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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, Eleanor Moore, by phone –  01308 863955 or   email  – eleanor_l_moore@hotmail.com (note eleanor_l_moore), with payment to the treasurer, Ian L’Argent (01308 863859)..

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

Report on recent walks                                                                                                                                   

On June 25 Brian Earl led a walk devised by Gill and Robin Cheeseman who were otherwise engaged that day. Nine people turned up at Charmouth Post Office on a misty, humid morning for the 2-hour ramble. We ascended north-eastwards past Catherston Leweston, with a view to our right of the Char valley rising to Whitchurch Canonicorum church tower. Skirting Conegar Hill on our left we traversed fields of wet grass, ultimately arriving at Wootton Fitzpaine cemetery for our coffee break. This was a riot of colour from unmown wild flowers and waving grasses… beautiful. We carried on along the lane past the church before turning left at the drive to Wootton House, joining the Monarch’s Way and so returning to Charmouth.

July 9 saw Jim and Judy Cook leading 29 ramblers from Lambert’s Castle Hill on a 2-hour leisurely walk. A warm sunny morning, the first part was through cool beech woodland circumnavigating Lambert’s Castle hill fort. Emerging onto heathland we eventually reached Fishpond where some of us popped into the delightful little church of St. John built in 1854, one notable feature being the abstract stained glass in the east window. There were far-reaching views from outside, sadly marred by huge electricity pylons and cables. Coffee break was enjoyed after a steep climb up a shady holloway, prior to a short meander back to the carpark.

Next rambles August 6 & 20. Info from Yarn Barton or secretary Eleanor Moore 01308 863955, email eleanor_l_moore@hotmail.comor www.beaminsterramblers.com

Ruth Earl

Full day out 16th July

Hi everyone,
Please find below details of the first full day out ramble (a map of the route is attached).
Start at the Houns-Tout car park, West Street, Kingston, Dorset Post Code BH20 5LH (Once in Kingston turn right by the Scott Arms and the car park is 150m on the left)
Start time :  10.45am
It takes about 1 hour 20 minutes to get there. Fortunately there’s plenty of parking in the free car park and in the very unlikely event that it’s full more parking in the close by streets of Kingston.
The walk is about 9.5 miles with only 4 stiles. We will take the day at a relaxed and leisurely pace with plenty of stops and time to take in the views.
 Initially easy walking on a gently inclined road & path up to Swyre Head. Excellent views of Corfe Castle en route and 360 degree panorama at the summit.
Continue along a ridge and then descent to Kimmeridge where we will have a stop for teas/coffees (chips are excellent too!) at Clavell’s Restaurant.
We continue onto the coast path at Kimmeridge Bay and up a set of steps to the Clavell Tower where we will stop for lunch, so bring a packed lunch and plenty of water if it’s a hot day!
The walk now continues in an easterly direction along the South West Coastal path. Glorious scenery all the way for about 3.5 miles.
This is followed by the 400 feet of ascent at Houns-Tout. It’s probably as hard a climb as anywhere in West Dorset so we will be taking it slowly! There’s a bench at the summit with spectacular views of the coast.
The final 2 miles is a gentle inland trundle back to the car park, where we can get out of our walking gear and for those of you that are up for it a drink and a meal at the Scott Arms a five minute walk away. Again with wonderful views of Corfe Castle in the beer garden.
We recced the walk on Saturday and it was a real treat with perfect weather, 20c, sunshine all day and a cool breeze……so remember the sun tan if we get similar weather!
If you would like to attend please let us know so that we can car share where possible and also ensure we don’t leave anyone behind before we start.
Many thanks
Peter Holloway

                                                                                                                                                                         

Details of the Next Walk

Date                        Leader(s)                                                                               Start

23rd July                 tba                                                                      10:00

Walk Leaders:       tba

 

                                                                                                                                                               As always, please car share wherever possible.

 

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