We are a friendly group of walkers who meet every 2 weeks for a walk of 5 to 6 miles
**** 28/09/21 Todays Ramble CANCELLED. A combination of a very wet weather forecast this morning and possibly a very slippery descent on Lewesdon Hill, Norma and Marlene have decided to cancel the walk today. ****
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: email@example.com (note the_holloways)
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, Eleanor Moore, by phone – 01308 863955 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org (note eleanor_l_moore), 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
Report on recent walks Aug 6th
Eighteen members plus two visitors from Drimpton left The Julia at 10am sharp on August 17 for walk number 4 from the Beaminster Hills leaflet, led by David Jenkins. As this one is 7.5 miles long everyone came furnished with a packed lunch. The weather was sunny and breezy and there were good clear views all around and to the sea from Coltleigh Hill, just beyond Mapperton. Picnics were consumed sitting on the grass at Dirty Gate which is the site of an old turnpike gate on what is now known as the B3163. The photo shows walkers at the front of the group about to descend Langdon Lane, meaning it was virtually downhill all the way back to Beaminster.
The last day of August started cool and breezy, ideal for a ramble. Thirty or so people mingled and chatted together in Beaminster Square before being led along Fleet Street by Christine Meharg, with Kate L’argent as backmarker. The 3.2 mile route followed the grassy field paths up past Northfield Farm and then north-westwards along the recently re-routed footpath. Part of this was completely obliterated by a crop of towering maize that had been planted right to the field boundary leaving no margin for wildlife or walkers, so we had to fight our way through. There were more undulating meadows, periodically allowing crisp views to the coast, before our return via Chantry Farm with its happy hens.
25 July 2021:
Following the lifting of restrictions on the 19th July the group will continue with its walks programme as per The Walks Programme page. We will continue with the guidelines noted below.
GUIDELINES FOR WALKERS – COVID-19 SECURE RESTRICTIONS
As an organisation, we can meet as a group of up to 30 people provided Covid 19 Secure guidelines are adhered to.
We are therefore recommencing the walk programme subject to the guidelines below and current government regulations.
- A ‘register’ will be taken by the leader on the day. Names of walkers are required to be kept for a period of 3 weeks from the date of the walk.
- Should anyone test positive for Covid 19 within 7 days of a walk they MUST contact one of the members of the committee below without delay so that all walkers can be informed and self-isolate/test as appropriate.
- If anyone is feeling unwell and/or showing signs of Covid-19, it is expected that they will not attempt to walk.
- Government guidelines on social contact and physical distancing during the walk, at break time and when initially meeting up should be observed.
- It is inadvisable to share cars, food, drink or equipment, such as walking poles.
- Avoid touching gates where possible.
- Should Members wish to use any form of PPE, they should bring their own as the group cannot be responsible for supplying face coverings.
- Members should bring their own hand sanitiser.
- When other walkers are passing, remember to stand back and give way.
If more than 30 people wish to walk, we will split into two groups tackling the walk in both a clockwise and anticlockwise direction.
No mixing of groups should take place when we have a break at the passing place.
Pete Holloway, Walks Coordinator.
Details of the Next Walk
Date Leader(s) Start
**** Todays Ramble CANCELLED. A combination of a very wet weather forecast this morning and possibly a very slippery descent on Lewesdon Hill, Norma and Marlene have decided to cancel the walk today. ****
Normal start time of 10am.
Meet at the entrance to the Broadwindsor Craft Centre at 10.00 am. Parking on Redlands Lane. Please car share if possible. The walk is approximately 5 miles. The first bit of the walk is rather steep – up to the top of Lewesdon Hill, after which we descend to a track on the other side of the hill and the walk then levels out, returning to the Craft Centre.
General walk etiquette: