid Ref: SY706838    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.65352, -2.41636   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 115-116 Sutton Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 6LW

Sunday 8th September, meet time 13:45

5 mile New Members Walk

Poole, Green Spaces and Quiet Roads

Walk or event leader: Elaine    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

A gentle walk taking in some of the history and green spaces of Poole including the Old Town, Quay, Parkstone and Poole Park where we will stop for a drink/icecream at the end .  A drink and good shoes are all that is required and should take around 2 - 2.5 hours.

Start or meeting point: Outside the Barclays Building on the George Roundabout, Poole The Barclays Building is near the Train Station and Bus Station. If coming by car the car park at the Stadium (off Wimborne Road) is £1 for the day, there is plenty of other parking in the area http://www.poole.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/parking/car-park-locations/

OS Grid Ref: SZ015911    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71990, -1.97983   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 12 Wimborne Road, Poole BH15 2BU

Saturday 24th August, meet time 10:30

10 mile Day Walk

Three Mills on the Stour

Walk or event leader: Elaine    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description: The opportunity to walk some of Hardy country. Starting in Fiddleford where, if you arrive early, you can look around Fiddleford Manor, a 14th Century Manor house (opens at 10am and takes 10 – 15mins). From Fiddleford, we head across country to Sturminster Newton (there is a steep incline to start but after that it's fairly level). We will have a break at Sturminster Mill to soak up the scenery (and a loo stop) and you can look around the mill (£2.50). It will possibly be a bit early for a full on lunch stop but we will stop about an hour later at the next mill for another break / late lunch. We'll then head out to Bagber and up the lane where William Barnes lived, back to Sturminster where we follow the trailway back to Fiddleford Mill.  After changing our boots we can head to the Fiddleford Inn for a well earned drink. Including breaks, it should take around 5 ½ to 6 hours.

Start or meeting point: Meet at the Fiddleford Manor Car Park (free)

OS Grid Ref: ST801134    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.92009, -2.28432   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Calf Close Lane, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 2BU

Saturday 17th August, meet time 10:30

8 mile Day Walk

West Bay to Golden Cap

Walk or event leader: Mike    Contact: 07866 163708    Email event leader

Description: This walk takes us from West Bay along the SWCP to Golden Cap and returns via Downhouse farm for tea & cake. A hilly walk but good firm footpaths and great views from the summit at Golden Cap, the highest point on Dorset's coast. Bring pack lunch and a drink. Toilets at start.

Start or meeting point: West bay Station Car Park (£1.40 a day in the gravelled area).

Directions: From the main Bridport roundabout, follow signs to West Bay (B3157). The old station car park is on the left. From Weymouth, take the left turn off the B3157 coast road after Burton Bradstock, signposted West Bay. Head into West Bay and the old station car park is on the right.

OS Grid Ref: SY465905    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71166, -2.75892   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): West Bay Road, Bridport, Dorset DT6, UK

Saturday 17th August, meet time 10:30

8 mile Day Walk

West Bay to Golden Cap

Walk or event leader: Mike    Contact: 07866 163708    Email event leader

Description: This walk takes us from West Bay along the SWCP to Golden Cap and returns via Downhouse farm for tea & cake. A hilly walk but good firm footpaths and great views from the summit at Golden Cap, the highest point on Dorset's coast. Bring pack lunch and a drink. Toilets at start.

Start or meeting point: West bay Station Car Park (£1.40 a day in the gravelled area).

OS Grid Ref: SY465905    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71166, -2.75892   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): West Bay Road, Bridport, Dorset DT6, UK

Friday 9th August, meet time 17:45

Social Event

Open Air Shakespeare: Pericles

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:

This year’s open air Shakespeare play will be the historical drama Pericles.  Set in ancient Greece, it follows the changing fortunes of the titular character, a prince of Tyre.  As the play opens, Pericles runs from the city of Antioch having discovered a shocking secret about its king.  Realising that if he stays anywhere obvious he hasn’t got long to live, he also leaves his native Tyre and sails off in search of adventure.  His travels take him to the four corners of ancient Greece, through shipwreck, love and fatherhood, before all characters eventually get their just desserts.

Tickets cost £21, which includes the play, boat fare and landing fee on Brownsea Island.  They usually sell like hotcakes so anybody who wants to come must email Dorothy200705@hotmail.com no later than 1st April 2013.

Other Information – Brownsea Open Air Theatre is an amateur dramatics group that puts on open air performances of a Shakespeare play every summer on Brownsea Island, with profits going to the National Trust.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of BOAT, in celebration of which they are staging two plays rather than one.  Anybody who would like to attend the other play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is advised to check the BOAT website (http://www.brownsea-theatre.co.uk/) soon, as these tickets are selling even faster than Pericles.

Start or meeting point: Meet on Poole Quay, opposite the Lord Nelson pub, at 5:45pm for the 6pm ferry to Brownsea Island. This gives us an hour for a picnic on Brownsea before the play starts at 7:30pm. We are usually back at Poole Quay by 11pm.

Event address: Poole Quay, outside the Lord Nelson.

OS Grid Ref: SZ014903    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.71240, -1.98016   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 12 Ballard Close, Poole BH15, UK

Friday 9th August, meet time 18:00

Trip Away

Dorset Camping Weekend

Walk or event leader: Phil    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description: Calling all budding campers... This is a fun trip with two nights camping at the Rosewell campsite in Osmington, Dorset with some local walks in the Purbecks on Saturday & Sunday. The cost is £44 per person for the weekend (you need to provide your own camping gear). This is a joint trip with the Hants 2030 walking group.  Walks are still to be confirmed but I expect Saturday's to be about 10-12 miles and Sunday's about 7 miles. Saturday evening I suggest we have a BBQ (weather permitting) and also we may be able to persuade a few to bring their guitars for a sing-song. As August is not far away, I need to confirm numbers with the campsite, so please email to confim your place and obtain payment details no later than 19th July. Places are limited.

Start or meeting point: Rosewell Campsite, Osmington Mills

Event address: Roswell Campsite, Osmington Mills, DT3 6HA

OS Grid Ref: SY733824    Lat/long (for Satnavs): N50.6412, W2.37837   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate):

Sunday 4th August, meet time 10:30

9 mile Day Walk

Cranborne Chase and Bowerchalke

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description: Starting at the Eastern extent of Cranborne Chase and just inside Dorset, we will walk along field edges and through shaded byways and quiet woods in a circular route including the village of Bowerchalke. Depending on progress, the lunch stop is expected on the descent from Marleycombe Hill, with stunning views over the Chalke Valley. We'll return via Stonedown Wood and the Garston Wood nature reserve, managed by the RSPB. How many of the 71 species of bird recorded in or over the wood will we see? If the weather is hot, please be sure to bring plenty of water.

Start or meeting point: Garston Wood car park. Note this is a fairly small car park - please car-share if possible.

OS Grid Ref: SU003194    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.97468, -1.99648   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 2 Middle Chase Cottages, Bowerchalke, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 5LS

Wednesday 31st July, meet time 19:00

3 mile Evening Walk

Canford Heath

Walk or event leader: Phil    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description: A pleasant evening walk along the paths and tracks of Canford Heath.  This heath is one of the largest remaining in Dorset covering over 850 acres. The walk will take in stunning views across Poole Harbour to Corfe Castle and the Purbecks.  A post-walk drink in the Haymoor will complete the evening.

Start or meeting point: Outside the Haymoor Pub at the Neighbourhood Centre, Culliford Crescent.

OS Grid Ref: SZ024946    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.75103, -1.96665   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 18 Culliford Crescent, Poole BH17, UK

Sunday 28th July, meet time 10:30

3.5 mile Day Walk

Worbarrow Bay Beach Picnic

Walk or event leader: Alison D    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description: Starting in Tyneham village, we'll walk up Whiteway Hill and along the ridge to Flower's Barrow and hill fort to enjoy the view in both directions along the coast, before making the steep descent down to Worbarrow Bay for our picnic lunch. There will be plenty of time for paddling or swimming and lazing around on the beach as well as eating our food. Please bring food to share (sandwiches, cheese, cold meats, sausage rolls, pork pies, salads, crisps, dips, fruit, cakes, etc) but no more than you'd reasonably be able to eat yourself to avoid wastage and carrying too much back! (If we're still experiencing a heat wave, try to bring things in a cool bag, if possible). Bring swimwear if you fancy a dip, sun protection and plenty to drink. I plan to walk back along Gad Cliff after the picnic but, if people prefer, they may take the flat route directly back to the car park. If you don't fancy walking much at all, please feel free to join us on the beach straight from the car park any time after 12:00. If anyone prefers, I can lead a slightly longer walk after the picnic up Gad Cliff and along to Kimmeridge and back – an additional 6 miles.

Start or meeting point: Tyneham Village Car Park

OS Grid Ref: SY882803    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.62233, -2.16812   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): South West Coast Path, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5PF

Sunday 28th July, meet time 10:30

3.5 mile Day Walk

Worbarrow Bay Beach Picnic

Walk or event leader: Alison D    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description: Starting in Tyneham village, we'll walk up Whiteway Hill and along the ridge to Flower's Barrow and hill fort to enjoy the view in both directions along the coast, before making the steep descent down to Worbarrow Bay for our picnic lunch. There will be plenty of time for paddling or swimming and lazing around on the beach as well as eating our food. Please bring food to share (sandwiches, cheese, cold meats, sausage rolls, pork pies, salads, crisps, dips, fruit, cakes, etc) but no more than you'd reasonably be able to eat yourself to avoid wastage and carrying too much back! (If we're still experiencing a heat wave, try to bring things in a cool bag, if possible). Bring swimwear if you fancy a dip, sun protection and plenty to drink. I plan to walk back along Gad Cliff after the picnic but, if people prefer, they may take the flat route directly back to the car park. If you don't fancy walking much at all, please feel free to join us on the beach straight from the car park any time after 12:00. If anyone prefers, I can lead a slightly longer walk after the picnic up Gad Cliff and along to Kimmeridge and back – an additional 6 miles.

Start or meeting point: Tyneham Village Car Park

OS Grid Ref: SY882803    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.62233, -2.16812   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): South West Coast Path, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5PF

Sunday 28th July, meet time 10:30

3.5 mile Day Walk

Worbarrow Bay Beach Picnic

Walk or event leader: Alison    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description: Starting in Tyneham village, we'll walk up Whiteway Hill and along the ridge to Flower's Barrow and hill fort to enjoy the view in both directions along the coast, before making the steep descent down to Worbarrow Bay for our picnic lunch. There will be plenty of time for paddling or swimming and lazing around on the beach as well as eating our food. Please bring food to share (sandwiches, cheese, cold meats, sausage rolls, pork pies, salads, crisps, dips, fruit, cakes, etc) but no more than you'd reasonably be able to eat yourself to avoid wastage and carrying too much back! (If we're still experiencing a heat wave, try to bring things in a cool bag, if possible). Bring swimwear if you fancy a dip, sun protection and plenty to drink. I plan to walk back along Gad Cliff after the picnic but, if people prefer, they may take the flat route directly back to the car park. If you don't fancy walking much at all, please feel free to join us on the beach straight from the car park any time after 12:00. If anyone prefers, I can lead a slightly longer walk after the picnic up Gad Cliff and along to Kimmeridge and back – an additional 6 miles.  

Start or meeting point: Tyneham Village Car Park

OS Grid Ref: SY882802    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.62165, -2.16810   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): South West Coast Path, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5PF

Sunday 21st July, meet time 09:45

7.5 mile Joint Walk

Area Walk 2013: Shatcombe Lane and Powerstock Common

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description:  A circular walk via Powerstock, Wytherstone Farm and Barrowlands Farm, with a longer than usual lunch stop for a communal picnic with the other Dorset Groups (though food should be brought for yourself only as usual). Other Information – Please bring a packed lunch and a drink.  Apologies for the early start, but we need to fit in a lot of the walk and still make the lunch point between 12:30 and 1:00.

Start or meeting point: Shatcombe Lane Car Park

OS Grid Ref: SY547946    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.74985, -2.64210   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Shatcombe Lane, Dorchester, Dorset DT2, UK

Wednesday 17th July, meet time 19:00

3 mile Evening Walk

Morden Evening Walk

Walk or event leader: Phil    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description: A pleasant evening walk in the little hills and minature valleys of Morden. Stroll towards the Cockett Hill and ramble in the Old Park Farm. Join us for a drink afterwards in the Cock & Bottle pub.  I will be there from 6pm for a pre-walk meal if anyone wants to join me.

Start or meeting point: Cock and Bottle Pub

OS Grid Ref: SY913946    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.75147, -2.12407   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): B3075, Wareham, Dorset BH20, UK

Sunday 14th July, meet time 10:30

5 mile Day Walk

Fleet Lagoon and Spirit of the Sea Festival

Walk or event leader: Mat    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description: Come along to Weymouth's (6th) Spirit of the Sea Festival, celebrating the area's close connection to the sea. The walk preceeding will head towards and along the body of water between Chesil Beach and the mainland, the Fleet, and continue along the coast path, towards the atmosphere of the festival. Here we can get some lunch from either some of the 80 stalls lining the harbourside (some seafood, some non-seafood) or from one of the great pubs in Hope Square.

Start or meeting point: Meet at the RSPB Centre at Radipole Lake (pay and display). From the Jubilee Clock on the seafront, go down King Street, then take a right at the lights (Radipole Park Drive) to the RSBP Centre.

OS Grid Ref: SY675796    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.61555, -2.45932   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7TZ, UK

Saturday 13th July, meet time 10:30

8.5 mile Day Walk

Stour Valley Circular

Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description: A circular walk first following the edge of Bonsley Common, descending into Durweston, and crossing the Stour into Stourpaine. We then walk along the Trailway and ascend into Blandford Forest, returning to the car park via part of the Wessex Ridgeway. This is similar to the walk of 8th December - repeated in the summer by popular request - although I have varied the route slightly.

Start or meeting point: Okeford Hill car park.

OS Grid Ref: ST812093    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.88340, -2.26842   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Nearest post code DT11 0EF; this is north-west of the car park, closer to Okeford Fitzpaine

Sunday 7th July, meet time 10:30

12 mile Day Walk

Maiden Newton - The Three Trails

Walk or event leader: Alison    Contact: 07866 163708    Email event leader

Description: A long and fairly strenuous walk which starts out along the River Frome and heads up on to the Wessex Ridgeway. We then follow the Jubilee Way through Toller Porcorum, Wynford Eagle and on to Compton Valence before returning to Maiden Newton via the Macmillan Way. There are great views across Dorset throughout and we pass through some lovely quiet villages on the way. This is a repeat of the walk that Mike led back in February (when it was very cold!). This time, it is likely to be extremely hot so bring plenty of water, sunscreen, sunglasses and a sunhat. The pollen count is also likely to be very high so, for anyone who suffers from hay fever, please bring your antihistamine! There is a pub at the end of the walk for some cooling, well deserved refreshment! Please wear suitable footwear and bring pack lunch and plenty to drink. Note: There are no toilets at the start of this walk.

Note: Mike is now unable to lead this walk so I am leading it on his behalf. Please bear with me if I go wrong as I have only walked it once and have never reccied or lead it before. I also suffer from hay fever and don't cope well in the heat so, if it becomes unbearable for me, I may have to shorten the walk to around 7 or 8 miles.

Start or meeting point: Start in Station Road outside Village hall. Plenty of free road side parking. From Dorchester, take the A37 towards Yeovil then fork left onto the A356 to Maiden Newton. In the village, turn right then right again into Station Road.

OS Grid Ref: SY599980    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.78064, -2.56936   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Drift Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT2, UK

Saturday 6th July, meet time 19:30

Social Event

Ten Pin Bowling at Tower Park, Poole

Walk or event leader: Mat    Contact: 07746 247 536    Email event leader

Description: Join us for a night of bowling at the Bowlplex in Tower Park. On Saturday nights, the lights go down and the disco cranks up, so come along for what's always a fun night out. It'll be £12 for two games and a drink.   Please email mat_benfield@hotmail.com to book your place and also for the address to send cheques, which need to be with me before Friday 21st June please.  

Start or meeting point: Meet at the bar in Bowlplex at 7.30, in order to get shoes and drinks and begin bowling at 8pm. The post code for Bowlplex is BH12 4NY.

OS Grid Ref: SZ035940    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.74630, -1.95134   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Ling Road, Poole BH12, UK

Saturday 29th June, meet time 10.30

7 mile Day Walk

West Lulworth, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove

Walk or event leader: Mat    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description: Circular walk in a beautiful part of Dorset, taking in the iconic Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. The latter of which is our lunch stop (and for film buffs, was used in the recent Brad Pitt movie World War Z).  

Start or meeting point: The meet point is Church road (by the church). There is free parking here and enough space for 12 cars in total. However, you can also park in Lulworth Cove Heritage Centre (pay and display, grid ref. SY822800) - folllow the pavement that runs alongside the B3070 (a nice, 15 minute walk) and turn left at the shops, to Church road. Either way, please car share where possible. This walk is accessible by public transport (visit the Traveline website to search).

OS Grid Ref: SY823807    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.62593, -2.25063   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 10 Shirley Close, West Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5FD, UK

Sunday 23rd June, meet time 13.45

5 mile New Members Walk

New Member's Walk - Poole, Green Spaces and Quiet Roads

Walk or event leader: Elaine    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description: A gentle walk taking in some of the history and green spaces of Poole including the Old Town, Quay, Parkstone and Poole Park where we will stop for a drink / ice cream at the end. A drink and good shoes are all that is required. The walk should take around 2 - 2.5 hours.  

Start or meeting point: Outside the Barclays Building on the George Roundabout, Poole. The Barclays Building is near the Train Station and Bus Station. If coming by car, the car park at the Stadium (off Wimborne Road) is £1 for the day. There is plenty of other parking in the area (see http://www.poole.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/parking/car-park-locations/)

OS Grid Ref: SZ014911    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.72007, -1.98073   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 21 Serpentine Road, Poole BH15, UK

Friday 21st June, meet time 20.00

Social Event

Evening Social: "Filly Loo" Festival at Ashmoor Pond

Walk or event leader: Toni    Contact: 0758333119    Email event leader

Description: An atmospheric Midsummer's Day folk dance festival by the pond at Ashmore, the highest village in Dorset. The festivities begin with a folk and Celidh band calling the local villagers out to take part in the first dance led by a Green Man. Dancing continues throughout the evening with the North Dorset Children dance group and Wiltshire Morris Dancers. At dusk, celebrations reach a climax with the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance. This is a torch lit procession with six antlered deer-men and four other colourful costumed characters: a Maid Marion, a bowman, a hobbyhorse and a fool. The celebration finishes with everyone holding hands and dancing around the village pond.

Start or meeting point: From the Blandford bypass, take the "top" road past the Sunrise Business Park towards Shaftesbury. After about 6 miles, turn right at the crossroads signposted Ashmore. The village is 2 miles down this road. From Shaftesbury, the turning is on the left about 1 mile after the Compton Abbas Airfield turning.

OS Grid Ref: ST912178    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.95957, -2.12544   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Green Lane, Salisbury, Dorset SP5, UK

Sunday 16th June, meet time 14.15

6.5 mile Day Walk

Charlton Horethorne, Corton Ridge and Corton Denham

Walk or event leader: Alison    Contact: 07765 497887    Email event leader

Description: A venture into South Somerset! Walking from the village of Charlton Horethorne (just north of Sherborne) along the Cleeve and out to Corton Ridge where there should be fantastic views of Cadbury Castle, the Levels and round to Glastonbury Tor. We'll return via the pretty village of Corton Denham (with a possible pub stop), up Corton Hill before returning to Charlton Horethorne. Bring drinks and snacks if required.

Start or meeting point: From Sherborne, take the B3145 north to Charlton Horethorne. From the East, take the A30 to Milborne Port and turn right at the first crossroads - it's the crossroads after the pub (still signposted Charlton Horethorne). Park off the main road on the small lane (signposted Blackford) near the pub. Please car share where possible to limit the number of cars. I will check if it's possible for people to park in the large car park opposite the pub instead.

OS Grid Ref: ST665232    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 51.00726, -2.47846   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): B3145, Sherborne, Somerset DT9, UK

Saturday 16th March, meet time 10:30

4 mile New Members Walk

New Members Area Walks: Bournemouth Gardens

Walk or event leader: Cheryl    Contact: 01202 315320    Email event leader

Description: A slightly off-centre figure of 8 walk that takes us from Bournemouth Square to the seafront, then to the Coy Pond at the other end of Bournemouth Gardens before returning to the Square. This is an excellent chance to view the different layouts of each section of the historic Bournemouth Gardens. Family Friendly Buggy and wheelchair accessible Public transport accessible Dogs welcome (on leads at all times) Please bring a drink and a snack as there will be a stop at Coy Pond. The walk should return in time for lunch and there are a number of restaurants/takeaways in Bournemouth. Walking boots are not necessary unless the weather is bad, but sturdy trainers should be worn as a minimum, and in the case of bad weather waterproof clothing is advisable. The walk is accessible by public transport. Many buses run to Bournemouth Square and the route to the Town Centre is clearly signposted from the train station. If driving the closest public car park is the NCP on Richmond  

Start or meeting point: Bournemouth Gardens (meet near the torch in the Square).

OS Grid Ref: SZ083913    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.72166, -1.88344   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Bournemouth BH2 5SL, UK

Friday 24th May, meet time 10:30

8.5 mile Day Walk

TEST EVENT DO NOT USE

Walk or event leader: TEST    Contact: 01202000000    Email event leader

Description: TEST DO NOT USE

Start or meeting point: TESTING

OS Grid Ref: SY692900    Lat/long (for Satnavs): 50.70950, -2.43746   View map of start point

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): TESTING

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Legacy Events Archive (pre 2013)

Wareham Town Country Park and The Frome River

Organiser: Cheryl

Walk Description: Walk starts at 10.30am prompt. A circular walk close to the River Frome with an optional visit to Dorset's oldest church-St Martin's in Wareham. Please note no dogs allowed in the church. The walk is public transport accessible-several buses run to Wareham, which also boasts a train station. Meet at public car park, Bonnets Lane East, Wareham. Pay and Display-should cost no more than £1.60.

Distance: 5

Start Point of Walk: Meet at public car park, Bonnets Lane East, Wareham. Pay and Display-should cost no more than £1.60.

Walks Grade: Easy

Grid Ref: SY 923 875

Ooh a giant!

Walk Description: Good views, good company, good weather and the Cerne Abbas Giant. There are a couple of hills but nothing too strenuous. Please bring a packed lunch. Meet at the Giant View Car Park in Cerne Abbas.

Distance: 8

Start Point of Walk: Meet at the Giant View Car Park in Cerne Abbas.

Walks Grade: Moderate

Grid Ref: ST 663 016

Weymouth Social Evening Walk Description: We are going for a dinner in a well known Greek restaurant in Weymouth. We may meet earlier for a drink in the town centre (details to follow soon). Let Dimitri know if you want to come to the dinner by Friday 23rd March Venue details will be sent upon request

Start Point of Walk: Weymouth

Grid Ref: SY 670 803 Crossing Dorset: Second Walk: Bridport to Maiden Newton

Organiser: Cheryl

Walk Description: A linear walk using public transport. The walk begins on the Monarch's Way out of Bridport, crosses Powerstock Common and follows a disused railway (now a public path) to Maiden Newton. Please bring a packed lunch. This is the second walk of the seven Crossing Dorset Walks. Crossing Dorset is a series of seven linear walks from Lyme Regis to Ringwood.

Distance: 10.5

Start Point of Walk: Meet at the Bus Stop at the Old School, Church Road, Maiden Newton. The bus leaves at 9.25am (Sureline No 73). Parking is at Walkers CP at Rock Pit Farm (GR ST594978). If you park here please leave sufficient time to get to the bus stop.

Walks Grade: Moderate

Grid Ref: SY 598 977

Worth Matravers to Corfe Castle

Organiser: Cassandra
Walk Description: A circular walk along part of the Purbeck Way to historic Corfe Castle. Great views.

Distance(miles): 9

Start Point of Walk: Meet at Car Park just north of Worth Matravers. Parking is free but there is an honesty box

Walks Grade: Moderate

Grid Ref: SY 974 776

Weekend Away in Wales " Organiser: Dimitris

Walk Description: A weekend away in Crickhowell, in Powys Wales. We have booked a cottage in Llanbedr Village for 3 nights starting from Firday 18 May. We will stay there till Monday having walks in the surounding mountains and in the river Usk. The cottage is for 10 people and seven already are interested. The cost is £50 per person (on the basis of 10 persons) including breakfast & packed lunches. Last space to go!! If you want to be you please let Dimitri know as soon as possible. Also let us know if you are planning to stay on Monday or you will depart on Sunday evening. A deposit of £15 is required by those who want to attend it asap. (cheques should made out to Dorset Young Walkers). The cottage is www.breconcottages.com/ index.cfm?fuseaction=CM.cottage&Propref=HENBE Details about the exact walks, dinner and transport will be arranged among those who attending the event

Grid Ref: SO 238 203 var map = new GMap2(document.getElementById("map"));map.addControl(new GSmallMapControl());map.addControl(new GMapTypeControl());map.setCenter(new GLatLng(37.4419, -122.1419), 13);" Ringstead to Durdle Dor Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): 8

Description: A lovely coastal walk with dramatic scenery. Following the coast towards the picturesque Durdle Door and return via Dagger's Gate Inland Path. Some steep ascents in places. Possibility of a swim at Durdle Door.

Start Point: Park at the National Trust View Point Car Park (honesty box). Take the Ringstead turning from the A353 between Poxwell and Osmington. Car Park is at the end of this road. Do not go down the toll road!

Grid Ref: SY 758 825    Walks Grade: Moderate Two Puddles

Organiser: Dimtris    Distance(miles): 3.75

Description: An evening walk from Tolpuddle to Affpuddle and back. Starting from Tolpuddle walk up to Broomhill plantation and then stroll in the Affpuddle. Follow the river Piddle back to Tolpuddle and rest with a drink in the Martyrs' Inn.

Start Point: The Martyrs' Inn An evening walk maybe be cancelled in poor weather conditions but we will still meet in the pub for a drink.

Grid Ref: SY 795 945   Walks Grade: Leisurely

Dogs Night, Poole Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come and have a flutter. Denise has 16 Free Admission vouchers. So the first 16 can come for free. Meet at 18.45 prompt outside entrance to Poole Stadium,Wimborne Road,Poole.

Start Point: Poole Stadium,Wimborne Road,Poole.

Grid Ref: SZ 014 914   Walks Grade: N/A Osmington Mills Evening Walk Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): 3

Description: A beautiful circular walk near Osmington Mills. We will walk towards Upton, then go down a beautiful wooded valley to the coast. Drink at the Smuggler's Inn afterwards. If it is raining there will be a drink at the pub instead! Meet at the Smuggler's Inn Car Park

Start Point: Meet at the Smuggler's Inn Car Park

Grid Ref: SY 737 817    Walks Grade: Leisurely Sherborne Castles, Deers And Blackmoor Vale Organiser: Dimitris    Distance(miles): 10.5

Description: Join us for a walk in Sherborne and the Blackmoor Vale. Walk on the Old Park Hill and enjoy the views of historic Sherborne its Abbey and the Old & New Castle. Stroll through the Deer Park towards the Goathill and then ramble on the lanes of Blackmoor Vale towards Alweston. Pass through Foke and admire the trimmed trees on the farms' garden. Meet at the Public Car Park opposite Sainsbury's next to Sherborne Rail Station.

Start Point: Meet at the Public Car Park opposite Sainsbury's next to Sherborne Rail Station.

Grid Ref: ST 641 163    Walks Grade: Moderate Salcombe Regis Camping Organiser: Dimitris & Louise    Distance(miles): N/A

Description: Join us for a camping weekend in Salcombe Regis. We will have walks in the area and a relaxing time on the beach. Time to explore the red cliffs, visit the Donkey Sanctuary or simply wonder around Sidmouth. The arrangements are flexible: You may camp for as many nights as you like from Friday the 15th to Monday the 18th or even longer. We may go for a pub meal or take away or have BBQ one evening (plan to be decided by the people attending) but you will need to supply your own breakfasts/lunches. We have a price offer by the Salcombe Regis camp site (www.salcombe-regis.co.uk) Please let us know if you are interested and how long you would like to stay by Sunday 13 May. We need to give the number of people per night in the camp site and take advantage of the price offer.

Start Point: Salcombe Regis camp site.

Grid Ref: SY 150 890    Walks Grade: Leisurely West Knighton Evening Walk Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): 3.25

Description: A scenic walk along bridleway tracks, through woods, across farmland and through a watercress farm. Drink at the pub afterwards. Meet at The New Inn Pub car park,West Knighton (3 miles East of Dorchester)

Start Point: Meet at The New Inn Pub car park,West Knighton (3 miles East of Dorchester.

Grid Ref: SY 733 878    Walks Grade: Leisurely Crossing Dorset Walk 3-Maiden Newton to Dorchester Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 12.5

Description: Beginning on the Wessex Ridgeway, this walk passes through Sydling St Nicholas, and Godmanstone and Charminster Country Parks. Please bring a packed lunch and a LOT of water as very hilly.

Start Point: Meet at Dorchester West Station at 08:50 for an 08:59 train. Park at Top O Town CP-it is pay and display please bring change.

Grid Ref: SY 688 907    Walks Grade: Strenuous Queen Tribute Concert Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): N/A

Description: Join us for a night of Queen and fireworks at Kingston Maurward near Dorchester. As part of the evening there will be a picnic and everyone will need to bring food to share and a chair/blanket to sit on. Tickets are £20 (if we have 15 or more going it is £19). If you are interested in coming please contact Louise by 15th May at louisewhite6@hotmail.co.uk. To find out more go to www.lakesidemagic.biz

Start Point: Kingston Maurward near Dorchester.

Grid Ref: SY 720 910    Walks Grade: N/A Blackwatter Hill, Cummuli on the Heath

Organiser: Dimitris    Distance(miles): 3.75

Description: A nice stroll on the Town Common with views of the Avon Valley and the planes in Bournemouth International Airport. Walk on the Blackwater hill towards the St Cathrene's hill and follow the dismantled Railback. Join us for a drink in the Avon Causeway Inn pub afterwards.

Start Point: Meet in the Avon Causeway Inn pub. Come with your car or park your private jet in the airport and walk down the pub.

Grid Ref: SZ136978    Walks Grade: Leisurely

Ashmore and Stubhampton Bottom

Organiser: Julia    Distance(miles): 7

Description: A fine valley walk from the highest village in Dorset, through the former hunting ground of Cranborne Chase and the wooded valley of Stubhampton Bottom. Please bring a packed lunch. There is a very overgrown part (nettles and thorns) near the end of the walk,wear shorts at your own risk!!

Start Point: Meet at the pond in Ashmore. The village is off the A350 Blandford to Shaftesbury Road.

Grid Ref: ST918183    Walks Grade: Moderate

Morden, Cockett Hill And Old Park Farm Organiser: Phil    Distance(miles): 3.5

Description: A pleasant evening walk in the little hills and minature valleys of Morden. Stroll towards the Cockett Hill and ramble in the Old Park Farm. Join us for a drink afterwards in the Cock & Bottle pub."

Start Point: The Cock and Bottle pub, Morden

Grid Ref: SY913947    Walks Grade: Leisurely Downton: A wood, few fields and the sea.

Organiser: Dimitris    Distance(miles): 3.75


Description: Enjoy one of the longest days of the year in a nice stroll between Downton and Barton on Sea. Pass a small wood patch heading towards the Barton Common and then walk on top of the cliff with excelent views of the Isle of Wight and the Neddles. Juin us afterwards for a drink in the Royal Oak, Downton.

Start Point: Meet at the Royal Oak, Downton.

Grid Ref: SZ268933 Walks Grade: Easy

Hengistbury Head and Chinese Social

Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 3.5

Description: A circular walk around Hengistbury Head, followed by a buffet meal in a Chinese restaurant in Christchurch.

