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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.

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. 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 - 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

MAY 2016
Date Time Miles Meeting
Place
Grid Ref.
Map Description Leader(s) Tel No. Dogs / No dogs
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
8/6/2016 10:00 7 - 8 White Sheet CP, Holt Heath, north of Wimborne Minster Exp 118
SU 048 036
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Peaceful walking through forests and wild open heathland. Mervyn 01747 840896 (MoD 07950 658276) RAD Only
12/6/2016 10:00 8.5 South Down NT CP Off A353 OL 15
SY 758 824
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Undulating, 3 sharp ascents SWCP to Scratchy Bottom & Durdle Door. Levelish return Graham 01935 817531 (MoD 07875 765844) RAD Only
15/6/2016 10:00 8.5 Studland, Heath Green Road OL 15
SZ 032 824
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Easy heathland walking, no stiles. Poole Harbour views Deidre and Jill T 01747 838733/838050 (MoD 07778 295314) On leads at all times
19/6/2016 10:00 10 Heytesbury, park and meet opposite playing fields Exp 143
ST 927 426
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Hilly terrain. Imber Range perimeter path. Andy & Jane 01258 821188 RAD Only
22/6/2016 10:00 7 Cadbury Castle CP Exp 129
ST 632 253
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Undulating. 1 steep hill. The Beacon, Corton Ridge & Cadbury Castle Sarah 01963 370009 (MoD 07557 647422) On leads at all times
26/6/2016 10:00 7.5 Eype Picnic Site CP. South of A35, south of Bridport Exp 116
SY 452 923
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Undulating via Chideock, Golden Cap SWCP to Seatown & Thorncombe Beacon. Cream teas? Graham 01935 817531 (MoD 07875 765844) RAD Only
29/6/2016 10:00 7 Symondsbury. Park tidily in village, meet by church Exp 116
SY 445 935
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Moderate pace via Hell Lane, Quarry Hill & Thorncombe Bottom. One steep ascent. Charles 01258 472869 MoD 07472 742366 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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