20s to 30s walking, hiking and social group, part of The Ramblers

Walks and Events

Saturday 17th November, meet time 09:45

9 mile Day Walk

Scenic circular from Plush, near Dorchester More Details & Map


Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07773 106 405    

Description:

On this walk we'll head north out of Plush to join the Wessex Ridgeway and then walk in a loop in a sparsely-populated area with very attractive countryside inbetween Piddletrenthide and Cheselbourne.

The return is via Plush Hill, dropping down sharply into the village.

The early meet time of 9.45 (walk out at about 10) is to ensure we get back to the pub in good time; food can be pre-ordered during the walk; see the typical menu here.

Total ascent is 340 metres; there are two sharp rises but the rest of the walk is fairly easy-going.

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Walks grade: Moderate

Start or meeting point: In the car park at The Brace of Pheasants pub in Plush, DT2 7RQ

Directions: From the A35, leave at the Northbrook interchange east of Dorchester, signposted Blandford A354 and Piddlehinton B3142. Follow Piddlehinton from the roundabouts. Go straight through Piddlehinton and in Piddletrenthide, take the second turn after the village shop (which has a huge 'SHOP' sign). The road is signposted Plush and has a very steep slope.


OS Grid Ref: ST714021    Lat/long (for Satnavs): N50.81847, W-2.40692

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Dorchester DT2 7UD

Saturday 24th November, meet time 09:45

9.5 mile Day Walk

Corfe Castle circular with Berkshire Walkers More Details & Map


Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07773 106 405    

Description:

Berkshire Walkers ran this year's National Young Ramblers event in Reading and will be spending the last weekend in November in south Dorset. Join us for this joint walk.

From the start, we'll walk through the village and climb up on to East Hill with great views over the castle and village. Continuing along the ridge to Brenscombe Hill with excellent views over Poole Harbour one way and the valley the other way, we then drop down and cross the floor of the valley to Langton Matravers.

Now on the Priest's Way, we can optionally stop at the pub in Worth Matravers before heading back to Corfe.

Total ascent is 400m but half of this is in the first two miles as we ascend the ridge.

 

Walks grade: Moderate

Start or meeting point: In the West Street car park in Corfe Castle village, nearest postcode BH20 5HH. Toilets available. Winter all day parking charge expected to be £2.60.

Directions: From Wareham on the A351, take the first road on the right after the castle. Adjacent to the Greyhound pub, this turns into the square. Bear left at the square into West Street. The car park is signed off to the right along West Street.


OS Grid Ref: SY958818    Lat/long (for Satnavs): N50.63596, W-2.06024

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 4 Toms Mead, Corfe Castle, Wareham BH20 5HH

Saturday 24th November, meet time 09:00

Joint Walk

Berkshire Young Walkers Lulworth Weekend More Details & Map


Walk or event leader: Berkshire Young Walkers    Contact: 07765 497887    

Description:

Berkshire Young Walkers will be visiting our area this weekend with some walks planned. If you are interested in attending the walks please find more details on their website and contact the Berkshire Young Walkers. 

https://www.berkshirewalkers.co.uk/event/weekend-in-lulworth-cove/?instance_id=1805

Thank you. 

Start or meeting point: Please Contact Berkshire Young Walkers for start/meet point details. https://www.berkshirewalkers.co.uk/event/weekend-in-lulworth-cove/?instance_id=1805


OS Grid Ref: SY831806    Lat/long (for Satnavs): N50.62536, W-2.24020

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 6 Hardy cottages, School Lane., West Lulworth BH20 5SA, United Kin

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!

Important Advice

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.
 

What to Bring With You on a Walk

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.

Walks Grading Explained

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.