Start Point: The car park just off the road into Hengistbury Head. Go past the golf club on your left and turn right. Do not turn right before the golf club or you will go to the wrong car park. If you intend to come to the Chinese meal (all you can eat for £8.80), please let me know by Saturday, 18th August so a table can be booked. Car sharing recommended as parking at the restaurant is limited.

Grid Ref: SZ163911    Walks Grade: Leisurely

Crossing Dorset Walk 4-Dorchester to Bere Regis Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 12

Description: This walk takes us through the "Puddles" taking in Culpeppers Dish and parts of the Jubilee Trail. Relatively flat apart from a long hill just before Bere Regis. Due to the early start there will be a 2 hour lunch break(please bring pocket games if you wish) at Culpeppers Dish Picnic Area. Please bring a packed lunch and lots of water.

Start Point: Meet at the Old Barn Cottages,West Street Bere Regis. Parking is at the public car park behind the church in Bere Regis (SY846948). Meet at 7.55am for 8.05am bus

Grid Ref: SY846949    Walks Grade: Strenuous Canford Heath Evening Walk Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 3 1/2

Description: Enjoy a nice walk on the Canford Heath nature reserve. Walk around the heath with spectacular views of Poole, its harbour and its suroundings. Join us for a drink in The Haymoor afterwards.

Start Point: Meet at The Haymoor pub.

Grid Ref: SZ024946    Walks Grade: Leisurely White Lackington:Fields with a view Organiser: Dimitris    Distance(miles): 3 3/4

Description: Walk on the fields and hills above White Lackington and enjoy the views of the Piddle valley in the longest day of the year. Join us for a drink afterwards in the European Inn.

Start Point: Meet at the European Inn pub.

Grid Ref: SY712981    Walks Grade: Leisurely Isle of Wight Walk (Joint Event) Organiser: Julie Arch    Distance(miles): 11

Description: The walk will be approx 11 miles and goes from Yarmouth to Thorley, Wellow, the coast and a trip to the Fat Cat pub. Joint group event with Wessex Weekend Walkers and Isle of Wight groups.
Email: juliearch36@yahoo.co.uk

Start Point: Lymington Ferry. We will be catching the 11:15am ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth.

Grid Ref: SZ332956    Walks Grade: Moderate Ringstead Bay: Picnic by the Sea Organiser: Dimitris    Distance(miles): 5

Description: Our annual beach picnic will be at Ringstead Bay. After a short walk we reach Ringstead Bay where we will stay for a long lunch. You will enough time to swim and relax next to the waves. When everyone has more than enough of a suntan we will head back. Join us for a relaxing day on the beach. Bring your swimming gear and food to share!!

Start Point: National Trust Car Park near South Down Farm (not the Ringstead one)

Grid Ref: SY760823    Walks Grade: Leisurely Chill out at The Blue Pool Organiser: Julia    Distance(miles): 7

Description: Starting from Corfe Castle,this walk takes us along the Purbeck Ridge and through the village of East Creech. About half way round we will stop for a long break at the Blue Pool, a former clay pit and now a unique, peaceful haven. Current admission price is £4.80 but if there are enough people there may be a group discount.

Start Point: Meet at the parking area just before the castle-take the right turn signposted Church Knowle and park immediately on the right beneath the slopes.

Grid Ref: SY959824    Walks Grade: Moderate Peak District Weekend Planning Meeting

Organiser:  John - Dimitris   


Description: We are interested in planning a trip to the Peak District. The trip will be sometime in September or October. We will rent a cottage and stay there for a long weekend. If you want to take part on it then come to Poole Quay to discuss the details.

Start Point: We are meeting at Poole Quay by the blue iron kiosk.

Note: This is Members only meeting.

Grid Ref: SZ011902

Sandbanks BBQ

Organiser: Dimitris

Description: Join us for a BBQ in Sandbanks and have a relaxed evening by the sea. For those who are attending the planning meeting it is an excellent way to relax afterwards!

Food Arrangements: Brink your own food and drink including bread and salads. Disposable cutlery and BBQ equipment will be provided.
 
Start Point: Meet at the BBQ spot in Sandbanks. It is located on the Sandbanks beach near the south end of the Sandbanks Car Park

Grid Ref: SZ044875

Bere Regis and Valley of River Puddle Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 7

Description: Easy to moderate walk taking in heathland,farmland, boardwalk alongside river and several pleasant villages.Bring packed lunch.

Start Point: Car Park next to the church. Turn left off main high street in Bere Regis.

Grid Ref: SY847948    Walks Grade: Moderate Sea Breeze from Old Harry Rocks

Organiser: Dimitris    Distance(miles): 3 3/4

Description: Walk across the coastal path towards Old Harry Rocks and enjoy views of Bournemouth, Poole and Swanage from the top of Ballard Down. Then relax with a drink in Bankes Arms.

Start Point: The Bankes Arms in Studland. Please try to share cars if is possible.

Note: In the event of adverse weather the walk will be cancelled but we will still be in the pub to make most of the evening.


Grid Ref: SZ037826    Walks Grade: Leisurely

Purbecks Camping Trip

Organiser: Louise    


Description: Join us for a camping weekend in the Purbecks. We will stay at Norden Farm touring Park near Corfe Castle. There will be plenty of oppurtunities for walking, beach, sightseeing and relaxing in the nearby area. You will need your own camping gear, tent etc. Please also bring your own food. There will be a pub in nearby Corfe for a meal in the evening if anyone wishes or fish and chips at Swanage!

Participation Note: This trip is for RA members only.  Our group members have been notified via email unless wasn't possible.  If you didn't get the email please contac Dorset Young Walkers.  Any RA member is welcome.

Booking:  We need total of numbers before the 9 July, please. Email: louisewhite6@hotmail.co.uk

Start Point: Norden Farm Campsite, Norden, Corfe Castle, near Wareham.

Grid Ref: SY946829

Last Night of the BSO Proms

Organiser: Denise  


Description: Fun evening of well-known classical music outdoors with fireworks finale at Upton House, near Poole.Bring own picnic,drinks and chair. Wave your flag to "Land of Hope and Glory"

 Booking: The event costs £20 paid in advance. Please let Denise know by 18:00 on Tues 10th July and she will get tickets.Meet 7pm for picnic before start of concert at 8pm.

Start Point: Upton House at entrance to event.

Grid Ref: SY982931 

Thorncombe Woods Evening Walk Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): 3

Description: Come along for a circular walk in mixed woodland at Thorncombe. We will also walk a small distance in Puddletown Forest and cover a short section on the Roman Road. Some hills and one short,steep ascent. May be muddy in places if wet. One possible overgrown area, so long tousers may be reccommended. Drink at pub afterwards if group wish.

Start Point: Park at Thorncombe Woods Carpark (free ) near Stinsford and Higher Bockhampton. Take the minor road, possibly signed Higher Bockhampton, off the A35

Grid Ref: SY 724 922    Walks Grade: Leisurely Poole - Beach and Harbour Sunset Walk Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 4.5

Description: Pleasant walk from Branksome Chine along promenade/beach to Sandbanks Ferry and back via Poole Harbour.Sunset views over the Harbour (weather permitting).

Start Point: Car Park at Branksome Chine Beach Cafe

Grid Ref: SZ065895    Walks Grade: Leisurely Walk towards White Horse Osmington Organiser: John West    Distance(miles): 3.5

Description: A walk along the Chalk ridge going close to the White Horse with views over Weymouth and Portland. The first part of the walk may be muddy if it has rained, drink at the Sunray afterwards.

Start Point: Sunray Inn, Osmington.

Grid Ref: SY725830    Walks Grade: Leisurely Purbecks Camping Walk Organiser: Dimitris    Distance(miles): 11

Description: Join the campers for walk in Purbecks. Walk up the Rollington Hill and the stroll into Newton Heath all the way into the back of the Poole Harbour. After having lunch in the Newton Bay ramble your way back through the Rampstone Heath following upwards the Corfe River.

Mostly a serene easy walk with amazing views of Corfe, Kingston and the Poole Harbour.

Start Points

Campers:  Leaving Norden Farm at 10:40.

Non-Campers: Meet the others Corfe main Square outside National Trust Shop about 11:00. All walkers will leave Corfe at 11:10 promptly.

Grid Ref: SY 946 829 (Norden Farm)/SY 961820(Corfe)    Walks Grade: Moderate

Alderholt Evening Walk Organiser: Cassandra    Distance(miles): 4

Description: An evening walk taking in the beautiful countryside of Alderholt.

Start Point: car park at the Churchill Arms public car park, Daggons Road, Alderholt, near Verwood.

Grid Ref: SU112125    Walks Grade: Leisurely Dove Valley Weekend Away

Organiser: John


Description: Join us for weekend away in Dove Valley in Peak District. Walk with us in the Peak District National Park and explore the valleys and the peaks around Sheen.

 

Weekend Plan: We leave Dorset on Friday midday to arrive on our cottage near Sheen on the same evening. We will explore the Dove valley in a series of walks on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, possibly after a short walk, we will head back.

 

Accomodation Description: We are staying at the Hayloft cottage near Sheen. It is situated in the upper Dove Valley inside the Peak District National Park. Hayloft can accomodate seven (7) people in its twin/family rooms.

 

Costs: We booked Hayloft for three nights (i.e. Fri 21/09 to Mon 24/09) at  the cost of £220. This will result of a £32 per person of the basis of 7 persons. Other costs involving trasport and food will be arranged once the group is finalised.

 

Booking: Currently five (5) people have already interested leaving two more spaces. To book one contact us via email. To secure your place a deposit of £11 is required as soon as possible. Please make a cheque payble to "Dorset Young Walkers" and sent it to John or Nick.

 

Note: This is an RA members only event. Any payment regarding the event should be made by cheque payble to "Dorset Young Walkers".

Accomodation Information: http://www.dovevalleycentre.co.uk/Accommodation.html
 
Grid Ref: SK105638

Durlston to Worth Matravers Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 9

Description: Scenic coastal path walk with lunch around Worth Matravers duck pond.Maybe even a quick drink at the famous Square and Compass. Bring packed lunch.

Start Point: Durlston Country Park Car Park. The one on the right-hand side as you arrive.

Grid Ref: SZ031773    Walks Grade: Moderate Ibberton and Okeford Beacon Organiser: Kate/Julie    Distance(miles): 7

Description: Most of the walk is on bridleways which cross wide, lonely expanses of downland. The tracks follow hillcrests so there are wide, ever-changing panoramas and few taxing gradients. The route finishes through the charming little village of Ibberton.

Start Point: Meet at Ibberton Hill picnic place

Grid Ref: ST792072    Walks Grade: Moderate Remember remember the 10th of November... Organiser: Nick    Distance(miles): 8

Description: ...no gunpowder, no treason, and no plot. But, if you're lucky, there'll be a hill, a view, and a nice teashop at the end! (And if you're really lucky, it might not rain!)

Start Point: NT car park near Compton Abbas Airfield (on the back road from Shaftesbury to Blandford)

Grid Ref: ST886186    Walks Grade: Moderate Badbury Rings and Shapwick Organiser: Andy    Distance(miles): 10

Description: An autumn stroll from Badbury Rings, passing through the village of Shapwick and pausing halfway for a drink at the Anchor Inn and lunch by the River Stour.

Start Point: National Trust car park at Badbury Rings, 961032, on the B3082 road between Wimborne Minster and Blandford Forum.

Grid Ref: ST959030    Walks Grade: Moderate Portland Organiser: Julia    Distance(miles): 8-9

Description: A circular walk along the coast path passing Portland Bill and along both the rugged east and west coasts, the latter with great views of Weymouth and towards the West Dorset/Devon coast (in good weather!) Please bring a packed lunch.Refreshments at my house afterwards.

Start Point: Portland Museum Car Park Near Church Ope Cove. At the top of the hill go past the Portland Heights Hotel ( keep it on your left with garage to the right), go through Easton and at the end of a wide street turn right at the brown parking sign (Museum/Church Ope Cove) opposite a big castle.

Grid Ref: SY696711   Walks Grade: Moderate Cranborne Chase Evening Walk Organiser: Cassandra    Distance(miles): 3-4

Description: An evening walk through the rolling landscape of a Norman royal hunting forest, in the beautiful area of Cranborne Chase.

Start Point: Meet at Garston Wood Car Park, Bowerchalke Road (free), 2 miles north of Sixpenny Handley.

Grid Ref: SU003194    Walks Grade: Leisurely Win Green and the chalklands Organiser: Nick    Distance(miles): 8

Description: Great views, rolling countryside, lovely scenery, and a story of witches and blackthorn trees (well, one witch and a blackthorn tree) And of course, the obligatory stop for a cuppa and cake afterwards. Oh, and Madonna's house. (not the source of the cuppa, unfortunately)

Start Point: Win Green car park... From the B3081 take the little road up towards Ludwell, and turn immediately right.

Grid Ref: ST923204    Walks Grade: Moderate Dorsets Heights and Ways

Organiser: Dimitris    Distance(miles): 8.50

Description: Walk on Dorset's heights: Pilsdon Pen & Lewesdon Hill and enjoy views of three counties. These two hills are in competition for the title of the highest point in Dorset. Ramble on the Monarch's Way, the Wessex Ridgeway and on the Jubilee Trail.

An excellent route with amazing views.

Start Point: Pilsdon Pen National Trust Car Park.

Grid Ref: ST414009    Walks Grade: Moderate

Crossing Dorset Walk 5 - Bere Regis to Spetisbury Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 8

Description: A linear walk from Bere Regis to Spetisbury, continuing the 'Crossing Dorset' series. This walk begins on the Jubilee Trail towards Winterbourne Kingston, then takes us through the farmland of Winterbourne Kingston and Spetisbury Country Parks. Pub stop in Spetisbury at the end. Please bring a packed lunch and boots.  The public transport route to the start of this walk goes right round the houses, so if anyone is prepared to help with a car shuffle, please could they let me know?

Start Point: Meet point is the bus stop at the Old Railway House, High Street, Spetisbury (the Poole-Blandford 'A' road), whether we car shuffle or not. Parking either at the pub (if I can get permission) or on the side roads in Spetisbury.

Grid Ref: ST913023    Walks Grade: Moderate Crossing Dorset Walk 6 - Spetisbury to Stapehill Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 11.5

Description: The penultimate 'Crossing Dorset' hike, this linear walk takes us across Shapwick Country Park, then onto the Stour Valley Way around Kingston Lacey and Wimborne. Pub stop in Stapehill at the end. Please bring a packed lunch and boots.

Start Point: The bus stop at Uddens Cross, Wimborne Road - from the A31 drive to the roundabout just east of Wimborne and take either the 4th exit (from Dorcester) or the first exit (from Bournemouth). From Blandford on the B3082 go through Wimborne on the B3082/B3073 to the same roundabout and take the 3rd exit. Parking in nearby side streets.

Grid Ref: SU061007    Walks Grade: Strenuous Radipole, Broadwey and Nottington

Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): 6-7

Description: A circular walk starting at Radipole Lake, Weymouth, passing through Wey villages, Lorton Meadows and Two mile Coppice. We will also pass the 1830s Nottington Spa House where people used to bathe in the hot sulphurous waters. A fairly easy walk, which does involve a small amount of road walking. Please bring a packed lunch/ drink.

 Note: Some footpaths are slightly overgrown.

Start Point: Meet outside RSPB Visitor Centre,  Swanary Car park, Weymouth. Car park is near Weymouth train station.  A charge of £6 for 8 hrs apply so please try to share lifts.

Grid Ref: SY677796    Walks Grade: Moderate

Lulworth Range Walks, Mupe Bay and Fossil Forest Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): 5-6 app

Description: Circular walk on the Lulworth Ranges with stunning views (don't worry ,no live firing this day! ) The walk passes Mupe Bay, the ancient Fossil Forest Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Although low mileage there are some strenuous ascents-but worth it! Please bring packed lunch / drink.

Start Point: Meet on roadside by church in West Lulworth (past Hanbury stores on the road out of Lulworth towards Dorchester). There should be plenty of roadside parking this time of year.

Grid Ref: SY823808    Walks Grade: Moderate Sherborne Organiser: toni rowe    Distance(miles): 8.5

Description: A circular walk starting from Sherborne, through fields and downs passing an ancient manor and walking through the small village of Sanford Orcas. May be a pint in the Miter Inn.

Start Point: Start at Coldharbour car park situated north of Sherborne on the A30 just after traffic lights if coming from Sherborne opposite Abbey View Nursing Home

Grid Ref: ST638170    Walks Grade: Moderate Fish, Chips and Fireworks

Organiser: Louise   


Description: Come along for a bonfire night celebration in Weymouth. We will meet for take-away fish and chips ( or whatever we fancy ) then head to the beach bonfire. Free fireworks display over Weymouth Bay. Possibility of drink in a bar or pub afterwards.

Start Point: Meet outside the back entrance of Marks and Spencer's. (the seafront side )Various carparks available in town centre, pleae allow time to park.

Grid Ref: SY680793

Area AGM

Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 5

Description: This year's Area AGM will be held on 24th November. For those unfamiliar with the RA structure, the 5 Groups in Dorset (North, South, East, West and Young Walkers) report into a larger 'Dorset Area', which has its own committee. This in turn reports to Head Office. Area AGM is a good chance to find out what's happening across Dorset, and also includes a speaker from Head Office (this year the new Chief Executive) to talk about wider issues within the RA. There's a short walk in the morning starting at 10am, followed by lunch, with the meeting at 2pm. There's normally very good tea, cakes and networking after the event from about 4pm. Please note if you're planning to come for the walk that the other Groups do NOT leave 15 minutes for lost people before they start - if they say 10am, that's when they walk out, prompt.

Start Point: Malthouse Midow Village Hall, Portesham

Grid Ref: SY600856   Walks Grade: Leisurely

Monkey World

Organiser: Mat   


Description: Come and enjoy a day at Monkey World ape rescue centre, visiting apes and monkeys from around the globe, including: the largest group of chimps outside Africa; Orangutans; Woolly Monkeys; Macaques; Gibbons; and so on. A great chance to brush up on all things primate, or simply point and go "ahh".  For more details: monkeyworld.org. Please bring a packed lunch/dinner money for the cafes, plus £10 for entry. Parking is free. The centre closes at 5pm.

Start Point: 1 mile from Wool on the Bere Regis to Wool road. Meet by the entrance. Call the above mobile if you can't see us.

Grid Ref: SY847884 

Festival of Winter Walks-Buckland Newton Organiser: Alison Chant    Distance(miles): 4

Description: Come and walk off your turkey, share your Christmas stories in rural Dorset, make new friends and get ready to start 2008 with a bang! A circular walk, starting in Buckland Newton through fields, along footpaths and with some beautiful views (with good weather hopefully!) Following the walk, enjoy a light lunch at a traditional village pub in Buckland Newton.

Start Point: The Gaggle of Geese (park in the car park-free). Walk starts at 10:45. Arrive at 10:30 and book lunch or a snack prior to the start of the walk, if you wish.

Grid Ref: ST688049    Walks Grade: Leisurely Holmsley Airfield From Burley

Organiser: Andy    Distance(miles): 9

Description: A west New Forest walk starting from Burley. The route takes us south of Burley, through Holmsley enclosure and around an old WW2 airfield, now a healthland area where we stop for a packed lunch. A walk back through woods and heath is followed by a well deserved drink at the Queens Head pub in Burley. Joint walk with Wessex Weekend Walkers.

Note: After the recent heavy rains, some parts of this walk are very wet and muddy underfoot, so please bring appropriate waterproof boots.


Click here for info about Holmsley Airfield

Start Point: UPDATED Park in Queens Head CP, next to Public CP in Burley.

Grid Ref: SU211030    Walks Grade: Moderate

Cheriton and Tichborne with Hants 20s-30s Organiser: Iestyn Jones    Distance(miles): 6.5

Description: A gentle walk through fields and woods. This would be a good walk for people who have not walked with the group before. Some parts may be muddy at this time of year, so bring sensible footwear! Please bring a packed lunch. There will be a pub visit at the end of the walk. Joint walk with Hampshire 20s and 30s Walking Group.

Start Point: Meet at the war memorial in the centre of Cheriton. Parking is available on the side of the road in Cheriton village. Spaces will be limited so please car share if possible. Cheriton is just east of Winchester, about 1hour drive from Poole.

Grid Ref: SU582285    Walks Grade: Leisurely Harley Gap to Cranborne Farm

Organiser: Colin    Distance(miles): 11

Description: A walk in the Cranborne area, taking in part of the Jubilee Trail, through the lovely farm scenery of Dorset.  Please bring a packed lunch. Drinks at the pub afterwards.
 

Start Point:  The pub in Cranborne


Grid Ref: SU055133   Walks Grade: Moderate

Path Clearing Event

Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 0

Description: A path clearing event being run by the East Dorset Group. We're clearing a path near Kimmeridge in the Purbecks.


Start Point:  Meet at the car park at Kimmeridge quarry (OS Explorer map OL15, Purbeck and South Dorset).  Please note that the event is likely to start prompt at 10:00, East Dorset are providing all equipment, gloves etc. but we will need to bring packed lunches.  It is suggested that boots are worn for the event as the path is likely to be muddy.

Grid Ref: SY918800    Walks Grade: N/A

Crossing Dorset Walk 7 - Stapehill to Ringwood Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 8.5

Description: This is it folks - the last one. This linear walk takes us along the Castleman Trailway and the Ferndown, Stour and Forest Trail from Stapehill near Wimborne to Ringwood, just over the Hampshire border. Likely to be quite flat but fairly muddy. Please bring a packed lunch. Pub or tea shop at the end.

Start Point: Meet at 9:10 for a bus at 9:22. Please note we will need to change buses in Ferndown. Parking is available in the Furlong Long Stay Car Park in Ringwood (pay and display). From the north or west take the A31 to Ringwood, from Bournemouth/Poole either take the A31 or the A338 'Spur Road'. In either case, please ensure after the big Ashley Heath roundabout that you're in the second lane from the left of the quadruple carriageway - otherwise you're either going to Salisbury or Southampton. Once in Ringwood, turn right at the small roundabout and follow signs for the long stay car park.

Grid Ref: SU145054    Walks Grade: Moderate Jurrasic Coast: Swanage to Worth Matravers Loop

Organiser: Dimitris (DYW) ~ Eleonor (LMW)   Distance(miles): 10.50

Description: Starting from Swanage we follow the coastal path to Winspit. We pass the Victorian Light House on Durlston Head, the Dancing Ledge and the Seacomber quaries.

Then we head inland to the village of Worth Matravers. Worth is a picuresque village stone made houses. There is a tea shop and pub known for its local ciders and organic apple juice. The pub (Square & Compass) has a room that serves as a museum to the Jurassic coast with a small but interesting fossil collection. Note the pub usually does not serve food (they start serving food recentlty during summer lunches but I am not sure if they will do that during winter). There is a third pub-restaurant but I am not sure if it is open on winter. We will have a longer than usuall break in Worth Matravers so you will get enough time to explore the village.

We are returning following the inland Priest's Way back to Swanage. The walk offers excellent views of the cliffs and passes well known ladmarks like the old and new lighthouse of Durlston Head. The terains is mildly hilly. Half of the walks are footpaths close to the cliffs.


Start Point: Meet outside Swanage Rail/Bus Station, Swanage. There is a P&D parking on the station but you may find free off road parking in the streets north of the station.

 Group Information: This is a join walks of Dorset Young Walkers and Metropolitan Walkers. Metropolitan Walkers is a Young Walkers group based on London. They are visiting Purbecks for the weekend of 18 January. For more information see http://www.metropolitan-walkers.org.uk/

Grid Ref: SZ029789    Walks Grade: Moderate

Skittles and Buffet Social Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): N/A

Description: Join us at the Gurkha Restaurant in Dorchester for a light-hearted game or 2 of skittles, followed by an Eastern style buffet ( Nepalese, Indian food etc ) Cost of buffet is £11-95 per head ( not including drinks!! ) Skittles will be free, as we are using the restaurant. Please let me know by 24th January if you wish to attend, as I need to advise restaurant of numbers. Please arrive at the Gurkha at 6:20pm for a 6:30 start.

Start Point: Please meet at the Gurkha Restaurant. Address is 1 Alexandra Road, Dorchester. It is actually on the edge of Alexandra Road, at the lower end of Damers Road ( before hospital ) It is very close to Dorchester West train station and about a 7 minute walk fron Dorchester South train station. It may be advisable to park in one of the nearby town centre carpark ( as the restaurant is in a residential area and parking may be limited ) The market car park is the closest and the top ' o ' town carpark is also fairly near.

Grid Ref: SY687902   Walks Grade: N/A Dogs' NIght

Organiser: Denise    


Description: Come and have a flutter at the Dogs and enjoy an evening full of fun.Meet 6.45pm prompt at entrance to Poole Stadium so we can get a good table.Free parking. Free entry vouchers for everyone.Contact Denise to let her know you are coming.

Start Point: Entrance to Poole Stadium, Wimborne Road,Poole

Grid Ref: SZ014910 

A Walk in the New Forest Organiser: Iestyn Jones    Distance(miles): 8

Description: A flat walk through the New Forest through ancient woodland. We will visit the Knightwood oak, probably the oldest tree in the forest! The start of the walk is from the Blackwater car park which is on Rhinefield Ornamental Drive. This is situated approx. 3 miles south-west of Lyndhurst. If you are travelling from the Christchurch direction then follow the A35 towards Lyndhurst. Appox. 3 miles before you get to Lyndhurst, take a right hand turn (sign posted to Rhinefield). Follow this small road for approx. 1 mile. The car park will be the first one on the left hand side (sign posted: Blackwater). It is a large car park with public toilets. Please bring a packed lunch. There will be a pub stop at the Oak Inn at Bank at the end of the walk. The walk is likely  to be muddy so bring sensible footwear. Joint walk with Hants 20-30s walking group - www.hantswalk2030.hampshire.org.uk

Start Point:

The car park that we will be starting the walk from is called Blackwater Car Park. If you are travelling from the Southampton direction, follow the  A35 though Lyndhurst. Approx 3 miles after passing though Lyndhurst take a left hand turn,  this will be sign posted to Rhinefield. ollow this small road from approx 1 mile. The car park will be the first on the left hand side, sign posted Blackwater car park.

Grid Ref: su267043    Walks Grade: Leisurely

Joint Walk with Hants 20-30s: Purbeck Coast Walk Organiser: Andy    Distance(miles): 9

Description: A beautiful coastal walk starting at Worth Matravers, looping around St Albehm's head, Winspit and Seacombe caves, with a lunch stop at the cliff top. This walk will be very hilly with some steep ascents. Joint walk with Hampshire 20-30s walking group (http://www.hantswalk2030.hampshire.org.uk/). There will be a pub stop at the end of the walk at the Square and Compass PH, please car share as CP gets busy.

Start Point: Meet at large NT car park behind Square and Compass pub in Worth Matravers. CP has (optional) donation box.

Grid Ref: SY974775    Walks Grade: Moderate Path Clearing Event " Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): N/A

Description: A path clearing event being run by the East Dorset Group. We're clearing a path near Kimmeridge in the Purbecks. Please note: equipment will be provided by East Dorset but please bring a packed lunch and boots.

Start Point: The path is near Kimmeridge, so attendees are meeting at the car park at Kimmeridge quarry (OS Explorer map OL15, Purbeck and South Dorset). Please note that the event is likely to start prompt at 10:00, East Dorset are providing all equipment, gloves etc. but we will need to bring packed lunches. It is suggested that boots are worn for the event as the path is likely to be muddy.

Grid Ref: SY918800    Walks Grade: N/A " Sweeny Todd at Yeovil Cinema

Organiser: Linda    


Description: I am going to see Sweeny Todd at Yeovil cinema on Monday. Anyone else interested? It starts at 7pm - will be in cinema foyer at 6.45pm. If you want to give me a ring to let me know you're coming, my mobile is 07967 212892. Linda

Start Point: Yeovil Cinema, BA20 1NP

Grid Ref: ST561158    

Two Ridges and a Giant

Organiser: Dimitris    Distance(miles): 10.5

Description: An excellent walk with amazing views on top of two Ridges passing a Giant. Start from Minterne Magna and walk towards Up Cerne. Follow the Wessex Ridgway and enjoy the views of Sidling St Nicholas and its area. Facing the Giant descent to the village (tempted for a pub lunch there? well would be considered). Hike on the Giant hill and then walk to Buckland Newton. Enjoy the views of Piddle valley. Return back to Minterne Magna facing the sun via the Dark Lane. An excellent route to enjoy the early spring.


Start Point: Minterne Magna Public Car Park by the A352

Grid Ref: ST659043    Walks Grade: Moderate

 Be aware: Clocks move forward, the walk starts 10:30 Summer Time.

South Cadbury and Corton Denham

Organiser: Toni Rowe    Distance(miles): 8

Description: From South Cadbury to Sutton Montis along Corton ridge with super views of Somerset, on to Corton Denham and Cort hill which has super views of Parrock Hills and back to South Cadbury. At South Cadbury there's Cadbury Castle Hillfort-land of King Arthur which is worth a look-optional.


Start Point: From Sherborne take B3148 to Marston Magna and Queen Camel (A359)  then at Hazelgrove/Sparkford roundabouts take  A303 East to South Cadbury (on to Unclassified Road but signed from A303).Free car park is then sign posted.It's 10 miles from Sherborne.

Grid Ref: ST632253    Walks Grade: Moderate

Beaulieu to Buckler's Hard inc. Pub Lunch Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 5

Description: Leisurely walk suitable for everyone and his dog taking in the picturesque villages of Beaulieu and Buckler's Hard with views over the Beaulieu river. Mixture of boardwalks, wooded paths and quiet country lanes. The plan is to stop at Buckler's Hard for one hour to enable us to have a tasty lunch at the Master Builders House Hotel pub. Anyone not wishing to have lunch here (good choice of Jacket potatoes, baguettes and main courses) can alternatively eat picnic lunch outside with views over the marina or just come inside for a drink. Walk ends back in Beaulieu with the opportunity to indulge in a cream tea in the Tearooms next to the Car Park or stroll through the village/view the river. Car Park costs £2 for 4 hours.There may be free spaces available in nearby village street.

Start Point: Pay and Display Car Park centre of Beaulieu

Grid Ref: SU387022    Walks Grade: Leisurely Studland Organiser: Julia    Distance(miles): 7

Description: Starting from Studland we head over heathland to Agglestone Rock. The latter part of the walk takes us on a fine stretch of the Purbeck coast to Old Harry Rocks. Please bring a packed lunch.

Start Point: Meet and Park at the NT South Beach Car Park in Studland next to the Bankes Arms Pub (NT Members free with membership card, prices vary throughout the season).

Grid Ref: SZ038825    Walks Grade: Moderate Crocus Walk in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer " Organiser: Alison    Distance(miles): 3.5

Description: Approx 3.5 miles Approx 2.5 miles (alternative route) A choice of 2 different short routes. Come and enjoy a circular walk, both starting in Buckland Newton through fields, along footpaths and with some beautiful views (with good weather €“ hopefully!). Following the walk, enjoy light refreshments including home made cakes and a raffle at a traditional village pub in Buckland Newton. This is NOT a sponsored event but walkers are invited to donate to Breakthrough Breast Cancer Charity on the day. See www.crocuswalk.org.uk for more information

Start Point: The Gaggle of Geese (park in the car park €“ free!) Walk starts at 10:00am sharp. (The normal 15 minute waiting time will not apply on this occasion)

Grid Ref: ST688049    Walks Grade: Leisurely " Bournemouth Gardens Walk Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 4

Description: It's amazing what you find in the middle of town. This short walk takes us from Bournemouth Square through the Upper, Middle, Lower and Coy Pond Gardens, making a circuit that takes in Bournemouth Pier and the Coy Pond in Poole. We'll be having lunch in the Slug and Lettuce just off Bournemouth Square afterwards. If you want to stay for lunch - or skip the walk entirely and just come for the meal - please let me know a week in advance so I can book a table.

