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Our walks are not graded, but an indication of the nature of the walk can be found under ‘Description’. For further details about the individual walks, please contact the leader, who will enlarge upon the type of walk, likely pace (the Leader sets the pace, please do not force a faster pace), and meeting arrangements.

You do not have to be a member of the Ramblers Association to come along to our walks; but it is Ramblers Association policy that you will be expected to join after three 'trial' walks, and/or if you intend to walk with us frequently. Please also be aware that the Ramblers' Insurance policy only covers guest walkers for three walks.

Please take plenty to drink, and a packed lunch – unless otherwise stated all walks will have a picnic lunch stop; there will be stops for drinks as required.

Information for Walk Leaders

There is a lot of useful information for walk leaders on the Ramblers website, in the Volunteer section. For convenience links to two of the documents can be found here: First Aid Tips and the Walk Leader Checklist. In order to comply with conditions of the Ramblers Civil Insurance policy, walks should be recce'ed beforehand.

As Ramblers' walk leaders, we have a certain responsibility to those who join us on our walks, and are therefore advised to carry OS Explorer maps at all times. The Group holds a small library of these maps, which Walk Leaders can borrow. Please contact Sheila if you would lo make use of one of these. We currently hold Explorer numbers: 117, 118, 128, 129 and OL15. All we ask is that you return it as soon as possible after your walk, or, should the map become damaged or lost whilst in your possession, that it is replaced with a new one.

Dogs on Walks

We have been advised by Ramblers Central Office that if we put ‘Sorry no dogs’ in our walk programme, we are in breach of the  Disability Equality Act 2010, because we would in effect be discriminating against potential walkers who are accompanied by Assistance Dogs. In future therefore it has been agreed that, for those who normally exclude dogs for whatever reason, we put “RAD ONLY”, where RAD means Registered Assistance Dogs.  Those members wishing to bring their Assistance Dog on a walk, PLEASE CONTACT THE LEADER at least seven days in advance of the walk to discuss safety issues, and whether adjustments to the route are possible, to avoid potential hazards etc.  This does not affect those walks which permit dogs (on leads at all times).

To submit a walk, download a printable form here.

Disclaimer: All sporting and leisure activities have inherent hazards associated with them and rambling is no exception. In spite of the safety of members always being of paramount concern, accidents will occasionally occur. It is important therefore that when entering into the activity, each member appreciates that they have a responsibility to identify the hazards associated with the activity and take all reasonable steps to eliminate or minimise the potential for an accident to arise.

Any incident, accident or injury that occurs on any of our walks must be reported to Graham on 01935 817531

Abbreviations:                                          

CP Car Park:  NT National Trust: JT Jubilee Trail: DWT Dorset Wildlife Trust: RAD Registered Assistance Dogs: MoD Mobile on Day

WESSEX WANDERER 

Public Guided Walks from stations on the Weymouth to Bristol Railway Line. Organised and led by members of the Avon, Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire Areas of Ramblers.

With support from the Heart of Wessex Rail Partnership and First Great Western.

The new programme is available from: www.wessexrailwaywalks.org

     
BAD WEATHER – PLEASE NOTE that if the weather or forecast is poor, it is ESSENTIAL to telephone the Leader before setting out. For last-minute changes also check the website.

PROGRAMME INFORMATION:

For the printable version, click on the appropriate file to the right. THERE IS NOT NECESSARILY A WALK EVERY SUNDAY OR WEDNESDAY. The entries are checked, so if no walk is listed, there is no walk!

IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF A DIFFERENT RAMBLERS' GROUP AND WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE E-MAILING LIST FOR PROGRAMMES, PLEASE CONTACT ME.

PLEASE SEE NOTES ABOVE ABOUT DOGS ON WALKS

 
Walks programme NDG Programme - Nov 16 - Feb 17-web
Walks programme NDG Programme - July 16 - Oct 16-web
Walks programme NDG Programme - March 16- June 16 web
Walks programme NDG Programme - Nov 15 - Feb 16-webrev
Walks programme NDG Programme - July 15- Oct 15 web
Walks programme NDG Programme - March 15- June 15 web
Previous walks are located in our Member Zone, Archive section.
CAR SHARING - we encourage car sharing when practical

