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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.

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 Barry 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, so that it is available for others.

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: 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.

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 FOR PROGRAMMES, PLEASE CONTACT ME.

PLEASE SEE NOTES ABOVE ABOUT DOGS ON WALKS

 
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
Walks programme NDG Programme - Nov 14 - Feb 15-web
Walks programme NDG Programme - July 14 - Oct 14 web rev
Previous walks are located in our Member Zone, Archive section.
CAR SHARING - we encourage car sharing when practical

FEBRUARY 2016
Date Time Miles Meeting
Place
Grid Ref.
Map Description Leader(s) Tel No. Dogs / No dogs
7/2/2016 10:00 8 - 9 Dinton NT CP. (small but free) Car share if possible please, but if CP full use adjacent road. Exp 130
SU 009 315
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Varied route through parkland, fields & woods passing 2 water mills. & a view of the Fovant badges. Several stiles & could be muddy.1 fairly short steep climb. Short stretch on quiet road. Liz R 01747 830894 (MoD 07810 338701) On leads at all times
10/2/2016 10:00 9 CP east of Cann Common, top of Zig Zag Hill Exp 118
ST 897 208
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Ox Drove, Win Green and Ludwell. Undulating. Tony N 01747 852754 On leads at all times
14/2/2016 10:00 9 Bourton Church. Paik in neighbouring streets Exo 142
ST 769 303
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Paths and quiet lanes, to Silton, Zeals and Penselwood Anne O 07790 055693 RAD Only
17/2/2016 10:00 8.8 Semley. Park near school Exp 118
ST 892 269
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Mainly quiet lanes via Barkers Hill, West Hatch and Pythouse Plantation Sheila D & David R 01747 824705/826542 MoD 07720905316 RAD Only
21/2/2016 10:00 8 Bere Regis Recycling CP Exp 117
SY 846 948
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Undulating, with 750 ft ascent Brockhill and Throop Bruce & Jan 01258 817942 (MoD 07746 586346) On leads at all times
24/2/2016 10:00 9 Sherborne Terrace Playing Fields CP Exp 129
ST 642 157
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Lenthay, Thornford & Lillington. Undulating, and may be muddy. Graham 01935 817531 (MoD 07875 765844) RAD Only
28/2/2016 10:00 7 Gillingham High Street CP Free on Sundays Exp 129
ST 807 265
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Varied terrain, moderate pace.. Stour Valley Way, Wyndhams Oak. Some road walking. CHANGE OF DISTANCE AND ROUTE FROM ORIGINAL PROGRAMME. Jan W 01963 362162 MoD 07713 328723 RAD Only
MARCH 2016
Date Time Miles Meeting
Place
Grid Ref.
Map Description Leader(s) Tel No. Dogs / No dogs
6/3/2016 10:00 7.5 Glanvilles Wootton Village Hall CP GBP 1.00 donation please Exp 117
ST 678 084
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Lanes, fields, woodlands. Lyons Gate & Middlemarsh Jill R & Sally 01963 23404 MOD 07821 178970 On leads at all times
9/3/2016 10:00 8.5 Miborne Port East St CP Exp 129
ST 679 187
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Moderate pace, via Oborne & Haydon 1 steep hill K & P 01747 851018 RAD Only
13/3/2016 10:00 10 Sherborne Coldharbour Business Estate (north of A30 roundabout) Exp 129
ST 644 174
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Undulating, muddy, via Holway Wood, Somerset Beacon, Poyntington Graham 01935 817531 (MoD 07875 765844) RAD Only
16/3/2016 10:00 7 Fifehead Magdalen. Park tidily on road by Parish Church Exp 129
ST 782 215
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Undulating with stiles, several churches plus defunct watermill. Peter M'g & Sarah D 01963 370127/370009 MOD 07972 396459 On leads at all times
20/3/2016 10:00 8 - 9 Maiden Castle CP OL 15
SY 668 889
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Steady pace, undulating views and history. Bronkham Hill Richard & Sally 01747 824359 On leads at all times
23/3/2016 10:00 8.5 Stourton Caundle Village Hall CP, Drove Rd GBP 1 Donation please Exp 129
ST 716 152
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Steady pace, undulating. 2 climbs. Field tracks and quiet roads David S & Sue S 01935 812456 MoD 07596 806239 On leads at all times
27/3/2016 10:00 8.5 Common Farm, Kings Stag Exp 117/129
ST 735 100
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Via Lydlinch, Kingston and Hazelbury Bryan. Tea & cakes to follow. Bruce & Jan 01258 817942 (MoD 07746 586346) On leads at all times
30/3/2016 10:00 7 Sherborne Terrace Playing Fields CP Exp 129