Start Point: Meet outside Cafe Obscura in the middle of Bournemouth Square. Despite its name it isn't obscure at all - you can't miss it. The walk is easy access for buggies and wheelchairs, and public transport accessible from all over the county - pick any bus that goes to Bournemouth Square, or get the train then take the Yellow Buses number 3, 4, or 5 into town. If you are driving there's a couple of pay and display car parks - signposted from the main roads - but they do cost.

Grid Ref: SZ087912    Walks Grade: Leisurely Tenpin Bowling Evening

Organiser: Denise    
Description: Come and try your hand at tenpin bowling and have a laugh! Meet in the bar at the Megabowl, Tower Park,Poole at 20.00 for a 20.30 start.Please let Denise know by 19th April at the latest if you are coming so she can book the appropriate number of lanes.

Start Point: In the bar at the Megabowl, Tower Park, Poole

Grid Ref: SZ036943  

Dartmoor Weekend

Organiser: Dimitris


Description: Enjoy a weekend away in Dartmoor staying in a self catering apartment. We will have a number or walks in the heart or Dartmoor with plenty of Tors, rivers and brooks to chose. There will be an option of walks of various lengths for both Saturday and Sunday. We will also have a BBQ (weather permitting) one of the days.

Booking Details: Two apparetments have been booked and nine of us are already secured their place. If you are interested to join us please contact Dimitri for details and it might be possible to ammend the existing booking (subject of space availability).

Accomodation: Our self catering apartment is located in Dartmeet where the river East Dart meets the West Dart.
 

Important Note: This is an RA members only event.


Grid Ref: SX671733

May BH Camping Weekend at Braunton, nr Woolacombe, Devon

Organiser: Andy Skraga    Distance(miles): N/A

Description: A group camping trip to beautiful Braunton, north Devon, for the early May Bank Holiday weekend. We will be staying up to 4 nights at Lobbs Field campsite (http://www.lobbfields.com/), which is situated on the edge of Braunton village, a short walk from the sea and with views over the largest sand dunes in England at Braunton Burrows.

 Accomodation: We are camping at a lovely site on the edge of Braunton village with all mod cons (including free hot showers) and there is also a B&B in Braunton if you prefer not to camp. You can stay as many nights as you wish and can arrive from 12noon Friday 2nd May (some people are booking Friday off work) until BH Monday 5th. It will be a relaxed weekend, with a pub meal in Braunton on arrival Friday evening (pub and menu details TBA), BBQs at the campsite Saturday evening and pub meal or BBQ Sunday night. Saturday morning the plan is to head down to the beach for surfing (there's a surf hire shop at the campsite), swimming or exploring.  There will be a 10mile walk starting Sunday morning led by Andy around the coastal Tarka Trail, taking in coves and rocky scenery.  We will then be packing up to leave the campsite Monday by 10:30am and onto a short walk (or more surfing!) around Woolacombe, and from there return home afterwards.

Booking: To book you can email me at andyskraga@hotmail.com, no deposit is required. Prices for a large tent are £11 per night, and £10 for a smaller (2 man or less) tent with up to 2 occupants each and 1 car, and £3 for each additional adult. We have booked a large space in the middle field so all our group are together. Places are limited to 20 tents and you need to register your interest in this trip to me before 31st March at the latest, detailing your name, address, phone number and email, arrival day and departure, and what your tent size/occupancy arangment is. You will need to pay in advance for your stay when you arrive at the campsite reception. If you do not turn up on the day you might still be charged by the campsite. I will need the email addresses of those going for when I send out pub menus or updates.

 Start Point: The campsite is situated off the Saunton Road just on the edge of Braunton village. Postcode is EX33 1EB. Coming form the west take the A35 or A303 to the M5, and then the A361 to Braunton.

Email me at andyskraga@hotmail.com if you have any questions, and my mobile is 07837 937769.

Grid Ref: SS474370    Walks Grade: N/A

Pennington Marshes Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 6

Description: Mainly waterside walk through Pennington Marshes, a nature reserve acting as a haven for many migrating birds, with views of the Solent plus salt and freshwater marshes. A leisurely flat walk with pub at the end.

Start Point: Main Car Park in Keyhaven.Pay and Display in summer.

Grid Ref: SZ305915    Walks Grade: Leisurely a walk to the bottom off a pint glass Organiser: colin howden    Distance(miles): 0

Description: a quiet drink down pub too catch up with one another.

Start Point: drax arms bere regis

Grid Ref: SY847949    Walks Grade: N/A ghost town and bluebells Organiser: colin howden    Distance(miles): 4

Description: a plesent walk on luworth ranges there is 2 hills to contend with but the views are spetacular and with some luck we might see the elusive white stag off lulworth. bluebell a garanty

Start Point: tyneham village carpark there is a 2 pound donation for parking

Grid Ref: SY882802    Walks Grade: Moderate The Heart of Dartmoor

Organiser: Dimitris    Distance(miles): 11

The route: Starting from Dartmeet walk towards Belever forest following the East Dart and passing the settlement of Babeby. Then hike to the Belever Tor and to its neighbour Laughter Tor. Have a lunch in one of the Tors time dependant. Continue walking in the Moor following and crossing the West Dart and the Swincombe River. Passing the Settlement of Hexworthy stroll back to Dartmeet through fields. Just before the end of the walk see the point where the East and West Dart meet eachother in Dartmeet.

The area: Although the heart of Dartmoor the walk passes through a varied landscape. Apart from the Moor the walk goes through Belever conifer forest and some fields. Three rivers are crossed via stepping stones (i.e. East, West Dart and Swincombe river). It visits two Tors, a number of old bridges, abandoned surface tin mines and see stone circles, a menir and few rows of stones. Plus that the views of tors and hills dominate the horizon.

Start Point: The Dartmeet public car park. The car park is next to the clapper bridge in Dartmeet.

Note: This a joined event with the Devon Bootlegs as part of the Dartmoor Weekend. If you are in the area feel free to join us.


Grid Ref: SX672732    Walks Grade: Moderate

Afternoon Tea and Poems Organiser: Andrew    Distance(miles): 0.1

Description: There will quite possibly be scones with clotted cream and a running chocolate fountain. Perhaps even pizza. Please bring marshmallows, strawberries and a poem you like. Best to park on Braemar Road or Buckingham Way or at the pub at the top of the road (The Thomas Hardye). It would help to know if you are coming, so I know how much chocolate and clotted cream to get in. Email me at Andrew@Bindon.org

Start Point: 3 Gatcombe Close, Dorchester.

Grid Ref: SY702898    Walks Grade: Leisurely Birthday Drinks Social Organiser: Julia    Distance(miles): 0

Description: It's my birthday on the 30th March and to celebrate there are going to be some drinks in Dorchester, maybe moving on during the evening to a couple of other pubs.

Start Point: Meet at The Royal Oak (Wetherspoons) High West Street, Dorchester.

Grid Ref: SY691905    Walks Grade: N/A Abbotsbury and West Bexington Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): 8.5

Description: A lovely circular walk on the West Dorset Coast. We will follow a ridge, a little inland which will have great views of Chesil, Portland and even Devon on a clear day. We will pass Abbotsbury and the ancient St Catherine's chapel. Some beach walking involved. A relatively flat walk, with only 1 or 2 small hills. Please bring a packed lunch/drink. Tea room or pub stop at end.

Start Point: Meet at West Bexington Beach Car Park. Fee unknown,but shouldn't be too pricey. West Bexington is signed off the B3157 coast road

Grid Ref: SY531864    Walks Grade: Moderate Five Years Birthday Party Organiser: The Committee    Distance(miles): 4


Dorset Young Walkers are celebrating their fifth Birthday by a triple event in Bere Regis. Join us for a walk, attend the fifth AGM and stay for an all night party!!!

14:00: The Walk.   An easy walk on the hills south of Bere Regis to relax and enjoy the srping. The walk go through the woods of Bere Regis. Time to see bluebells and if we are lucky heards of deers.

16:00: The AGM.  Once we are back from the walk we will hold our fifth AGM. We will talk about the future of our group and the new committee will be elected. Everyone is welcome to attend the proceedings but only members of Dorset Young Walkers are elligible to vote.

18:15: The Party. Celebrating our five years we will have a party. The Scouts Hut is ours for the night. Brink a dish to share for our buffet dinner, your drinks for the night and if you want any CD to play. We have the Scouts Hut for the night so brink a sleeping bag if you wish to stay overnight.


Start Point: Meet outside the Scouts Hut in Bere Regis. The hut will be open from 13:45 so you can leave there your stuff for the evening.


Grid Ref: SY846947    Walks Grade: Leisurely

Fete Champetre-Stourhead, Wilts " Organiser: Sarah Lyons    Distance(miles): 0

Description: 'Incredible Journeys'. Join us for an evening of discovery, adventure and entertainment. Follow in the footsteps of the world's most famous explorers, discovering music, dance and cultural delights from across the globe. Transform yourself into an Edwardian globetrotter or polar explorer and enjoy your own incredible journey around the world in eighty acres, experiencing Stourhead as never before. Book early! Booking Essential 0871 527 1885 or online (link below) £1.50 booking fee applies Come along in themed costume and bring your picnic. Saturday 26th July Gates Open Time 5.30pm ends 11.30pm Pricing Adult £29.50 Child £25 Link for booking: https://kiosk4.ts.com/k;jsessionid=F189E66731CF4C122C2C08528BEE9749.app02?option=1&action=options_list&state=ADDCHOICE&pageid=2 Please email dywra@hotmail.com if you are interested in going.

Start Point: At Stourton, off B3092, 3ml NW of Mere (A303), 8ml S of Frome (A361).

Grid Ref: ST780340    Walks Grade: N/A " Sturminster Newton and the River Stour Organiser: John Barker    Distance(miles): 5

Description: From the charming old market town of Sturminster Newton, following the River Stour through open meadows and returning via woodland. Please bring a packed lunch and a drink. For those who are interested, there will be an opportunity to discuss the forthcoming Weekend Away in a pub after the walk.

Start Point: Meet at the large car park in Sturminster Newton opposite the Factory Shop, parking is free.

Grid Ref: ST788142    Walks Grade: Moderate Brockenhurst Bike Ride Organiser: Julie Arch    Distance(miles): 20

Description: A 20 mile ride on forest tracks near Brockenhurst stopping for lunch. Please text or ring if interested. Please bring a packed lunch and helmet.

Start Point: Brockenhurst Railway Station car park (left hand side car park)

Grid Ref: SU302020    Walks Grade: Moderate Comedy Store at The Landmarc Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Fun evening out with three stand-up comedians at the Landmarc, Bournemouth - an interesting location as was previously a church! We will partake in a one course meal (usually pizza, burger and chips, scampi etc - decide on the night)and have the table for the rest of the evening.Meal starts at 7.30pm and show at approx. 9.00pm. Cost is £15 for meal and seat at table. Please let me know if you're coming (and get the money to me) by Thurs 29th May and I will buy the tickets and reserve the table.Car parking available in CP (pay and display) opposite the venue.

Start Point: Outside The Landmarc, Exeter Rd, Bournemouth at 7.30pm prompt.

Grid Ref: SZ085909    Walks Grade: N/A Comedy at The Landmarc Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Fun evening out with three stand-up comedians at the Landmarc, Bournemouth - an interesting location as was previously a church! We will partake in a one course meal (usually pizza, burger and chips, scampi etc - decide on the night)and have the table for the rest of the evening.Meal starts at 7.30pm and show at approx. 9.00pm. Cost is £15 for meal and seat at table. Please let me know if you\'re coming (and get the money to me) by Thurs 29th May and I will buy the tickets and reserve the table.Car parking available in CP (pay and display) opposite the venue.

Start Point: Outside The Landmarc, Exeter Rd, Bournemouth at 7.30pm prompt.

Grid Ref: SZ085909    Walks Grade: N/A Sherborne, its Castle and surrounding area Organiser: Julia    Distance(miles): 6.5

Description: A gentle walk starting from Sherborne and passing Sherborne Castle, with great views. The walk continues through 3 surrounding villages, one with an interesting church with a big, carved Jacobean chancel screen inside.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Start Point: Meet and Park at the Culverhayes Long Stay Car Park in Sherborne (opposite Sainsburys).40p all day.

Grid Ref: ST642163    Walks Grade: Moderate New Members Walk - Wareham Town CP " Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 4

Description: A circular walk in Wareham Town Country Park, returning via the River Frome. This walk is particularly suitable for those new to hiking, and we'll be happy to see prospective new members in attendance. Lunch will be at the Kings Arms, North Street after the walk, but it is recommended to bring a drink and sensible shoes, as the area near the river can be muddy. Well behaved children and dogs welcome, but the path may not be suitable for buggies.

Start Point: This walk is accessible by public transport, either by train to Wareham station or by bus. The meeting place will be the East Street Car Park (pay and display) in the south east of Wareham (i.e. the bit south of the river).

Grid Ref: SY924874    Walks Grade: Leisurely " Upton & Corfe Mullen " Organiser: Adrian    Distance(miles): 11.5

Description: A walk through parkland, heath, common and plantation with a tea shop at the end! Bring packed lunch.

Start Point: Upton Country Park car park (well sign posted)off A350/A35 dual carriageway. Meet at 10.30 for a 10.45 start.

Grid Ref: SY991931    Walks Grade: Moderate " Evening Walk - Thorncombe and Puddletown Woods Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): 2-3

Description: A lovely evening walk enjoying the lush green trees of Thorncombe woods. Short hop into Puddletown Wood and possibly returning on the old Roman Road. There may be a pub stop in Puddletown or Dorchester after the walk if people wish.

Start Point: Thorncombe Woods Carpark. This can be accessed off the A35. Nearest village is Higher Bockhampton. Car park is free. please arrive promptly, we will leave at 7:30 in order to complete walk before dark.

Grid Ref: SY724922    Walks Grade: Leisurely Vid with Friends Organiser: colin howden    Distance(miles): 0

Description: come round for a evening and watch a film with mates. please fone for direction

Start Point: bere regis

Grid Ref: SY849949    Walks Grade: Leisurely Osmington and White Nothe Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 8.5

Description: Varied coastline walk with fantastic views of Weymouth and Portland. Partly open,partly wooded areas. Please bring packed lunch.

Start Point: Car Park of Smugglers Inn Pub.

Grid Ref: SY737818    Walks Grade: Moderate Anual Summer Pic-Nic on the Beach

Organiser: Dimitris    Distance(miles): 5

Join us for our Anual Summer Pic-Nic. This year we return to Durdle Door for a short walk with a long stay on the beach.

 

The walk: Starting from west Llulworth we have a mile's stroll on top of the West Down ridge to Durdle Door. We will return later on the afternoon via Hambury Tout hill. This sort walk has excellent views of the Dorset inland, Lulworth Cove and the cliffs of Jurassic Coast.

The Pic-Nic: The main activity of the day would be a very long stay in the beach (no less than 3 hrs). We will stay in Durdle Door and you will have enough time to swim, sunbath and enjoy a pic nic.

What to bring: Apart from the usuall walking gear bring a dish for sharing. A portion for three or four people and we will have more than enough and food for endulging all afternoon (catlery will be provided). Also have with you your swimming gear, plenty of suncream and money to buy ice-cream from the near-by van.

Start Point: Outside Castle Inn in West Lulworth. There is free parking on the main road but the spaces are limitted. Please, try to share lifts.

Grid Ref: SY826807    Walks Grade: Leisurely

Ice Skating at the BIC Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Get your skates on and have a fun night at the BIC's summer ice rink. £7 entry for one hour including skate hire.Afterwards we can nip across the road for a well-earned drink at Bar So. Car Park available at the BIC cost £2 for 2 hours ( Free after 10pm).Please EMAIL me on denise.pearson@sky.com by Sat 26th July if you are interested and I will get your tickets. We will be meeting 30 mins before the start of the session in order to get skates etc.

Start Point: Meet in Foyer of BIC

Grid Ref: SZ086909    Walks Grade: N/A Panem et Circenses ad morem villae Poole.

Organiser: Dimitris 

Join us for a night in Tower Park for a dinner followed by a movie followed by...

 

The Dinner: We will have dinner in the Chiquito, the Mexican restaurant in Tower Park. Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm.

The Movie: We will see Indiana Jones and the Kingom of the Crystal Skull staring Harisson Ford directed by Steven Spielberg. 

Booking: Please let Dimitri know by Tuesday if you are joining us to secure you a place in the dining table (Email: strondio@hotmail.com).

Start Point: Meet at Chiquito in Tower Park.

Grid Ref: SZ035940

Corfe Castle to Swanage and Steam Train Back Organiser: Julie and Kate    Distance(miles): 7

Description: Joint walk with the Wessex Group. The walk will start at Norden Park and Ride and go through Corfe Castle to Swanage over Nine Barrow down where you will see great views over Poole Harbour. We will then catch the Swanage steam train back to Norden. Cost of train is £5.00. Please bring a packed lunch.

Start Point: Meet at Norden Park and Ride just before Corfe Castle.

Grid Ref: SY959829    Walks Grade: Moderate Drinks in Bere Regis Organiser: Colin    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come and have a few drinks with friends at the Drax Arms.

Start Point: Drax Arms on main street in Bere Regis

Grid Ref: SY847949    Walks Grade: N/A The Cock And Bottle, Morden Organiser: Phil    Distance(miles): 3.5

Description: Evening circular walk from the Cock and Bottle on woodland paths, bridelways, across farmland and on country lanes

Start Point: Morden - Car park beside pub or lay-by in road

Grid Ref: SY913947    Walks Grade: Leisurely Comedy at Dorchester Arts Centre Organiser: Mat    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come along for an evening of stand up provided by Robin Ince. I'd recommend dorchesterarts.org.uk for a review etc. The tickets are £8 (plus £1 booking fee) from the box office: 01305 266926 10am-4pm.  Also, send me an email (mat_benfield@hotmail.com) to let me know you are coming so I can save a big enough table when I get there.

Start Point: Dorchester Arts Centre, School Lane (which is off The Grove), Dorchester, DT1 1XR. We will meet in the bar at 8pm for the show at 9pm.

Grid Ref: SY689909    Walks Grade: N/A Beaminster, Netherbury and Lewesdon Hill Organiser: Julie and Kate-Wessex Group    Distance(miles): 8

Description: A joint walk with the Wessex Group. The route which has variety and outstanding scenery goes through the hilly country of west Dorset that lies to the south and west of Beaminster. Please bring packed lunch and drink. juliearch36@yahoo.co.uk – 07875 227959

Start Point: Meet at the square by the market cross

Grid Ref: ST480013    Walks Grade: Moderate New Forest Camping Trip

Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): N/A

Description: Join us for 2 night camping trip ( 29 and 30 August )on North Eastern edge of New Forest, by Landford Common. The campsite owners seem really welcoming and the site looks good on the web. For details of site / area / etc see: www.newforest-uk.com/greenhill.htm There will be a walk of approx 8 miles led on the Saturday. Sunday, you may do your own thing, or there is Breamore house nearby where Denise will be leading a walk -please see details below.  There are several pubs in ther area! As with other trips, please bring ALL your own camping gear, cooking equipment, food and drink. We hopefully can chill out at the campsite Saturday night with a few beers! If you wish to do a BBQ, please be aware they must be raised off ground. the campsite can freeze your ice packs for a small fee. There is a shop in nearby village I believe. The campsite is an adult only site and have requested that we are quiet after 10:30pm. Please respect this if you wish to attend! The charges are £10 PER PITCH PER NIGHT. ( up to 2 people in a tent ) WE HAVE TO PAY IN FULL BEFORE THE TRIP. PLEASE SEND ME A CHEQUE MADE PAYABLE TO: Greenhill Farm C and C Park With your cheque, please state your name and email address ( i need a list for the site ) . Most members will have my address via group email, but if you didn't get this email, please email DYW and I will let you know. The campsite will let us have our own area, but have requested that our tents are pitched at least 6 metres apart, in case of fire. There is a limit of 20 tents, so it will be on a first come first served served basis ( on cheques I receive )

Sorry, no more bookings being taken now !!

Start Point: See Greenhill farm website for directions to site. (If you have an older New forest map, it may be called under the older name of Newlands Farm )

Grid Ref: SU265182    Walks Grade: N/A

Milton Abbas Organiser: Toni Rowe    Distance(miles): 9

Description: A pretty circular walk through the village of Milton Abbas. And a visit to Milton Abbey if you wish. Walk through some beautiful beechwoods and a small nature reserve. Pub at the end. Bring a packed lunch.

Start Point: From the A357 road west of Blandford going through Okeford Fitzpaine past Ibberton along Ibberton Hill at a parking area on the left just before an area of masts.

Grid Ref: ST781059    Walks Grade: Moderate Flame Oriental Buffet followed by Mamma Mia! Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Choose from over 68 varieties of oriental food at set price of £15.95 for all you can eat.Looks great, have been to see it myself. Then sing away to the film Mamma Mia. Film start 20.00, meet at Flame for dinner 18.30 - should be quick as self-service.Please let me know if you intend coming purely so I can reserve table if numbers are sufficient.You can contact me either through DYW hotmail account or to my own email: denise.pearson@sky.com

Start Point: Outside Flame restaurant, Tower Park, Poole

Grid Ref: SZ035940    Walks Grade: N/A Hengistbury Head Organiser: Colin    Distance(miles): 3

Description: An easy coastal walk in a stunning area overlooking Christchurch Harbour and views of the Isle of Wight.

Start Point: Meet at the Car Park at the end of the road signed "Hengistbury Head" near the cafe.

Grid Ref: SZ165912    Walks Grade: Leisurely Swanage Organiser: Colin    Distance(miles): 4

Description: A walk in the attractive seaside town of Swanage and surrounding area.

Start Point: The car park above the pier in Swanage.

Grid Ref: SZ035787    Walks Grade: Leisurely Breamore and the Mizmaze Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 4

Description: Fairly flat easy walk for campers and non-campers alike taking in Breamore, the Mizmaze, woodland and farmland areas.Breamore House has a tearoom which will hoepfully still be open when we return!

Start Point: Car Park at Breamore House.

Grid Ref: SU151187    Walks Grade: Leisurely Rock Climbing Evening Organiser: Colin    Distance(miles): 0

Description: At the Queen Elizabeth Leisure Centre in Wimborne

Start Point: The leisure centre is on the B3082 Blandford Road just outside Wimborne.

Grid Ref: ST999005    Walks Grade: N/A Skittles at the Drax Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come and bowl us over with your skittles skills!We have the skittles alley for the whole evening from 19.30 onwards so we'll be able to play several games For those wishing to eat, food will be available for you to order.Please let me know in advance if you are coming so we can let the pub know rough numbers. Contact me on denise.pearson@sky.com by 24th Sept.

Start Point: Inside the Drax Arms public house,West Street, Bere Regis.Free parking available on the street outside.

Grid Ref: SY846948    Walks Grade: N/A Sturminster Marshall and Spetisbury Organiser: Adrian    Distance(miles): 10.5

Description: A Circular walk from Sturminster Marshall to Spetisbury and back via the Stour Valley Way, including Spetisbury Rings, Tarrant Abbey. Please note that we will be walking on part of the Stour Valley Way that is a permissive path and the land owner does not permit dogs. Please bring a packed lunch

Start Point: Junction of Kings Street and Balls Lane. Plenty of free parking in streets around start point. Meet for 10.30, walk starts at 10.45.

Grid Ref: ST947001    Walks Grade: Moderate Bradpole and Symondsbury Organiser: Julia    Distance(miles): 7.25

Description: A hilly walk although gentle through the countryside around Bridport, in which we see 3 rivers (Simene, Brit and Mangerton) which all meet in Bridport, and the village of Symondsbury. We also walk part of the Monarch's way. Please bring a packed lunch and drink.

Start Point: Meet and park at the Short Stay Car Park in South Street, Bridport.40p all day.

Grid Ref: SY467927    Walks Grade: Moderate Osmington, the coast path, and the White Horse Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): 9

Description: A circular walk offering superb coastal views. We will follow the South West coast path, and also head inland towards the White Horse hill. Please bring a drink and packed lunch. May be muddy and slippery in places.

Start Point: Meet outside the Smugglers Inn car park, Osmington Mills, near Weymouth. Please park on the road near the Smugglers Inn, and try to avoid using the pub car park.

Grid Ref: SY736817    Walks Grade: Moderate FSC Weekend Walk in Duncliffe Wood " Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 5

Description: This will be a circular walk passing through Duncliffe Wood just outside Shaftesbury. Organised as part of 'FSC Weekend', the walk aims to raise awareness of the work of the Forestry Stewardship Council in the UK. After passing through the forest the walk continues through farmland on the return leg. Please bring a drink and a snack - packed lunch optional as we will probably finish around lunchtime. Long trousers and boots are advised as the walk is muddy in places. Well-behaved chilldren are welcome but please note the route is not suitable for buggies or dogs.

Start Point: The walk starts from the village of Stour Row south west of Shaftesbury. There is parking available on the main road.

Grid Ref: ST822212    Walks Grade: Leisurely " Area AGM 2008 " Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 5

Description: Dorset Area (the umbrella group for the five RA Groups in Dorset) is holding its Annual General Meeting. The event consists of a short walk, usually around 5 miles, in the morning followed by the meeting which starts at 2pm. There's normally a chance for networking with tea/coffee and cake afterward. It's being hosted this year by the West Dorset Group at Loders village hall. Please note that the start time given is an estimate only - more details nearer the time. However, whatever time eventually appears will be the walk-out time. The other Groups DO NOT leave 15 minutes at the start for lost people.

Start Point: Leave the A31, turning right onto New Road, just before Bridport (heading for Uploaders). Turn left at the T-junction in Uploaders, then right on the other side of Yondover. This should take you to Loders.

Grid Ref: SY495943    Walks Grade: Leisurely " Montacute to Ham Hill Organiser: Toni    Distance(miles): 5

Description: A circular walk around Ham Hill starting from the village of Montacute.Theres panoramic views of the Quantock and Mendip hills and the south Dorset Downs.

Start Point: Travelling on the A303 turn off three miles miles south west of Ilchester and follow the A3088 road to Yeovil. In one mile leave main road and follow a unclassified road singposted to Montacute in the village park on the roadside in the vicinity of the Kings Arms Inn

Grid Ref: ST497170    Walks Grade: Moderate Guy Fawkes celebration, Weymouth "Organiser: Sally Browning    Distance(miles): N/A

Description: A chance for a group social in Weymouth on November the 5th. The bonfire is lit at 7pm and fireworks at 7.20pm. Funfair until 10pm. The plan is to buy fish and chips for supper after we meet, before the fireworks start.

Start Point: Meet at 1830 at the clock on the sea front. This is at the junction of King Street with the Esplanade.

Grid Ref: SY680795    Walks Grade: N/A " A different walk in Purbeck Organiser: Will Blight    Distance(miles): 7

Description: There are many paths in Purbeck, some very well used others not so used. This walk takes in all types - it is a circular walk from Corfe Castle up the Corfe Valley before turning and climbing up to Kingston for lunch and tremendous views over the area to Corfe and beyond. Despite the steepness of the hills here, there are no steep ascents - the hills are gradual and easy. Once beyond Kingston (where there's a pub, but we wont be stopping unless everyone desperately wants a quick half!) the path gradually drops down and joins the Purbeck Way. This returns to Corfe via the beautiful Corfe Common and the Halves - which conveniently back on to my back garden, where you can choose to stop for a cup of tea. Then it is a simple half mile back to the cars. Although it is mostly dry, it can be wet and muddy in a few places even if it hasn't rained for a while. Please bring a packed lunch and drink.

Start Point: Entering Corfe Castle from the north, turn off first right before the Castle mound (signposted to Church Knowle) and there is parking immediately on the right. .

Grid Ref: SY959824    Walks Grade: Leisurely Win Green and Tollard Royal Organiser: Alison Daniel    Distance(miles): 6

Description: A circular walk from the top of Win Green Hill along the Ox Drove track down into the village of Tollard Royal then back through Ashcombe Bottom along the Wessex Ridgeway to the start. Bring pack lunch and drink. Possible tea and cake at the Compton Abbas Airfield afterwards!

Start Point: Park at the Win Green car park & view point right off the B3081 north of Tollard Royal.

Grid Ref: ST923205    Walks Grade: Moderate Moreton Organiser: Colin    Distance(miles): 4.5

Description: A walk from Moreton through Lawrence of Arabia country. Please bring a packed lunch, stopping at Bovington. Pub or tea shop at the end.

Start Point: Meet at the Ford in the village.

Grid Ref: SY805895    Walks Grade: Leisurely Halloween Party "Organiser: Will Blight    Distance(miles): n/a

Description: There is always a good Halloween Party at the Greyhound in Corfe Castle, so on Friday 31st October - it is party time! Fancy Dress is optional. I live in Corfe and I have got crash space available - a spare room, mattresses etc. for people wanting to stay over. First come, first served - phone/text to reserve. People could come earlier to eat out first. It is up to you! (sorry for late notice of this event)

Start Point: Parking is a bit of a problem in Corfe. There is either the area I have designated as the start point of my walk on 16th Nov, the public car parks or side roads. But there is always somewhere! You may even get in a space in front of the pub! I park in Mead Road which is a side road on the left as you drive through Corfe towards Swanage. It is by a red phone box.

Grid Ref: SY961822    Walks Grade: N/A " Curry Night in Weymouth Organiser: Mat    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come along for a meal in Weymouth, at The Balti House, which comes highly recommended and is located across the way from Radipole Lake. I will book the table on the 9th, so if you could let me know if you need a space before then, that would be great. My email is mat_benfield@hotmail.com, and my mobile is attached. I will confirm the meet time by email once I have booked, but will aim for 7:30.

Start Point: We will meet inside the restaurant. At the Jubilee Clock on the sea front, turn down King Street. At the roundabout, turn left down Commercial Road. The Balti House is on the left and there is Melcombe Regis Car Park on the right.

Grid Ref: SY678794    Walks Grade: N/A Ridge walk to Hardys Monument Organiser: Alison D    Distance(miles): 9

Description: A walk along two ridges with lovely views over South Dorset. Starting at the top of Gould's Hill, we will walk West along the inland coast path to Hardy's Monument then return via Hell Bottom to walk back along the ridge formed by Corton and Friar Waddon Hills. This is quite an exposed walk so bring warm and windproof clothing. It may also be muddy in places. Please bring packed lunch and drink. There is a tea room and pub in the village of Upwey or, I believe there's a farm shop / tea room in Martinstown to chose from for post walk refreshments. Please try to car share where possible as parking is limited. If anyone needs or can offer a lift, please use the Message Board.

Start Point: Small parking area at the top of Goulds Hill off the B3159 between Upwey and Martinstown.

Grid Ref: SY663866    Walks Grade: Moderate Fun Quiz Night! "Organiser: Will    Distance(miles): n/a

Description: Come along to a fun quiz night in Bere Regis! It is a bring-a-dish event (and sleep over, if you want to). Remember the drink too, if staying! I am the quizmaster and I have extensive experience of compiling quizzes for the optimum fun factor! We will probably see how it goes re teams/ how we are going to play it on the night depending on the number of people queuing to get in! I have plenty of paper and pens. Sample question: Which of the Mr. Men is always wrapped in bandages, due to his constant mishaps? To find the answer, see the last bit of the Alternative Xmas Party event description!

Start Point: This will take place in the Scout Hut in Elder Road, Bere Regis. If approaching from the north take the A31 to the A35 and take the first exit on the roundabout. This goes to the east of the village and take the second exit on the next roundabout into the village. Pass the Royal Oak pub as the road turns to the left and Elder Road is the first road on the right.

Grid Ref: SY846947    Walks Grade: N/A " Alternative Xmas Party! "Organiser: Will    Distance(miles): n/a

Description: Due to the main Xmas Party already being booked solid (!) a discussion was had at the end of a walk recently and it was decided a good idea was to have an alternative Xmas event. So... Table(s) have been booked at the Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle with a Festive Menu. Please phone/email me if you would like to attend and I will let you know the choices/prices. I will then let the pub know numbers and menu choices. I need to know by the 29th November (in fact I will try to bring a menu to the quiz night, for those of you attending that). I have comfortable crash space at my house, though limited to about 4/5 people. Smart casual dress is fine. Remember - Always a fun time at the Greyhound! Answer to quiz question... Mr. Bump !

