Sunday, 11 April 2021
Start time: 10:30
(Estimated finish time: 15:00)
Moderate 10 miles / 16.1 km
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, 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.
The walk starts at Bulbarrow Hill high on the Wessex Ridgeway path. After a short distance on country lanes we take the footpath down through the woods then along Heath Bottom. Look out for the coppiced hazel trees and the deserted trailers that presumable once carried the harvested timber. Also spot the buzzards overhead and the wild ponies in this beautiful valley. We turn right and climb up past a group of tumuli then into woodland and fields and on to Milton Abbas. Passing through the village we follow old tracks to the 12th Century (but much restored) St Catherine’s Chapel hidden in the woods. This might make a good lunch stop with its fine view of the ancient Milton Abbey (now a posh school). Skirting the Abbey to the North we walk through fields (dodging cow pats) to the village of Hilton. The path takes a low level route directly North along Hilton Bottom and the tops of the Bulbarrow radio masts peep over the horizon. Finally a steepish climb takes us up to the masts and back to our start point. For those with energy left Rawlsbury Camp hill fort is only a mile away but let the walk leader know if you want to visit.
The Bulbarrow hill carpark is to the NE of the twin aerials.
It is marked on the OS map (Explorer 117) with a P
Grid reference: ST783059
Nearest postcode: DT11 0HQ
Start time: 10:30
This is a circular walk
Food & Drink
Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink with you.
All participants are responsible for their own health and fitness to undertake this walk.
Between 2.5 miles per hour.
Check the weather forecast beforehand and dress appropriately.
Please check this website beforehand as sometimes walks have to be changed/ cancelled with little notice (albeit rarely).
Despite our group name, we really don't care what age you are; if you like walking with a friendly, relaxed, easy going group of people, who occasionally socialize you're most welcome to join us.
Give us a try!
This is one of hundreds of Ramblers group walks for all ages and abilities every week - all led by our experienced walk leaders.
You’re welcome to join us on any of our walks to see if the Ramblers is for you. Then, once you’ve enjoyed the views, fun, exhilaration and good company, it’s just a case of becoming a member.
Do make sure you're fit enough and have the right footwear and clothing for the walk you want to do, though. You can contact the group or leader if in doubt.