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Walk or event leader: Janine Contact: 07736688624 Email event leader
Join us on the for the Dorset Young Walkers AGM as we look back on the past years great walks and events and thank the leaders who made this possible, including the Prize Draw for Walk and Event leaders.
We will also be forming the new committee. All members are welcome to stand for any of the committee posts. Committee meetings are very informal and there are various ways you can take part depending on how much time you have. If you are interested in becoming more involved in the running of the group then please feel free to contact Anna Lee (on 07813 499061) for a chat in advance of the AGM, or come along on the day and we can explain more then.
Before the AGM there will be a short walk starting at Bournemouth Train Station. The walk will go along the beach and through the gardens to the Brewhouse & Kitchen (152-154 Commercial Road, BH2 5LU).
This year is extra special because we are celebrating the 15th year of Dorset Young Walkers and we will be starting the celebrations at the AGM as well as discussing plans for more celebrations later this year.
Come along and help us celebrate and make plans for more great walks and events in the coming year.
Walks grade: Easy
Start or meeting point: Outside Bournemouth Train Station ticket office. Use exit on platform 3. We wait for 15 minutes, so if you are coming from the Dorchester direction we will wait for a few minutes after the 10.46 train has arrived. If you are getting this train, please let me know on the above number.
Walk or event leader: Mat B Contact: 07746 247 536 Email event leader
Starting from Minterne Magna, we make our way though Cerne Valley, to Cerne Abbas and it's famous chalk hill carving of the Cerne Abbas Giant. Here, we'll stop for lunch and a little wander around the village - a lovely mixture of old houses, some half-timbered, some stone - and the Abbey if open. Then we make our way back through the valley, avoiding the Giant's club!
If people fancy a pub/tearoom stop, we can go at either lunch time, or meet back there after the walk (The start/finish at Minterne Manga didn't have a pub as far as could see).
Please note: the start time is 10:00.
Walks grade: Moderate
Start or meeting point: Minterne Magna - Free parking in Car Park opposite St Andrew's Church.
Directions: If travelling North through Cerne Abbas on the A352, Minterne Magna is the village slightly further up.
Walks or events will not normally be cancelled but, in the event of bad weather, unforeseen personal circumstances, etc, it may be necessary to cancel a walk or event at short notice. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to check the website on the day of the walk or event to ensure that it is still going ahead
In the current climate of high fuel prices, we actively encourage lift sharing - please do not be offended if you are asked to contribute towards petrol costs. Thank You!
Walk gradings are provided as a general guide only. If you have any doubt about your fitness for a particular walk please contact the organiser or leader in advance.
Bear in mind the distance of the walk, regional differences in terrain and the possibility of bad weather, which can make a walk more difficult than planned.
If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy walk first - it's much better to find a walk a little too slow and easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.
Leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit.
Packed lunch - most walks require you to bring along a good packed lunch as most day hikes over 5 miles will entail a lunch stop of about twenty minutes (or five minutes if it's raining hard!). If the walk has a pub or tea room stop then a full lunch shouldn't be needed, please check the individual walk details for more information.
Proper walking boots and socks - every year a few new people will turn up to longer walks in unsuitable footwear and suffer painful blisters, sore ankles or be forced to get the bus home as a result. Don't let it happen to you - approriate footwear is a must in the rural and rocky terrain that Dorset has to offer, and on any walk that is over 4 miles or has anything more than a 'easy' difficultly rating. Outdoor stores are everywhere now and offer decent ankle boots at affordable prices, so it's easier than ever to get the proper kit on a budget.
Rainproofs - on any walk the weather can turn for the worse, so even if the forecast is clear most members carry a packaway jacket or rainproofs. During the winter a rainproof jacket is a must, and many members also swear by waterproof over-trousars or quick drying outdoor fabrics. Gore-tex and eVent fabrics are perfect if you have the budget!
Mobile phone - a mobile is a good safety device to have with you, even if reception is patchy you can always walk to high ground and try to get a signal if you get lost or seperated from a group walk (which is extremely rare!). Also if you are late for a walk you can contact the Walk Leader and ask them to wait for five or ten minutes, please be aware however that if you are very late the Walk Leader will have no choice but to start the walk.
A print out of the event details - our event start details are optimised for car Satnavs, so you can enter the walk start address, postcodes and even latitude and longtitude coordinates to help you find the walk. The print out will also give you the Walk Leader name and mobile should you run into to trouble on the journey there.
Easy Access - walks for everyone, including people with conventional wheelchairs and pushchairs, using easy access paths. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. Assistance may be needed to push wheelchairs on some sections, please contact the group running the walk for details.
Easy - walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.
Leisurely - walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.
Moderate - walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.
Strenuous - walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rough country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness should contact the organiser or leader in advance.
Technical - walks for experienced and very fit walkers with additional technical skills. May require scrambling and use of ropes, ice axes and crampons. You must contact the organiser or leader in advance for further details.