Start Point: The Greyhound Inn is in the Square in Corfe Castle, just off the main A351. Parking is either right outside the pub (if you are lucky!) or on West Street. Or for people staying over at mine: Mead Road would be a better bet. This is left off the main road through the village, towards the southern end, right by a red phone box. I do not recommend parking on the main road itself, even though in some places it is allowed - this is due to high likelyhood of damage due to passing traffic.

Grid Ref: SY961821    Walks Grade: N/A " Buffet and Cinema at Tower Park, Poole "Organiser: Mat    Distance(miles): n/a

Description: Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Oriental buffet at Flame before seeing the new Bond film, Quantum of Solace, both at Tower Park, Poole. I will book seats on Friday 21st, so if you would like to come (to the meal or cinema or both) let me know before then. My email is mat_benfield@hotmail.com and my mobile is 07746 247 536. The buffet is £9.95 and the cinema is £6.75. I will buy the film tickets so please bring the correct change to refund me.

Start Point: For those coming to the meal, we will meet at 1pm outside Flame. For those just coming to the cinema, we will meet at approx. 2:30/3pm outside the cinema. I will email the film time before 5pm on Friday 21st.

Grid Ref: SZ035940    Walks Grade: N/A " Winter Solstice Organiser: Dave    Distance(miles): 3

Description: A short walk in the dark to St Albans chapel,near Worth Matravers to watch the sun rise on this special day. Please bring a hot drink and torch.

Start Point: Renscombe Road carpark,Worth Matravers.

Grid Ref: SY963774    Walks Grade: Leisurely Festival of Winter Walks/New Members Walk-Marnhull Organiser: Julia    Distance(miles): 5.5

Description: Had one too many mince pies over Christmas and fancy a good start to 2009 by meeting new people and enjoying a wealth of Dorset Walks? Come and join us for a short walk from Marnhull, walking through the Stour Valley with good views of Blackmore Vale countryside, towards the village of Hinton St Mary. Please bring a packed lunch and drink. The walk may be muddy in places.

Start Point: The Long Stay Free Car Park in Marnhull-Burton Street

Grid Ref: ST773194    Walks Grade: Leisurely DYW Christmas Party 2008 Organiser: Mat    Distance(miles): 0

Description: All the details have been circulated via email and the event is now booked up. My sincere apologies to anyone who was not on the mailing list when this all got organised. Maybe we will see you next year. I thought I would add this to the programme in case it is helpful to anyone planning on submitting a walk/event around this time.

Start Point: Hotel Prince Regent, Weymouth.

Grid Ref: SY690797    Walks Grade: N/A Joint Walk - Abbotsbury - West Bexington Circular Organiser: Louise W    Distance(miles): 7-8

Description: This is a joint walk with a group of people from the Hants 20s-30s group who are on holiday near Bridport. Come along and meet some new people. A lovely circular walk offering stunning views along the Jurrassic coast and the rare Chesil Beach land formation. Lets hope for a clear day! We will also pass the ancient St Catherines Chapel and will have views of the Abbotsbury Swannery. This walk is not too hilly, mainly on a ridge and some beach walking. Area is very exposed, so please bring warm clothing. Please bring a packed lunch and drink. Possible drinks stop in an Abbotsbury pub, depending on timing.

Start Point: Meet in the Abbotsbury Beach Carpark. This is off the B3157 coast road. The car park is at the very end of the lane past the Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens. Car park should be free in winter.

Grid Ref: SY561846    Walks Grade: Moderate Theatre Trip to Evita Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 0

Description: An evening at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, to see the musical Evita. The play charts the rise to prominence in Argentina of Eva Peron, wife of the former dictator Juan Peron. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets will be £32.50.

Start Point: There will be an option to meet for dinner before the performance. The meet point is therefore either 6pm at Tosca's italian restaurant, 44 Commercial Road, Southampton for dinner, or 7.15pm outside the theatre (at the end of Commercial Road) if you don't want to eat. Please note the grid reference given is for the theatre. If you are planning to attend for dinner, the theatre or both please let me know by 31st January 2009 at the latest so I can book.

Grid Ref: SU415123    Walks Grade: N/A Get Walking Day - Bournemouth Gardens Walk Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 4

Description: An easy walk around Bournemeouth's central gardens. This 4 mile circular walk will take in a loop to the sea followed by a look at the gardens of Bournemouth, which date back to the 1800s. This walk is particularly suitable for new members, and the paths will accomodate buggies and wheelchairs. Dogs on leads welcome.

Start Point: Meet outside Cafe Obscura in Bournemouth Square. This walk is accessible by public transport, and attendees are encouraged to use the train/bus wherever possible. There is, however, parking available at the multi-storey car park on Richmond Hill (pay and display). From the car park (Christchurch Road Exit) turn right and keep walking to the Square.

Grid Ref: SZ085911    Walks Grade: Leisurely Longburton and lillington Organiser: Toni    Distance(miles): 7.5

Description: A circular walk from Longburton to the small hamlet of Lillington through Honeycomb woods in to Sherborne for lunch back to Longburton. Could be muddy in places not too hilly

Start Point: Start from pub the Rose and Crown Longburton on the A352. Please park in the small car park in between pub and church

Grid Ref: ST647128    Walks Grade: Moderate Wimborne Circular Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 9

Description: This is a circular walk around the town of Wimborne Minster. Starting from the Square, the walk takes in the River Stour and forest before returning via the north of Wimborne. Please bring a packed lunch.

Start Point: The Square at Wimborne Minster. On arrival in the town, follow signs to the Tourist Information Office. This walk is accessible by public transport, and attendees are encouraged to arrive by bus where possible. For those that are driving, public car parks (potentially pay and display) are available in King Street and Victoria Road.

Grid Ref: SU011000    Walks Grade: Moderate Bere Regis Organiser: Colin    Distance(miles): 5

Description: A walk through the heath and forest surrounding Bere Regis. Please bring lunch and drink.

Start Point: Please meet at the Drax Arms Pub on the main street in Bere Regis. Please park in the car park next to the church in Bere Regis (signed as recycling centre).

Grid Ref: SY847949    Walks Grade: Leisurely CANCELLED Chettle House and Farnham-CANCELLED Rescheduled for Sun 15 March

Organiser: Julia    Distance(miles): 8

THIS WALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO RECENT BAD WEATHER-RE SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY 15 MARCH

Description: A walk from Chettle, passing its manor house, through woodland and parkland to the village of Tarrant Gunville. We cross the line of a Roman Road twice and the site of a Celtic settlement before reaching the pretty village of Farnham. The walk is muddy in places. Please bring a packed lunch and drink. Drink afterwards at The Anvil Inn, Pimperne nr Blandford.

Start Point: In the long lane outside St Mary's Church, Chettle, please try and car share if possible.

Grid Ref: ST952133    Walks Grade: Moderate

Buffet and Skittles Social Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): N/A

Description: Come along to a skittles evening and buffet at The Gurkha in Dorchester. ( this event was very much enjoyed last year by the group ) We will start with mixed buffet ( Chinese, Thai, Indian ) - it's eat as much as you like for £11-95 per head - payable on night. We will then play skittles in the adjoining skittle alley. No charge for skittle alley as we are eating in restaurant. PLEASE EMAIL DORSET YOUNG WALKERS, (OR USE MY PERSONAL EMAIL) BY 13 JAN AT LATEST IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND. I need to give numbers to the restaurant. Please do not turn up on the night. Thanks.

Start Point: Gurkha Restaurant, Damers Road, Dorchester. ( located near Dorset County Hospital and just under bridge by Dorchester West train station. No real car park at restaurant. Nearest carpark ( possibly pay and display is Market carpark on Weymouth Avenue or Top o Town carpark.

Grid Ref: SU687903    Walks Grade: N/A Skittles and Oriental Buffet Social " Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): N/A

Description: Enjoy an Oriental buffet at the Gurkha Inn in Dorchester. ( it is an eat as much as you like mixed oriental buffet, which is very good value and was enjoyed last year by the group. ) This will give us plenty of energy for a game of skittles in the adjoining slittle alley following the meal! The skittle alley is free because we are using the restaurant. Cost of buffet is £11-95 per head ( payable on the day ) (PLEASE NOTE: I NEED TO KNOW NUMBERS BY 13 JANUARY AT LATEST, PLEASE EMAIL DORST YOUNG WALKERS OR MY PERSONAL EMAIL IF YOU KNOW IT )

Start Point: The Gurkha is located on Damers Road in Dorchester, near Dorset County Hospital and very close to Dorchester West train station. Dorchester South train station is a 5 minute walk for those wishing to use the train from Poole/Bournemouth/Weymouth. Car parking in area is limited, nearest carpark is Fairfields Market carpark or the Top of Town Carpark.

Grid Ref: SU687903    Walks Grade: N/A " Badbury Rings Circular - Joint walk with Hants 20-30s

Organiser: Andy S    Distance(miles): 10

Description: A route north west from Badbury Rings, taking in many areas of Roman and historical interest. This is a joint walk with Hants 20-30s walking group. There will be a packed lunch stop and a pub or tea room at the end in Wimbourne Minster.

Start Point: Badbury Rings car park, which is free. It's off of the B3082 Blandford Road west out of Wimbourne Minster off the A31.

Grid Ref: ST957030    Walks Grade: Moderate

Durlston to Worth Matravers Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 9

Description: Coastal Path walk with scenic views over the Purbecks and sea. Bring packed lunch. Lunch will be beside the duckpond at Worth Matravers with the possibility of a drink at the Square and Compass.

Start Point: Durlston Country Park - Car Park on the right hand side.

Grid Ref: SZ034772    Walks Grade: Moderate Comedy Night at Mr Kyps, Poole Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come and see three comedians in recently refurbished Mr Kyps.Meet at 7.45pm in the car park in front of the venue. Entry price is £6 (all seats) on the door (price is £5 if you buy in advance by phone or through website - www.mrkyps.net)Please let me know in advance that you are coming so I can look out for you.Thank you.Contact: denise.pearson@sky.com

Start Point: Car Park of venue near entrance. Address: 8a Parr Street,Lower Parkstone, Poole BH14 0JY Tel:01202-748945

Grid Ref: SZ033916    Walks Grade: N/A Linear Walk-Dorchester to Weymouth Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): 9-10.5

Description: Linear walk to Weymouth from Dorchester, passing Came Down and Bincombe, finishing up on Weymouth seafront. We will return to Dorchester via train ( £3-40 single), or bus depending on timing. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this walk. Exact mileage unknown and depends on whether we can cross Dorchester bypass or not.  Please bring packed lunch / drink. Possible drinks stop in a tearoom or pub in Weymouth at some point along the route.

Start Point: Meet at Dorchester South Train station, by the taxi rank( right by ticket office / waiting room ) Parking at station is pricey. Nearest carpark 3 mins walk is the Market carpark ( also called Fairfields carpark ) this is located on Weymouth Avenue, sort of oppisite police station. The long stay end is £1-50 per day on a Saturday )

Grid Ref: SY692902    Walks Grade: Moderate Valentines Dinner Party Organiser: Will    Distance(miles): n/a

Description: The Greyhound in Corfe Castle are putting on a party for Valentines Day - however it is for singles and groups as well as couples. I would like to stress that this is NOT a match-making event or just for couples. It is more a chance for us singletons to have something to do on the 14th, rather than just stay at home and stare at the wall! Banish those Valentines blues (or pinks!) and come along. Live music by Frankie Rudd (and they are good!) email me for menu choice asap or by evening of 11th at latest. Dress -smart casual. Crash space at mine is available as usual! Remember the walk on the 15th is in Purbeck anyway! Result!

Start Point: The Greyhound is in Corfe Castle square, however parking (particularly if you are staying over) is best at Mead Road. Drive through the village towards Swanage and turn left at the red phone box. Do not park on the main road - door mirrors are found missing frequently!!!

Grid Ref: SY961821    Walks Grade: N/A Chettle House and Farnham Organiser: Julia    Distance(miles): 8

Description: A walk from Chettle, passing its manor house, through woodland and parkland to the village of Tarrant Gunville. We cross the line of a Roman Road twice and the site of a Celtic settlement before reaching the pretty village of Farnham. The walk is muddy in places. Please bring a packed lunch and drink. Drink afterwards at The Anvil Inn, Pimperne nr Blandford.

Start Point: In the long lane outside St Mary's Church, Chettle, please try and car share if possible.

Grid Ref: ST952133    Walks Grade: Moderate Crocus Walk in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer Organiser: Alison Chant    Distance(miles): 3.5

Description: Approx 3.5miles (Shorter route available too of approx 2.5 miles and an opportunity for children to take part in a fun quiz). An annual fundraising event for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The walk takes place around Pulham. Meet at the Halsey Arms Public House, Pulham and return for coffee or tea and homemade cake (£1 donation) and an adult and children’s raffle too. This can be followed by a Walkers Carvery Lunch (Price - 7-95 to include £1 donation to Breakthrough). Please phone the pub direct to book (01258 817 344) quoting Alison Chant’s table (or your own if you prefer!) before Saturday 14th March. This is not a sponsored walk (no need to register) but walkers are invited to make a donation to Breakthrough Breast Cancer on the day. Come and enjoy a lovely walk with good company and superb refreshments!

Start Point: Meet at the Halsey Arms Public House, Pulham

Grid Ref: ST707087    Walks Grade: Leisurely Birthday Bash Organiser: Jo    Distance(miles): n/a

Description: Come pig-out with us! Join Jo and Colin for a joint birthday nosh-up at Frankie and Bennys, Tower Park, Poole. Bring empty tummies and a liking for booze as we celebrate another year of ageing gracefully like a fine wine ( or mature cheddar). Please email me (Jomcgrath1@yahoo.com) by 21st Feb if you'd like to come. No deposit required but if numbers reach double figures we should order ahead, in which case I'll ask you to choose from the menu nearer the time. All welcome, hope you can make it if only to witness the sight of us slobbering over a juicy burger, dripping with relish and mayo and generally making a drippy mess of our tops-cant wait myself!

Start Point: Tower Park Poole BH12 4HY www.frankieandbennys.com Tel.No 01202 716938

Grid Ref: SZ042938    Walks Grade: N/A Shute, Colyton and Beer, including a ride on the Seaton Electric Tram Organiser: Cassandra    Distance(miles): 7

Description: A joint walk in East Devon with the Devon Bootlegs Group. Tram costs £8.35 return. Meet 11.00. Please bring packed lunch and drink.

Start Point: Shute, further details of where to park to follow.

Grid Ref: SY252975    Walks Grade: Leisurely Cinema Night in Weymouth Organiser: Mat    Distance(miles): n/a

Description: Come along for a night at the pictures to see Disneys Bolt 3D. Weymouth has its very own 3D projector so it will be in 3D! For film info., go to www.cineworld.co.uk/films/2031. Tickets will be £6.70 plus a £2 sur-charge as it is in 3D. Email me at mat_benfield@hotmail.com to let me know if you are coming and I will buy the tickets on Saturday.

Start Point: The film times wont be published until Friday, so we will meet up in The Swan on St Thomas Street (near the Town Bidge), for a drink first, then move on to the cinema for a showing between 7 and 8pm. See you at the bar.

Grid Ref: SY679787    Walks Grade: N/A Bowling at Tower Park Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come and try your hand at tenpin bowling at the Bowlplex in Tower Park, Poole. Please contact me on denise.pearson@sky.com if you are interested in coming along. I must receive payment of £10 per person (for 2 games and shoe hire) by Fri 6th March as need to pay in full in advance. (I shall be away 7-14th March)Look forward to seeing you there.

Start Point: In the bar 8pm for 8.30pm start.

Grid Ref: SZ035944    Walks Grade: N/A Tenpin Bowling at Tower Park Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come and enjoy an evening of tenpin bowling at the Bowlplex, Tower Park, Poole. Price of £10 includes 2 games and shoe hire. Afraid they ask for all the money upfront on booking now so if you are interested in going please contact me on denise.pearson@sky.com and let me have your name and money by Wed 1st April (no fooling!) and I will then book the appropriate number of lanes.

Start Point: Meet in the bar at the Bowlplex, Tower Park, Poole at 20.00 for 20.30 start.

Grid Ref: SZ035944    Walks Grade: N/A Plush Organiser: David    Distance(miles): 8

Description: walk from Plush straddling the chalk ridge north of Dorchester, including part of the Wessex Ridgeway. Much of the route is along the top of escarpments, making for exhilarating walking and great views. Steep ascent at the start. Please bring a packed lunch. Pub visit after the walk.

Start Point: Brace of Pheasants Pub in Plush (postcode DT2 7RQ). We have the permission of the landlord to use his car park. Please note British Summer Time starts today.

Grid Ref: ST714022    Walks Grade: Moderate Trip to Hamlet "Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 0

Description: This year's open air Shakespeare production is Hamlet, a tragedy about a totally dysfunctional family. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is asked by his father's ghost to take revenge on the man who killed him. The murderer is the late king's brother Claudius, now on the throne, married to his brother's widow and hatching plots of his own against Hamlet. For those new to this event, the Brownsea Open Air Theatre Company is an amateur dramatics group that puts on an open air Shakespeare play on Brownsea Island every summer, with all profits going to the National Trust.

Start Point: Tickets cost £19, which includes the play, return boat fare and Brownsea Island landing fee. Meet on Poole Quay in time for the 18:00 ferry to Brownsea Island. This will give us time to reach the island and picnic before the show starts at 7:30pm. Please bring food to share. Tickets for this show sell like hotcakes so if you would like to go please contact the Secretary on the above email address BY SATURDAY, 11TH APRIL at the latest. Please note also that if the above date is sold out we may be transferred to our second choice date, which will be Friday, 7th August 2009.

Grid Ref: SZ011902    Walks Grade: N/A " Group AGM Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 5

Description: This is your chance to have your say in the running of the Dorset Young Walkers. The Group Annual General Meeting involves the Committee reporting on the last year's activities, the election of the new Committee for next year and an opportunity for members to put motions, questions or amendments to the Group constitution forward. The meeting will be preceded by a short walk and followed by a party in the same format as last year.

Start Point: The Bere Regis Scout hut. On entering Bere Regis from the east, continue along the same road and the Scout Hut is on your left. From the north or west the same applies, except that clearly the hut will be on your right. Start times are 2pm for the walk or 4:30pm for the meeting. If you intend to stay for the social event afterwards please bring some food/drink to share. To ensure a variety of food, please conact the Secretary on the above email address prior to the meeting to inform what you will be bringing. There is the possibility to bring a sleeping bag and stay in the Scout hut overnight.

Grid Ref: SY845948    Walks Grade: Leisurely Walks Planning and Social Evening - Dorchester Organiser: JuliaB    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come and join us for a walks planning and social evening in Dorchester. This will be followed by an Italian meal at La Gondola Restaurant. Please let us know if you would like to come by emailing dywra@hotmail.com by Wednesday 1st of April.

Start Point: The Victoria Pub/Hotel in Maud Road Dorchester opposite the Dorset County Hospital. Nearest Car Park is Market Car Park. From here go the far end of the car park (near to toilets) and turn right then left pass fish and chip shop. The Victoria pub is 2 roads down on the left (Maud Road, on the left hand side. 

Grid Ref: SY684903    Walks Grade: N/A Kimmeridge to Tyneham Organiser: Alison D    Distance(miles): 7.5

Description: A walk along the ridge from Kimmeridge to Tyneham where we'll explore the old deserted village before heading on to Warbarrow Bay for lunch. We'll then head back along Gad Cliff down to the Nodding Donkeys and rock pools of Kimmeridge Bay. Optional tea room stop in Kimmeridge village on return. Parking is limited so please car share where possible.

Start Point: Car park is on the left hand side just over the brow of the hill on the road down to Kimmeridge village.

Grid Ref: SY918800    Walks Grade: Moderate Dogs Night, Poole Stadium Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come and have a flutter on the dogs at Poole Stadium.I have 2 for 1 vouchers which means we pay just £2.50 each to get in (based on even numbers ,of course).Please let me know in advance if you are coming so I can look out for you.Free car parking at the stadium.Contact: denise.pearson@sky.com

Start Point: Meet outside the main entrance to the Stadium which is on Wimborne Road, Poole at 18.45 to get good seats!

Grid Ref: SZ014910    Walks Grade: N/A Pennington Marshes Walk followed by Pub Lunch in Keyhaven Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 6

Description: Very easy flat walk around scenic marshes with lots of birds to admire. We will take lunch at the Gun Inn, Keyhaven afterwards so no need to bring sandwiches etc. Please note this will be a 10.00am start in order to arrive at a good time for lunch at the pub.

Start Point: Public pay and display car park near the harbour wall, Keyhaven.

Grid Ref: SZ297916    Walks Grade: Leisurely Chaldon Herring Organiser: Austin    Distance(miles): 8.5

Description: A joint walk with the South Dorset Group, kindly led by one of their volunteers which takes in the areas around Winfrith Newburgh, Purbeck Way, West Lulworth and Durdle Door. Do come along and meet some of our ‘regulars’ and some new people who also share a love of walking. Phone Number: 07767 773559

Start Point: Parking area half a mile east of Chaldon Herring.

Grid Ref: SY796834    Walks Grade: Moderate East Chaldon and Coastal Circular Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): 8ish

Description: Circular walk covering peaceful farmland valleys of Chaldon Down, also The Warren, Scratchy Bottom( ! )and Durdle Door. Some stunning coastal views! There may be wild orchids in flower along the coast. Please bring packed lunch / drink. Pub stop in The Sailors Return at end of walk. Exact mileage unknown, depending on route we take on day. Some hills and one very steep descent.

Start Point: Sailors Return Pub - East Chaldon. We have permission to use pub carpark - hopefully we'll all buy a drink afterwards! Please park towards the left on the grassy part at the back of the carpark. The Sailors Return / East Chaldon is signed off the A352 Wool to Broadmayne Road, very near to Winfrith Newburgh.

Grid Ref: SY789835    Walks Grade: Moderate The Iwerne Valley and Ashmore Wood Organiser: Julia    Distance(miles): 9

Description: Starting from Iwerne Courtney (Shroton) passing through the pretty village of Iwerne Minster. From here we follow an upland path with great views of the valley below and head in to Ashmore Wood followed by some other lovely woodland areas and more views! There is one steep ascent (mid walk) and a steep descent back in to Iwerne Courtney. Please bring a packed lunch and drink.

Start Point: The parking area opposite the church in Iwerne Courtney. There is also roadside parking. Please car share where possible.

Grid Ref: ST860125    Walks Grade: Moderate Bokerley Ditch and Pentridge Down Organiser: Judith    Distance(miles): 6

Description: The walk follows the edge of Bokerley ditch, an ancient Romano-British defensive earthwork. The route then follows the scenic ridge of Pentridge Down and descends into the small village of Pentridge. The walk is mostly flat with one short ascent. Bring a packed lunch and drink.

Start Point: Large lay-by parking area on the left (north) side of the road at Bokerley Junction on the A354, half a mile north of Woodyates. (be careful as there is another car park on the south side of the road 500m further on).

Grid Ref: SU033198    Walks Grade: Leisurely Festival of Winter Walks - Maiden Newton and Cattistock Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 5

Description: Walk off Christmas Dinner with a short stroll in mid-Dorset. The walk starts from Maiden Newton train station and goes north on the Macmillan Way to the small village of Cattistock. On leaving the village we climb a hill to (hopefully) get a good view of the surrounding area from the top of the ridge. The final part of the walk is a descent into Maiden Newton, with a pub or tea-shop stop at the end. This is a short walk particularly suitable for those new to hiking. Well behaved children and dogs welcome.

Start Point: Starting from the train station at Maiden Newton. The village is on the A356 Dorchester-Sherborne road. Limited parking is available at the station, otherwise parking will be in surrounding roads. This walk is accessible by public transport and attendees are encouraged to arrive by train where possible.

Grid Ref: SY599979    Walks Grade: Leisurely Proms in the Park Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Evening of well-known classical music played by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra , including the great sing-a-long Land of Hope and Glory, held in Upton Park near Poole. Everyone takes a picnic, something to drink and own chair and we generally arrive about 7pm to give us time to eat before 8pm start of concert. Plenty of parking in the field next door.I shall be getting tickets (£21) in advance to save a bit of money. Please let me know by Tues 14th July (denise.pearson@sky.com) if you'd like to come and I will get a ticket for you. Please be aware that the concert still goes ahead even if it rains but that's all part of the fun!

Start Point: I will meet you with your ticket at 19.00 by the main entrance to the concert area.

Grid Ref: SY981936    Walks Grade: N/A Jan Ravens at the Tivoli Organiser: Whizz    Distance(miles): 0

Description: A chance to see the highly rated Jan Ravens at the Tivoli in Wimborne.

Start Point: Tivoli Theatre,Wimborne. Look on the Tivoli website for more details.Tickets could,possibly sell fast.

Grid Ref: SU008002    Walks Grade: N/A Nettle eating contest! Organiser: Davewhizz    Distance(miles): N/A

Description: A visit to the annual nettle eating contest at The Bottle Inn.

Start Point: The Bottle Inn, Marshwood Vale.

Grid Ref: SY377977    Walks Grade: N/A Hambledon Hill and Hod Hill Organiser: Phil    Distance(miles): 8

Description: Starting from Iwerne Courtney, this walk will include both Hambeldon Hill and Hod Hill. A couple of steep ascents and descents but well worth it for the views. Please bring a packed lunch and a drink.

Start Point: The parking area opposite the church in Iwerne Courtney. There is also roadside parking. Please car share where possible.

Grid Ref: ST860125    Walks Grade: Moderate Somerset Camping Trip Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come along to a weekend camping trip on the edge of Wells, in Somerset. There will be walks, BBQs and hopefully plenty of cider! The site is www.haybridgepark.co.uk . Please supply all your own camping gear, food, drink etc. BOOKING FOR THIS TRIP IS ESSENTIAL. If you are a DYW member, please eamil Dorset Young Walkers for more details of who to send deposit to etc..  There are 2-3 spaces left -  please email Dorset Young Walkers if interested. More details on request. ( most members should have received an email about this )

Start Point: See campsite website www.haybridgepark.co.uk Further details will be sent to those who have booked nearer the time.

Grid Ref: ST532458    Walks Grade: N/A Osmington Mills and White Nothe Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 8.5

Description: Largely coastline walk with some woodlands and farmland to add variety.Expect one or two medium hills en route. Please bring packed lunch and drink. No doubt we will have a much deserved pint in the Smugglers Inn on our return.

Start Point: Smugglers Inn Car Park, Osmington Mills. Look out for Osmington Mills road sign from the main Weymouth to Wareham road.

Grid Ref: SY737818    Walks Grade: Moderate Beach Picnic Walk - West Bexington Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 5.5

Description: The annual beach picnic walk will take place this year at West Bexington. The walk starts from the beach car park and follows the South West Coast Path before turning inland to the villages of Swyre and Pucknowle. It then heads back to the coast, finishing on the Coast Path back to the beach for lunch.

Start Point: Meet at West Bexinton beach car park. From Dorchester, take the A35 toward Bridport, and turn off to the left toward Chilcombe. Follow the road through Chilcombe and Swyre to West Bexington, and the car park is on the coast.

Grid Ref: SY531865    Walks Grade: Leisurely Symondsbury and the Monarchs Way Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 8

Description: A circular walk starting from the Ilchester Arms in Symondsbury and passing through North Chideock before following the route Charles II took while escaping Cromwells troops.

Start Point: Park in the road near the Ilchester Arms. It may be possible to park in the pub car park - further details on the day. To find Symondsbury, go west through Bridport on the A35, turn right onto the B3162 and take the first turning left. You need to turn left again to find the pub.

Grid Ref: SY445935    Walks Grade: Moderate Walk by the river, Dorchester Organiser: Andrew    Distance(miles): 5-6

Description: Walk starts and finishes along side the river in Dorchester, but heads out around Cokers Farm and Higher Burton in between. I'm leading my first walk, so your support is appreciated! But I have reckied it so it should be good.   Please bring a packed lunch and drink.  Possible detour to Sun Inn and or tea and cake back at mine afterwards. Maybe even a poem or two. 8-) For map of walk see: http://tinyurl.com/lpmbbg

Start Point: Lubbecke Way (off Kings Road B3143) near Grey's Bridge, Dorchester. Parking is usually easy to find along this road.

Grid Ref: SY701904    Walks Grade: Leisurely Bon Jovi Tribute and Bryan Adams Experience Organiser: Mat    Distance(miles): n/a

Description: As in previous years, we will have a picnic on the grass beforehand (bring food and drink and a blanket or chair) then kick back and enjoy the show. This year, Lakeside Magic at Kingston Maurward are presenting Bon Giovi supported by the Bryan Adams Experience. Representing Bon Jovi halfway through their career (Whooah...we re halfway there!), Bon Giovi play all the hits and a whole lot more. This has been a great evening out in previous years, in a beautiful setting, with a spectacular fireworks display at the end. Tickets are £20 (I managed to get a promo code that means that they are £20 instead of £25). Please email me if you are interested (mat_benfield@hotmail.com), I'll give you my address, then you send me a cheque made payable to Lakeside Magic Ltd before 2nd July. I will then post you your ticket or hand them out at a walk (or have you pick them up on the night if you prefer).

Start Point: Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, DT2 8PY. Meet near the ticket desk at the event at 6pm, then come and find me on the grass, hopefully near the entrance. (I will be there from 5.30 to get a good pitch).

Grid Ref: SY715910    Walks Grade: N/A Wool and Coombe Keynes

Organiser: JuliaB    Distance(miles): 5

Description: A very easy short and pleasant walk through the village and surrounding countryside with views of the Purbeck Hills and in to the village of Coombe Keynes. Unavoidable stretch of road at end of walk and back in to Wool. Please bring a packed lunch and drink.

Transport: Please can as many people as possible come by train as parking is very limited. As there are now 2 trains an hour - fast/slow trains, the following train times coincide with the walk start time of 11.00am. From Weymouth/Dorchester - 10.20am from Weymouth gets to Wool at 10.45 am.  From Bournemouth/Poole: 10.00am (Bournemouth) and 10.14 (Poole) gets to Wool at 10.35 am.

Start Point: Please meet in Car Park at Wool Station. If you are bringing car please pull in to the Station and I will tell you where you can park.

Grid Ref: SY844868    Walks Grade: Leisurely

Worth Matravers to Durlston Head Organiser: Alison D    Distance(miles): 9

Description: A scenic walk from the beautiful old village of Worth Matravers along the coast to Durlston Head via Winspit, Seacombe and Dancing Ledge. We'll return along the inland ridge to a well deserved drink at the Square & Compass pub or tea and cakes at the local tea room. The walk will be shortened in the event of extreme weather e.g. monsoon rains or an excessive heatwave. Please bring a packed lunch, plenty of water, sunblock, hat, sunglasses, etc (& full waterproofs, just in case!). This is a joint walk with the Hertfordshire Young Walkers.

Start Point: Heading south on the A351 out of Corfe Castle, turn right onto the B3069 to Kingston. Follow the road round to the left out of Kingston and after about a mile, turn right at the signpost to Worth Matravers. After another mile, the car park will be on the right hand side just north of the village.

Grid Ref: SY974777    Walks Grade: Moderate Burton Bradstock and Shipton Gorge " Organiser: Kate    Distance(miles): 5

Description: A morning walk and optional lunch at the Hive Beach Cafe. Joint walk with the South Dorset Group.  PLEASE NOTE THE START TIME IS 10.00am -there is no 15 minute wait.

Start Point: Hive Beach NT Car Park (fee for non NT members), Burton Bradstock.  Please note that the car park for this walk costs £1 per hour unless you are a National Trust member. Therefore, please car share and also share the price of the ticket. You may be able to find parking on the roads around Burton Bradstock. If so, we will meet you on the corner by the garage and the play area.

