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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, 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.

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 Barry on 01747 855739

Abbreviations:                                          

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

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.

PROGRAMME INFORMATION:

For the printable version, click on the file to the right.

IF YOU ARE A MEMBER AND WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE E-MAILING LIST, PLEASE CONTACT ME.

PLEASE SEE NOTES ABOVE ABOUT DOGS ON WALKS

 
Walks programme NDG Programme - July 14 - Oct 14 web rev
Walks programme NDG Programme - March 14- June 14 web
Walks programme NDG Programme - November 13 - February 14-web
Walks programme

NDG Programme - July 13 - Oct 13-web

Walks programme

NDG Programme - March 13- June 13 web

Walks programme NDG Programme - November 12 - February 13-web
Previous walks are located in our Member Zone, Archive section.
CAR SHARING - we encourage car sharing when practical

AUGUST 2014
Date Time Miles Meeting
Place
Grid Ref.
Map Description Leader(s) Tel No. Dogs / No dogs
2/8/2014 17:30 00 Shaftesbury RBL Centre Exp 118
ST 867 230
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Quiz Night - see Members' page B & J 01747 855739 Sorry, no dogs
3/8/2014 10:00 8.5 Sturminster Newton Central CP (Free on Sundays) Exp 129
ST 788 142
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Moderate pace, gentle ascent of 150' Richard & Sally 01747 824359 On leads at all times
6/8/2014 10:00 7 Cadbury Castle CP Exp 129
ST 632 253
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To The Beacon and Corton Ridge. Steep-sided hills with good views. 1,015 ' ascent Sarah D and Peter 01963 370009/370127 (MoD 07557 647422) RAD Only
10/8/2014 10:00 10 Win Green NT CP Exp 118
ST 925 204
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Mixed terrain via Tollard Royal and Taj Mahal. Gentle ascent. Derek 07908 963087 RAD Only
13/8/2014 10:00 8 Common Farm, Kings Stag Exp 117
ST 735 100
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Undulating terrain. Tea and cakes after walk. Bruce & Jan 01258 817942 (MoD 07746 586346) RAD Only
17/8/2014 10:00 8.5 Mells. Park on roadside near Talbot Inn Exp 142
ST 727 492
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Moderate pace. Via Somerset's last coalmine. Richard & Sally 01747 824359 On leads at all times
20/8/2014 10:00 9 Max Gate, Dorchester. Park in road in front of House. OL 15
SY 703 898
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Barnes and Hardy Country. Undulating via West Stafford, Hardy's Cottage & Stinsford. Both NT properties open. Graham 01935 817531 (MoD 07875 765844) RAD Only
24/8/2014 10:00 8 Berwick St James Village Hall CP. Donation GBP 1 please. Exp 118
ST 947 223
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Two steep hills - truly exhilarating terrain. K & P 01747 851018 RAD Only
27/8/2014 10:00 7.5 Fifehead Magdalene. Please park tidily in village, and meet near Church. Exp 129
ST 783 215
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Mixed agricultural terrain. Short steep ascents. Three churches en route. Peter & Sarah D 01963 370127/370009 RAD Only
31/8/2014 10:00 9 Okeford Hill CP Exp 117
ST 812 093
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Moderate pace, undulating terrain. Jubilee Trail, Blandford Forest, Wessex Ridgeway. Good views, be prepared for nettles. David R & Sheila D 01747 826542/824705 RAD Only
SEPTEMBER 2014
Date Time Miles Meeting
Place
Grid Ref.
Map Description Leader(s) Tel No. Dogs / No dogs
3/9/2014 10:00 8 East Knoyle. Southern end of Shaftesbury Rd. Exp 118
ST 879 297
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Moderate pace through Hindon Woods, along Pythouse Plantation, and Lower Farm Liz R 01747 830894 (MoD 07810 338701) On leads at all times
3/9/2014 10:00 7.5 Bourton Church. Park along New Rd or West Bourton Rd. Exp 142
ST 769 303
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Undulating terrain via Silton and Zeals, paths and quiet lanes. Anne O and Sarah D 01747 840129 (MoD 07790 055693) 01963 370009 RAD Only
7/9/2014 10:00 8 or 6 South Down NT CP above Ringstead Bay. OL 15
SY 758 824
