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We are a friendly group of walkers who meet every 2 weeks for a walk of 5 to 6 miles

Start and Return Time

We leave at 10am and return around 1pm

Details of the next walk are found:

  • at the bottom of this Home page
  • in the window of the Yarn Barton Information Centre
  • by telephoning the Walk Leaders
  • by contacting the Walks Officer, Peter Holloway by phone 01308 863336 or email:  the_holloways@hotmail.com (note the_holloways)

Start Place

Julia Memorial

Some walks start and finish in Beaminster, when we meet at the Julia Memorial in the town square

Details of walks not starting in Beaminster will include the place and the map reference

Often there is an opportunity for a pub lunch at the end of the walk

Degrees of Difficulty

Our walks are suitable for people of all ages, however, although the countryside round Beaminster is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, you will need to cope with hills, stiles and, sometimes, mud.

Membership and Visitors

The annual membership is £8, however, visitors and people wishing to “try us out” are welcome on the walks at no cost, although a donation to the Dorset Air Ambulance Service would be appreciated. Donations should be given to Ian L’Argent or, in his absence,  Peter Holloway.

Membership is coordinated by the secretary, Faith Waterhouse, by phone –  01935 891260 or   email  –   faithwaterhouse@aol.com , with payment to the treasurer, Ian L’Argent (07833 087147)..

Dogs

We are sorry, but dogs are not permitted on our walks

Weather

In case of bad weather on the day, anyone wishing to go on the walk should telephone the leader or check this web site to see if the walk will go ahead.

Click on link for the Met Office 5 day local forecast  – local forecast

The essence of rambling.   A member’s thoughts

Report on recent walks          July 11th.                      

The scheduled ramble for July 19 was cancelled due to the Met Office amber extreme heat warning. Temperatures did actually reach a new record high that day and also the previous night.

The first walk in August was led by Nigel Bongers. Starting from Sydling St Nicholas on a warm, humid and overcast morning, 20 ramblers climbed up on to the chalk downs and followed wide grassy tracks for around five miles to the east and south of the village. The name Sydling is from the old English sid and hlinc which means broad ridge and refers to the hills surrounding the village. The church of St. Nicholas from which the village derives the second part of its name dates from the 15th century, although there were earlier buildings on the site. We stopped for our coffee break at Forcey’s Tower, a wooden sculpture with a bell which was commissioned to commemorate the century of the abandonment of the nearby farm. The vigilant amongst us were lucky enough to see a barn owl and a red kite in flight. It was noticeable how brown all the fields were, even though some of the tops were still swathed in low cloud.

Info from Yarn Barton or secretary Faith Waterhouse 01935 891260, email faithwaterhouse@aol.com or www.beaminsterramblers.wordpress.com

Ruth Earl

Details of the Next Walk 

Date                        Leader(s)                                                                       Start           

16/08/22                Faith & Bob Waterhouse (01935 891260)                      10:00

Walk leaders:       Faith & Bob Waterhouse

Start:                      10:00

Length of walk:     4.5 miles

Walk leader – Faith & Bob.  Usual start time of 10am

Bob & Faith have kindly offered to have another go at the walk which was cancelled due to the ‘first’ heatwave. Let’s hope for cooler conditions next week!

Meet at The Winyards Gap pub car park in Chedington, we have their permission on the understanding that some of our number will stop for lunch afterwards.

The walk is approximately four and a half miles passing by the Chedington Court show jumping arena, East Axnoller Farm and walking over the A356 past Wayland Farm and back through Chedington Woods and back to the pub.

The walk has 4 stiles and at least one stretch which is rough underfoot.

If wet beforehand Wellington boots would be advised. However,  given the forecast unlikely!

                                                                                                                                                          General walk etiquette:

1) Don’t get ahead of the leader.
2) The leader should keep the back marker in sight and slow their pace if required.
3) A’middle marker’ should be appointed with large numbers.
4) If possible all walkers should try to keep the leader in sight.
                                                                                                                                                               As always, please car share wherever possible to ease parking difficulties and to help the environment.