Grid Ref: SY491887    Walks Grade: Moderate Additional note 12/8/9 The fee for the NT car park at Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock is now £1 per hour for non NT members. Those not wishing to pay this exorbitant fee could either share cost with fellow passengers or park in the village (parking near church) and meet at GR 486893 by the children€™s playground, next to the B 3157 at 10.10am." Leadership and Navigation Day Organiser: Kate    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Booked participants only. Please contact Kate in the South Dorset Group on 01305 772126 by Saturday 19 September if you would like to attend and for further details.  There could well be some practical exercises linked with a walk.

Start Point: Osmington Village Hall Car Park

Grid Ref: SY723827    Walks Grade: N/A Ghost Walk Poole Town Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 2

Description: Come and join us for a spooky evening around Poole Old Town. This is an organised walk and costs £5 (pay on the night). Meet 8pm outside the Scaplens Court Museum.Walk finishes about 9.30pm after which we may well go for a refreshing pint on the quay.Please let me know in advance if you are coming so can keep an eye out for you.Important to arrive on time as the start is out of my hands!

Start Point: At Scaplen's Court Museum, Sarum Street, Poole Quay.Park in side roads or in any of the town centre multistoreys.

Grid Ref: SZ010904    Walks Grade: Leisurely Canford Heath walk and drink at Haymoor Pub Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 4

Description: Easy walk around the heath and surroundings. Meet outside the Haymoor Pub where we will go for a pint after the walk.

Start Point: Outside the Haymoor Pub, Neighbourhood Centre, Canford Heath Way, Poole. Plenty of free parking next to the shops.

Grid Ref: SZ025947    Walks Grade: Leisurely Poole Summer Evening Beach BBQ & Fireworks Organiser: Adrian K    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Beach BBQ and fireworks. Bring something to eat and drink and a disposable bbq to cook on (or team up with others to share) It can get quite cool on the beach later in the evening so you may want a coat. At 2130 we will be able to see Roar on the Shore where 111000 fireworks will be set off from Bournemouth in 60 seconds to create a new world record, and then at 2200 we will have the Poole spectacular fireworks finale.

Start Point: Park at the main Sandbanks car park (Banks Road) Walk down onto the beach and turn left. We will be between the main car park and Shore Road. Any time from 1930 onwards. (This will be the biggest evening of the year for the fireworks so parking may be difficult later on.

Grid Ref: SZ044877    Walks Grade: N/A Cerne Abbas Organiser: Toni    Distance(miles): 7.5

Description: A circular walk starting at Hillfield hill down to Cerne valley and along to Cerne Abbas pass the giant and up to Wessex Ridgeway back to Hillfield.

Start Point: Hillfield nature reserve car park. The entrance is narrow there is a layby a few yard down the road for bigger cars.

Grid Ref: ST637040    Walks Grade: Moderate Walks Planning and Social Organiser: JuliaB    Distance(miles): 0

Description: We have arranged an informal walks planning evening for Saturday 19th September. Meet in the Victoria Pub in Dorchester for 4.30ish where there will be a selection of maps and guided walk books to look at. We would like to gently encourage people to arrange a walk if they would like to. Please bring diaries and pens. Afterwards we will head to The Spice Centre for an Indian. Please email Claire at clairebrown200@yahoo.co.uk by Wednesday 16 September if you'd like to come.

Start Point: The Victoria Pub is on Maud Road (off Damers Road). The pub is close to Dorchester South and West Railway Stations and the nearest car park is the market car park. From the market car park go to the far end (near the toilets) and go right then left past fish and chip shop and under the bridge. The Victoria pub is down the first proper road (Maud Road) on the left (not the road next to the Ghurka restaurant).

Grid Ref: SY686903    Walks Grade: N/A Greyhound Inn Beer & Cider Festival Organiser: Will    Distance(miles): n/a

Description: The famous Greyhound Beer and Cider festival at Corfe Castle on the Bank Holiday Weekend! Sample the surrounding areas tasty drinks. Always a wide selection of beers and ciders. Saturday; Hog roast from 4pm - live music in evening, Sunday; (Toni's walk) BBQ from 3pm - karaoke in evening. See greyhoundcorfe.co.uk They also do breakfasts 9.30-11.30am. Crash space as ever at mine. Party in the summer!

Start Point: The Greyhound Inn is located in the Square in Corfe Castle. Parking can be tricky here. I recommend you do not park on the main road- many a door mirror has been lost! The safest bet is Mead Road. This can be found along the main road (East St) going towards Swanage. Turn left when you see the phone box and find a place down there! It's a bit of a walk back, so you may want to drop stuff at mine first. I'm at 74 East St (green door), almost opposite the Castle Inn pub. Grid ref is for Greyhound. Start time is only a guide, but I'm heading out before 6pm!

Grid Ref: SY961821    Walks Grade: N/A Camping Weekend in Quantocks Hills Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): N/A

Description: Camping weekend at the Quantock Orchard campsite in Flaxpool about 12 miles north west of Taunton. We would do a 8-10 mile walk in Quantock Hills on Saturday with a steam train ride into Minehead to visit the town or walk the coastal path on Sunday. Plan is to eat at pub on Friday evening , then communal bbq on Saturday. Price pppnight is £8 inc car and tent.If interested contact Denise on denise.pearson@sky.com as soon as possible for further details.

Start Point: Arrival time at campsite after 9am Friday. Depart up to 6pm Sunday.

Grid Ref: ST142350    Walks Grade: Leisurely Joint Isle of Wight Walk with the Hants Group Organiser: Zoe    Distance(miles): 7/11

Description: Once on the island there will be the choice of 2 walks! Both will start at 11.10am from Yarmouth ferry terminal. For those already on the island, the grid reference is SZ354897 and post code PO41 0PB. We will all walk by the River Yar to Freshwater Bay (3.5 miles) just beforehand stopping off at Dimbola Lodge Photography Museum. OPTION 1 - (led by Zoe S) is to look around the photography museum (£4 entrance fee, but look out for discount vouchers available at Lymington ferry terminal) followed by a return walk to Yarmouth via Freshwater Bay. OPTION 2 - (led by Andy S) is an additional 4 miles of walking (without looking around the photography museum) up Tennyson Down to Alum Bay and return to Yarmouth. Please bring a packed lunch. Morning tea shop stop available at the Photography Museum. Both walks will meet back at 16:30 for afternoon tea in Yarmouth, followed by optional pub visit/fish & chips. Dimbola Lodge was the home of the celebrated British Victorian portrait photographer Julia Margaret Cameron whose work is hauntingly beautiful. Read more details are available at: www.dimbola.co.uk and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Margaret_Cameron.

Start Point: Meet at Lymington ferry terminal where we will get the 10:25 crossing to Yarmouth. Lymington Pier railway station is nearby. Alternatively pay to park at the ferry terminal or park free in a side road. Buy a foot passenger ferry return ticket, approx £11 return. Please allow plenty of time for connections between trains and ferries, parking, walking to the terminal and for buying tickets etc.

Grid Ref: SZ331957    Walks Grade: Moderate Cinema at Tower Park Organiser: Mat    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come along to see Pixar's latest comedy adventure "Up" in 3D. See the trailer at disney.go.com/disneypictures/up to find out more. It looks great.

Start Point: We'll meet outside the Empire Cinema at Tower Park, Poole, at 7.30 and go for a quick drink, then see a showing at 8.30/9.00. Email me (mat_benfield@hotmail.com) before 9th October and I'll book the tickets (£9.55 inc charge for 3D). If anyone is interested in eating before e.g. at Wusungdan (all you can eat buffet), feel free to email the group and make arrangements.

Grid Ref: SZ035940    Walks Grade: N/A Festival of Winter Walks Sherborne Organiser: Toni    Distance(miles): 8.5

Description: A circular walk from north end of Sherborne.Pass Sherborne Golf Club on in to the village of Sanford Orcas passing the church and manor of Sandford Orcas. going through farm tracks and woodland back to Sherborne.

Start Point: Coldharbour Car Park at the top end of town on the A30 - car park fee is £2.40 all day.

Grid Ref: ST638170    Walks Grade: Moderate Purbeck - Hartland Moor and Norden Wood Organiser: Will    Distance(miles): 6

Description: A gentle circular walk around the beautiful Hartland Moor and Norden Wood near Corfe Castle. Very little in the way of hills and plenty of cover for a pleasant lunch stop. Very high probability of good photo chances of wild deer! Hopefully there will be much less mud than last November, howeve, beware - due to the clay layer here, water can hang around for long periods! Walking shoes/boots are a good idea! Please bring a packed lunch & drink (and waterproofs - in case!) There is a possibility, afterwards, of a free cake to slice up between us at the Greyhound Inn - this is what I have been promised, but we will see! Hope you can come.

Start Point: Take the A351 to Corfe Castle and just before the castle mound turn right (Church Knowle road) and the parking is immediately on your right. Parking is popular here as it is one of the few places in Corfe it is free. So the earlier you are, the more likely you will get a place! Having said that, we can block each other in, so it should be ok.

Grid Ref: SY959824    Walks Grade: Leisurely Area AGM Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 5

Description: This is your chance to have your say in the running of Dorset Area (the intermediary body between DYW and the Ramblers' National HQ). There will be a short walk in the morning followed by the meeting (including Area Council elections) after lunch. Tea and cake will be available post - meeting.

Start Point: The walk will start from the Bere Regis Scout Hut, where the meeting will also be held. Entering Bere Regis from the east on the A35, follow the road around past the pub on your right. Turn right onto Elder Road and the Scout Hut is on the left.

Grid Ref: SY847947    Walks Grade: Leisurely Bulbarrow hill Organiser: Judith    Distance(miles): 6

Description: The walk follows an undulating but mostly downhill route towards Milton Abbey School. We then go through the village of Hilton and ascend across downland to the top of Bulbarrow hill. There is one steep section. Bring a packed lunch and walking boots.

Start Point: Park in the large viewpoint layby by Delcombe Wood at the top of Bulbarrow hill.

Grid Ref: ST784059    Walks Grade: Leisurely Bonfire and Fireworks Display Organiser: Toni    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Bonfire and Fireworks Display at Sherborne Castle with live music and refreshments. Tickets are Adults £5 Child £3 on the night. Before 29 October Adults £3 tickets available from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre www.westdorset.com I can get tickets (please turn up) my mobile is 07967947413.  Meet at Culver Hays Car Park for 6.30 will be easier  to park -  starts 7pm.

Start Point: Culver Hays Car Park a ten min walk to Castle oppsite Sainsbury's near the Station

Grid Ref: ST642162    Walks Grade: N/A Bonfire Night in Weymouth Organiser: Sally Browning    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Bonfire night in Weymouth . There is no charge. Bonfire lit at 7pm and fireworks at 7.20pm. We can buy fish and chips for supper. Please come, it will be good fun.

Start Point: Meet at the Clock on Weymouth sea front at 6.30pm

Grid Ref: SY680795    Walks Grade: N/A Christmas Party 2009! Organiser: Mat    Distance(miles): 0

Description: This year's party will be held at The Riviera Hotel, situated near Bowleaze Cove, Weymouth. The Riviera promises to be a fantastic venue for a Christmas Party, boasting a large ballroom where, after dining, we can party the night away to the live band. (See www.rivierahotelweymouth.co.uk). We meet at 7.30 in the bar, before sitting down to a 4 course meal (£29.99 per person). Accommodation is available at present (28/10/09) to stay overnight and there is plenty of parking space. Please note: booking is essential for this event, and further details e.g. menu choices, will be communicated via email. Anyone interested in joining us who has not received the emails regarding this event, email me at mat_benfield@hotmail.com, but please note that spaces are limited and deposits and final payments are being taken beginning and end of November.

Start Point: The Riviera Hotel, Weymouth. Meet at the bar.

Grid Ref: SY673835    Walks Grade: N/A Portland Organiser: Julia    Distance(miles): 8

Description: A circular route along the coast path around Portland, visiting Portland Bill. Unique rugged coast and hopefully good views. Please bring a packed lunch and drink. Drink at the Cove House Inn afterwards.

Start Point: New Ground Free Car Park. Follow the main road through Fortuneswell and up the hill. At the top of the hill, with the Heights Hotel in front of you, turn left and follow the road round to a large parking area.

Grid Ref: SY692733    Walks Grade: Moderate Lulworth to West Bottom Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 6.5

Description: Coastal path walk with magnificent views of the white cliffs and undulating hills. Steep up and down hills for first half then easy walk back. If its not too windy we'll have lunch at Bat's Head. Please bring packed lunch.Dogs on leads only for safety reasons as close proximity to cliff edges.Please bring packed lunch. Start time is slightly earlier and will be prompt in order to make the most of shorter daylight hours at this time of year.Car Park is pay and display but will be winter rates.

Start Point: Car Park at Lulworth Cove. Meet by the Toilet Block.

Grid Ref: SY821800    Walks Grade: Strenuous New Years Eve Party + My 40th Birthday! Organiser: Will    Distance(miles): 0-5!

Description: Come to the Legendary Corfe Castle New Years Eve Party and by an amazing coincidence this year is my 40th!! (on the 1st) All of the village is party time(!) but we'll be mostly at the Greyhound - particularly near midnight as the gathering in The Square is compulsory for the chimes of Big Ben and singing Auld Lang Syne!! The Greyhound has a very good new Karaoke. We'll go for lovely walk on the 1st day of the New Year- distance depending on how people feel! And even possibly go for a meal in the evening if people still feel up for it. (Greyhound pub suggests Gangsters and Molls fancy dress, but since every kind of fancy dress will be floating around Corfe anyway- from a silly hat to the full works- well, anything goes. And usually does). Start time is very approx, but let me know if you want to drop stuff off at my place.  Please book as soon as possible for staying over at my house.  Enjoy!

Start Point: As usual, as per Corfe event, parking is best at Mead Road, (towards Swanage turning left at phone box) dropping overnight stuff at mine as appropriate. My house is on main road thro Corfe at 74 East Street (grid ref SY962818) Don't be tempted to park on main road -A 351- as damage can occur from passing traffic. Mead Road is perfectly safe; grid ref SY964814. Main grid ref is for Greyhound pub.

Grid Ref: SY961821    Walks Grade: Leisurely Hengistbury Head Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 3.5

Description: Nice easy walk taking about 2 hours with scenic sea and coastal views. No need to bring packed lunch as won't be a lunch break but flask of hot drink may be a good idea. Blow those cobwebs away before the Xmas rush!

Start Point: Outside the Cafe next to Car Park( this one is pay and display which costs £1 for unlimited parking). 
Grid Ref: SZ163912    Walks Grade: Leisurely Sturminster Newton and the River Stour CANCELLED!

Organiser: John    Distance(miles): 5

Description: Starting from the charming old market town of Sturminster Newton, following the River Stour through open meadows and returning via woodland. Please dress appropriately for the time of year and bring a packed lunch and a drink.

Start Point: Unfortunately , due to the icy weather and with more snow forecast for the weekend this walk has been CANCELLED.  I hope to reschedule this walk soon.

Grid Ref: ST788142    Walks Grade: Leisurely

Durlston Country Park to Worth Matravers Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 9

Description: Coastal path first half, returning via Priest's Way slightly inland. Great sea views and chance to have a drink at the famous Square and Compass pub half way. Please bring packed lunch.Lunch will most likely be by the duck pond in Worth Matravers followed by a drink at the S+C.

Start Point: Right hand side Car Park (pay and display) at Durlston Country Park (sign posts from Swanage town centre)

Grid Ref: SZ027788    Walks Grade: Moderate Agglestone and Ballard Down Organiser: Phil    Distance(miles): 6

Description: Circular walk from Studland, passing by Agglestone on Godlingston Heath. Along Ballard Down and on to Old Harry Rocks, ending up at the Bankes Arms for a drink.

Start Point: NT South Beach Car Park, Studland, next to Bankes Arms Pub

Grid Ref: SZ037825    Walks Grade: Moderate Chetnole, Melbury Osmond and Melbury Bubb

Organiser: JuliaB    Distance(miles): 7

Description: A walk from the village of Chetnole and its surrounding area, passing through villages of Melbury Osmond, Melbury Bubb and the parkland estate of Melbury House. Well trodden footpaths, tracks and road, only a couple of uphill bits and crossing the main road A37 a couple of times. Good views towards Somerset.

Important Bit!!  - The pub at Chetnole closes at 2.30pm as does another pub I investigated nearby (which is just not good enough!). Set off time is 10.30 and NOT 10.45 in the hope that we may get a quick pint in before pub closes. If anyone has any other pub ideas on the day these would be much appreciated!

Start Point: Chetnole is off the A37 between Yeovil and Dorchester. Meet and park at the Church in Chetnole at the top end of the village. There is also a village hall nearby which has a car park. Please car share if possible.

Grid Ref: ST602082    Walks Grade: Moderate

Chetnole, Melbury Osmond and Melbury Bubb

Organiser: JuliaB    Distance(miles): 7

Description: A walk from the village of Chetnole and its surrounding area, passing through villages of Melbury Osmond, Melbury Bubb and the parkland estate of Melbury House and wooded areas. Well trodden footpaths, tracks and road, only a couple of uphill bits and crossing the main road A37 a couple of times. Good views towards Somerset.

Important Bit!! - The pub at Chetnole closes at 2.30pm as does another pub I investigated nearby (which is just not good enough!). Set off time is 10.30 and NOT 10.45 in the hope that we may get a quick pint in before pub closes. If anyone has any other pub ideas on the day these would be much appreciated!

Start Point: Chetnole is off the A37 between Yeovil and Dorchester. Meet and park at the Church in Chetnole at the top end of the village. There is also a village hall nearby which has a car park. Please car share if possible.

Grid Ref: ST602082    Walks Grade: Moderate

Chetnole, Melbury Osmond and Melbury Bubb

Organiser: JuliaB    Distance(miles): 7

Description: A walk from the village of Chetnole and its surrounding area, passing through villages of Melbury Osmond, Melbury Bubb and the parkland estate of Melbury House and wooded areas. Well trodden footpaths, tracks and road, only a couple of uphill bits and crossing the main road A37 a couple of times. Good views towards Somerset.  

Important Bit!! - The pub at Chetnole closes at 2.30pm as does another pub I investigated nearby (which is just not good enough!). Set off time is 10.30 and NOT 10.45 in the hope that we may get a quick pint in before pub closes. If anyone has any other pub ideas on the day these would be much appreciated!

Start Point: Chetnole is off the A37 between Yeovil and Dorchester. Meet and park at the Church in Chetnole at the top end of the village. There is also a village hall nearby which has a car park. Please car share if possible.

Grid Ref: ST602082    Walks Grade: Moderate

A Circular Walk from Winterbourne Kingston Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 8.5

Description: Starting from outside the pub in Winterbourne Kingston, this walk goes south towards Bere Regis, meeting the Jubilee Trail. We return via Bere Regis itself (chance of a pub stop) and through Bere Wood before turning north again at the village of Bloxworth. Please bring a packed lunch and boots - the woods are likely to be muddy.

Start Point: Winterbourne Kingston is just north of Bere Regis. From Bournemouth, Poole and Dorchester: where the A31 and A35 meet, turn up the A31 toward Ringwood and take the first left. From Blandford there's a left turn off the A354 Blandford-Dorchester road - if you get to Winterbourne Whitechurch you've gone too far. Parking will either be in the pub car park if the landlord agrees or on roads. Please car share if possible.

Grid Ref: SY862978    Walks Grade: Moderate A Circular Walk from Winterbourne Kingston Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 8.5

Description: Starting from outside the pub in Winterbourne Kingston, this walk goes south towards Bere Regis, meeting the Jubilee Trail. We return via Bere Regis itself (chance of a pub stop) and through Bere Wood before turning north again at the village of Bloxworth. Please bring a packed lunch and boots - the woods are likely to be muddy.

Start Point: Winterbourne Kingston is just north of Bere Regis. From Bournemouth, Poole and Dorchester: where the A31 and A35 meet, turn up the A31 toward Ringwood and take the first left. From Blandford there's a left turn off the A354 Blandford-Dorchester road - if you get to Winterbourne Whitechurch you've gone too far. Parking will either be in the pub car park if the landlord agrees or on roads. Please car share if possible.

Grid Ref: SY862978    Walks Grade: Moderate Sturminster Newton and the River Stour Organiser: John    Distance(miles): 5

Description: From the charming old market town of Sturminster Newton, following the River Stour through open meadows and returning via woodland. Please bring a packed lunch and a drink.

Start Point: Meet at the large car park opposite the Original Factory Shop in the centre of Sturminster Newton.

Grid Ref: ST788142    Walks Grade: Leisurely A walk up Golden Cap Organiser: Toni Rowe    Distance(miles): 7

Description: A joint walk with the Hampshire Group.  A coastal circle walk starting at Stonebarrow Hill car park NT. Going to St. Garbriel's then Seatown for a pub stop at the Anchor Inn if we want. Up to Golden Cap which is 191m, at trig point down the other side to follow the coastal path back to the car park. Have put the grade as moderate but there are a couple of big hills and the walk will be muddy

Start Point: Stonebarrow Hill car park. On the A35 Lyme Regis to Bridport Road take the turning off to Charmouth. Very shortly before the Charmouth sign take a left up a narrow lane sign at the bottom of Stonebarrow Hill, drive to top of lane over cattle grid in to NT car park please park near the beginning near the parking meater its £2 all day

Grid Ref: SY381932    Walks Grade: Moderate Skittles and Buffet Social in Dorchester Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): N/A

Description: Come along for a fun game of skittles. We will play for up to an hour and a half and then enjoy a mixed buffet - (Indian, Chinese, Thai, Nepalese, Malysian.), with some vegetarian options. Price for buffet is £12-95 per person - including a pudding. No charge to use skittle alley. This event has been enjoyed by group members for the past 2 years and is always a good laugh! PLEASE LET ME KNOW VIA EMAIL IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND THIS EVENT BY MONDAY 1ST FEB AT LATEST. Use DYW email or my personal email address.

Start Point: Meet at Gurkha Inn, 1 Alexandra Road, Dorchester, DT1 2LZ The skittle alley is next to the restaurant. The Gurkha is on the junction of Alexandra Road at bottom of Damers Road, very close to Dorchester West train station. There is limited roadside parking on Alexandra Road. Nearest carpark is the Market Carpark. Also about a 5 minute walk from Dorchester South train station.

Grid Ref: SY688903    Walks Grade: N/A Badbury Rings and Kingston Lacy Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 7

Description: Wide and sweeping vistas are the chief characteristic of this walk which starts at the splendid prehistoric fort of Badbury Rings and skirts the edge of Kingston Lacy Park. Please bring packed lunch.Possible stop at Pamphill Farm Cafe +/- drink in Wimborne afterwards. NB Dogs are not allowed on Badbury Rings at any time because of sheep grazing.

Start Point: National Trust Car Park at Badbury Rings

Grid Ref: ST959030    Walks Grade: Leisurely Cinema Night: "Up In The Air" Organiser: Mat B    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come and see Golden Globe winning Up In The Air with George Clooney, a grown up comedy about a business traveller constantly living out of a suitcase, who is faced with the prospect of giving up his jet-setting life style. Email me before Saturday (mat_benfield@hotmail.com) to let me know you are coming and I will get the tickets (£7.20) before we meet up.

Start Point: We'll meet up at 7.00pm in The Swan, Weymouth (St Thomas Street, just before the bridge) and have a drink before seeing a showing between 7.30 and 8.30.

Grid Ref: SY678790    Walks Grade: N/A Laser Quest and Meal in Bournemouth Organiser: Mat B    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come along to the South Coast's largest laser tag arena for a zaptastic afternoon at Laser Quest Bournemouth, followed by a drink and some pub grub at Wetherspoons or wherever people fancy. We can have 2 or 3 normal games or, if there are enough people, we can get a deal for 2 games, winner's trophy, certificates and half time refreshments for £10.95! Let me know asap or before 18th Feb. latest if you are coming (on mat_benfield@hotmail.com). Until then, to get your trigger fingers itching, check out laserquestbournemouth.co.uk.

Start Point: Meet at Laser Quest, The Old Superbowl, Glen Fern Rd, Bournemouth, BH1 2LZ (behind the Walkabout bar on Old Christchurch Rd). There is parking above LQ (£3 all day)or opposite LQ (50p per hr) if that is full. We will eat around 6/6.30.

Grid Ref: SZ090913    Walks Grade: N/A Tenpin Bowling Evening Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come along and bowl us all over! 2 games of tenpin bowling at Megabowl,Tower Park,Poole. Meet 8pm in the bar for 8.30pm start. Cost including shoe hire and 2 games is £10.70 each.Please let me know you are coming and get payment to me by Monday 1st March atlatest so I can book the correct number of lanes.Free parking available infront of venue.You can contact me at denise.pearson@sky.com with any queries or if you do not have my address for sending payment to.Cheques payable to Denise Pearson. Look forward to seeing ewe there!

Start Point: Meet in the bar at the Megabowl, Tower Park, Poole 20.00 for 20.30 start.

Grid Ref: SZ034945    Walks Grade: N/A Early May BH St. Ives Camping Trip 31st April to 5th May - joint trip with Hants 2030s Organiser: Andy    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Get this year's camping trips off to a great start down in one of the most beautiful areas of Cornwall, St.Ives. I have booked Ayr Holiday Park's camping area (Trevalgan Touring park http://www.ayrholidaypark.co.uk/touring-park.php) for up to 30 people, as well as holiday apartments available to book if you can't face any chilly nights! Staying up to 5 nights, arriving Friday 31st April evening 5pm onwards and leaving Wednesday morning 5th May. You can stay as many nights as you wish, although we will be visiting the Eden project on the way back on the Wednesday. There will also of course be walks of the area, a visit to the Tate St.Ives to see some fine sculpture, brilliant surfing nearby and possibility other events. St.Ives is right down the bottom of Cornwall - a good 6 and half hour drive from Portsmouth, so it's worth staying the full 5 nights, if however you can only stay a couple of nights that's fine. To book - camping works out around £12.50 per night, which isn't the cheapest but the park is very well equiped and comes highly rated. A £50 deposit is required before March 31st please to book the full 5 nights. If you staying only a couple of nights then a full deposit is required for your stay. Prices are on the website here http://www.ayrholidaypark.co.uk/touring-park-tariff.php to work out for to pay, tent and car sharing bring the prices down a lot! (there I go encouraging free love again!). To book one of the holiday apartments or caravans on the park, this must be done privately by contacting that park's reception here http://www.ayrholidaypark.co.uk/holiday-apartments.php. Please let me know your if you book privately so I know who's coming! Please contact me via email to confirm your place asap, and I will need by the 31st March please details of your tent size, tent sharing arrangements and car sharing arrangements, and a cheque made payable to 'Ayr Holiday Park'. My email is andyskraga@hotmail.com, and you can mobile me on 07733 547574.

Start Point: Trevalgan, St Ives

Grid Ref: SW490399    Walks Grade: N/A Crocus Walk Organiser: Alison C    Distance(miles): 4.5

Description: An annual fundraising event for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The walk takes place around Pulham.(Shorter route available too of approx 2.5 miles) Meet at the Halsey Arms Public House, Pulham and return for coffee or tea and homemade cake (£1 donation) and an adult and children’s raffle too. Wear something pink if you wish. This can be followed by a Walkers Carvery Lunch (Price - £8-95 to include £1 donation to Breakthrough). Please phone the pub direct to book (01258 817 344) quoting Alison Chant’s table (or your own if you prefer!) before Saturday 6th March. This is not a sponsored walk (no need to register) but walkers are invited to make a donation to Breakthrough Breast Cancer on the day. Come and enjoy a lovely walk with good company and suporb refreshments!

Start Point: The Halsey Arms, Pulham

Grid Ref: ST707086    Walks Grade: Leisurely Group AGM 2010 Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 5

Description: It's that time of year again folks. This is your chance to have your say in the running of the Dorset Young Walkers Group. The Annual General Meeting 2010 will take place on Saturday, 17th April. The day will start with a short walk starting at 10:30, followed by an optional lunch at the pub before the meeting starts at 2:30pm. Please consider standing for one of the committee posts (a description of which will appear on this site shortly), or at least coming along to vote.

Start Point: The Bere Regis Scout Hut. On entering Bere Regis from the East, pass the pub on your right and turn into Elder Road (the next right). Parking for the walk will be in surrounding roads/the public car park as the hall will not be open until 2pm.

Grid Ref: SY847947    Walks Grade: Leisurely Win Green to Tollard Royal Organiser: Alison D    Distance(miles): 6

Description: A circular afternoon walk from Win Green to Tollard Royal and back. Plan to stop in the village for a short break before heading back up to Win Green. May be muddy in places and can be cold on the ridge in a North / East wind. Bring a flask if you want a hot drink as I don't expect the pub will be open mid afternoon. If you want to make a day of it, there are other walks in the area e.g. Melbury hill, places to visit nearby e.g. Shaftesbury & Gold Hill, and cafes / pubs for lunch e.g. Compton Abbas Airfield.

Start Point: Car Park at Win Green view point. From Tollard Royal, follow the B3081 West then North for about 3 miles. At the top of the hill before the road bends round to the left, take the right turn heading North towards Ludwell. After 250 yrds turn right onto a rough track to the car park (beware large humps!).

Grid Ref: ST923205    Walks Grade: Moderate South Devon Camping Trip

Organiser: Louise W    Distance(miles): N/A

Booking for this trip has closed, however 1 or 2 spaces remain for any last minute people or newcomers to DYW, please email DYW for further details.

 Come along to a camping trip in South Devon. The site is www.higherrew.co.uk It is in Malborough which is quite near to Salcombe. It overlooks the sea and there should be excellent walking / beach / sight seeing opportunities - whatever we fancy doing. Maybe even a boat trip. The great thing is, we have our own field. It is on a slight slope and it is a short hop across a country lane to the toilets etc. ( owner said this has never caused a problem) I have booked the field for Fri 16. Sat 17 and Sun 18 July. Cost per night is £8 if one person in a tent and £13 if two people in a tent. You can come for just one night or all 3.
  In order to secure this field, I need a deposit please for £10 PER PERSON.  PLEASE MAKE CHEQUE PAYABLE TO DORSET YOUNG WALKERS AND WITH YOUR CHEQUE ENCLOSE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND WHICH NIGHTS YOU WILL BE STAYING. I will email all members my address. If you don't get this, please email Dorset Young Walkers. Please note this trip is for RA members only. Please supply all your own gear - tent, stove, etc for this trip.
Start Point: Higher Rew Camping and Touring Park, Malborough, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 3BW

Grid Ref: SX714382    Walks Grade: N/A

Ibberton and Okeford Beacon Organiser: Phil    Distance(miles): 7

Description: Circular walk from Ibberton Hill, mainly on bridleways. Many great views. Lunch stop at Okeford Beacon picnic spot. A stop for drinks at the Crown Inn in Ibberton before the final climb back to the start point

Start Point: Ibberton Hill Picnic Place on the road between Belchalwell and Bulbarrow.

Grid Ref: ST792071    Walks Grade: Moderate Stourhead Stroll Organiser: Dave Whizz    Distance(miles): 1

Description: A short walk around the beautiful Stourhead gardens to admire the work of Lancelot Brown.To end with a Drink at The Spread Eagle pub! Admission to the gardens is £7.00 or free to N.T members.

Start Point: The National Trust Carpark,Stourhead, Outside the loos.

Grid Ref: ST780340    Walks Grade: Leisurely Joint Birthday Celebration Organiser: Mat    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come along to celebrate my 30th and the Ramblers Association turning 75 years old this year! Despite being 75, the RA still knows how to party, so we are going to a pub or two then heading to the Raj Poot for some very fine curry. Email me on mat_benfield@hotmail.com to book your seat.

Start Point: Meet at Wetherspoons (The Royal Oak), High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1JW at 6.30.

