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)..


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


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          Mar 12th.

Our walk on Valentine’s Day took place in suitably romantic conditions: a pleasantly warm morning of atmospheric mists, the bleating of sheep with their newborn lambs, and occasional glimpses of waves lapping against the shoreline far below. Sometimes what you imagine the view to be like can be just as enjoyable as actually seeing it! Philip Bowers-Tolley led 26 ramblers on a meandering 5.5-mile route over Eype Down and the clifftops between Seatown and Eype’s Mouth. As is so often the case on our rambles, the mist lifted and the sun began to shine brightly as we returned to our cars. Maggie Warnett’s photo shows the ramblers on Thorncombe Beacon.


The last day of February saw Anne and Dave Stevens leading 22 well-wrapped-up walkers on a gentle (ie no steep hills, no stiles, no mudbaths) 5-mile stroll from Charminster. The first part of the route followed the River Cerne upstream to what is now Charlton Down but was once the Dorset County Lunatic Asylum. Horror stories abounded about ‘inmates’ who should never really have been there at all. It was interesting to see how modern housing had been planted amongst the old Victorian buildings to create a pleasant new residential settlement, its grass banks covered with primroses. The route thereafter took us east across the chalk downs before returning to the starting point via Wolfdale Golf Course. There was a bitterly cold NE wind, but the sun stayed out too, so it was ideal rambling weather.

Info from secretary Faith Waterhouse 01935 891260, email faithwaterhouse@aol.com or http://www.beaminsterramblers.wordpress.com                                                                                                                        Ruth and Brian Earl

Details of the Next Walk 

Date                        Leader(s)                                                                       Start          

28/03/23               Peter & Lesley Holloway    (01308 863336)                     10:00

Walk:                    Beaminster followed by AGM

Walk leaders:     Peter & Lesley Holloway

Start:                      10:00

Length of walk:     2.5 miles approx.

On the day of the Ramblers AGM Lesley and myself will lead a short walk of an hour and a half max.
Normal start time of 10am. We will be starting from the Pavilion on the Beaminster Memorial Playing Fields.
It’s a circular ish walk to Netherbury and back which should get us in the mood for coffee and cake on our return. Just a few stiles, a very gentle ramble!
See you there,

                                                                                                                                                           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.