Dorset Walks

2019 Programme of wildlife walks with Bob Ford



All Monday and Friday walks cost 5.00

Click on the map reference to see a map showing each starting point - no booking required.

Walks will typically cover a distance of 1 - 2 miles, but please note the meanings of the following symbols:

- the walk is likely to be very muddy
- a longer walk, we could be back late!
- the walk features some steep sections
- parking is limited so please share transport if you can.
- click for background information on the walk

Walks are never cancelled due to bad weather, but sometimes this list does have to be changed - so please check the latest version of this web site before you leave!

All walkers must disclose any relevant medical conditions to me by before the walk.


For more information or telephone 07980 967473

For details of the Birdbreak Weekends contact The Heights Hotel, Portland,

this update: May 17th 2019




links:
walks archive ...
birdbreaks archive ...
last year's walks ...
rodwell trail ...
youtube channel ...

walks to come in 2019:

Monday May 20th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Powerstock Common

Meet at the reserve car park,
map reference SY547974 (see map)


Friday May 24th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday May 27th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Cerne Abbas

Meet at the picnic site car park under Giant Hill,
map reference ST664015 (see map)


Friday May 31st 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday June 3rd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Yellowham Wood

Meet at the layby on Yellowham Hill, a minor road parallel with the A35 between Dorchester and Puddletown,
map reference SY730933 (click to see map)


Friday June 7th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday June 10th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Bovington Heath

Meet in the Public Viewing Area on the road between Bovington and Clouds Hill,
map reference SY825904 (click to see map)

Friday June 14th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday June 17th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Abbotsbury Beach

Meet at the Abbotsbury beach car park,
map reference SY561847 (see map)


Friday June 21st 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday June 24th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Moreton Forest

Meet at the Forestry Commission entrance a mile east of Waddock Cross,
map reference SY811912 (see map)


Friday June 28th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday July 1st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Sares Wood

Meet in Affpuddle Car Park a mile north of Waddock Cross, just east of the crossroads on the road leading to Culpepper's Dish
map reference SY804924 (click to see map)


Friday July 5th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday July 8th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Preston, Weymouth

Meet on Church Road near St Andrews Church, map reference SY706830, (click to see map)

Friday July 12th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday July 12th - Sunday July 14th
Butterflies and Wild Flowers Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)


Monday July 15th
NO WALK


Friday July 19th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday July 22nd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Wareham Forest  

Meet at the Lawson's Clump car park on the B3075 north of Sandford,
map reference SY922909 (see map)

Friday July 26th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday July 29th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Bronkham Hill
 
Meet at the layby 0.25 miles to the east of the Hardy Monument,
map reference SY616877 (click to see map)

Friday August 2nd 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday August 5th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Two Mile Coppice

Meet at the start of Greenway Road,
map reference SY672817 (click to see map)



Friday August 9th
NO WALK


Monday August 12th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Morden Bog, Wareham Forest

Meet in the Sika Trail car park on the Wareham - Bere Regis road,
map reference SY906893 (see map)



Friday August 16th
NO WALK


Monday August 19th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Fontmell Down

Park in the National Trust car park on Spread Eagle Hill, between Blandford and Shaftesbury,
map reference ST886187 (click to see map)

Friday August 23rd 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday August 26th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Blacknoll Heath, Winfrith

Meet at the pull-in by the reserve entrance,
map reference SY805863 (map shows approximate position)


Friday August 30th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday September 2nd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
White Nothe

Meet at the far end of the National Trust car park,
map reference SY759823 (see map)


Friday September 6th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday September 9th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Hardy Monument

Meet in the new car park to the west of the Hardy Monument,
map reference SY609876 (click to see map)

Friday September 13th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday September 13th - Sunday September 15th
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday September 16th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Bestwall Park, Wareham

Meet in Wareham Quay car park,
map reference SY924872 (click to see map)

Friday September 20th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday September 23rd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Chamberlayne's Heath, Bere Regis

Meet at the car park near the tank training area approx 2 miles south of Bere,
map reference SY844917 (click to see map)


Friday September 27th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday September 30th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Rodden Hive

Meet at the layby just west of Langton Herring on the Rodden road, map reference SY610827 (click to see map)

Friday October 4th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday October 4th - Sunday October 6th
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday October 7th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
East Fleet

Meet at the end of Camp Road,
map reference SY653773 (click to see map)


Friday October 11th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday October 11th - Sunday October 13th
Dorset - Coastal migrants and heathland specialities

A Travelling Naturalist break based at The Heights Hotel, Portland, (click to see map)
Please book with The Travelling Naturalist.