Grid Ref: SY690905    Walks Grade: N/A Open Air Shakespeare - The Taming of the Shrew Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 0

Description: This year's open air Shakespeare trip will be taking place on Friday 23rd July 2010, and bookings are now being taken. Brownsea Open Air Theatre is an amateur dramatics group that each summer puts on a Shakespeare play on Brownsea Island, with all profits going to the National Trust. This year's play is 'The Taming of the Shrew', a comedy. Katrina and Bianca Minola are sisters, but couldn't be more different. Bianca is desperate for a husband and family of her own, but her father won't allow any man near her until her elder (and much less domestically-minded) sister is married. This causes much grief for the male population of the city, who start scheming to find Katrina a husband as quickly as possible so they can fight over Bianca in the open. The answer to their prayers may be Petruchio, who's come to town with the express aim of finding a bride and has only one requirement - money. The play runs for three weeks this summer, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights (so they can always have a reserve date if it rains). As in previous years we'll be meeting on Poole Quay to catch the 6pm ferry to the island, to give us time for a picnic before the play starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are £19, which includes boat fare, landing fee and entry to the play. We're going to request 23rd July, however please be aware that we are required to put down a second choice date in case the first is full, which will be Friday, 30th July. Please ensure you are available on BOTH nights before putting your name down. If you want to come along please forward a cheque for £19, payable to 'Brownsea Open Air Theatre' to the event organiser no later than Sunday, 11th April 2010.

Start Point: Meet on Poole Quay (near the Lord Nelson). There's a pay on foot multi storey car park right next to the Quay.

Grid Ref: SZ011902    Walks Grade: N/A Short Walk - Osmington Mills. Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): 3

Description: Short circular coastal walk starting at the the Smugglers Inn, Osmington Mills. This walk offers lovely views and also goes inland a bit through a wooded valley.( bluebells may be out). On completing the walk, we will stop at the Smuggler's Inn for lunch ( plenty of food options from cheaper snacks to fuller meals )This walk is marked as a moderate, because there are 2 hills. Please bring a drink. We may also stop on the beach for a short while, weather permitting. This may be an ideal walk for new members as it is low mileage. Please keep an eye on website for any last minute changes. Thanks.

Start Point: Take the Osmington Mills turning off the A353 Warmwell to Weymouth road. The Smugglers Inn is at the very end of this road! Park in the carpark or on roadside.

Grid Ref: SY735816    Walks Grade: Moderate Ringstead to Durdle Door

Organiser: Alison D    Distance(miles): 7.5

Description: A bracing coastal walk along the cliffs from Ringstead to Durdle Door and back. Stunning scenery, a picnic on the beach and an ice cream on the way home! Please bring a packed lunch, plenty to drink and windproof/waterproofs in case of April showers! Drinks at the Sunray Inn at Osmington afterwards.
Start Point: Viewpoint parking area overlooking Ringstead Bay: From the Warmwell roundabout, take the A353 towards Osmington and Weymouth. After driving through Poxwell and round a sharp right hand bend, take the first left down a narrow road. Do not turn right at the top of the hill to Ringstead beach. Instead, keep straight on until you reach the parking area at the end of the road.

Grid Ref: SY758824    Walks Grade: Moderate

Canford Heath, Stour Valley Way, Castleman Trailway Organiser: Phil    Distance(miles): 9

Description: A varied walk through heathland, woodland, and suburban areas along footpaths, bridleways and country lanes. Finishing with a drink at the Haymoor Public House.

Start Point: Shoppers car park off of Culliford Crescent, near the Asda Supermarket.

Grid Ref: SZ023946    Walks Grade: Moderate Wimborne Circular Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 9.5

Description: This is exactly what it says on the tin - a circular walk around Wimborne. Starting from the ambulance station the first section of the walk is urban as we go north through town. We then turn through a forested area toward Stapehill, where there's a pub stop at lunchtime. The route back is along the river Stour. There will be an option to shorten the route to around 7.5 miles if anyone's tired. Pub or tea shop stop at the end.

Start Point: This walk starts from the Wimborne ambulance station. It is accessible by public transport and attendees are encouraged to arrive by bus if possible. Wilts & Dorset buses 13 from Bournemouth Square at 09:25, or 3 from Poole station at 10:03 get you there before we walk out. From Dorchester first get the train to Poole at 09:13 then get on the no. 3 bus). You can get public transport from north Dorset but even I don't recommend that. If you are driving there are a number of public car parks in Wimborne, but these are likely to be pay and display.

Grid Ref: SU012001    Walks Grade: Moderate Summerfest 2010

Organiser: Joint Group Event    Distance(miles): 5-6

Description: Summerfest 2010 2nd - 4th July Burnbake Campsite, Corfe, Dorset http://www.walkingg roup.org/ hants2030/ summerfest_ poster.jpg Tickets on sale now! A - £45 per person - Friday & Saturday camping, 2 breakfasts & Saturday BBQ B - £35 per person - Saturday camping, 1 breakfast and Saturday BBQ C - £25 per person - Saturday all day, Saturday BBQ Prices include entertainment and BBQ on the Saturday, and the camping tickets include breakfasts and camp site fees. Please email hants2030s@googlemail.com and let us know how many of each ticket you would like, and if you're a vegetarian. You'll receive an email with details of how to complete an electronic payment to the group account.

As we're a volunteer run group, we will all need to muck in to make Summerfest a success. Everyone can help out in some way, and we're asking everyone coming to do a short stint at something. There's so much to do that there'll be something to suit everyone, such as putting up / taking down marquees, preparing and cooking the BBQ, recycling, giving out wristbands etc. Many hands make light work, so it'll only be half an hour or so each. Food: Saturday night includes a BBQ, and there will be breakfast supplies available on Saturday and Sunday for campers, which you can prepare yourselves. Please let us know which of the tickets you'd like are for vegetarians. Tea and coffee will be available at breakfast. Bring your own drinks for the rest of the event. There is a tap available for squash and water. Friday night and Saturday lunchtime will be an opportunity to go into Corfe for a meal, or if you're a real BBQ fan, they'll be available for you to cook your own food on. Entertainment: There'll be a covers band on the Saturday evening, so we should be bopping away and there may be another one in the afternoon. There are some large marquees that everyone will fit under if it rains, and there will also be a bouncy castle and other fun stuff to play with. Remember to bring your own booze, as the nearest off licence is a few miles away! Camping: Due to the size of the field camping tickets are limited to 70 people so get in quick! The campsite has all the usual facilities, and as with all the camping trips away, please bring your own gear, including chairs, stoves plates and cups, torches/lights. If you'd like to stay longer, we've secured use of the field until the following Friday morning. Any nights from Sunday 4th July will need to be paid to the owners directly by you. There's no need to book this in advance, so you can decide at the time. Costs are: Basic pitch - 1 adult, 1 tent, 1 car - £8 Additional adult - £3

Walking: There will be a short joint walk on Saturday morning with the Dorset Young Walkers before the evening's entertainment, and one will hopefully be scheduled on Sunday for any survivors. If anyone wants to lead one around this area please let us know. Small print: Our policy for trips away and organised events is that you need to be a member of the RA to buy a ticket. In this case, you are welcome to treat your significant other and buy them a ticket too. For the moment, this invite is restricted to Hants 20&30s and the Dorset Young Walkers groups to give our members a fair chance of getting a ticket. It will be opened up to other groups in mid May if places are still available.

Refunds are not available, so if your plans change and you can't make it please use the yahoogroups email to find a buyer for your ticket. We well of course try to help if you cant' find another purchaser, but can't guarantee success. Summary : ) Order your Summerfest 2010 tickets now! email hants2030s@googlemail.com letting us know; 1) How many and which type(s) of tickets you'd like 2) If you'll be vegetarian that weekend .You'll receive an email with the details of making an electronic payment to the H2030s account. Remember: * Bring your own drink (and cake if you're feeling generous) * Bring your own plate and cutlery; we're aiming to be green and not use disposable plates

Start Point: Burnbake Campsite, Rempstone near Corfe Castle

Grid Ref: SY990832    Walks Grade: Moderate

Bere Regis and Turners Puddle Organiser: John    Distance(miles): 5

Description: A pleasant walk through woodland and over heathland, with splendid views over Bere Regis and open downland. There will be no lunch stop but there will be the opportunity of an optional pub lunch in Bere Regis before the AGM. This walk has the potential to be quite muddy.

Start Point: Elder Road, opposite the Bere Regis Scout Hut. On entering Bere Regis from the East, pass the Royal Oak pub on your right and turn into Elder Road (the next right). Parking for the walk will be in surrounding roads/the public car park as the hall will not be open until 2pm.

Grid Ref: SY847947    Walks Grade: Leisurely Cranborne and Wimborne St Giles Organiser: JuliaB    Distance(miles): 7

Description: A very pleasant and easy walk along country tracks, quiet lanes and through woods from Cranborne, leading to the pretty village of Wimborne St Giles. There are a couple of stretches of busy road. Please bring a packed lunch and drink. At the end of the walk there will be a pub, or if people fancy a cake/cream tea Cranborne Manor has a tea room.

Start Point: Meet at the Square in Cranborne. There should be plenty of roadside parking but please car share where possible.

Grid Ref: SU055133    Walks Grade: Moderate Bournemouth Bay Walk - Get Walking Day Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 6

Description: Easy walk along the promenades of Bournemouth and Boscombe,admire the new artificial reef, lunch on the beach then hike up the zigzag to return along the clifftop to Bournemouth Pier.Bring packed lunch.

Start Point: Meet Outside Oceanarium next to Bournemouth Pier.Nearest free parking most likely to be available alongside Bournemouth Gardens or near Town Hall.

Grid Ref: SZ088907    Walks Grade: Leisurely Shearwater Lake Organiser: Toni    Distance(miles): 8

Description: A circular walk through woodland leading to breathtaking azaleas and rhododendrons, at Heaven's Gate we go to edge for a stunning view of Longleat House. There's a pub half way round at Horningsham and a thatched 16 century chapel to view if we want. Tea Rooms at the end. There's a few hills but mainly flat.

Start Point: Park in Car Park opposite the entrance to Shearwater lake. On the A350 Shaftesbury to Warminster. From Shaftesbury take a left at Shear-Cross and  the next right to Shearwater, be careful not to miss the turning -  it's a bit hidden.

Grid Ref: ST854420    Walks Grade: Moderate Corfe Castle to Swanage Walk and Steam Train back Organiser: Julie and Kate    Distance(miles): 7

Description: The walk will start at Norden Park and Ride and go through Corfe Castle to Swanage over Nine Barrow down where you will see great views over Poole Harbour. We will then catch the Swanage steam train back to Norden. Cost of train is £6.00 Please bring a packed lunch and a drink.

Start Point: Norden Park and Ride just before Corfe Castle. Car park is £2 for all day, public toilets in car park.

Grid Ref: SY957829    Walks Grade: Moderate Evening Bluebell Walk - New Members Welcome! Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): 2-3

Description: Join us for a walk around Thorncombe woods to enjoy the lovely display of bluebells. We may also walk a litle on the old Roman Road into Puddletown Woods. Please note evening walks set off fairly promptly - there is not normally a 15 minute wait. Please wear walking boots as may be muddy. Possiblility of pub stop in Puddletown or West Stafford afterwards, depending on what people want to do on the night.

Start Point: Thorncombe woods car park. May also be signed for Hardy's Cottage. Take the road signed Lower Bockhampton signed off the A35. If coming form the East, this is towards the end of the dual carriageway and coming from the West, this turning is at the start of the dual carriageway.

Grid Ref: SY725921    Walks Grade: Leisurely Committee Meeting Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 0

Description: The first meeting of the new committee will take place at 7:30pm, Monday 24th May, at the Colliton Club, Dorchester. Observers are always welcome. If you can get there any earlier, a group of us will be meeting for dinner/drinks at the Dorchester Weatherspoons beforehand - there should be someone there from 6:30pm.

Start Point: The Colliton Club, Dorchester. Thi is opposite County Hall. Go to the Top O' Town roundabout on the main through road, then turn right (from the East) or left (from the West). Take the first turning on your right (up a hill through what looks like a gate). Parking is either in the Club car park or at Top O' Town car park, both of which are pay and display.

Grid Ref: SY691908    Walks Grade: N/A Fontmell Downs and Nature Reserve Organiser: Jane    Distance(miles): 4.5

Description: A scenic circular walk, through an interesting nature reserve, hilly in places but good under foot, with great veiws and passing through the pretty village of Compton Abbas.Tea Rooms at the end of the walk, with cake!!

Start Point: THIS HAS CHANGED FROM ORIGINAL START POINT OF THE CROWN  PUB.  Meet at Springhead Farm on road to Ashmore.  From Fontmell Magna take the right turn signposted Ashmore. 1/2 a mile up this road on the left hand side there is an entrance to Springhead Farm. Turn left in to the farm and park by the old barn with blue doors. Jane and Toni will be there to assist!
Grid Ref: ST867169    Walks Grade: Moderate Walk Leader Training Day Organiser: John    Distance(miles): 5

Description: Walk leader Training - General information, do's and don't, how to read a map, how to log a walk on the website, that sort of thing. Hopefully it will be both enjoyable and useful. Theory session in the morning, a pub lunch, then get out and about in the afternoon to try out what we've learned. More details to follow.

Start Point: Meet at the Bere Regis Scout Hut on Elder Road. Parking is available at the Scout Hut (but not all day - we have only booked it until 1pm). Lots of parking is available on Elder Road. When approaching Bere Regis from the East, pass the Royal Oak pub on the right hand side and Elder Road is the next turning on the right.

Grid Ref: SY846947    Walks Grade: Leisurely World Cup at Wetherspoons Organiser: Mat    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come along for some dinner and to watch England's second game (vs Algeria) of the South Africa 2010 World Cup. Wetherspoons are showing the England matches with sound, so there should be a good atmosphere - for non-footy types and fans alike! Note: feel free to arrive later if you can't make it for 6.30, it being a Friday, but kick off is at 7.30.

Start Point: Wetherspoons in Dorchester (The Royal Oak), High West Street DT1 1UW. Parking available at Top o' Town CP.

Grid Ref: SY690907    Walks Grade: N/A Duncliffe Wood Bluebell Walk Organiser: Alison Daniel    Distance(miles): 3

Description: Description: Walk among the bluebells in a beautiful, native woodland and climb up Duncliffe Hill for views over the Blackmore Vale. Plenty of wild flowers, birds and butterflies to spot plus the chance of seeing a deer or two. May also be a few midges about so wear some repellent if they bother you! Optional drinks at a local pub afterwards. Parking is limited so please car share where possible. Walk will start promptly at 6:30pm.

Start Point: From Shaftesbury, take the A30 towards Sherborne. After 3 miles, and just over the brow of a hill, take the left hand turn opposite the King's Arms pub (signposted Stour Row). After another mile, the lay-by can be found on the left hand side just after a turning on the right to Stour Provost.

Grid Ref: ST817223    Walks Grade: Moderate Branksome Chine to Poole Harbour Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 4

Description: Evening walk on the flat along the promenade from Branksome Chine to Poole Harbour and back. If we're lucky we may see a great sunset.Leaves promptly at 19.30

Start Point: Meet on the Car Park (Pay and Display) outside Branksome Chine Beach Cafe.

Grid Ref: SZ065896    Walks Grade: Leisurely Dogs' Night Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come and have a flutter at the Dogs! I have 4 two for the price of one vouchers (=8 people) meaning entry costs just £2.50. Food and bar available for refreshments.Lots of fun to be had!

Start Point: Meet 18.45 outside the main entrance so we can try and get good seats.Free parking at the stadium (on Wimborne Road,Poole)

Grid Ref: SZ014913    Walks Grade: N/A Cornwall Holiday 10 to 17 September 2010 Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Dorset Young Walkers are planning a one week holiday to Perranporth in Cornwall staying at a Holiday Park on the beach just north of the town. Accommodation will be in modern well-equipped static caravans in a Haven Holiday Park. There will be lots of opportunites for walking, especially along the South West Coastal Path as well as time to chill out and spend time on the beach, checking out local villages or visiting local attractions such as Blue Reef Aquarium, Healeys Cider Farm, Truro cathedral to mention but a few. The caravans are three bedroom with a sofa bed in the lounge area. The rooms are quite small and so I recommend that we only allocate 4 people to each van to enable us to have a room each with one person sleeping in the lounge (not a bad option as you have lots of room). Dates: Friday 10th Sept. to Fri 17th Sept.We can occupy the vans from 2.30pm onwards and leave by 10.00am the following Friday. This time span is a cheaper option than Sat to Sat and gives greater availability of vans. For further information please see: www.haven.com . The vans we will be staying in are the Prestige range at the Perran Sands site. It is located directly on the beach and has excellent facilities including indoor pools, bar, restaurant and other sports facilities. You can watch a video of the site on the website. Bed linen will be provided but you will need to bring your own towels and teatowels. Although we will organise some meals out, there will always be the option to self cater in the fully equipped kitchens.You will be informed of who else is in your van so that you have the chance to liaise and organise communal meals. We will also send out a list of all those going nearer the time so that carsharing can be organised as much as possible. The cost of the week will be £133 per person (accommodation only). I am happy to book the vans once we have batches of 4 people interested.I shall be taking bookings up until 30th June subject to availability at the site. Initially please email me at denise.pearson@sky.com to express your interest and I will reply with the address to send full payment cheques to. Please make them payable to myself Denise Pearson.No bookings will be made before receipt of full payment.There will be no refunds in the event that you change your mind about going unless a suitable replacement is found. During the period of June 4th to June 15th inclusive (when I am away)all enquiries should be addressed to Phil Channer at phil@channer93.freeserve.co.uk There is the possibility of a shorter stay of 3 nights ie long weekend Sept 10-13th in various types of accommodation at the site. If this is of interest to you I shall be happy to put interested parties in contact with each other to form groups but will not be undertaking these bookings myself. These can be made direct by yourselves via the Haven website.Anyone who decides after June 30th that they wish to go is most welcome to join us but they must also then make their own arrangements direct with Haven. NB:This holiday is only open to fully-paid up members of the Ramblers Association (by the start date of the trip).

Start Point: Meet at Holiday Park.

Grid Ref: SW764557    Walks Grade: N/A Hambledon Hill in the Evening Organiser: John    Distance(miles): 4

Description: A pleasant evening walk on the prehistoric hill fort of Hambledon Hill. Optional drink at the Cricketers Free House afterwards.

Start Point: Meet by the Church on Main Street in Iwerne Courtney / Shroton, (it is the same place). Parking in the layby opposite the Church or on road all along Main Street.

Grid Ref:    Walks Grade: Leisurely Evening Walk - Sika Trail - Wareham Forest Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): 2

Description: Come along for a leisurely evening walk. Mainly flat paths and tracks,following the Sika trail. Wareham forest is currently on the BBC's Springwatch programme, so we may get to see some wildlife! After the walk, pub stop at the Silent Woman. Insect repellent advised ( just in case! ) PLEASE NOTE - the walk will set off fairly promptly, there will be no 15 minute wait.

Start Point: Sika Trail Car park ( Forestry Commsion ) Wareham Forest. This is on the Wareham to Bere Regis road. There is a Sika Trail notice board on the roadside.

Grid Ref: SY906894    Walks Grade: Leisurely Kimmeridge To Swyre Head. Organiser: Dave Whizz    Distance(miles): 10.5

Description: A very picturesque walk along the coast taking in Clavell Tower,Hounds Tout and Swyre Head.With a stop at the Scott Arms for refreshments.

Start Point: Kimmeridge Quarry carpark.

Grid Ref: SY919798    Walks Grade: Moderate Rodwell Trail and Spirit of the Sea Festival- Rescheduled from 11 July Organiser: Mat    Distance(miles): 4.5

Description: A linear walk taking in part of the RSPB reserve at Radipole Lake, the Rodwell Trail (a popular green link used by walkers and cyclists that follows the old Weymouth to Portland railway) and the Nothe Gardens, before taking in the atmosphere of the Spirit of the Sea Festival (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2431/3723824406_0ce661a686.jpg?v=0). Here we can get some lunch from either some of the food stalls (some seafood, some non-seafood) or from one of the pubs in Hope Square.

Start Point: Meet at the RSPB centre at Radipole Lake (pay and display). From the Jubilee Clock, go down King Street to Kings Roundabout. At Kings Roundabout, take the 3rd exit (Radipole Park Drive) then the 1st left to the RSPB centre.

Grid Ref: SY676796    Walks Grade: Leisurely RA 75th Anniversary NORTH DORSET GROUP short walk Organiser: Jan    Distance(miles): 4.5

Description: A North Dorset Group walk to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Ramblers association. Meeting up with all the other groups for lunch at The Dorset Gap. Bring lunch and something to drink.

Start Point: Folly on C road 2km north east of Plush

Grid Ref: ST728033    Walks Grade: Leisurely RA 75th Anniversary NORTH DORSET GROUP long walk Organiser: Richard    Distance(miles): 10

Description: A North Dorset Group walk to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Ramblers association. Meeting up with all the other groups for lunch at The Dorset Gap. Bring lunch and something to drink.

Start Point: Mappowder Village Hall

Grid Ref: ST737061    Walks Grade: Moderate RA 75th Anniversary EAST DORSET GROUP long walk Organiser: Ian    Distance(miles): 15

Description: An East Dorset Group walk to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Ramblers association. Meeting up with all the other groups for lunch at The Dorset Gap. Bring lunch and something to drink.

Start Point: Wolland Hill, lay by near view point.

Grid Ref: ST784059    Walks Grade: Strenuous RA 75th Anniversary EAST DORSET GROUP medium walk Organiser: Brian    Distance(miles): 9.5

Description: An East Dorset Group walk to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Ramblers association. Meeting up with all the other groups for lunch at The Dorset Gap. Bring lunch and something to drink.

Start Point: Milton Abbas - park carefully in main street

Grid Ref: ST805017    Walks Grade: Moderate RA 75th Anniversary SOUTH DORSET GROUP long walk Organiser: Kate    Distance(miles): 11.5

Description: A South Dorset Group walk to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Ramblers association. Meeting up with all the other groups for lunch at The Dorset Gap. Bring lunch and something to drink

Start Point: Bourne Park, Piddlehinton (off road parking)

Grid Ref: SY723977    Walks Grade: Moderate RA 75th Anniversary DORSET YOUNG WALKERS medium walk " Organiser: Adrian K    Distance(miles): 8.5

Description: A Dorset Young Walkers walk to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Ramblers association. Circular walk including the village of Ansty, remains of a medieval village and waterfalls. Meeting up with all the other groups for lunch at The Dorset Gap. Bring lunch and something to drink. Trip to the pub afterwards.

Start Point: Entrance to Forestry commission plantation. Park on verge (check for potholes before parking) Please car share where possible.

Grid Ref: ST795014    Walks Grade: Moderate !PARKING CHANGE! During final checks for tomorrows walk I have discovered that the original parking arrangements have become severely overgrown, and there is only room for about five vehicles. However there is parking about 350m further down the road. Coming from Milton Abbas direction, drive down through the village passing the turning on the right to Milton Abbey. Take the next turn right. Parking on the verges both sides of the road under the trees. If you reach Fishmore Hill Farm or Whislejacket Equine centre on the left there will be no further practical parking. Carry on walking up the road until you reach the entrance to the plantation on the right. Regards, Adrian. 07590 891696" New Members Walk - West Bay and Bridport Organiser: Julia    Distance(miles): 4.5

Description: An interesting and varied walk. From West Bay we walk along the river in to Bridport then follow a road out of town and soon in countryside again. The second half of the walk is through quiet fields and lanes leading down to Eype and following the coast path back in to West Bay. Please bring packed lunch and drink. As we will be stopping in Bridport for lunch people can buy their lunch there if they wish, there are a number of sandwich shops/cafes etc. There is also a market on a Saturday.

Start Point: West Bay Road Long Stay Car Park - £1 for the day. This is on the left hand side just as you enter West Bay.

Grid Ref: SY462905    Walks Grade: Leisurely Walk from The Cock And Bottle, Morden Organiser: Phil C    Distance(miles): 4

Description: A pleasant circular evening walk along paths, bridleways and country lanes, across farm land and through woods.

Start Point: Meet at the Cock and Bottle Pub, Morden. There is a car park at the pub and a lay-by on the road outside. I will be in the pub from 18:15 if any fancies joining me for some food before the walk.

Grid Ref: SY913947    Walks Grade: Leisurely Summerfest Walk - Nine Barrow Down Organiser: John    Distance(miles): 7

Description: A short but energetic walk along Nine Barrow Down, returning over Godlingston Heath with excellent views over Poole Harbour. Please bring a packed lunch. The walk is available to all but those wishing to stay and enjoy Summerfest should book in advance by contacting the organisers at hants2030s@googlema il.com Please liftshare where possible, email the group if you would like any assistance arranging liftshares.

Start Point: Burnbake Campsite, Rempstone near Corfe Castle. Signposted left off the B3351 towards Studland.

Grid Ref: SY990832    Walks Grade: Moderate Portland Circular and sculpture park at Tout Quarry Organiser: Lindsay    Distance(miles): 8

Description: The walk: 8 miles. Mostly flat and good underfoot this is easy. The first 5 miles are along the coast path on the east side of Portland with views of the harbour, national sailing academy and Jurassic coast. We then reach Portland Bill where there are public toilets, a tea room, lighthouse, lots of interesting rock and coastal formations and an information centre. From Portland Bill it is 3 miles along the western side of Portland to Tout Quarry with fantastic views over Lyme Bay and Chesil beach. At Tout Quarry (SY686727) walkers can either make their way back to the start point (within view about 100m away) or they can take their time to try and spot the sculptures at Tout Quarry. Tout Quarry sculptures: Entrance is free. The abandoned Tout Quarry is now a sculpture park and is used to display an amazing collection of carvings and artefacts which have been created since 1983. The sculptures found within the quarry landscape have been carved into the rock face and quarry boulders, constructed from the shale or worked from the quarry landscape itself. The sculptures found within Tout Quarry have been made possible through bursaries and residencies organised by the Portland Sculpture Trust. If you are lucky you may see artists at work. What to bring: packed lunch (we will probably have lunch at Portland Bill but the tea rooms might not be open). Clothing suitable for hot, cold, windy and wet – Portland is exposed and conditions can change quickly. Toilets: there are no public toilets at the start of the walk. The only public toilets on the walk are at Portland Bill. If travelling by car I recommend stopping at the Chesil beach visitors centre on the A354 (clearly signposted on the right as you cross from Wyke Regis into Portland) at SY668755 (nearest postcode: DT4 9XE) this has public toilets and is only about 10 mins drive from the start. How to get there: By road: A354 into Portland – follow signs for through traffic – at roundabout with Heights Hotel take the first exit signposted to viewing and free parking areas. The war memorial is on your left with car parking areas adjacent and along that road. Parking is free. Car sharing: car sharing is encouraged. If you are interested please place an appropriate post on the relevant discussion thread on this website forum (you will need to log in to do this). By public transport: From Weymouth there is a frequent bus service to Portland. The buses are numbers 1 and 601. The Sunday timetable can be found here : http://www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/southwest/dorset/timetables/timetable.php?day=3&source_id=2&service=1/601&routeid=1228931&operator=7&source=sp I recommend telephoning (0871 200 22 33) the bus company to check the route to see if they go past the Heights Hotel which is where you should get out.

Start Point: The war memorial across the road from the Heights Hotel with view points overlooking Chesil beach at: • Grid ref: SY688730 • Lat (WGS84) N50:33:22 (50.556027) • Long (WGS84) W2:26:29 (-2.441497) • Nearest postcode: Heights Hotel: DT5 2EN

Grid Ref: SY688730    Walks Grade: Leisurely Walk and Event Planning Afternoon Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 0

Description: A social event/meeting to plan the next few months of the DYW programme. We'll start with lunch at The World's End pub (online reviews advise you to get there early to avoid the rush, so we've gone for 12 noon), then move on to an informal planning session. Various maps and walking books will be available, that can be borrowed to assist in planning. Also a number of experienced walk leaders will be in attendance for help with any aspect you're unsure of. We aim to wrap up in time for everyone to get home and watch England if they get through the group stage.

Start Point: The World's End pub, on the A31 between Poole and Bere Regis. Car park on site.

Grid Ref: SY908982    Walks Grade: N/A DYW Committee Meeting Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 0

Description: The next DYW committee meeting will take place on Thursday, 12th August 2010 at 7:30pm, at the Colliton Club, Dorchester. Observers are welcome, and if anyone wants to meet for dinner/drink at the Dorchester Wetherspoons beforehand, someone is likely to be there from around 6:30.

Start Point: The Colliton Club is near County Hall in Dorchester. Arriving from the east, turn right at Top O' Town car park, then take the first right up a slope. Parking on site.

Grid Ref: SY960908    Walks Grade: N/A Worth Matravers to Dancing Ledge circular Organiser: Lindsay    Distance(miles): 8

Description: Worth Matravers to Dancing ledge and then back again but along different paths. We head out of Worth Matravers across farm land to Chapmans Pool for views of the west side of the Jurassic coast and Portland. There is a section of steep down steps followed by steep up steps to reach St Albans Head coastguard lookout. From here we take the coast path round to Winspit and onto Dancing Ledge where we will probably stop for lunch. From Dancing ledge we head inland (a short section of uphill) and then head west along Priest’s Way back into Worth Matravers. The Square and Compass pub at the end of the walk and opposite the car park is a lovely place for a drink afterwards. What to bring: packed lunch. Clothing suitable for hot, cold, windy and wet – this section of coast is exposed and conditions can change quickly. Toilets: there are public toilets at the start/end point. Car sharing: car sharing is encouraged particularly as public transport is not a viable option for this walk. There are buses to Worth Matravers from Swanage but a very infrequent service means that there are no buses that would get you there before the start time. If you are interested in car sharing please place an appropriate post on the relevant discussion thread on this website forum (you will need to log in to do this).

Start Point: The public car park in Worth Matravers opposite the Square and Compass pub. • From Swanage take the B3069 signposted towards Langton Matravers and Worth Matravers. After passing through Langton Matravers take the well signposted left turning for the road to Worth Matravers. Coming into the village the Square and Compass pub will be on your right, turn right after the pub for clearly signposted for the public car park and toilets. • From Corfe take the B3069 signposted towards Kingston and Worth Matravers, turn off right for the road clearly signposted into Worth Matravers the public car park and toilets will be on your right as you come into the village. • Parking is £1 for all day OS Map ref : SY974776 Nearest Post Code: BH19 3LE Lat (WGS84) : N50:35:55 (50.598666) Long (WGS84) : W2:02:17 (-2.037941)

Grid Ref: SY974776    Walks Grade: Moderate Annual Beach Picnic - Studland Beach Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 4

Description: This year we are heading down to the glorious Studland Beach for our picnic with plenty of time for swimming,beach games,eating lunch and generally chilling out. Will start with 4-5 mile walk around Studland Peninsula followed by extended lunch break before heading back to the car park/home. I shall be providing quiches and sausage rolls (as well as paper plates and cups), so please bring other food items to share such as salads, fruit, crisps, nuts, pizza, cakes etc etc.

Start Point: Knoll Beach Car Park.Cost: £8 per car for whole day.This CP may fill up quickly due to peak season so try and come early. Please, please try and car share with others coming from your area. Those coming from Poole/Bournemouth may wish to come by bus which is the No. 50 and goes from Poole Bus Station and from Bournemouth.Goes approx. once/hr. Any keen cyclists could take the Sandbanks Ferry at a cost of £1.80 return.If you take the Ferry by car please allow a lot of time as it is peak season.

Grid Ref: SZ041821    Walks Grade: Leisurely Skittles and Buffet Evening - Wimborne Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come along to the Coach and Horses in Wimborne and enjoy an evening of skittles plus cold finger buffet. We will have the food first which will be brought to us in the alley building (exclusive use for us) and then have the rest of the evening to play skittles to our hearts content! Cost is £5 per person.I have to let the pub know numbers re food one week in advance so please get payment to me by 30/07/10. Contact: denise.pearson@sky.com for address to send cheque to. Sorry, there is no option to play skittles and not pay for food (otherwise we'll have to pay an extra hire fee) - thank you!

Start Point: Coach and Horses Public House, Poole Road, Wimborne BH21 1QB.Park in pub car park.Meet in skittles alley (ask at bar if unsure where it is).

