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

Walks and Events

Sunday 22nd July, meet time 10:00

9 mile Day Walk

Area Picnic - North Dorset Group - Higher Houghton Farm, Pleck and Winterbourne Houghton More Details & Map


Walk or event leader: Sheila    Contact: 07720 905316    

Description:

As part of the annual area group picnic where this year we will all meet for lunch at the Princilla Huston Memorial Stone, Ibberton Hill. This walk is held by the North Dorset Group. This walk is hilly and takes in Houghton Farm, Pleck and Winterbourne Houghton.

Walks grade: Moderate

Start or meeting point: Winterbourne Stickland, Sports Ground. �1 donation per car. Grid Reference: ST 832 052


OS Grid Ref: ST832052    Lat/long (for Satnavs): N50.84643, W-2.23975

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 25 Churchill Ct, Winterborne Stickland, Blandford Forum DT11 0NF

Sunday 22nd July, meet time 10:00

9 mile Day Walk

Area Picnic - East Dorset Group - Bell Hill and Ringmoor More Details & Map


Walk or event leader: Margaret    Contact: 07889 246685    

Description:

As part of the annual area group picnic where this year we will all meet for lunch at the Princilla Huston Memorial Stone, Ibberton Hill. This walk is held by the East Dorset Group. This walk is hilly and takes in Bell Hill and Ringmoor.

Walks grade: Moderate

Start or meeting point: Okeford Fitzpaine, park in village and meet at the cross roads. Grid Reference: ST 806 109


OS Grid Ref: ST806109    Lat/long (for Satnavs): N50.89733, W-2.27702

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Corner Cottage, The Cross, Okeford Fitzpaine, Blandford Forum DT11 0RF

Sunday 22nd July, meet time 09:00

Day Walk

Area Picnic - South Dorset Group - Shepherd's Corner, Bell Hill and WInterbourne Houghton More Details & Map


Walk or event leader: Keith    Contact: 07583 185724    

Description:

As part of the annual area group picnic where this year we will all meet for lunch at the Princilla Huston Memorial Stone, Ibberton Hill. This walk is held by the South Dorset Group. This walk is hilly and takes in Shepherd's Corner, Bell Hill and Winterbourne Houghton. The walk is 9 miles in the morning and 5 miles after lunch.

Walks grade: Strenuous

Start or meeting point: Durweston, Mill Lane. Grid reference: ST 857 087


OS Grid Ref: ST857086    Lat/long (for Satnavs): N50.87736, W-2.20449

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 3 Wynchard Bank, Durweston, Blandford Forum DT11 0QE

Sunday 22nd July, meet time 10:00

10 mile Day Walk

Area Picnic - South Dorset Group - Charity Wood, Heath Bottom and Wessex Ridgeway More Details & Map


Walk or event leader: Kate    Contact: 07733 171499    

Description:

As part of the annual area group picnic where this year we will all meet for lunch at the Princilla Huston Memorial Stone, Ibberton Hill. This walk is held by the South Dorset Group. This walk is hilly and takes in Charity Wood, Heath Bottom and the Wessex Ridgeway.

Walks grade: Moderate

Start or meeting point: Milton Abbas, St Catherine's Well (north of the village). Grid Reference: ST 808 022


OS Grid Ref: ST808022    Lat/long (for Satnavs): N50.81906, W-2.27373

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 18 Catherines Well, Milton Abbas, Blandford Forum DT11 0AT

Sunday 22nd July, meet time 10:30

8.5 mile Day Walk

Area Picnic - West Dorset Group - Woolland, Ibberton Hill and Woolland Hill More Details & Map


Walk or event leader: Ian    Contact: 07826 150114    

Description:

As part of the annual area group picnic where this year we will all meet for lunch at the Princilla Huston Memorial Stone, Ibberton Hill. This walk is held by the West Dorset Group. This walk is hilly and takes in Woolland, Ibberton Hill and Woolland Hill.

Walks grade: Moderate

Start or meeting point: Mappowder. Park in village and meet at the church. Grid Reference: ST 735 060


OS Grid Ref: ST735060    Lat/long (for Satnavs): N50.85293, W-2.37701

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 596 Hammond St, Mappowder, Sturminster Newton DT10 2EH

Sunday 22nd July, meet time 10:30

10 mile Day Walk

Area Picnic - Dorset 4050s Group - Okeford Hill, Ibberton, Belchalwell and Okeford Fitzpaine More Details & Map


Walk or event leader: Andy    Contact: 07786 377101    

Description:

As part of the annual area group picnic where this year we will all meet for lunch at the Princilla Huston Memorial Stone, Ibberton Hill. This walk is held by the Dorset 4050s Group. This walk is hilly and takes in Okeford Hill, Ibberton, Belchalwell and Okeford Fitzpaine.

Walks grade: Moderate

Start or meeting point: Shillingstone Trailway Car Park (free). Adjacent to A357. Grid Reference: ST 822 119


OS Grid Ref: ST822119    Lat/long (for Satnavs): N50.90717, W-2.25346

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Bere Marsh, Blandford Forum DT11

Sunday 22nd July, meet time 10:30

7 mile Day Walk

Area Picnic - Dorset Young Walkers - Bonsley Common, Turnworth, Coombe Bottom and Bell Hill More Details & Map


Walk or event leader: David    Contact: 07765 497887    

Description:

As part of the annual area group picnic where this year we will all meet for lunch at the Princilla Huston Memorial Stone, Ibberton Hill.

The walk starts off going south, along the edge of Bonsley Common and the eastern most extent of Blandford Forest. It then goes past Turnworth, along Coombe Bottom and up to the Pricilla Huston Memorial. The second half of the walk involves walking along the top of Bell Hill, with nice views looking west.

Walks grade: Moderate

Start or meeting point: Okeford Hill Car Park


OS Grid Ref: ST812093    Lat/long (for Satnavs): N50.88362, W-2.26831

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Unnamed Road, Blandford Forum DT11 0EF

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.