Dorset Walks

2017 Programme of wildlife walks with Bob Ford



Unless otherwise stated, all walks are for 90 minutes over a distance of 1 - 2 miles and cost £4.00 - no booking required.

Click on the map reference to see a map showing each starting point.

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!


For more information or telephone 01305 750118 or 07980 967473

this update: January 17th 2017



links:
walks archive ...
birdbreaks archive ...
last year's walks ...
rodwell trail ...
video blog ...

walks to come in 2017:

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

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Friday January 20th - Sunday January 22nd
Birdbreak Weekend

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


Monday January 23rd 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Abbotsbury

Meet at the Swannery car park,
map reference SY577846
(click to see map)


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

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Monday January 30th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Maiden Castle

Meet at the English Heritage car park,
map reference SY669889
(click to see map)


Friday February 3rd 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Monday February 6th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Upton Country Park

Meet in the main car park near the toilets,
map reference SY992929
(click to see map)


Friday February 10th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Monday February 13th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Wyke Down

Meet at the layby on the left-hand side half a mile along a minor road running south-east from the A354, half a mile before the Sixpenny Handley roundabout,
map reference SU005151
(click to see map)


Friday February 17th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Monday February 20th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Holton Lee

Meet in the pull-in a half-mile along the road to Holton Lee,
map reference SY956916 (click to see map)
Friday February 24th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Friday February 24th - Sunday February 26th
Birdbreak Weekend

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


Friday March 3rd 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Monday March 6th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Bere Wood

Meet in Bloxworth near the church,
map reference SY881947 (click to see map)

Friday March 10th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Monday March 13th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Great Ovens Hill, Sandford
Meet in the car park on the left side of Morden Road, about 1 mile north of Sandford,
map reference SY923904 (see map)
Friday March 17th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Friday March 17th - Sunday March 19th
Birdbreak Weekend

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


Monday March 20th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Thorncombe Woods, Higher Bockhampton

Meet at the car park for Hardy's Cottage,
map reference SY726922 (click to see map)

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

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Monday March 27th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Stoborough Heath NNR

Meet in the reserve car park at Sunnyside Farm on the road to Arne,
map reference SY938863 (click to see map)
Friday March 31st 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


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

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


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

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


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

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Friday April 21st - Sunday April 23rd
Birdbreak Weekend

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


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

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


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

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Monday May 8th - Thursday May 11th
Dorset - Coastal migrants and heathland specialities

A 3-day break based at The Heights Hotel, Portland,
(click to see map)

Please book with The Travelling Naturalist.

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

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Friday May 12th - Sunday May 14th
Birdbreak Weekend

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


Monday May 15th 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 May 19th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Monday May 22nd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Bincombe Down

Meet at the car park above the Weymouth Relief Road approx 1 km west of Came Woods,
map reference SY672859 (click to see map)

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

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


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

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Friday June 9th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Friday June 16th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Friday June 16th - Sunday June 18th
Butterflies and Wild Flowers Weekend

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


Monday June 19th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Sares Wood

Meet in the car park just east of the crossroads,
map reference SY804924 (click to see map)
.
Friday June 23rd 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


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

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


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

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


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

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Friday July 14th - Sunday July 16th
Butterflies and Wild Flowers Weekend

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


Monday July 17th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Came Woods

Meet in the layby opposite the woods,
map reference SY697853
(click to see map)


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

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Monday July 24th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Culpepper's Dish
Meet at the picnic area,
map reference SY814924
(click to see map)


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

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Monday July 31st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Higher Hyde Heath, Bovington

Meet at reserve car park on the N.E. side of the Puddletown Road, between Bovington & Wareham,
map reference SY854899 (click to see map)
Monday September 11th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Hartland Moor

Meet on the high section of the road between Norden and Middlebere,
map reference SY962847 (click to see map)

Friday September 15 - Sunday September 17th
Birdbreak Weekend

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


Friday October 6th - Sunday October 8th
Birdbreak Weekend

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


Monday October 16th - Thursday October 19th
Dorset - Coastal migrants and heathland specialities

A 3-day break based at The Heights Hotel, Portland,
(click to see map)

Please book with The Travelling Naturalist.

Friday November 3rd - Sunday November 5th
Birdbreak Weekend

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


Friday December 8th - Sunday December 10th
Birdbreak Weekend

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








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walks that have already taken place:

Monday January 16th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Radipole RSPB Reserve, Weymouth
  see trip report
A visit to see the new birdwatching screen - if it's finished!
Meet at the reserve car park, near the visitor centre,
map reference SY675796
(click to see map)


Friday January 13th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip report
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Monday January 9th 2.00 - 3.30 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 6th - Sunday January 8th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)



Friday January 6th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip report
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Monday January 2nd 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Two Mile Coppice
  see trip report
Meet at the start of Greenway Road,
map reference SY672817
(click to see map)


Friday December 30th 2016 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip report
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Friday December 23rd 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip report
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Monday December 19th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Beachcombing walk on Weymouth Beach
  see trip report
Meet at the Pavilion car park,
map reference SY683788
(click to see map)


Friday December 16th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip report
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Monday December 12th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
East Fleet
  see trip report
Meet on Camp Road,
map reference SY653773
(click to see map)


Friday December 9th - Sunday December 11th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Friday December 9th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip report
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)


Monday December 5th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
West Bexington
  see trip report
Meet in the car park on the beach,
map reference SY531864
(click to see map)


Friday December 2nd 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip report
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729
(click to see map)




For more information or telephone 01305 750118 or 07980 967473.

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