Grid Ref: SZ013995    Walks Grade: N/A Fireworks Cruise from Poole Quay Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: 2-3 hour cruise departing from Poole Quay to see fireworks at 10pm .Embark 7.30pm .Return approx 10.30pm. Cost £12.50 Bar and music onboard as well as possibility of buying Fish and Chips for an extra £5 (pay on night).Further details on wwww.dorsetcruises.co.uk Please let me know if you would like to come by Friday 16th July. and your ticket will be purchased in advance. Contact: denise.pearson@sky.com to book your place.

Start Point: Dorset Cruises stand on Poole Quay.No later than 7.25 pm.

Grid Ref: SZ009902    Walks Grade: N/A A Circular Walk from Brockenhurst Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 11

Description: This is a circular walk to the east of Brockenhurst, starting from the station. We start off going south east, across farm and heathland, while the later part of the walk goes through a forested area. The walk is relatively flat. Pub or tea shop in Brockenhurst at the end.

Start Point: The walk starts from Brockenhurst station, and attendees are encouraged to arrive by train if possible. The Waterloo - Weymouth train runs through Weymouth at 9:03, Dorchester at 9:13, Poole at 9:40 and Bournemouth at 9:59. The north Dorset line via Salisbury and Southampton runs through Sherborne at 7:56 and Gillingham at 8:12. From Southampton itself the Waterloo - Weymouth train goes the other way at 9:51. Train times are correct at time of writing but please check with the train companies nearer the day. There is public parking in Brockenhurst but it may be difficult so please car share if you can. Please note the earlier start time: we will walk out at 10:30 for this one, as it's a long walk and the days will be getting shorter.

Grid Ref: SU302019    Walks Grade: Moderate Milborne Port & Purse Caundle Organiser: Toni    Distance(miles): 7.5

Description: Start at Milborne Port across fields and through a wood to Purse Caundle. A cicular walk around village, fields ,valleys, some moderate hills with scattered settlements. Purse Caundle is dominated by a fine manor. Then back to Milborne Port. There is a pub stop at the end The Queens Head for people who want to stay

Start Point: In the village of milborn Port on the A30 from Henstridge turn right just before the Queens Head from Sherborne turn left just after Queens Head 200yds down road oppsite pub a free car park.

Grid Ref: ST677185    Walks Grade: Moderate Pamphill, near Wimborne Organiser: Phil C    Distance(miles): 3

Description: A short circular walk along quiet lanes and footpaths,through fields, woods and alongside the River Stour. Opportunity for a drink at the Vine Inn at the end of the walk.

Start Point: Car parking area just behind Pamphill First School (opposite Pamphill Green)

Grid Ref: ST997005    Walks Grade: Leisurely Weekend August 13-15th Camping Trip - West Dorset

Organiser: Andy    Distance(miles): n/a

Description: At short notice we've been able to find a camping site near Lyme Regis, Dorset on the weekend of August 13-15th that will take a party of us up to 20 for more legendary camping fun!

 This is not an official joint group trip although it will be going on the DYW site and put on Hants 20-30s yahoo groups. Please reply ASAP to my email or my mobile via text 07733 547574 to confirm you are up for this...! Camping site is Monkton Wyld Caravan Park, Scotts Lane, Charmouth. Tel: 01297 631131 Website: www.monktonwyld.co.uk.

 Its located about 3.5 miles north west of Charmouth, about 4 miles due north of Lyme Regis. About 1hr to 1hr 15 mins drive from Poole, 30-40 mins from Dorchester and I guess another hour from Portsmouth area. They have caravans and camping. They have a big camping field for tents which will open this weekend. 

 The camping field is very big, flat and full of lush green grass at the moment and we could all be placed together. It is close to the A35 so during the day there is some traffic noise in the distance but very little at night. Cars can be parked in the field next to tents.

 At night the car entrance to the site closes at 11pm but they do have an area you can park if you want to come back later as long as it isn't many cars.

The shower/washing blocks are very modern and clean. No extra charge for showers. Barbecues are allowed as long as off the ground. The one thing need to point out is that the camping field is about a 2 minute walk to the shower block through a little wooded area with a proper path. You would need a torch at night as part of it is unlit. There are also hedges :o)

The reception has laminated walk routes about 8 of them covering walks of about 6-8 miles as they are used to having people there who like hiking. It is possible to walk to Charmouth or Lyme Regis and back and I have some other walks in the area in walking guides. We can provide details of walks nearer the time. Lyme Regis is an awesome town.

There is a pub called The Hunters Lodge a mile's walk away on the A35. The guy at the campsite says the food is good but to reserve well in advance if we are a big group. Suggest we all have dinner here on Friday evening which leaves Sat free for bbq or meal elsewhere. Cost: £10 per adult per night. Availability: at the moment they have 20 pitches (ie 20 tents) free on weekends of 13th-15th August. No availability BH weekend afraid.

 Payment method: They state "Deposit of £25 per tent or 25% of total fee". I think for speed and simplicity it would be better if everyone paid the full fee upfront as we are only talking about £20 for 2 nights.They need to have full name for one person in each tent at time of booking. Deposit can be paid by credit card over the phone to the campsite itself please.

 On the basis of the above we would like to offer the weekend of 13-15th August, 2 or 3 night trip. £10 per night. We need a quick response on this one ie by Monday 26th July at latest in order to get the best chance of availability. Please contact me ASAP and indicate how many nights and whether want pub meal on Friday 13th at the Hunters Lodge.

Start Point: Monkton Wyld Caravan and Camping Park, Charmouth, Dorset, DT6 6DB

Grid Ref: SY329973    Walks Grade: Moderate

Summer Beer & Cider Festival and Waterpistol Fight Organiser: Will    Distance(miles): 0

Description: It's the Beer and Cider Festival at the Greyhound, Corfe Castle and this year sounds like the best ever. And this time I've added a twist! Starts Friday evening with a visit to the Greyhound for a meal and a first try of what the Festival has to offer, including some excellent live music. Friday Night - crash space on my floor or camp in my large garden. On Saturday morning, after picking up lunch supplies, we leave for Winspit Quarry with waterpistols. Short drive to Worth Matravers (SY974777) and just over a mile to the quarry. In the caves we fight it out for dry superiority and get a soaking for our trouble! It's always great fun. Bring a waterpistol (remember-size isn't important!) and maybe a towel! Water can be obtained at the Worth car park toilets if you haven't filled your container(s) - best not use seawater because of the salt in it and the climb down the cliff to get it! Anyone needing a shower - after er..., getting showered, can have one at my place. Saturday afternoon-evening we will try the Greyhound BBQ/Hog roast and try some more of the many beers and ciders at the Festival. Anyone still alive on Sunday can sample a breakfast in the village and maybe we'll go for a walk afterwards too! Please let me know by Tue 17th/Wed 18th if you're interested in the meal Friday evening so I can let the pub know, though however many we are, the sooner we get there the better, as it's mega busy quite quickly since it's the summer hols. Contact me if you want any more information.

Start Point: My house is on the main road in Corfe Castle - 74 East Street (SY962818). Best place for parking is in Mead Road, Corfe Castle (SY964814)- Mead Rd is off East St, turn when you see the red telephone box. Greyhound pub is in the square. For anyone arriving by train, I can pick you up from Wareham Station on Fri before 6pm or Sat before 11am.

Grid Ref: SY962818    Walks Grade: N/A Evening Walk - Kingston Maurward and Stinsford Organiser: JuliaB    Distance(miles): 2-3

Description: A short evening walk going out of Dorchester along the river, bordering the grounds of Kingston Maurward and in to Lower Bockhampton. The walk passes through Stinsford and back along the river in to Dorchester. There will be a drink at a pub in Dorchester at the end. Please note: The walk will start at 7.30pm prompt - No 15 minute wait.

Start Point: Meet at Top of Town Car Park. It is 50p to park after 6pm.

Grid Ref: SY688906    Walks Grade: Leisurely Bryants Puddle Heath and Moreton

Organiser: JuliaB    Distance(miles): 6.5

Description: A moderate walk through varied heathland, passing by Lawrence of Arabia's cottage. The latter part of the walk near Moreton has lovely meadowland and woodland areas, before returning to the heath. One short steep bit at the end but this is the only hill. Please bring a packed lunch and drink.

Please be aware from whatever direction you're coming from that there will be an increase in traffic/some traffic congestion due to the Dorset County Show and Great Dorset Steam Fair both taking place this weekend, so please leave enough time and check your route beforehand. People coming from Poole should be ok as you can come off at the Affpuddle turn.

Start Point: Culpepper's Dish Car Park off the B3390 Tolpuddle to Warmwell Road.

Grid Ref: SY815924    Walks Grade: Moderate

Upton Park Bike Ride+Pub Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 8

Description: Gentle 8 mile bike ride starting at Upton House,passing through Upton Country Park and circling Holes Bay,Poole. Flat and easy.Takes approx one hour after which we will go to the St Peters Finger Pub in Lytchett Minster (SY967928) for a drink +/- something to eat. We will cycle straight to the pub after returning to Upton.Please bring your bike, cycling helmet and lights as it may be dusky when we return.NB This ride will depart promptly due to failing light at this time of year.

Start Point: We will meet with our bikes, ready to leave in front of the main entrance to Upton House.If you come by car please park in one of the side streets in Upton just before/after the Country Park or else at the pub car park. Do not park in the Upton House Car Park as they lock the gate at dusk.

Grid Ref: SY987929    Walks Grade: N/A Purbeck Walk - from Corfe Castle to Swanage along the ridge Organiser: Caroline    Distance(miles): 7

Description: A lovely walk from Corfe Casle to Swanage along the ridge, with wonderful views of Purbeck and Poole Bay. There is a moderate ascent up to the top of the ridge, which is well worth the climb for the panaramic outlook we will find there. We will stop for a scenic lunch overlooking the bay, so please bring a packed lunch. We will continue to the world renowned, historic Swanage railway, and return in style on a steam train (£6 single ticket)! There will then be the opportunity to try out one of the delicious cakes at Corfe Castle Model Village Cafe or sample some the local beers at one of the village's excellent pubs.

Start Point: Nearest postcode: BH20 5DW. Turn left off the A321 at the roundabout signposted 'Norden Steam Railway'. We will meet at the front of the station in the carpark (£2 day parking).

Grid Ref: SY958829  Walks Grade: Moderate Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival Organiser: Elaine    Distance(miles): 0

Description: It's the 11th annual Cheese festival in Sturminster Newton this year. It is on the weekend of 11th and 12th September and there's plenty of different food and drink on offer if you don't like cheese! see http://www.cheesefestival.co.uk/index.html for more information. It's £3 per adult to get in.

Start Point: The event is from 10am to 5pm, we can meet at 11am, if I remember correctly there is a building at the rec (football club?) so we'll meet around there at 11am!

Grid Ref: ST786138    Walks Grade: N/A Swyre Head and Kimmeridge Organiser: Louise W    Distance(miles): 5

Description: A very scenic circular walk with superb views. This walk takes in the coastal path, Smedmore Hill and also the Clavell Tower. Although only 5 miles there are some steep ascents / descents, with some uneven paths. Please bring packed lunch / drink. Possible stop en route at the Kimmeridge Marine Centre and also the tea rooms in Kimmmeridge village.

Start Point: Meet at the old quarry carpark above Kimmeridge Village. Parking should be free. ( don't go down the toll road! ) .

Grid Ref: SY919799    Walks Grade: Moderate Thorncombe Woods and Bockhampton Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): 5-7

Description: Circular walk beginning in Thorncombe Woods. This walk includes woodland , fields and a waterway. We may pass Hardy's Cottage too. Exact mileage unknown, as not entirely sure of the route I will take yet, but will be somewhere between 5 and 7 miles. Possible tea room stop following the walk. Please bring a packed lunch / drink.

Start Point: Thorncombe Woods Carpark. Near Higher Bockhampton. If coming on the A35 towards Dorchester, take the signpost for Higher Bockhampton, this is towards the end of the dual carriageway, west of Puddletown. May also be signed Hardy's Cottage.

Grid Ref: SY725921    Walks Grade: Moderate Durlston to Worth Matravers Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 8-9

Description: One of our favourites - beautiful coastal views and varied terrain. Please bring packed lunch and drink. We will have lunch by the duck pond in Worth Matravers followed by a swift drink in the famous Square and Compass before heading back to Durlston Country Park Car Park.

Start Point: Meet in right hand Car Park at Durlston Country Park. Pay and Display applies.

Grid Ref: SZ027777    Walks Grade: Moderate Tolpuddle and Athelhampton House Organiser: JuliaB    Distance(miles): 4.75

Description: This walk goes across open fields and tracks on the route out, as we head to Athelhampton House. We will be able to stop and catch a glimpse of the house. On the return route we head through forest and woodland heath. Please bring a packed lunch and drink. As this is the day that the clocks have gone back, this walk is shorter than usual. There will be either a choice of pub (not entirely sure of opening times) or tea/cake etc at Athelhampton after the walk.

Start Point: Meet in Tolpuddle village outside the Martyrs pub. There is roadside parking.

Grid Ref: SY794944    Walks Grade: Leisurely Madness Tribute Band at Mr Kyps,Poole-CANCELLED Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: This event has been cancelled. Come along and see Nuttyness - tribute band to the great Madness. Tickets are £8 in advance, £10 on the door. These can be purchased from 01202-748945 or via the Mr Kyps website: www.mrkyps.net.Please buy your own ticket.There is usually not a problem to pay on the door but obviously there is a slight risk of being sold out. Address is Mr Kyps, Parr Street,Parkstone, Poole. Located just around the corner from the Bermuda Triangle pub. Free car parking on the CP on the opposite side of Commercial Road.Please let me know (email me at denise.pearson@sky.com)if you are coming so that we can look out for you.

Start Point: Meet outside Mr Kyps at 20.45. Band usually starts about 9pm.

Grid Ref: SZ031916    Walks Grade: N/A Badbury Rings Organiser: Phil C    Distance(miles): 7

Description: A circular walk from Badbury Rings. Please bring a packed lunch and drink. After the walk we can choose one of the many pubs in Wimborne to have drink!

Start Point: Badbury Rings Car Park off the B3082 North of Wimborne

Grid Ref: ST959031    Walks Grade: Leisurely Wareham Forest and town circular

Organiser: Lindsay    Distance(miles): 8

Description: A flat and scenic walk from Wareham town out across meadows and farm land to the forest, through sections of the Wareham forest back to the town. The last ¾ mile is through houses and into the town. Lots of lovely coffee shops and pubs in Wareham for a drink afterwards. Please bring a packed lunch and drink, I am not sure yet if we will stop en route to have lunch (it will depend on weather and our progress) or whether lunch will be at the end of the walk where there are several benches at the quay (or alternatively lots of coffee shops and pubs!). Toilets: there are no public toilets at the car park at the start but there are public toilets at the quay in Wareham.

Start Point: The public long stay car park in Wareham on the B3070 on the side road that leads down to Wareham hospital. Parking is £2.50 for all day. Nearest Post Code: BH20 4PQ.

Grid Ref: SY918872    Walks Grade: Moderate

Salsa Dancing Beginners Night Organiser: Andrew    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Salsa Dancing! Learn to dance Salsa, just in time for the Xmas party. As it is the first class of a series of 8, we can all go along to it without having to commit to the rest of the series. Cost is £5 for the night. Anyone who enjoys it can come back in week 2, and pay £40 for the other 7 sessions. (But no obligation to do this.) More details at: http://www.salsasiempre.co.uk/classes.php There\'s a new course of 8 lessons for beginners that start on 25th October in the Dorchester Corn exchange. £5 for the first lesson, and then if you like it you can pay £40 for the remaining 7 lessons at week 2. It is Monday nights in Dorchester, but you can do other nights at other venues (Blandford, Yeovil, Weymouth).

Start Point: Dorchester Corn Exchange. At the junction of South Street and the High Street in Dorchester. Town centre of Dorchester.

Grid Ref: SY692908    Walks Grade: N/A Area AGM Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 6

Description: Come along for your chance to have your say in the running of the Dorset Area. The Area AGM takes place on Saturday, 27th November 2010 in the D'Urberville Centre, Wool. There's a short walk in the morning, followed by a chance for a packed or pub lunch before the meeting starts, usually at 2pm. Tea and cake available after the meeting.

Start Point: The D'Urberville Centre is in Colliers Lane, Wool, BH20 6DL. It is accessible by train, otherwise parking is available in Wool. Please note that 10am is the WALK OUT TIME. The other Groups don't operate a 15 minute delay.

Grid Ref: SY843865    Walks Grade: Leisurely Evening Social / Ghost Walk in Dorchester Organiser: Phil C    Distance(miles): 1

Description: Evening social to meet for a drink and an organised Ghost Walk in Dorchester near Halloween! The cost of the walk is £5, payable on the night. Walk starts at 8pm but join me for a drink from 7pm.

Start Point: Meet at King's Arms Hotel, 30 High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF. Park on High Street or in local car parks (charges may apply)

Grid Ref: SY693907   Walks Grade: N/A Weymouth Fireworks Display and Balti Restaurant Organiser: Mat B    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come along to one of Weymouth's most popular Community events to watch the Beach Bonfire and Fireworks Celebrations, the latter of which is set off from out at sea, to create a display over Weymouth Bay. After the fireworks are over, we'll head to the Balti House for a meal. I'll book a table, so if you could let me know if you're coming before November 1st, that'd be great. Email mat_benfield@hotmail.com.

Start Point: Meet at the Jubilee Clock on Weymouth Esplanade at 7.00. We'll then go furher down the Esplanade to watch the display, which starts at 7.20. There's a car park opposite The Balti House, so if you park there, you'll just have to cross the road after the meal. (CP: At Jubilee Clock, turn down King Street til roundabout. At roundabout, take first exit down Commercial Road. The Balti House is on the left, the CP is on the right). Alternatively, the last train (Weymouth to London line)from Weymouth is 23.10 at time of writing. Check nearer the day.

Grid Ref: SY680795    Walks Grade: N/A New Years Eve Party! Organiser: Will    Distance(miles): ?

Description: Yes, it's that time of year again! Party Time! Come to the great party at the wonderfully atmospheric Corfe Castle to see the New Year in. We'll be visiting some pubs in the village, but spend most of it in The Greyhound until nearly midnight. At which point we make our way out into the busy Square for the chimes of Big Ben and a rendition of Auld Lang Syne and a fabulous party atmosphere. Whereupon we go back to the pub for as long (or short) as the majority verdict determines. Fancy dress is optional - people wear either normal clothes or full costume or anything in between. A lot of people here do dress up a fair bit. Karaoke is in the Greyhound for the brave to try! On the 1st Jan (which is my birthday!) we usually go to the Model Village cafe for a late breakfast/brunch and then go for some sort of walk afterwards. I have a spare room and 'crash' space for a number of people, basically first come, first served. Start time is approximate; we will leave my house at about 9pm on the 31st, to allow time for fancy dressing! Please contact me if you want any more information.

Start Point: My house is on the main road through Corfe Castle - number 74 (SY962818), nearly opposite the Castle Inn. Best place for parking is Mead Road, Corfe Castle (SY964814)- this is off the main road, turn left when you see the red telephone box (going towards Swanage). Do not park on the main road, even where it’s allowed – door mirrors get damaged by passing traffic! Usually easiest to drop your stuff at mine before parking. Greyhound pub is in Corfe Square (main grid ref).

Grid Ref: SY961821    Walks Grade: Leisurely Film Night - part of Purbeck film festival Organiser: SusanB    Distance(miles): 0

Description: As part of the purbeck film fest - "Donnie Brasco" film at the Rex Cinema In Wareham - Johnny Depp & Al Pacino in top form - based on a truth mafia film - character rather than action driven. by Mike Newell - US1997 - 127 mins Tickets from the Rex tel: 01929 552778 or online @ www.purbeckfilm.com. Would recommend buying ticket beforehand. Can get a drink in the bar & take in to showing.

Start Point: Meet about 20 mins before film starts. Rex is at 14 West Street Wareham BH20 4JX. If coming thru Sandford on B3075, North St, at traffic lights turn right into West St & Rex on the right hand side. If coming thru Stoborough B3075 South Causeway, at traffic lights turn left into West St. Parking on street or in nearby car parks.

Grid Ref: SY922873    Walks Grade: N/A Cinema Trip - Burke and Hare, Tower Park,Poole Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: We are going to see this film at the Empire Cinema Complex, Tower Park, Poole. Its a black comedy about 2 Irishmen who start up business in Edinburgh selling cadavers to the medical school! Trailer looks very funny. Running time 91 mins. Start time 21.10 but we will go for a drink in the Mexican Bar next door beforehand as the film is fairly short.Price £7.50 entry. Please contact Denise by Friday and she will buy tickets in advance to ensure we are all together and get in ok. See recent email from DYW for contact details

Start Point: Meet from 20.00 in the Mexican Bar (Chiquitos) next to the cinema.Free parking around cinema area and in front of Tescos.

Grid Ref: SZ035941    Walks Grade: N/A Lulworth Cove to West Bottom Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 7

Description: Undulating spectacular scenery along the South West Coast Path. Hard slog the first half - easy route back. Please bring packed lunch and drink. We may well have to go for a well-deserved drink in Lulworth afterwards. Not suitable for dogs due to proximity to steep cliffs.

Start Point: Pay and Display Car Park Lulworth Cove.

Grid Ref: SY821800    Walks Grade: Strenuous Lindy Hop and Swing Workshop & Dance with The Regular Joes Organiser: Gabriella    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Learn to jive and jitterbug in a one hour lindy hop and swing workshop led by Martin Chilvers and Cara Bowen. Enjoy dancing to live music from the Regular Joes. Plus Former Tiller Girl, Avril Owton, shares her memories. Have your own make-up created in 20s style. Tiller girl talk : 7pm - 7.30pm , FREE Workshop and dance: 7.30pm - 11.30pm £8 Dance only: 8.30pm - 11.30pm £4 20s make-up session: 7pm - 9pm £4 Phone 01202 203630 to book your tickets.

Start Point: Meet at the main entrance of The Pavilion Theatre, Westover Road, Bournemouth. Suggest you buy your own ticket, please let us know if you plan to attend at the usual dywra@hotmail.com address and we will pass this on to Gabriella so we know to expect you.

Grid Ref: SZ089909    Walks Grade: N/A Sturminster Newton and the River Stour -Part of the Ramblers Festival of Winter Walks

Organiser: John    Distance(miles): 5

Description: A short, leisurely walk, starting through water meadows alongside the River Stour to Fiddleford Mill. Returning via Woodland and Sturminster Newton Mill.
An ideal first walk for new members


Start Point: Meet in the large car park in the centre of Sturminster Newton, adjacent the Original Factory Shop. Car parking charges apply. Please dress appropriately for the time of year and weather on the day. Bring a drink and some snacks and a packed lunch if you wish. If the weather is really cold, we will not take a long lunch break.

Grid Ref: ST787142    Walks Grade: Leisurely

Wool Circular Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 6

Description: A short circular walk led by a member of the South Dorset Group. A great chance to catch up with what's happening in other groups. The walk will be followed by the Area AGM. Staying for it is encouraged but not compulsory.

Start Point: The walk starts from the D'Urbeville Centre, Wool. Wool is accessible by train or there is parking available. Please note 10am is the WALK OUT TIME. The other groups don't have a 15 minute delay. We should return to Wool in time for a packed or pub lunch.

Grid Ref: SY843865    Walks Grade: Leisurely Charlton Horethorne & Corton Denham

Organiser: Toni Rowe    Distance(miles): 6

Description: A rural circular walk starting from village of Charlton Horethorne,across farmland and downlands in south Somerset, on to the village of Corton Denham. Hills and Valleys and back to Charlton Horethorne . Will be muddy especially if we have had recent rain. Wear good walking boots

Start Point: Park in village of Charlton Horethorne near the Kings Arms Pub


Grid Ref: ST664233    Walks Grade: Moderate

Sleeping Beauty Ballet, Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Beautiful dancing, music and costumes in an intimate setting. What more can I say!  Tickets £16 or £18 depending which seats are available at the time of booking. Please contact us by Thursday 25th November at dywra@hotmail.com if you would like to go - or contact Denise directly if you are on our mailing list and have therefore received an email about it.


Start Point: Meet 19.20 in the foyer of the Tivoli Theatre, West Borough, Wimborne

Grid Ref: SU008002    Walks Grade: N/A A Victorian Christmas at the Russell-Cotes Organiser: Dave    Distance(miles): 0

Description: A Victorian Christmas at the Russell-Cotes, featuring a musical programme by The Orlando Singers. The Victorian house will be transformed with a special candlelit Christmas atmosphere. Live choral music will be performed throughout the evening*. Character actors will enhance the event and mince pies and mulled wine will be on sale at the café bar. *Please note this isn't a seated performance and the singers will be delighting you at various places within the museum and at various times. Tickets cost £5.00 (This event is expected to sell out)

Start Point: Meet outside Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Russell-Cotes Road, East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AA

Grid Ref: SZ092908    Walks Grade: N/A Norden and Scotland circular, Purbeck Organiser: Will    Distance(miles): 7

Description: Come and enjoy a stroll in the countryside near Corfe Castle. This circular walk has no hills, but still has fantastic scenery and goes through many different landscapes including woods, meadows, heathland and forest. This is a new walk adapted from a previous one. Can be muddy in places so please wear good walking boots. Bring lunch and drink. I expect we will end up in a tearoom in Corfe village afterwards!

Start Point: Norden Park and Ride Car Park, just north of Corfe Castle. Signed from A351. £2 all day. I will arrange to pick anyone up from Wareham railway station if they come by train. Please contact me a day or two in advance.

Grid Ref: SY957829    Walks Grade: Leisurely Poole Harbour and Promenade walk Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 4

Description: A short walk to blow away the cobwebs from our party the night before! Flat and easy taking in Poole Harbour and a walk along the prom. as far as Branksome Beach and back. No need to bring lunch but a hot drink and small snack might be desirable.

Start Point: Car Park of Haven Hotel. If you are not staying at the Haven the night before please do not park here but in one of the side streets off the main road or else on the Pay and Display Car Park on the main approach about a quarter of a mile before you get to the Hotel.

Grid Ref: SZ037870    Walks Grade: Leisurely Celebration of Christmas Carols,Lighthouse, Poole Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Singalong with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Youth Chorus at the Lighthouse, Poole.Features all the traditional carols. Ticket prices are between £6 and £21. Suggest we go either for the £6 or £9 depending on availability.Please contact Denise on denise.pearson@sky.com by Thurs 9th December if you are interested in coming along. Tickets must be purchased in advance as this event tends to get sold out quickly.

Start Point: Meet 19.15 in the foyer of the Lighthouse Theatre, Kingland Road, Poole - only for people who have booked in advance with Denise. Car Park opposite theatre.

Grid Ref: SZ016909    Walks Grade: N/A Symondsbury and the Monarch's Way

Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 8

Description:

Due to the ongoing cold weather we request that anyone planning to join us on this walk call Denise on 01202 600179 between 08.30 and 09.30 ON THE DAY to check that the conditions are good enough to go ahead.

Shake off those Christmas excesses with this varied countryside walk involving some hills with magnificent views of the Marshwood Vale. Please bring packed lunch and drink. There will be a pub stop at the end of this walk

Start Point: Car Park of Ilchester Arms pub,Symondsbury.Park either in pub car park or to the left of the road just past the pub.

Grid Ref: SY445935    Walks Grade: Moderate

DYW Christmas Party at Sandbanks Organiser: Mat B    Distance(miles): 0

Description: This year's DYW Christmas Party will be at The Haven Hotel, which is idylically located at the very tip of the exclusive Sandbanks peninsular and with uninterupted views of Poole Harbour. We meet at the bar at 7.00pm for a 7.45 seating, before moving to the dining area for the meal. After, there is a disco for dancing, which runs until 1am, so bring your dancing shoes along with your millionaire/sandbanks themed secret santa. For other details, see previously circulated emails or email mat_benfield@hotmail.com. For those staying overnight, check-in is from 2pm and check-out is 11am the next day.

Start Point: The Haven Hotel, Sandbanks, Poole, BH13 7QL. A map is available at the website http://www.fjbhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/the-haven/location/. There is ample parking at the hotel. Taxi from Poole centre is approximately 5 minutes.

Grid Ref: SZ037870    Walks Grade: N/A Osmington Mills and White Nothe Walk Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 8-9

Description: Scenic walk along coastal path returning along inland route. May well be very muddy at this time of year so come prepared with good boots, gaiters, poles etc. Please bring packed lunch and drink as we will stop half way for a lunch break.We'll have a well-deserved drink in the Smugglers at the end.

Start Point: Car Park outside Smugglers Inn.

Grid Ref: SY737818    Walks Grade: Moderate Bokerley Ditch and Pentridge Down Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 5

Description: A circular walk in north east Dorset. We follow the line of Bokerley Ridge, and ancient defensive earthwork, before turning toward the hamlet of Pentridge and passing Woodyates on the way home. There will be a drink in Sixpenny Handley afterward but I don't know if the pub serves food so you may want to bring lunch.

Start Point: Parking is in the car park just north east of Woodyates on the A354. Additional parking may be available at Bokerley Junction.

Grid Ref: SU038201    Walks Grade: Leisurely Abbotsbury and West Bexington Circular Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): 8

Description: A circular walk taking in Chesil Beach, West Bexington and Abbotsbury. Stunning views. We may pass St Catherine's Chapel and if time allows a tea room or pub stop towards end of walk. Please bring packed lunch and drink. This walk will be at a fairly brisk pace.

Start Point: Meet at the Abbotsbury beach carpark ( may be a charge, but in the past, this has been free in winter ). Car park is situated off the B3157 coast road. Follow signs to sub tropical gardens and the beach carpark is at the very end of this road.

Grid Ref: SY559845    Walks Grade: Moderate St. Ives Camping and Caravan Trip Early May BH Organiser: Skraga    Distance(miles): N/A

Description: We're planning to make the most of the Early May (and Royal Wedding)bank holidays with a trip down in one of the most beautiful areas of Cornwall, St.Ives. Ive booked Ayr Holiday Park's large overflow camping field for tents, as well as the lovely static caravans available to book if you can't face any chilly nights! There are limited places so book as soon as possible by contacting me to confirm your place. We can handle up to 30 people camping in tents.... This is a joint trip with the DYW group. The trip is for 5 nights, 29th April - 4th May although some may want to come for just 3 nights which is fine. Pre-registration on the Hants 20-30s database is not necessary as its a joint trip, just email me at andyskraga@hotmail.com if you would like to attend. **I will need a deposit for £50 for the 5 nights (less for shorter stay) by March 31st please!** Caravans only: For those who would prefer a caravan, they are available for around £100 per night, details on the link below. To book one call 01736 795855, a 20% deposit is required. Please say you are with the Rambling group. http://www.ayrholidaypark.co.uk/holiday-park-accommodation.php

Start Point: St. Ives, TR26 1EJ

Grid Ref: SW510407    Walks Grade: Leisurely Tenpin Bowling Tower Park, Poole Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come and chance your arm at tenpin bowling. 2 games included and shoe hire. Cost £11.50. Contact Denise on denise.pearson@sky.com by 4th Feb to book your place and for details of how to pay.

Start Point: Meet 20.00 in the bar of Bowlplex, Tower Park, Poole BH12 4NY.Games will commence at 20.30 prompt.

Grid Ref: SZ035940    Walks Grade: N/A Brockenhurst New Forest Circular Organiser: Lindsay    Distance(miles): 12

Description: This walk; due to the mileage, likely February weather and the more limited Winter daylight hours; will be walked at a steady walking pace of about 3 miles per hour. Please also note that as I don’t want people to get cold there will not be a long lunch break, instead there will be regular stops of sufficient length to allow people to have a drink and top up their energy levels with a sandwich/snack. To this end please bring a drink as well as provisions that are suitable for regular ‘top-up stops’ e.g.: sandwich, muesli bar, chocolate, dried fruit etc. Please wear clothing and footwear suitable for wet and cold, the New Forest is low lying and mostly on clay – there is often a lot of surface water even when other places are quite dry underfoot. The first 3-4 miles are the same as Cheryl’s New Forest walk of Sept 2010 out to Royston Manor along footpaths to Dilton and then into the heath land of East Boldre. From here we head north into wooded enclosures and explore the many paths in the New Forest. We do a rough loop – the furthest north we go is Denny Wood. We then head south and go under the railway heading back along Mill Lane into Brockenhurst. The pub next to Brockenhurst station is nice for a drink afterwards.

