Dorset Walks

2010 - 2011 Programme of walks
around South Dorset with Bob Ford


SNOW UPDATE

While the weather is snowy, please check the site before you leave in case I have to cancel any of the walks,
or you can text me on 07980967473



Walks are for 90 minutes over a distance of 1 - 2 miles and cost 4.00.
Apart from the WEA walks in September and October just turn up at any of the walks you want to - no booking required.
Click on the map references to see a map showing each starting point


Please note that these walks are likely to change at short notice - so please check this web site before you leave!

reports archive ...

5 Wednesdays in September:
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
10.00 am - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
Each walk costs £4.00 including a free cup of coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro! Walks last approx. 90 minutes covering 1 - 2 miles. Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday September 20th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Autumn Birdwatching Walks with the Workers Educational Association.
Registration session at Littlemoor Library, Louviers Road, (see map)

Monday September 27th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Autumn Birdwatching Walks with the Workers Educational Association
Rodden Hive
Meet at the Elm Tree car park in Langton Herring, map reference SY614825 (see map) To take part in this walk you will need to have registered on Monday September 20th at Littlemoor Library

3 Wednesdays in October:
13th, 20th, 27th (no walk on 6th)
10.00 am - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
Each walk costs £4.00 including a free cup of coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro! Walks last approx. 90 minutes covering 1 - 2 miles. Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (see map)


Monday October 4th - no walk

Monday October 11th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Autumn Birdwatching Walks with the Workers Educational Association

Radipole RSPB Reserve, Weymouth
Meet at the reserve car park, near the visitor centre,
map reference SY675796 (see map) To take part in this walk you will need to have registered on Monday September 20th at Littlemoor Library

Monday October 18th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Autumn Birdwatching Walks with the Workers Educational Association
Lodmoor RSPB Reserve
Meet at the car park before the Civic Amenity Site, Preston Beach Road,
map reference SY687809 (see map) To take part in this walk you will need to have registered on Monday September 20th at Littlemoor Library

Sunday October 24th 2.00 - 4.00 pm
Open University Fungi Workshop
Bolderwood, New Forest
 
A FREE 2-hour workshop sponsored by the Open University to publicise their iSpot web site. Meet at Bolderwood car park, map reference SU242086 (see map)

Monday October 25th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Autumn Birdwatching Walks with the Workers Educational Association
Portland Bill
Meet in the Bill car park near the lighthouse at SY677685 (see map) To take part in this walk you will need to have registered on Monday September 20th at Littlemoor Library

Monday November 1st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Autumn Birdwatching Walks with the Workers Educational Association
Middlebere Lake
Meet at the start of the road to Middlebere Farm, on the road from Corfe to Arne, map reference SY963854 (see map) To take part in this walk you will need to have registered on Monday September 20th at Littlemoor Library

4 Wednesdays in November:
3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
10.00 am - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
Each walk costs £4.00 including a free cup of coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro! Walks last approx. 90 minutes covering 1 - 2 miles. Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (see map)


Monday November 8th - no walk

Monday November 15th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Bronkham Hill
  see trip report
Meet at the layby 0.25 miles east of the Hardy Monument,
map reference SY616877 (see map)

Monday November 22nd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Spring Bottom
  see trip report
Meet outside the Smugglers Inn, Osmington Mills,
map reference SY735817 (see map)

Monday November 29th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Thorncombe Woods, Higher Bockhampton
  see trip report
Meet at the car park for Hardy's Cottage,
map reference SY726922 (see map)

5 Wednesdays in December:
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
10.00 am - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
Each walk costs £4.00 including a free cup of coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro! Walks last approx. 90 minutes covering 1 - 2 miles. Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday December 6th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Holton Lee
  see trip report
Meet in the pull-in a half-mile along the road to Holton Lea,
map reference SY956916 (see map)

Monday December 13th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Chesil Beach, West Bexington
  see trip report
Meet in the car park on the beach,
map reference SY531864 (see map)

Monday December 20th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Ridgeway Hill

Meet at the lay-by on the road from Upwey to Martinstown, map reference SY663866 (see map)

Monday December 27th, 2.30 - 4.00
Portland Harbour
, meet in Sandsfoot Castle gardens near the cafe,
map reference SY675774 (see map)

4 Wednesdays in January:
5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
10.00 am - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
Each walk costs £4.00 including a free cup of coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro! Walks last approx. 90 minutes covering 1 - 2 miles. Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday January 3rd 2.30 pm
Eype's Mouth.
Meet at the car park near the beach,
map reference SY447911 (see map)

Monday January 10th 2.30 pm
St Aldhelm's Head.
Meet at the car park half a mile west of Worth Matravers,
map reference SY964775 (see map)

Monday January 17th 2.30 pm
Studland Beach.
Meet at the Knoll Beach car park nearly a mile north of the village,
map reference SZ034835 (see map)

Monday January 24th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Chesil Beach, Cogden
Meet in the car park near the beach,
map reference SY503883 (see map)

4 Wednesdays in February:
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
10.00 am - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, Each walk costs £4.00 including a free cup of coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro! Walks last approx. 90 minutes covering 1 - 2 miles. Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday February 7th, 2.30 - 4.00
The Hell Stone, Portesham.
Meet at the Hardy Monument,
map reference SY613876 (see map)

Monday February 14th, 2.30 - 4.00
Wareham Forest

Meet at the Sherford Bridge layby on the east side of the B3075, about 2 miles north of Sandford,
map reference SY919926 (see map)

Monday February 21st, 2.30 - 4.00
Badbury Rings, Wimborne.
Park in the National Trust car park,
map reference ST959030 (see map)

Monday February 28th, 2.30 - 4.00
Ferrybridge and Portland Harbour
Meet in the Chesil Beach Centre car park,
map reference SY668756 (see map)

5 Wednesdays in March:
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
10.00 am - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
Each walk costs £4.00 including a free cup of coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro! Walks last approx. 90 minutes covering 1 - 2 miles. Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday March 7th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Great Ovens Hill, Sandford
Meet in the car park on the left side of the road from Sandford to Sherford, about 1 mile north of Sandford,
map reference SY923904 (see map)

Monday March 14th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Swyre Head, Kingston

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

Monday March 21st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Maiden Castle

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

Monday March 28th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Moreton

Meet at the ford,
map reference SY805895 (see map)

2 Wednesdays in April:
20th, 27th (no walk on 6th or 13th)
10.00 am - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
Each walk costs £4.00 including a free cup of coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro! Walks last approx. 90 minutes covering 1 - 2 miles. Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday April 4th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Symondsbury and Colmer's Hill

Meet by the church,
map reference SY744936 (see map)

Monday April 11th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Turner's Puddle, Bere Regis

Meet near the church in Turner's Puddle,
map reference SY829934 (see map)

Monday April 18th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Ashley Chase, Abbotsbury

Meet at the junction on the road from Abotsbury Hill to Ashley Chase, map reference SY557871 (see map)

Monday April 25th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Durlston Country Park, Swanage

Meet in the car park near the visitor centre,
map reference SZ031773 (see map)

3 Wednesdays in May:
11th, 18th, 25th (no walk on 4th)
10.00 am - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
Each walk costs £4.00 including a free cup of coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro! Walks last approx. 90 minutes covering 1 - 2 miles. Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (see map)


Monday May 2nd - no walk

Tuesday May 10th 7.00 - 8.30 pm
Ringstead
Meet at the far end of the National Trust car park, map reference SY759823 (see map)

Monday May 16th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Higher Hyde Heath, Bovington

Meet at the N.E. side of the Puddletown Road, between Bovington & Wareham. Small car park just W. of the approach road to the golf club, tucked away behind a group of single-storey industrial buildings at Hanson Yard,
map reference SY854899 (see map)

Monday May 23rd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Summer Birdwatching Walks with the Workers Educational Association.

Registration session at Littlemoor Library, Louviers Road, (see map)

Monday May 30th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Summer Birdwatching Walks with the Workers Educational Association.
Powerstock Common
Meet at the reserve car park, map reference SY547974 (see map)
To take part in this walk you will need to have registered on Monday May 23rd at Littlemoor Library

4 Wednesdays in June:
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
10.00 am - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
Each walk costs £4.00 including a free cup of coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro! Walks last approx. 90 minutes covering 1 - 2 miles. Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday June 6th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Summer Birdwatching Walks with the Workers Educational Association.
Sutton Poyntz
Meet by the village pond, map reference SY706838 (see map)
To take part in this walk you will need to have registered on Monday May 23rd at Littlemoor Library

Monday June 13th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Summer Birdwatching Walks with the Workers Educational Association.
Abbotsbury Beach
Meet at the Abbotsbury beach park, map reference SY561847 (see map)
To take part in this walk you will need to have registered on Monday May 23rd at Littlemoor Library

Tuesday June 21st, 9.00 - 11.00 pm
Summer Birdwatching Walks with the Workers Educational Association.
Tadnoll Heath, Winfrith.
Meet at the reserve entrance on Redbridge Road between East Knighton and Crossways,
map reference SY791877 (see map)
To take part in this walk you will need to have registered on Monday May 23rd at Littlemoor Library

Monday June 27th, 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Summer Birdwatching Walks with the Workers Educational Association.
Martin Down
Meet at the reserve entrance on the A354 between Blandford and Salisbury,
map reference SU037201 (see map)
To take part in this walk you will need to have registered on Monday May 23rd at Littlemoor Library

4 Wednesdays in July:
13th, 20th, 27th
10.00 am - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
Each walk costs £4.00 including a free cup of coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro! Walks last approx. 90 minutes covering 1 - 2 miles. Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (see map)


Monday July 4th - no walk

Monday July 11th, 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Maiden Newton Watermeadows
Meet at the public car park, map reference SY594979 (see map)

Monday July 18th, 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Chaldon Herring (East Chaldon)

Meet in the car park just east of the village,
map reference SY796834 (see map)

Monday July 25th, 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Arne RSPB Reserve, Poole Harbour
Meet at the reserve car park, Arne
map reference SY972878 (see map)

5 Wednesdays in August:
3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
10.00 am - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
Each walk costs £4.00 including a free cup of coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro! Walks last approx. 90 minutes covering 1 - 2 miles. Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday August 8th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
White Nothe
Meet at the far end of the National Trust car park, map reference SY759823 (see map)

Monday August 15th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Culpeppers Dish.
Meet at the picnic area,
map reference SY814924 (see map)

Monday August 22nd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Blacknoll Heath, Winfrith
Meet at the pull-in by the reserve entrance,
map reference SY805863 (see map)

2011
3 Fridays in September:
16th, 23rd, 30th
10.00 am - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
Each walk costs £4.00 including a free cup of coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro! Walks last approx. 90 minutes covering 1 - 2 miles. Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday September 5th 2011 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Autumn Birdwatching Walks with the Workers Educational Association.

Registration session at Littlemoor Library, Louviers Road, (see map)

Monday September 12th 2011 NO WALK

Monday September 19th 2011 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Stoborough Heath
  see trip reports
Meet at the Furzebrook Village Hall car park
map reference SY 930843 (see map)
To take part in this walk you will need to have registered on Monday September 5th at Littlemoor Library

Monday September 26th 2011, 2.30 - 4.00
Badbury Rings, Wimborne
  see trip reports
Park in the National Trust car park,
map reference ST959030 (see map)
To take part in this walk you will need to have registered on Monday September 5th at Littlemoor Library

4 Fridays in October:
7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
10.00 am - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
Each walk costs £4.00 including a free cup of coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro! Walks last approx. 90 minutes covering 1 - 2 miles. Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday October 3rd 2011 2.30 - 4.00 pm
St Aldhelm's Head
  see trip reports
Meet at the car park half a mile west of Worth Matravers,
map reference SY964775 (see map)
To take part in this walk you will need to have registered on Monday September 5th at Littlemoor Library

Monday October 10th 2011 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Wareham Forest  see trip reports
Meet at the Lockyer's Hill car park, 5 miles north west of Wareham on the Bere Regis Road, map reference SY 873933 (see map)
To take part in this walk you will need to have registered on Monday September 5th at Littlemoor Library

Tuesday October 11th 2011
Diocese of Salisbury "A Twitch in Time" Birdwatching Event
see trip report


Monday October 17th 2011 2.30 - 4.00 pm
East Fleet  see trip reports
Meet at the end of Camp Road, Weymouth,
map reference SY 653773 (see map)
To take part in this walk you will need to have registered on Monday September 5th at Littlemoor Library

Monday October 24th 2011
NO WALK


Wednesday October 26th 2011 10.00 am - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk to look at Autumn birds (includes a free cup of coffee in the hotel bistro). Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (see map)

Saturday October 29th 2011
Brownsea Island  see trip report


Monday October 31st 2011 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Holton Lee
  see trip report
Meet in the pull-in a half-mile along the road to Holton Lee,
map reference SY956916 (see map)

3 Fridays in November:
4th, 11th, 25th (no walk on 18th)
10.00 am - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
Each walk costs £4.00 including a free cup of coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro! Walks last approx. 90 minutes covering 1 - 2 miles. Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday November 7th 2011 10.30 - 12.00 am
Thorncombe Woods, Higher Bockhampton
  see trip report
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk with Sherborne U3A Nature Group to look at Autumn fungi. Meet at the car park for Hardy's Cottage,
map reference SY726922 (see map)

Monday November 7th 2011 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Moreton
  see trip report
Meet at the ford,
map reference SY805895 (see map)

Monday November 14th 2011 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Turner's Puddle, Bere Regis
  see trip report
Meet near the church in Turner's Puddle,
map reference SY829934 (see map)

Monday November 21st 2011, 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Maiden Newton Watermeadows
  see trip report
Meet at the public car park, map reference SY594979 (see map)

Monday November 28th 2011
NO WALK


4 Fridays in December:
9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th (no walk on 2nd)
10.00 am - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
Each walk costs £4.00 including a free cup of coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro! Walks last approx. 90 minutes covering 1 - 2 miles. Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday December 5th 2011 10.30 - 12.00 am
Maiden Castle
  see trip report
A FREE Open University Exploring Nature Walk with Sherborne U3A Nature Group to look at winter birds, including Golden Plovers and Corn Buntings. Meet at the English Heritage car park,
map reference SY669889 (see map)

Monday December 5th 2011 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Culpeppers Dish
  see trip report
Meet at the picnic area,
map reference SY814924 (see map)

Monday December 12th 2011 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Blacknoll Heath, Winfrith
  see trip report
Meet at the pull-in by the reserve entrance,
map reference SY805863 (see map)

Monday December 19th 2011 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Maiden Castle
  see trip report
Meet at the English Heritage car park,
map reference SY669889 (see map)

Monday December 26th 2011 2.30 - 4.00 pm
NO WALK



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!

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