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8 miles: 800' ascent of White Nothe 6 miles: Easy ascent via SWCP to White Nothe. Both: Lunch on beach for bathe. Graham 01935 817531 (MoD 07875 765844) RAD Only
14/9/2014 10:00 10 Gillingham Town Meadow Park in High Street CP (Free on Sundays) Exp 129
ST 808 266
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Part of GILLINGHAM WALKING FESTIVAL Moderate pace, mainly flat terrain towards Milton, Silton and Cucklington. Sheila D and Jan W 01747 824705 or 01963 362162 RAD Only
17/9/2014 10:00 8 Alfred's Tower NT CP. Exp 142
ST 749 353
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Moderate pace. Fields, tracks and Leland Trail. Steady climb back to cars. Liz L 01963 370269 (MoD 07836 742312) RAD Only
21/9/2014 10:00 9 Sydling St Nicholas. Park in village, meet outside Village Hall. Exp 117
SY 631 994
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2 hills, moderate pace. 950' ascent. Views, via Cattistock and Maiden Newton. Spme Macmillan Way Peter 01258 450081 On leads at all times
24/9/2014 10:00 8 Sturminster Newton Ricketts Lane CP Exp 129
ST 785 140
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Easy terrain via Haydon and Fifehead Neville. K & P 01747 851018 RAD Only
28/9/2014 10:00 10 Dorchester. Park in Trinity Street CP. (Free on Sundays) Meet at Tourist Information Office, Trinity St. OL 15
SY 692 906
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LINEAR WALK TO WEYMOUTH. Steady pace, varied terrain via Sutton Poynz and Bowleaze Cove, Buses back to Dorchester half-hourly from Kings Statue on Esplanade. David S & Sue S 01935 812456 (MoD 07596 806239) On leads at all times
OCTOBER 2014
Date Time Miles Meeting
Place
Grid Ref.
Map Description Leader(s) Tel No. Dogs / No dogs
1/10/2014 10:00 8.5 North Cadbury. Park in Woolston Rd, between Church & Shop. Exp 129
ST 636 273
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Mixed terrain, via Yarlington and Galhampton Deidre 01747 838733 RAD Only
5/10/2014 10:00 10 Iwerne Courtney/Shroton. Park at north end of Main Street. Exp 118
ST 859 128
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Medium pace, no hills via Child Okeford and Trailway. Derek 07908 963087 RAD Only
8/10/2014 10:00 7.8 Barrington. Meet at St Mary's Church. Exp 128
ST 389 181
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Varied terrain via East Lambrook and Shepton Beauchamp. Barrington Court NT open 11-5. Teashop open at end of walk. David S & Sue S 01935 812456 07596 806239 On leads at all times
12/10/2014 10:00 8 Witham Friary CP near Pub. Exp 142
ST 745 409
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Moderate pace undulating terrain via forest tracks and ancient fish ponds. Sheila D & David R 01747 824705/826542 RAD Only
15/10/2014 10:00 8 Farnham. Park & meet near Museum Hotel. Exp 118
ST 958 150
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Easy terrain via Minchington Cross & Sixpenny Handley. 680 ' ascent. Peter 01258 450081 On leads at all times
18/10/2014 10:00 5 The Crown Inn, East Stour Exp129
ST 805 235
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PRE AGM WALK Followed by OPTIONAL lunch (£18.00 per person) Followed by AGM at 13.30 hrs Graham 01935 817531 (MoD 07875 765844) RAD Only
19/10/2014 10:00 10-11 Tarrant Rushton. Park tidily in village and meet at Church. Exp 118
ST 939 059
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Steady pace, good terrain. Around the Tarrants. B & J 01747 855739 RAD Only
22/10/2014 10:00 8 Lamyatt on grass in front of Church. Donation GBP 1 please Exp 142
ST 661 362
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Hilly terrain via Batcombe, Westcombe and Spargrove. Deidre and Jill T 01747 838733/838050 RAD Only
26/10/2014 10:00 10.5 Heytesbury. Park in street opposite playing fields. Exp 143
ST 927 426
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Undulating terrain via Chitterne, Upton Lovell and Knook. Andy & Jane 01258 820592 RAD Only
29/10/2014 10:00 8.5 Cerne Abbas, Kettle Bridge CP Exp 117
ST 664 015
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Chalk downs and valleys. ascents not too steep. Via Minterne Parva and Batcombe Ridge. Linda 01935 872616 (MoD 07732 670347) RAD Only

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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