Start Point: The footbridge at Brockenhurst railway station (on the side of the Il Palio Italian restaurant) Nearest Post Code: SO42 7PY. Parking at the station is £2.00 for all day. There is a regular train service to Brockenhurst from both the Southampton and Weymouth/Bournemouth directions.

Grid Ref: SU302020    Walks Grade: Moderate Fearne at Kyps Organiser: Susan Bruce    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Modern Folk group Fearne + Support are playing @ Kyps - Group I saw at the Purbeck Folk Festival and really enjoyed them. Tickets £4 in advance from TelNo: 01202 748945 or Mr Kyps website or £6 on the door.

Start Point: Meet in the Bermuda Triangle pub Parr Street Poole for a swift half at 6.30pm. There is a small car park at Kyps or parking in Parr Street or streets nearby.

Grid Ref: SZ034916    Walks Grade: N/A Eggardon Hill and Powerstock Common Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 8.5

Description: Visit ramparts of Iron Age Fort where there are magnificent views over both downland and coast. Walk goes along field paths, tracks and lanes to the picturesque village of Powerstock and ends through the woodlands of Powerstock Common. Please bring packed lunch and drink. As there is no pub near the car park we will take a break halfway through the walk for a drink at the Marquis of Lorne pub in Nettlecombe.

Start Point: Shatcombe Lane Picnic Area Car Park (Free)
It is best to access the start point by turning off the A35 at the Askerswell signpost.The other small roads leading to Eggardon Hill are narrow and slow.The meet point is not an obvious Car Park - as soon as you see the green "Shatcombe Lane" roadsign on the left, park in one of the 3 or 4 grassy recesses on the left. We will meet in the middle one.
Grid Ref: SY549948    Walks Grade: Moderate Hod Hill and Blandford Forest Circular Organiser: Will    Distance(miles): 10

Description: This is a lovely walk and although has hills and is a slightly longer than average length amble, it is suitable for all fitness abilities. First we'll climb Hod Hill, then wander through Stourpaine before crossing the Stour near the old railway. Then, after a gentle climb into Blandford Forest, we'll drop down into Shillingstone and cross fields to Child Okeford. Lastly, grazing the edge of the fort at Hambledon Hill, we'll get an amazing view of the terrain we've just covered - providing the weather lets us! Please wear suitable clothes for the time of year, including good walking boots. Please also bring your lunch and a drink (plus snacks, if you like). Don't forget something to sit on while lunching - I use a bin bag!. Note earlier start time so we don't have to rush. I have several options for the pub/tearoom refreshments after the walk.

Start Point: Driving north on the A350 from Blandford, go through Stourpaine and a mile and a quarter later turn left (signposted Child Okeford). After about half a mile the car park will be seen on the left. NOTE: This is a very small car park (Max 10-12 cars at a push) so please car share where at all possible. There's no guarantee it'll be empty when we get there - however there is a lay-by a mile and a half further on at Grid Ref ST839122 (not to mention Child Okeford itself) but I will ferry those people back as necessary.

Grid Ref: ST853112    Walks Grade: Moderate Committee Meeting Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 0

Description: The next DYW committee meeting will take place at the Colliton Club, Dorchester on 17th February 2011. Observers are always welcome.

Start Point: Either meet at the Colliton Club (turn right at Top O Town roundabout then immediately turn off right up the hill) for 7:30, or at the Dorchester Wetherspoons on the High Street at around 6:15 for dinner.

Grid Ref: SY690908    Walks Grade: N/A Open Air Shakespeare - Julius Caesar Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 0

Description: The annual open air Shakespeare production is going historical this year, with 'Julius Caesar'. Brownsea Open Air Theatre is an amateur dramatics group, that every summer puts on a performance of a Shakespeare play on Brownsea Island, with profits going to the National Trust. This year's play opens as Julius Caesar returns to Rome in triumph. But it soon transpires that the conquering hero isn't universally popular, and fears are voiced that his overt republicanism hides a desire to be an absolute monarch - a 'tyrant' as this particular Republic puts it. A 'cure' for the problem eventually presents itself, but might be worse than the disease. So take your seats for the story of what may be the first recorded political assassination, and prepare to answer one of mankind's oldest moral questions: Marcus Brutus - traitor or hero?

Start Point: Boats to Brownsea Island leave Poole Quay from 5pm. We usually catch the 6pm ferry, to give us time for a picnic before the play starts at 7:30pm. The fine print: Tickets cost £19, which includes return boat fare, the play and the National Trust landing fee for Brownsea Island. There are programmes on sale as well as refreshments in the interval. If you intend to come along please book your ticket and send a cheque for £19 payable to 'Brownsea Open Air Theatre' by 12th March 2011. For where to send it please contact the Group email address.

Grid Ref: SZ009903    Walks Grade: N/A Maiden Castle and Hardy's Monument Organiser: John    Distance(miles): 10.5

Description: A splendid walk along downland ridges and through dry valley bottoms. With excellent views out to sea and across open countryside, studded with remainders of prehistoric man. There is a planned lunch break at Hardy's Monument, but please bring plenty of snacks and a drink. The route is not particularly difficult or challenging so this walk will be undertaken at a brisk pace, averaging approximately 3 miles per hour overall (including breaks). There is the opportunity to visit Maiden Castle after the walk and / or go into Dorchester for refreshments.

Start Point: Meet at Maiden Castle car park, accessed via Maiden Castle Road, signposted from the B3147 Weymouth Road in Dorchester. At time of writing parking is free. If anyone plans to arrive in Dorchester by train, please contact us to arrange a lift to the start point.

Grid Ref: SY669890    Walks Grade: Moderate Richard Herring at the Tivoli Organiser: John    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come and see Richard Herring at the wonderful Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne. Described by the British Theatre Guide as "one of the leading hidden masters of modern British comedy". Tickets are £15. Please contact us by 7th February if you wish to join us. I want to book the tickets soon to avoid disappointment, I would imagine that this will sell out.

Start Point: Meet in the Bar / Foyer area of the Tivoli Theatre. The performance begins at 8:00pm.

Grid Ref: SU875204    Walks Grade: N/A Maiden Castle and Hardy's Monument Organiser: John     Distance(miles): 10.5

Description: A splendid walk along downland ridges and through dry valley bottoms. With excellent views out to sea and across open countryside, studded with remainders of prehistoric man. There is a planned lunch break at Hardy\'s Monument, but please bring plenty of snacks and a drink. The route is not particularly difficult or challenging so this walk will be undertaken at a brisk pace, averaging approximately 3 miles per hour overall (including breaks). There is the opportunity to visit Maiden Castle after the walk and / or go into Dorchester for refreshments.

Start Point: Meet at Maiden Castle car park, accessed via Maiden Castle Road, signposted from the B3147 Weymouth Road in Dorchester. At time of writing parking is free. If anyone plans to arrive in Dorchester by train, please contact us to arrange a lift to the start point.

Grid Ref: SY669890    Walks Grade: Moderate Hambledon Hill & Hod Hill Organiser: Liz    Distance(miles): 7

Description: A different walk from Will’s February Hod Hill walk! A couple of steep ascents and descents in the afternoon but otherwise gently undulating. Beautiful views of Blackmore Vale along most of the way, starting in Shroton (aka Iwerne Courtney) and going past the very pretty Child Okeford. One small stretch of quiet road. Please bring a packed lunch and a drink – we will have lunch at the top of Hambledon Hill. We can decide on the day how long we will be up there depending on the weather! Some possible muddy patches so wear suitable boots and clothing. At the top it is quite exposed so dress accordingly. We will end the walk at the Cricketers Arms for a drink. They stop serving food at 2.30pm so don’t expect food here after this time. There is a nice garden if the weather is okay.

Start Point: Driving north on the A350 past Blandford Forum, turn left into a small road signposted Shroton (Iwerne Courtney). Park opposite St Marys Church to meet. It is quite a small (free) carpark so please car share where possible. I believe you can also park along the road. As far as I can see there is no church service that day so it should be empty.

Grid Ref: ST860124    Walks Grade: Moderate Mupe Bay and Durdle Door

Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): 7


Description: A brisk circular coastal walk starting in Lulworth and taking in Mupe Bay, Fosil Forest and Durdle Door. Some very steep hills. We will maintain a fairly brisk pace ( but don't worry we will slow down up hill! )Please bring packed lunch / drinks. Please note this is a Saturday walk!. It is marked as moderate, but the hills are a bit strenuous )

Start Point: Meet on roadside by church in West Lulworth ( plenty of free roadside parking at time of writing )

Grid Ref: SY823807    Walks Grade: Moderate

Cerne Abbas: A Giant, a Valley & a Ridge Organiser: Dimitris    Distance(miles): 13.3

Description: A lovely walk through the Cerne Valley and Cerne Ridge with splendid views of the Cerne Giant itself. Starting from  Cerne Abbas we follow the river Cerne for few miles passing Nether Cerne & Godmanstone. We leave the valley at Forston Farm to heading to Stratton. Around there we will have a picnic lunch and we may have a quick refreshment in the local pub (subject to peoples mood on the day). After our lunch we explore the site of a Roman setttlement in Grimstone Down. Then enjoy few more miles on top of the Cerne Ridge with fantastic views of Cerne Valley & sidling water valley. We go back to our start via the Dark dale facing the Giant resting in the afternoon sun. A rewarding walk in reasonable pace mostly on even ground with a few nice ascents. Bring a packed lunch with you :)

Start Point: Meet at Kettle Bridge Car Park in Cerne Abbas. Entering Cerne Abbas from the A352, it is located in the very first left turn off Duck Street. Please do not get confused with the Giant View Point car park which is 150 yards away.

Grid Ref: ST663014    Walks Grade: Strenuous Sherborne and surrounding villages Organiser: Elaine    Distance(miles): 6.5

Description: A walk from Sherborne passing Sherborne Castle and through Sherborne Park, passing through the picturesque villages of Haydon and Folke. It is fairly easy terrain, but depending on weather conditions may be wet and muddy underfoot. At the end of the walk there is the choice of several pubs and/or tearooms.

Start Point: Culverhayes long stay car park off of Ludborne Road opposite Sainsburys. There is a railway station. From the information I have found the car park is free on a Sunday, if this is incorrect the rest of the week it is £2.40 for the day

Grid Ref: ST641164    Walks Grade: Leisurely Summer Festival Walk - Nine Barrow Down Organiser: Caroline    Distance(miles): 6.75

Description: A joint Dorset and Hampshire Event. This is a fairly leisurely, relaxed walk, as part of the Summer Festival programme. There is one steep ascent, however, hence the 'moderate' category. We will walk from the campsite car park, past Rempstone, and up onto Nine Barrow Down. Then we’ll climb the steep steps up to the Obelisk, where we will enjoy some stunning views of Poole Harbour and the Purbecks. Following lunch, we’ll enjoy meandering across Godlingstone Heath, and return through some lovely woods to the campsite. Please bring a packed lunch for the lunch stop. Walkers may wish to rejoin the rest of the festival activities following the walk, or enjoy a drink in one of the many lovely pubs and cafes at Corfe Castle.

Start Point: Burnbake Campsite, Rempstone, Corfe Castle. BH20 2JH

Grid Ref: SY996834    Walks Grade: Moderate Farnham and the Tarrant Valley Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 8.5

Description: This roughly circular walk starts from Farnham and takes in the village of Chettle, with great views of the Tarrant Valley. Please bring a packed lunch.

Start Point: Farnham is a few miles north east of Blandford - turn left off the A354 at Cashmoor. Parking is opposite the pub in front of a children's playground.

Grid Ref: ST959151    Walks Grade: Moderate Area AGM Walk Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 6.1

Description: A short walk led by Peter of the North Dorset Group, prior to the Area AGM. The walk starts from Durweston Village Hall and goes to Folly Barn, Bonsley Woods and Stourpaine. There may be a stop for a pub lunch in Stourpaine, otherwise there will be time to eat before the meeting starts at 2pm.

Start Point: Durweston is off the A357 just north of Blandford. From the south take the Bladford ring road almost right round the town and turn off left onto the A357. The turning for Durweston comes along rapidly. The village hall is on the road you come in by. Please note that 10am is the walk out time, NOT the meet time.

Grid Ref: ST856084    Walks Grade: Leisurely Area AGM Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 0

Description: This is the second half of the Area AGM day - the meeting itself. Come along and have your say in how the Area is run. This is your chance to vote for the Area committee, hear and question the guest speaker and find out how the Area and RA are run.

Start Point: Durweston is on thet A357 just north of Blandford. Coming from the south, take the Blandford ring road almost all the way round town, then turn off on the A357. The turning for Durweston comes along rapidly, and the village hall is on the road you come in by.

Grid Ref: ST856084    Walks Grade: N/A Winterbourne Kingston, Great and Little Coll Woods Organiser: Julian    Distance(miles): 7

Description: A pleasant walk through the quite countryside around Winterbourne Kingston. The route takes us close to the 17th Century Anderson Manor, then out to Great Coll Wood before returning via Little Coll Wood and open fields with views down over our starting point. The route is easy going, with no significant uphill sections and only a short section of road walking at the start. There will be a lunch break, so please bring something to eat and drink. For those who want to, there is the opportunity to visit The Greyhound Inn in the village on our return.

Start Point: Meet by the church in Winterbourne Kingston. There is no public car park in the village. On road parking is available on the main road through the village and on the streets around the church. However, please car share if possible.

Grid Ref: SY862975    Walks Grade: Moderate Bulbarrow Hill and Milton Abbas Organiser: Phil C    Distance(miles): 8

Description: An undulating route from the superb viewpoint at Bullbarrow Hill. We pass through the beautiful village of Milton Abbas(where we may stop for refreshments!)and on through landscaped parkland, passing Milton Abbey before a final ascent back to the top of Bulbarrow Hill. (This is walk 21 in the Dorset Walks book)

Start Point: Car Park near Bulbarrow Hill at fourways junction near the radio masts

Grid Ref: ST782059    Walks Grade: Moderate Circular walk around Fritham, New Forest Organiser: Gabriella and John    Distance(miles): 9

Description: Come and join us for an energetic walk across the north side of the New Forest. The walk starts from the Royal Oak Pub in Fritham. The route leads through forest and heathland. Appropriate clothing is necessary, be prepared for occasional muddy patches. Please bring packed lunch, drink and snacks. There is a possibility for a short rest at the High Corner pub and later for a lunch break and we could finish the walk with a refreshing drink in the Royal Oak.

Start Point: Meet in Fritham village (signposted from B3078), in front of the Royal Oak Pub (not in the car park!). Car park is free. Contact Gabriella for transportation from Brockenhurst train station (3 spaces are available in her car).

Grid Ref: SU232142    Walks Grade: Moderate Bluebell Woods and River Circular

Organiser: Louise    Distance(miles): 7-8

Description: A lovely walk for Spring,beginning in Thorncombe Woods (home of Thomas Hardye's Cottage). Hopefullly the bluebells will be in full bloom. This walk also includes a river and water meadows. The majority of this walk will be brisk at around 2.5 to 3 miles per hour.( with extra time to admire the bluebells!) The exact mileage is unknown, as not entirely sure of route we will take. Please bring drink / packed lunch. Please note ,may be boggy in places if recent rain. Possible drink/ cake stop after walk in nearby tea rooms. Note: This is a Saturday Walk!

Start Point:If coming on the A35 from the East, towards Dorchester, take a left at the end of the Puddletown bypass, just at the end of the dual carraigeway, signed Higher Bockhampton.  Please be aware that this junction is suddenly there at the end of a very fast bit of road.  Go up this lane  for just over half a mile and you will see a left turn down a track, signed Hardy's Cottage.  Follow this track for a brief period and bear right - the carpark is at the end. ( honesty box at time of writing)
If coming from the Dorchester direction, head out past the Kingston Maurward  college entance, follow this road for about a mile or so, then turn left at the crossoads - signed Higher Bockhampton. Please car share if possible!

 Grid Ref: SY725921    Walks Grade: Moderate

Portesham and Hardy's Monument Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 7

Description: This is a roughly circular walk starting from the pub at Portesham. We go west from the village, then walk up Hell Bottom to approach Hardy's Monument, where we'll meet up with the other Dorset groups for lunch. The route back is down Portesham Hill and past the Withy Beds. Should be good views from Hardy's Monument if we get the weather. Please bring a packed lunch.

Start Point: Meet outside the Kings Arms pub, Portesham. We have permission to use their car park but please car share if you can. Portesham is south west of Hardy's Monument and Dorchester. For anyone not a member of DYW: please note 10:30 is the meet time. We'll walk out at 10:45.

Grid Ref: SY603856    Walks Grade: Moderate Dewlish and Cheselbourne Organiser: JuliaB    Distance(miles): 6.5

Description: A very pleasant walk through quiet fields and country lanes in a little-explored area. We border Dewlish House and Park and briefly pass through Cheselbourne. On the reccy in February it was very muddy at the beginning but only for a brief time. I am hoping in May it would have dried out! There is a steep but short climb at the beginning, this is the only stiff climb of the walk. Please bring a packed lunch and drink. There will be a pub at the end of the walk at the Oak in Dewlish.

Start Point: Meet outside the church in Dewlish. There is a decent stretch of parking opposite the church but please car share if possible, there is also some more roadside parking on the road through the village. If coming from both Dorchester or Bournemouth/Poole turh off at the Blandford/Puddletown exit. From Dorch turn immediately left after coming off the A35. From Bournemouth/ Poole turn right over the bridge and then 2nd exit - Dewlish is clearly signed.

Grid Ref: SY775982    Walks Grade: Moderate Day Trip to London - Titanic Exhibition Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 2-3

Description: The Titanic Exhibition at the O2 Bubble contains over 200 artefacts from the original ship as well as many reconstructions of rooms just as they were. We will be making a day of it by taking the coach up to London Victoria then walking approx. one hour to catch the Thames Clipper boat to the O2 Arena in North Greenwich in order to visit the exhibition. We will spend approx. one hour at the exhibition.Please bring packed lunch. We will eat our lunch either on the boat or else find a nice spot when we are walking. After the exhibition we will probably have something to eat before getting on the coach again.However, eating arrangements are flexible depending on weather and what people prefer to do. Entrance to the exhibition costs £15 .We will buy our tickets on the day.I have checked with the venue and they say there is no problem with this. Tickets for travel by coach need to be purchased in advance. We will be getting the 08.00 from Poole to London Victoria and returning on the 19.30 from Victoria to Poole. This coach will also stop at Bournemouth both directions. Please buy your own ticket - suggest as soon as possible as prices increase as the date gets nearer. At present cost approx £19.50 return to/from Poole.www.nationalexpress.co.uk If anyone wants to travel by any other route or means that is fine - please meet us at 11.00 at Victoria Coach station. Finer details can be agreed nearer the time. Finally please can you let me know that you are coming once you have bought your ticket so that we can make more precise arrangements for meeting. Thank you. Contact denise.pearson@sky.com

Start Point: Meet at boarding point in Poole or as agreed.

Grid Ref: TQ391799    Walks Grade: Leisurely Camping Weekend - Bath Area Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Camping trip to Orchard Farm site in South Wraxall which is within 15 mins drive of Bath and Bradford-upon-Avon. Quiet location, campsite is small and friendly and has really good views and reviews!. We will be in a large field with normal facilities. Friday night we will go to the Longs Arms in South Wraxall for our pub meal, Saturday will be a nice long walk along the Kennett canal taking in Bradford upon Avon and other small picturesque villages. We will have our usual bbq in our field on Saturday evening. Sunday will be a day to explore the city of Bath before heading off home in the evening. More details will be given nearer the time.People may arrive at the site from 12.00 on Friday and must be packed up ready to leave by 11.00 Sunday. Cost is £11 per night which includes 1-2 people in tent and car (which is very reasonable). This means £22 for whole weekend per tent. Website is www.rushmeadcs.com for further details. The facilities at the site are quite small (one shower bathroom and 2 toilets) but the owner assures me this has never been a problem and the reviews reflect this. On this occasion this event will be for DYW members (and their partners)only in order not to create long waiting times for facilities. All participants must be Ramblers Members by the time of departure. Please let me know by 1st June if you would like to go (denise.pearson@sky.com). I will then ask you to send me a cheque for the full amount which will not be refunded should you decide not to go unless a suitable replacement person is found.Thank You.

Start Point: Meet at camp site.

Grid Ref: ST823643    Walks Grade: N/A DYW AGM Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 5

Description: The AGM is your chance to have your say in the running of Dorset Young Walkers. Come along to vote (or indeed stand) for the committee, ask questions and put motions to the meeting as to how the running of the Group could be improved. There will be a walk in the morning (meet at 10:30am), and the meeting starts at 2:30pm (hall open from 2pm). If you're coming for the walk please either bring a packed lunch or money for lunch in the pub after the walk. The meeting will be followed by tea and cake.

Start Point: The walk will start from the Bere Regis Scout Hut, which is where the meeting will also be held in the afternoon. If you're coming for the walk, however, please park in the road/the public car park as we don't have the hall until 2pm.

Grid Ref: SY847947    Walks Grade: Leisurely Count Arthur Strong at the Tivoli Organiser: John    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Count Arthur is an elderly, pompous, mostly-out-of-work deluded thespian from Doncaster, Yorkshire who appears to suffer from attention deficit disorder and memory loss. Come and see him at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne - tickets are £16 and are selling fast. If you would like to join us, suggest you book you own ticket and soon. A few of us have already booked tickets. Email us if you want to know where in the auditorium we are so you can get seats nearby.

Start Point: Meet in the bar of the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne Minster for a quick drink at 19:30. Show starts at 20:00. The nearest car park is Westfield Close, parking is free after 6pm.

Grid Ref: SU009002    Walks Grade: N/A Bere Regis and Turners Puddle Organiser: John    Distance(miles): 5

Description: A splendid short walk over the heathland of Black Hill and Damer Hill with excellent views over open downland to the North and the Valley of the River Piddle and Wareham Forest to the South. Lunch will be taken after the walk. You may choose to eat a packed lunch by the river if the weather is fine but a pub lunch in Bere Regis could be enjoyed as an option. Please stay behind after lunch and join us for our AGM, whether to just observe or to get involved and take a more active role in running the group. And if that doesn't pursuade you, there will be cake and tea after the meeting! Please remember to bring your Ramblers Membership Card with you.

Start Point: Park in Elder Road near the Scout Hut, there is usually plenty of parking along this road. Approaching Bere Regis on the A35 from the East, take the first turning off the roundabout to head into town. Follow the road round to the left in front of the Royal Oak Pub and Elder Road is the first turning on the right.

Grid Ref: SY846947    Walks Grade: Leisurely Walk Leader Training day Organiser: John    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Following the huge success of last year's event we are running another - Walk leader Training - General information, dos and don'ts, how to read a map, how to log a walk on the website, that sort of thing. Hopefully it will be both enjoyable and useful. Theory session in the morning, choice of packed lunch in the Hut or Pub Lunch in Town, then, after lunch we hope to plan some walks which can be reccyed the following weekend. Both experienced walk leaders and those seeking advice are welcome. The experienced walk leaders can help plan walks and if possible even attend the reccys the following weekend too.

Start Point: The Scout Hut in Bere Regis. Park at the hut or in Elder Road near the Scout Hut, there is usually plenty of parking along this road. Approaching Bere Regis on the A35 from the East, take the first turning off the roundabout to head into town. Follow the road round to the left in front of the Royal Oak Pub and Elder Road is the first turning on the right.

Grid Ref: SY846947    Walks Grade: N/A Tapas and Cinema Night (Rio - 3D) Organiser: Matt Benfield    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come along to Weymouth Seafront's cosy but friendly Statue House Tapas Bar to try a variety of Tapas dishes, before heading to Cineworld for the animated comedy-adventure Rio in 3D! From the makers of the Ice Age movies and set in the magnificent city of Rio de Janero and the lush rainforest of Brazil, the story follows Blu (Jesse Eisenburg), a rare Macaw who thinks he's the last of his kind until discovering there's another, Jewel (Ann Hathaway). Unexpectedly thrown together, the domesticated, flight-challenged Blu and the fiercely independent, high-flying Jewel embark on the adventure of a lifetime! I'll book a table and get tickets in advance, so let me know if you would like a place (email me on mat_benfield@hotmail.com). Here are some links to whet your appetite: LINK(1) http://www.rio-themovie.com/ LINK(2)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ81_Q0lYAM

Start Point: Statue House Tapas Bar at the sea-end of St Mary St Weymouth. There's a CP next to Cineworld (so you can just pop next door after the film): On the seafront, turn into King St (at the Jubilee Clock). At 1st roundabout, take 1st exit down Commercial Rd. Cineworld is at the end of the road, on the left (post code:DT4 8LY).

Grid Ref: SY678789    Walks Grade: N/A Crocus Walk

Organiser: Alison C    Distance(miles): 4.5

Description: (Shorter route available too of approx 2.5 miles)

 An annual fundraising event for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The walk takes place around Pulham. Meet at the Halsey Arms Public House, Pulham and return for coffee or tea and homemade cake (£1 donation) and an adult and children’s raffle too. Wear something pink if you wish. This can be followed by a Walkers Carvery Lunch (Price - £8-95 to include £1 donation to Breakthrough – no need to pre-book). This is not a sponsored walk (no need to register) but walkers are invited to make a donation to Breakthrough Breast Cancer on the day. Come and enjoy a lovely walk with good company and suporb refreshments!

Start Point: The Halsey Arms, Pulham

Grid Ref: ST705085    Walks Grade: Leisurely

Get Walking Day - Throop Mill and the River Stour Organiser: Cheryl    Distance(miles): 6.5

Description: A flat circular walk to the north of Bournemouth. Starting in Muscliffe we follow the river Stour to Ensbury Bridge, then cross the river to follow the Stour Valley Way through Parley Green and Merritown. We then take in Throop Mill on the way back. This walk is particularly suitable for new walkers, and well behaved children and dogs are welcome.  There are two options for this walk, and a group consensus will be taken on the day as to which return route we take from Throop Mill.  The shorter (6.5 mile) route takes us back through Throop village, while the route along the river Stour is between 7 and 7.5 miles long.  It may be sensible to bring lunch, however there will be a stop at Parley golf course on the way round.

Start Point: Start from Muscliffe walkers car park. Coming up from central Bournemouth on the A347, turn right at the roundabout onto the A3060, then left towards Muscliffe School. The car park is in a side road to the left.

Grid Ref: SZ096959    Walks Grade: Leisurely Dogs Night, Poole Stadium. Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Back by popular demand - a night at the Dogs, Poole Stadium,Wimborne Road, Poole. Have a flutter - you never know your luck. I have 2 for 1 entrance vouchers so will cost £2.50 each to get in assuming we have even numbers. The stadium has its own bar and food counter (burgers,chips etc).Free car parking.Please let me know you are coming so that we can look out for you. denise.pearson@sky.com.

Start Point: Meet outside the entrance to the stadium. We meet well in advance to try and get good seats.

Grid Ref: SZ013914    Walks Grade: N/A Wimborne Folk Festival Organiser: John    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Wimborne Folk Festival is a weekend of the very best in traditional English and Celtic music and dance, in and around the Minster town of Wimborne, Dorset There are many concerts in many venues around the town(see the website for details) plus dance displays and street markets during the day.

Start Point: Suggest we meet outside the entrance to the Minster at noon and just wander round and check it all out. Use the phone number above to contact me either before the event or on the day so that I know to look out for you (it will be pretty busy). I know this is a vague plan but it is entirely suitable for this event. If you would like any more information, please do not hesitate to email.

Grid Ref: SZ009999    Walks Grade: N/A Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble Concert in Salisbury Cathedral Organiser: Gabriella    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Dear All, I would like to invite you for a special performance which is going to take place in Salisbury Cathedral. This will be a spine-tingling and mesmeric performance with voices and saxophone basking in the Cathedral\'s glorious acoustic. Vocal quartet The Hilliard Ensemble and Norwegian saxophone master Jan Garbarek create music of great beauty and sophistication. Ticket prices are the following £30, £25, £20, £18.50, £10.50. I would like to book them as soon as possible, so please let me know by 17th of April if you would like me to get ticket for you or book tickets separately after this date.

Start Point: Meet outside of the Salisbury Cathedral between 19.30-19.45. This link can help to find the nearest car parks: http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/docs/the-close-map.pdf

Grid Ref: SU141294    Walks Grade: N/A Summerfest Organiser: Rob (joint Hants/Dorset Event)    Distance(miles): N/A

Description: A joint event with Hants20s30s group. We have booked the same events field as last year at Burnbake Campsite near Corfe Castle. This is a 3 day event starting on Thurs 7th July. You can come for just one night or all 3. On the Saturday there will be a walk and various fun things like bouncy castle, BBQ and live music from the fantastic 'Dinner Ladies' and our very own fab walking group band 'Portaloo Sunset'. Various types of tickets available. Ticket prices are A type: Thurs to Sunday: £63. B Type - Fri-Sun-£54. C type Sat-Sun - £42 and D Type - Sat visit - £29. Ticket prices include Thurs and Sat BBQ and all breakfasts( if you have camped the night before). This was an amazing event last year and all DYW members are welcome to attend. There will be a large gazebo and also campfire. You will need your own camping gear, but if you don't like camping, then come along for the daytime / eve on Sat. TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE. Please email DYW if you have any queries and address the subject of your email FAO Louise W or Phil C.

Start Point: Burnbake Campsite, Rempstone, Corfe Castle. BH20 2JH

Grid Ref: SY961818    Walks Grade: N/A Dorset Knob Throwing and Food Festival Organiser: JuliaB    Distance(miles): 0

Description: Come and have a good laugh and have a go at throwing the Dorset Knob biscuit. There is also a food festival with Dorset's best food and drink to buy and lots of other entertainment. The event was a great success last year and as I went last year I can say it is a good day out. I have attached details here - there is a small admission charge. http://www.dorsetknobthrowing.com/

Start Point: Meet outside the Pub in Cattistock. From Dorchester take the A37, then A356 towards Crewkerne. At Maiden Newton Post Office turn right. Go past the War Memorial and take the next left signed Cattistock and follow the signs for free car parking. From Yeovil take A37 towards Dorchester. Car parking is easier to access from the Maiden Newton direction. Take the Maiden Newton turn-off from the A37. Turn right at the staggered cross roads at the bottom of the hill signed Cattistock. Continue approx. 1 mile, over two bridges, into Cattistock and follow the car park signs for free car parking.

Grid Ref: SY591996    Walks Grade: N/A Forde Abbey and Valley of the Axe Organiser: Denise    Distance(miles): 5

Description: Easy walk of 5 miles between Thorncombe and Forde Abbey and back. We will spend some time visiting the house and gardens at Forde Abbey (entrance cost is £10.50 for house and gardens) and have lunch there. Either bring packed lunch or you can eat in the restaurant there. We will have a long lunch break (one hour) so people can choose which to do.Would be a good chance to bring Easter eggs to share!

Start Point: Laybys at crossroads as you enter Thorncombe

Grid Ref: ST373029    Walks Grade: Leisurely Pamphill Bluebell Walk Organiser: John    Distance(miles): 2

Description: A short but delightful walk to check out the early season Bluebells (they are out - I checked). Perhaps a quick drink in the Vine Inn afterwards.

Start Point: Walk will start at 7pm prompt - due to limited daylight we will not have the customary 15 minute arrival window. Meet in the car park behind Pamphill First School, parking is free. Pamphill is signposted from the B3082 Blandford Road, just North West of Wimborne.

Grid Ref: ST992005    Walks Grade: Leisurely Hinton Admiral Gardens Open Day Organiser: Gabriella    Distance(miles): 2

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