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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 - 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
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

AUGUST 2016
Date Time Miles Meeting
Place
Grid Ref.
Map Description Leader(s) Tel No. Dogs / No dogs
28/8/2016 10:00 7 Melbury Vale Winery GBP Two for parking ONLY GBP Eight for parking and tasting Exp 129
ST781 193
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Vale and downland via Melbury Beacon. Walk followed at 2.30 with winery tour Richard & Sally 01747 824359 RAD Only
31/8/2016 10:00 9.3 Cuttice Lodge, Rushmore Exp 118
ST958 194
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2 ascents. Classic woods, views. Bridmore Ride, the General's Avenue. Richard & Sally 01747 824359 On leads at all times
SEPTEMBER 2016
Date Time Miles Meeting
Place
Grid Ref.
Map Description Leader(s) Tel No. Dogs / No dogs
4/9/2016 10:00 10 Gillingham Town Meadow Park in High St CP opposite. Free on Sundays Exp 129
ST808 266
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GILLINGHAM WALKING FESTIVAL Mainly flat via Milton, Silton and Cucklington Sheila D 01747 824705 MOD 07720 905316 RAD Only
7/9/2016 10:00 6-7 Gillingham Town Meadow Park in High St CP opposite FEE (probably one pound fifty) Exp 129
ST808 266
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GILLINGHAM WALKING FESTIVAL South towards East Stour for Farm visit. drinks/cake available at lunchtime (donation) but take packed lunch. NUMBERS LIMITED- PLEASE CONTACT LEADER Jan W 01963 362162 MoD 07713 328723 RAD Only
11/9/2016 10:00 10 Dorchester, Trinity Street CP OL15
SY692 905
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Linear walk to Weymouth. No. 10 bus back, from Kings Statue or Prince Regent Hotel Moderate ascents. David S & Sue S 01935 812456 (MoD 07596 806239) On leads at all times
14/9/2016 10:00 7.5 Horton. Park in lay-by near 'phone box, just west of Horton Exp 118
SU032 074
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Mixed woodland, field paths, and 15 stiles! Charles 01258 472869 MoD 07472 742366 On leads at all times
21/9/2016 10:00 9 Cann Common CP at top of Zig Zag Hill Exp 117
ST897 208
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Undulating terrain via Win Green and Ludwell Tony N 01747 852754 On leads at all times
25/9/2016 10:00 8.5 Common Farm, Kings Stag Exp 129/117
ST735 099
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Via Lydlinch, Kingston & Hazelbury Bryan. Tea and cakes after walk. Bruce & Jan 01258 817942 (MoD 07746 586346) On leads at all times
28/9/2016 10:00 8.5 Milborne Port East St CP Exp 129
ST679 187
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Moderate pace via Oborne & Haydon. One steep hill K & P 01747 851018 On leads at all times
OCTOBER 2016
Date Time Miles Meeting
Place
Grid Ref.
Map Description Leader(s) Tel No. Dogs / No dogs
2/10/2016 10:00 8.5 Okeford Hill CP Exp 117
ST812 093
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Ups and downs. Turnworth & Ibberton Bruce & Jan 01258 817942 (MoD 07746 586346) On leads at all times
5/10/2016 10:00 8 Milborne Port East St CP Exp 129
ST679 187
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Undulating, muddy, via Poyntington & Stowell. with stiles. Peter & Sarah D 01963 370127 MOD 07972 396459 On leads at all times
9/10/2016 10:00 9 Hardy's Cottage NT CP GBP One fee to non NT members Exp 117
SY725 924
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Undulating through Hardy Country woodlands and water meadows. Liz P 01202 885082 MOD 07796 797611 On leads at all times
12/10/2016 10:00 7 - 8 Corfe Castle NT CP FREE to NT Members OL15
SY959 825
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Linear Walk to Swanage by Purbeck Ridge. Back by bus or train. Margaret H 01747 834466 RAD Only
16/10/2016 10:00 4-5 Stalbridge Village Hall CP Lower Road NOT HUB Exp 129
ST737 176
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GROUP AGM Short walk in morning, followed by American lunch, and AGM at 2.00 pm Lynn & Mike 07539 485604 RAD Only
19/10/2016 10:00 8 Kingston Deverill Lay by near 'phone box Exp 143
ST846 373
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Five Deverill Vilages. Hilly in places, good views. Sheila D & David R 01747 824705/826542 MoD 07720 905316 RAD Only
23/10/2016 10:00 10.5 Middle Woodford Park tidily in village, meet by Church Exp 130
SU120 362
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Monarch's Way and villages Andy & Jane 01258 821188 RAD Only
26/10/2016 10:00 7.5 Hardy's Cottage NT CP GBP One Fee for non NT members Exp 117
SY725 921
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Puddletown Forest, fields and lanes. Café at end of walk Linda M 01935 872616 (MoD 07732 670347) RAD Only
30/10/2016 10:00 9.5 Kilmington Home Guard Club GBP One donation Exp 142
ST773 355
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Wooded terrain with a few steep slopes. Bob and Sheila M 01747 821269 MOD 07896 641122 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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