Sunday, 6 December 2020 (Group: Dorset 4050 Walkers)
Start time 10:00
11 miles / 17.7 km
(Estimated finish time: 15:30)
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 07766473720, remember to include your full name for the COVID record if you want to join this walk, as those 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. Walkers should bring hand sanitiser and should not share food or equipment such as walking poles.
Please note that a record of attendees will be taken on the day and kept for 21 days to support NHS contact tracing.
A stunning (moderate) walks through some of the most unspoilt countryside in England; thie countryside of Dorset, is known all over the world as the backdrop to the literature of Thomas Hardy, which, this walk marks.
The walk takes us from Dorchester via the Roman Villa, Hangmans Cottage and the river behind the old prison out across the meadows to Puddletown Forest via the Hardy Way and Lower Bockhampton.
After navigating Puddletown Forest, and hopefully not getting lost, we pass Hardy's cottage and on to the visitor centre for the lunch break.
After lunch we return to Dorchester via Kingston Maurward, Stinsford (where Hardy's heart is buried), Fordington, Brewery Square and back to our start point.