Monday October 14th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Tidmoor Point

Meet on Chickerell Road just west of Putton Lane,
map reference SY650794 (click to see map)

Friday October 18th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday October 21st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
River Frome, Wareham

Meet in Wareham Quay car park,
map reference SY924872 (click to see map)

Friday October 25th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday October 28th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Swyre Head, Kingston

Meet at the car park approx 1 mile west of Kingston,
map reference SY943793 (click to see map)


Friday November 1st 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday November 1st - Sunday November 3rd
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday November 8th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday November 15th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday November 22nd 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday November 25th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Ringstead Bay
 
Meet at the beach car park (2.00),
map reference SY752814 (click to see map)

Friday November 29th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday December 6th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday December 6th - Sunday December 8th
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday December 13th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday December 20th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday December 27th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)






The dates for Birdbreak Weekends at the Heights Hotel in 2020 are as follows:
w/end of 10th Jan
w/end of 7th Feb
w/end of 13th Mar
w/end of 17th Apr
w/end of 8th May
w/end of 12th June
w/end of 10th July
w/end of 11th Sept
w/end of 2nd Oct
w/end of 6th Nov
w/end of 11th Dec
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walks that have already taken place:

Friday May 17th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday May 13th, 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Maiden Newton Watermeadows
  see trip report
Meet at the public car park at Rock Pit Farm, just past Greenford Primary School,
map reference SY594979 (see map)

Friday May 10th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday May 6th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Higher Hyde Heath, Bovington
  see trip report
Meet at reserve car park on the N.E. side of the Puddletown Road, between Bovington & Wareham,
map reference SY854899 (click to see map)

Friday May 3rd 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday April 26th - Sunday April 28th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday April 19th - Sunday April 21st
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday April 22nd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Durlston Country Park
  see trip report
Meet in the reserve car park, near the old information centre,
map reference SZ032773 (see map)


Friday April 19th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday April 15th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Pirates Lane, Wyke Regis
  see trip report
Meet at the top of Pirates Lane in Westhill Road,
map reference SY660773 (click to see map)

Monday April 8th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Rodden Hive
  see trip report
Meet at the layby just west of Langton Herring on the Rodden road, map reference SY610827 (click to see map)

Friday April 5th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Wednesday April 3rd 10.30 am - 12.00 noon
Ham Wall RSPB Reserve, Somerset
  see trip report
Meet at the reserve car park,
map reference ST449396 (click to see map)


Monday April 1st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Sandford Heath
  see trip report
Meet at Holton Heath railway station,
map reference SY946902 (click to see map)


Friday March 29th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday March 25th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Holton Lee
  see trip report
Meet in the main car park,
map reference SY961912 (click to see map)

Friday March 22nd 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday March 18th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Stoborough Heath NNR
  see trip report
Meet in the reserve car park at Sunnyside Farm on the road to Arne,
map reference SY938863 (click to see map)

Friday March 15th - Sunday March 17th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday March 15th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday March 11th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Hartland Moor
  see trip report
Meet on the high section of the road between Norden and Middlebere,
map reference SY962847 (click to see map)


Friday March 8th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday March 4th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
West Bexington
  see trip report
Meet in the car park on the beach,
map reference SY531864 (see map)

Friday March 1st 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday February 25th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Beachcombing walk on Weymouth Beach
  see trip report
Meet at the Pavilion car park,
map reference SY683788 (click to see map)


Friday February 22nd - Sunday February 24th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday February 22nd 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday February 15th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday February 8th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday February 4th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Throop (near Bere Regis)
  see trip report
Meet in the layby in the village,
map reference SY826932 (click to see map)

Friday February 1st 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday January 28th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Middlebere Farm
  see trip report
Meet at the start of the track to Middlebere Farm,
map reference SY963853 (click to see map)


Friday January 25th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday January 21st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Puddletown Forest
  see trip report
Meet in the 2nd pull-in from the south on the road between Tincleton and Puddletown known as "Rhodedendron Mile",
map reference SY744921 (click to see map)


Friday January 18th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday January 14th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Newton's Cove
  see trip report
Meet in the Barrack Road car park opposite the Nothe Tavern,
map reference SY683787 (click to see map)


Friday January 11th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (click to see map)


Friday January 11th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday January 7th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Maiden Castle
  see trip report
Meet at the English Heritage car park,
map reference SY669889 (click to see map)

Friday January 4th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)




For more information or telephone 07980 967473.

Details on this site are subject to change - check the latest update before you leave!