Friday 5th August, meet time 16:00
Square Fayre Festival and camping weekend
Walk or event leader: Joanne Contact: 07765 497887 Email event leader
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)
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.
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.