ST 641 156
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Fields, lanes & woods. Via Longburton and Lillington Linda M 01935 872616 (MoD 07732 670347) RAD Only
APRIL 2016
Date Time Miles Meeting
Place
Grid Ref.
Map Description Leader(s) Tel No. Dogs / No dogs
3/4/2016 10:00 8 - 9 Cranborne, outside Estate Office in The Square Exp 118/OL 15
SU 055 133
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Undulating terrain, Martin Down & Penbury Knoll Richard & Sally 01747 824359 On leads at all times
6/4/2016 10:00 9.5 Durweston. Lay-by to the north of village on A257 Exp 117
ST 855 090
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Blandford Forest foray Jan W 01963 362162 MoD 07713 328723 RAD Only
13/4/2016 10:00 7 Maiden Castle CP OL 15
SY 668 889
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Undulating with sea views on SWCP & Maiden Castle . David S & Sue S 01935 812456 (MoD 07596 806239) On leads at all times
17/4/2016 10:00 10 Stourhead NT CP FEE to NON NT Members Exp 142
ST 778 340
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Moderate ascents via White Sheet Downs & Long Knoll Anne O 07790 055693 RAD Only
20/4/2016 10:00 8.5 Cerne Abbas. Kettle Bridge CP Exp 117
ST 662 016
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Lanes and chalk tracks. Minterne Parva, Up Cerne & Gore Hill. Linda M 01935 872616 (MoD 07732 670347) RAD Only
24/4/2016 10:00 10 Worth Matravers CP Donation on site OL 15
SY 974 776
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Seacombe Cliff, SWCP to Dulston Head. Upper CP to Sea Spray, Priests Way 2,000’ ascent. Bruce & Jan 01258 817942 (MoD 07746 586346) On leads at all times
27/4/2016 10:00 8 - 9 Sturminster Newton Rec Ground CP Exp 129
ST 786 140
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Mixed terrain, moderate pace via Fifehead Neville K & P 01747 851018 RAD Only
MAY 2016
Date Time Miles Meeting
Place
Grid Ref.
Map Description Leader(s) Tel No. Dogs / No dogs
1/5/2016 10:00 9 Piddletrenthide Primary School GBP 1 Donation please Exp 117
SY 707 994
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2 ascents, downhill finish. Folly & Dorset Gap. Oxlips? Graham 01935 817531 (MoD 07875 765844) RAD Only
4/5/2016 10:00 8 Okeford Hill CP Exp 117
ST 812 093
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Ups and downs. Blandford Forest and Durweston David R & Sheila D 01747 826542/824705 RAD Only
8/5/2016 10:00 8 Rushmore Park North Lodge/gatehouse Exp 118
ST 957 195
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Medium pace, flattish terrain, through Chase Woods. Bluebells & wild garlic. Derek 07908 963087 RAD Only
11/5/2016 10:00 7 Montacute Square Exp 129
ST 498 170
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Moderate pace via West Coker and Odcombe Ann & Mel 01935 431851 RAD Only
18/5/2016 10:00 8.5 Priddy Village Green Exp 141
ST 527 510
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Undulating, via Ebbor Gorge & Wookey Hole, Priddy 9 Barrows, and Swallows Holes Deidre and Jill T 01747 838733/838050 (MoD 07778 295314) On leads at all times
22/5/2016 10:00 7.5 Wool, Church Lane OL5
SY 848 866
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Gentle terrain, via East Stoke Farm & Coombe Heath Nature Reserve Margaret H 01747 834466 MoD 07591 023204 RAD Only
25/5/2016 10:00 9 Motcombe Village Hall CP GBP 1 Donation please Exp 118
ST 851 254
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To Shaftesbury, returning via Semley Tony N 01747 852754 On leads at all times
29/5/2016 10:00 9.5 Gillingham High St. CP (Free Sundays) Exp 129
ST 807 265
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Moderate pace, mixed terrain. SVW, and returning via East Stour Common. Some road walking Jan W 01963 362162 MoD 07713 328723 RAD Only
JUNE 2016
Date Time Miles Meeting
Place
Grid Ref.
Map Description Leader(s) Tel No. Dogs / No dogs
1/6/2016 10:00 8 - 9 Watts Hill Lay by on C12 Buckland Newton Exp 117
ST 673 040
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Hilly. Moderate pace via Telegraph Hill and Cross & Hand Sheila D & David R 01747 824705/826542 MoD 07720 905316 RAD Only
5/6/2016 10:00 5.6 Martin Down CP, then Down Farm. Donations for latter Exp 118
SU 037 201
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Flattish terrain. Bokerley Ditch & Pentridge. PM archaeological trip to Down Farm, where the landowner has requested that any donations offered go to his nominated Charity. Suggested minimum GBP 2. Sheila D 01747 824705 (MoD 07720 905316) RAD Only

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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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