Sunday, 16 May 2021 (Group: Dorset 4050 Walkers)
Start time 10:00
17 miles / 27.4 km
(Estimated finish time: 16:30)
Our walks will run with due consideration for current guidelines.
Fuller information can be found in Ramblers central guidance titled Ramblers Restart: Taking part in COVID-safe walks at:
BUT some key points are as follows:
Numbers are limited to 15 and are dependent on the discretion of the walk leader
Please text the walk leader on 07837 633171 if you want to join this walk - remember to include your full name for the COVID record. Anyone turning up without booking and/or where beyond the stated maximum for the walk will not be permitted to start.
It’s important that walkers also take personal responsibility for their own safety by maintaining physical distancing and taking appropriate precautions, supporting the walk leader in that endeavour
Please note that a record of attendees will be taken on the day and kept for 21 days to support NHS contact tracing.
The walk starts at The Martin Down Nature Reserve car park on the A 354 on the Hampshire/Dorset border.
We initially head North through Vernditch Chase woodlands then follow footpaths and country lanes through Cobley, Pribdean Wood, and Sixpenny Handley. Our route then joins the Jubilee Trail South to Gussage Hill with its impressive long barrow and earthworks. We will take a snack break here.
We continue along Ackling Dyke Roman road crossing the Neolithic Dorset Cursus. After nearly three miles in a straight (Roman) line we turn East towards Penbury Knoll the first and only significant hill of our walk – we will take another beak on the summit.
We decent to pick up the path the follows Grims Ditch back to our start point.