DECEMBER 2016
Date Time Miles Meeting
Place
Grid Ref.
Map Description Leader(s) Tel No. Dogs / No dogs
7/12/2016 10:00 8 Sherborne, park along Sheeplands Lane. Exp 129
ST 630 172
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Tracks and quiet lanes, Nether Compton and Trent David S & Sue S 01935 812456 (MoD 07596 806239) On leads at all times
11/12/2016 10:00 9.5 Frampton Village Hall CP One pound donation please. Exp 117
SY 623 951
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Fields, tracks and lanes. Lovely views. Jill R & Sally 01963 23404 MOD 07821 178970 On leads at all times
18/12/2016 10:00 8 Maiden Bradley. Park opposite Barcroft Farm. (Used to have recycling bins) Exp 142
ST 800 390
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Fields and woods. Could be muddy. Bob M 01747 821269 RAD Only
21/12/2016 10:00 7 Ivythorn Hill NT CP (near Street YHA) Exp 141
ST 480 345
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Tracks & paths, 2 steep hills. Polden Hills, Levels, via Dundons & Lollover Hill. SSI. Views. Sarah D and Peter 01963 370009 (MoD 07557 647422) RAD Only
28/12/2016 10:00 7 Boscombe. Junction of Sea Road and The Marina Rd. Park in nearby roads OL 22
SZ 112 913
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Undulating via Boscombe Spa, Pier and Esplanade. Occasionally flat. The 7 Loo Walk. Richard & Sally 01747 824359 On leads at all times
JANUARY 2017
Date Time Miles Meeting
Place
Grid Ref.
Map Description Leader(s) Tel No. Dogs / No dogs
8/1/2017 10:00 8 Pamphill Green, near Church Exp 118
ST 989 007
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Badbury Rings and Hillbutts Bruce & Jan 01258 817942 (MoD 07746 586346) On leads at all times
11/1/2017 10:00 9 Minterne Magna CP Exp 117
ST 659 043
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Classic Circuit: Cerne and Upcerne. Will be muddy Graham 01935 817531 (MoD 07875 765844) RAD Only
15/1/2017 10:00 8 Gussage All Saints Village Hall One pound donation please. Exp 118
SU 001 106
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Sovell Down, The Great Curcus. Views over Cranborne Chase. Richard & Sally 01747 824359 On leads at all times
18/1/2017 10:00 8 Sherborne, Sheeplands Lane. Meet at junction with Nethercombe Lane Exp 120
ST 630 173
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Sandford Orcas and Poyntington One short ascent. Edward 01935 813316 On leads at all times
22/1/2017 10:00 7 Ashmore Village Park tidily, meet near Church Exp 118
ST 912 177
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Ashmore and Stubhampton Bottoms. One short sharp descent. Margaret H 07591 023204 On leads at all times
25/1/2017 10:00 7.5 Stourhead NT CP FREE TO NT MEMBERS FEE OTHERS Exp 142
ST 779 340
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Undulating. Six Wells Bottom, Druley and Yarnfield Gate. K & P 01747 851018 On leads at all times
29/1/2017 10:00 10 Chilmark, old part south of B3089 Exp 130, 143
ST 968 327
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Undulating, via Dinton Park, Teffont and Cleeve Copse. Liz R 01747 830894 (MoD 07810 338701) On leads at all times
FEBRUARY 2017
Date Time Miles Meeting
Place
Grid Ref.
Map Description Leader(s) Tel No. Dogs / No dogs
5/2/2017 10:00 7 Dorchester, Lower Trinity St CP Free on Sundays OL 15
SY 691 905
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River paths, field tracks, some road. Charminster, Higher Burton David S & Sue S 01935 812456 (MoD 07596 806239) On leads at all times
8/2/2017 10:00 8 Blackford, meet south of Church. Park tidily in village, please share cars. Exp 129
ST 658 261
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Tracks, some fields and lanes. Maperton, Charlton Horethorne, Compton Pauncefoot Castle. Liz L 01963 370269 On leads at all times
12/2/2017 10:00 9 Cranborne Square Exp 118
SU 055 133
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Gentle gradients and fine views over Cranborne Chase Liz P 07796 797611 On leads at all times
15/2/2017 10:00 7.7 Semley. Park tidily near Church Exp 118
ST 892 269
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Quiet lanes, snowdrops should be out. West & East Hatch, Newtown Sheila D 01747 824705 (MoD 07720 905316) On leads at all times
19/2/2017 10:00 8 Gillingham High St CP Free on Sunday Exp 129
ST 807 265
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Fields and lanes via Huntingford, Silton and Milton on Stour. Anne O 01747 835067 MOD 07790 055963 RAD Only
22/2/2017 10:00 8 Hod Hill small CP Exp 118
ST 853 112
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Some hills. Via Child Okeford and Hambledon Hill Tony N 01747 852754 On leads at all times
26/2/2017 10:00 9 Blandford. Stour Meadows CP Exp 117
ST 887 058
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Undulating route via Shothole, Winterborne Stickland. Bruce & Jan 01258 817942 (MoD 07746 586346) On leads at all times

MESSAGE FROM DORSET POLICE TO RAMBLERS - THEFTS FROM VEHICLES AT BEAUTY SPOTS

Please remove possessions from your vehicle while unattended - at places you stay and visit (e.g. beauty spots), villages and towns. This should include satellite navigation equipment. Hiding items may not be enough. If possible, please print off and display one of these


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