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

Walks and Events

Wednesday 21st February, meet time 19:00

Social Event

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour More Details & Map


Walk or event leader: Katie    Contact: 07493880897    

Description:

Experience an extraordinary collection of short films from the worlds most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of some of today's most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.

Well that's what the Lighthouse has to say and it is always amazing to experience these short films, so come along and enjoy the adventure. This time you have to book you seat [ before you could sit where you wanted ] I have booked row T seat 12, there are seats free either side but they sell out fast so be quick if you want to come along. Tickets cost £16.25p inc book fee £1.75p online at www.lighthouse.co.uk or £14.50p from the Lighthouse box office. 

 

Exciting event not to be missed with free prize giveaways! Visit www.banff-uk.com for more details. 21st feb is the red programme. 

 

 

Start or meeting point: Meet at Lighthouse at the upstairs bar at 7pm to get our drinks and then to get our seats before the film starts at 7.30pm.

Directions: The Lighthouse is centrally located in Poole, with the Train station a short walk away or the Bus station opposite. If you are driving there are a few car parks close by but the best for cost is The Dolphin Shopping Center multi storey behind the Bus station.

Event address: 21 Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG


OS Grid Ref: SZ016909    Lat/long (for Satnavs): N50.71856, W-1.97747

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 21 Kingland Rd, Poole BH15 1UG

Saturday 24th February, meet time 10:30

8.5 mile Day Walk

Horton Circular More Details & Map


Walk or event leader: Rod    Contact: 07773 106405    

Description:

A circular walk in the Horton area, passing through a wide variety of countryside - fenced paths, a golf course, Ferndown Forest and passing the distinctive folly of Horton Tower, built in 1750 but nowadays serving as a mobile phone mast.

After rain, parts of the route may be muddy so waterproof footwear is recommended. The walk avoids horse & cattle fields though has several stiles.

After the walk, the pub will be open for refreshments and the lunch menu will be available until 3pm - we should be back in time for that.

 

HortonTower

Walks grade: Moderate

Start or meeting point: Meet in the car park at Drusilla's Inn, BH21 7JH, on Horton Road just east of Horton itself. From the A31 Ashley Heath Roundabout, Horton is sign-posted; 6 miles.


OS Grid Ref: SU038074    Lat/long (for Satnavs): N50.86655, W-1.94614

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): Horton Rd, Wimborne BH21

Sunday 4th March, meet time 10:30

5 mile Day Walk

Bridport and Walditch More Details & Map


Walk or event leader: Julia    Contact: 07765 497887    

Description:

A circular walk from Bridport which follows a riverside path, stone tracks and small lanes passing through the small parish of Walditch.  There is a moderate climb shortly after Walditch which gives great views of the valley including Bridport, West Bay and Colmers Hill. A ridge path takes us  back to Bridport. We will have a drink afterwards.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink. Please wear suitable footwear as walk is muddy in places.

Walks grade: Moderate

Start or meeting point: Meet at South Street Car Park. Parking is free on Sundays.

Directions: From A35 from Dorchester take exit to town centre. Turn left at traffic lights. Car Park is signed shortly after pedestrian crossing.


OS Grid Ref: SY466926    Lat/long (for Satnavs): N50.73134, W-2.75703

Address and postcode for Satnavs (note - this is approximate): 15 Church St, Bridport DT6 3PS

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.