Sunday, 16 May 2021
Start time: 10:00
(Estimated finish time: 16:30)
Moderate 17 miles / 27.4 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 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.
Martin Down Nature Reserve Car Park on A 354
Grid reference: SU036201
Nearest postcode: SP5 5RH
Start time: 10:00
This is a circular walk
A longer walk than normal but only one big hill.
Check the weather forecast beforehand and dress appropriately; layers and good waterproof walking boots are recommended. Several hours without much shade – please bring suncream and hats for fine weather.
Some parts may be muddy/slippery
This is a longer walk that usual – walkers must be aware of their fitness levels and bring plenty to drink, snacks and a packed lunch to keep you going..
If walkers are suffering/injured it would be possible to cut the walk short by missing out Penbury Knol (hill) and heading through Pentridge
Fitness : All walkers are responsible for their own health and fitness to undertake this walk.
Pace : Circa 2.5 miles per hour.
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.