20s to 30s walking, hiking and social group, part of The Ramblers

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    


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): N50.74689, W-2.32583

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

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Important Advice

Walk gradings are provided as a general guide only. If you have any doubt about your fitness for a particular walk please contact the organiser or leader in advance.

Bear in mind the distance of the walk, regional differences in terrain and the possibility of bad weather, which can make a walk more difficult than planned.

If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy walk first - it's much better to find a walk a little too slow and easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.

Leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit.

What to Bring With You on a Walk

Packed lunch - most walks require you to bring along a good packed lunch as most day hikes over 5 miles will entail a lunch stop of about twenty minutes (or five minutes if it's raining hard!). If the walk has a pub or tea room stop then a full lunch shouldn't be needed, please check the individual walk details for more information.

Proper walking boots and socks - every year a few new people will turn up to longer walks in unsuitable footwear and suffer painful blisters, sore ankles or be forced to get the bus home as a result. Don't let it happen to you - approriate footwear is a must in the rural and rocky terrain that Dorset has to offer, and on any walk that is over 4 miles or has anything more than a 'easy' difficultly rating. Outdoor stores are everywhere now and offer decent ankle boots at affordable prices, so it's easier than ever to get the proper kit on a budget.

Rainproofs - on any walk the weather can turn for the worse, so even if the forecast is clear most members carry a packaway jacket or rainproofs. During the winter a rainproof jacket is a must, and many members also swear by waterproof over-trousars or quick drying outdoor fabrics. Gore-tex and eVent fabrics are perfect if you have the budget!

Mobile phone - a mobile is a good safety device to have with you, even if reception is patchy you can always walk to high ground and try to get a signal if you get lost or seperated from a group walk (which is extremely rare!). Also if you are late for a walk you can contact the Walk Leader and ask them to wait for five or ten minutes, please be aware however that if you are very late the Walk Leader will have no choice but to start the walk.

A print out of the event details - our event start details are optimised for car Satnavs, so you can enter the walk start address, postcodes and even latitude and longtitude coordinates to help you find the walk. The print out will also give you the Walk Leader name and mobile should you run into to trouble on the journey there.

Walks Grading Explained

Easy Access - walks for everyone, including people with conventional wheelchairs and pushchairs, using easy access paths. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. Assistance may be needed to push wheelchairs on some sections, please contact the group running the walk for details.

Easy - walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.

Leisurely - walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.

Moderate - walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.

Strenuous - walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rough country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness should contact the organiser or leader in advance.

Technical - walks for experienced and very fit walkers with additional technical skills. May require scrambling and use of ropes, ice axes and crampons. You must contact the organiser or leader in advance for further details.