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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

JUNE 2016
Date Time Miles Meeting
Place
Grid Ref.
Map Description Leader(s) Tel No. Dogs / No dogs
29/6/2016 10:00 7 Symondsbury - park and meet in Symonsbury Estate Manor CP (with the kind permission of the Estate). Follow signs to CP from Broadoak Rd. Exp 116
SY 445 935
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Moderate pace via Hell Lane, Quarry Hill & Thorncombe Bottom. One steep (tricky) ascent. PLENTY OF MUD! Charles 01258 472869 MoD 07472 742366 RAD Only
JULY 2016
Date Time Miles Meeting
Place
Grid Ref.
Map Description Leader(s) Tel No. Dogs / No dogs
3/7/2016 10:00 9-10 Max Gate, Dorchester. Park tidily in road at front of House, or Syward Road. OL15
SY 703 898
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Hardy Tour, including birthplace, Stinsford Church and water meadows. You need to be Hardy for this - VERY muddy in places and waterlogged tracks. Undulating. Jan W 01963 362162 MoD 07713 328723 RAD Only
6/7/2016 10:00 9.5 Piddletrenthide Church CP GBP One donation please. Exp 117
ST 702 007
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Wide firm tracks, fields. Short steep incline before lunch. Lynn & Mike 07539 485604 On leads at all times
10/7/2016 10:00 10 Lower Blandford St Mary Church GBP One donation please. Exp 117
ST 892 053
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Tracks, fields and Charlton Down Jill R & Sally 01963 23404 MOD 07821 178970 On leads at all times
13/7/2016 10:00 7.8 Barrington Court NT CP Free to NT Members Exp 128
ST 397 184
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Tracks and quiet lanes. Lambrook and Shepton Beauchamp. David S & Sue S 01935 812456 MoD 07596 806239 On leads at all times
17/7/2016 09:30 15 Worth Matravers CP DONATION OL15
SY 974 776
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AREA WALK PICNIC - EDG STRENUOUS Swyre Head, Knowle Hill & Brenscombe Hill Ian 01202 319418 RAD Only
17/7/2016 10:00 10.5 CP West of Kingston OL15
SY 943 792
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AREA WALK PICNIC - DORSET 4050s Moderate - hilly, Swyre Head, Kimmeridge, skirting Corfe Castle. Optional pub stop at end of walk. Andy 07786 377101 RAD Only
17/7/2016 10:00 11 Tyneham CP OL15
SY 881 802
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AREA WALK PICNIC - SDG Moderate hilly, one steep ascent. Smedmore Hill, Church Knowle & Grange Arch Kate 01305 772123 (MoD 07733 171499) RAD Only
17/7/2016 10:00 8 - 9 Sunnyside Farm. Just south of Wareham on Arne Road OL15
SY 9379 8630
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AREA PICNIC WALK - NDG Varied terrain, mostly heath, some boggy. Climb to lunch on Knowle Hill at the Mary Baxter Memorial. Via Purbeck Way, Stoborough Heath and Creech Bottom. TWO CROSSINGS OF THE A351 Jan W & Graham 01963 362162 MoD 07713 328723 RAD Only
17/7/2016 10:30 9 Kimmeridge Quarry CP OL15
SY 918 800
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AREA PICNIC WALK - DORSET YOUNG WALKERS Moderate pace, Kimmeridge and Corfe Castle David 07765 497887 RAD Only
17/7/2016 10:30 6 Houns Tout CP, Kingston OL 15
SY 953 794
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AREA WALK PICNIC - WDG Moderate pace to Kingston and Church Knowle Cynthia 01300 320346 MOD 07498 04486 RAD Only
17/7/2016 10:30 7.5 Corfe Castle Challow Hill Walkers CP OL15
SY 964 776
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AREA PICNIC WALK - EDG Scotland and Church Knowle Margaret and Morven 01202 522467/887494 07889 246685 RAD Only
17/7/2016 11:00 4-5 Corfe Castle CP (West St near Model Village) OL15
SY 959 818
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AREA WALK PICNIC - SDG Leisurely but hilly in places. Church Knowle, Cucknowle. Julia 01258 269741 MOD 07595 492552 By arrangement only
20/7/2016 10:00 8 - 9 Shaftesbury Park in Mampitts Road Exp 118
ST 871 228
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Undulating terrain. Wessex Ridgeway & Wardour Castle. K & P 01747 851018 RAD Only
24/7/2016 10:00 7.5 Little Bredy Green GBP One OL15
SY 587 891
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Bridehead House, Long Barrow, Grey Mare Graham 01935 817531 (MoD 07875 765844) RAD Only
27/7/2016 10:00 8 Ibberton Hill CP Exp 117
ST 791 071
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Undulating via Winterbourne Stickland David R & Sheila D 01747 826542/824705 RAD Only
31/7/2016 10:00 5.6 Martin Down CP Followed by 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
AUGUST 2016
Date Time Miles Meeting
Place
Grid Ref.
Map Description Leader(s) Tel No. Dogs / No dogs
3/8/2016 10:00 8.5 Woolland Hill CP Exp 117
ST 783 058
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Rollling woodland and farmland. Several ascents Edward 01935 813316 On leads at all times
10/8/2016 10:00 8.5 Lower Kingcombe DWT AUXILIARY CP GBP One donation Exp 117
SY554 990
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Figure of Eight, via Hooke. Teashop in DWT centre at end of walk. Linda M 01935 872616 (MoD 07732 670347) RAD Only
14/8/2016 10:00 9 Sturminster Marshall Park near Church, meet by pub. Exp 117
SY725 924
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By River Stour, Badbury Rings and Shapwick Liz P 01202 885082 MOD 07796 797611 On leads at all times
17/8/2016 10:00 8 Quarry CP, Nunney This is just north of the river/bridge. Exp 142
ST736 457
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Undulating. Warbourg valley, Mells Stream. Mervyn 01747 840896 (MoD 07950 658276) On leads at all times
21/8/2016 10:00 8 Stourhead NT CP Fee for non NT members Exp 142
ST778 340
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Steady pace, some ascents, via Zeals and Mere. Anne O 01747 835067 MOD 07790 055963 RAD Only
24/8/2016 10:00 7.5 Marnhull Village Hall CP Exp 129
ST781 193
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Vales & low hills. Tess country. River Stour & Hinton St Mary Sarah D and Peter 01963 370009 (MoD 07557 647422) RAD Only
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 TBA 01963 362162 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

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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