North Dorset


Group name: North Dorset

This group is a part of Dorset Area.

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Following Government announcements on March 16th, Ramblers GB is suspending the following activities from Wednesday 18 March until further notice, and will be subject to  developments:

  • all group led walks.
  • all Ramblers Walking for Health schemes.
  • all activities by Ramblers volunteers including training, path maintenance working groups, coach trips and holidays, meetings, group and social events
    training for Ramblers.

The Ramblers North Dorset Group Committee took the decision to cancel led walks until the end of our current programme - that is June 2020 - and this will be reviewed thereafter, and following guidance from Ramblers GB.


14 May 2020

We are reviewing our guidance regularly in response to the latest government advice. Our priority remains to protect the health of our members, volunteers and staff and help to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

All Ramblers group walks and activities remain suspended until further notice.

Our guidance in light of the latest government advice

It is clear that Coronavirus has not gone away, and we need to continue to help control the virus to save lives. Although there are some changes to government guidance, the lockdown is still in force across the UK and the advice continues to be to stay at home as much as possible. If you or anyone in your household has Coronavirus symptoms, you should continue to self-isolate. If you are clinically vulnerable (i.e. over 70 or with a listed underlying health condition) you are advised to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household.

There are however some differences in government advice, depending on whether you live in England, Wales or Scotland, outlined below. 


In England, from Wednesday 13 May:

  • You can exercise outdoors as often as you like alone, with members of your household.
  • You can also exercise with one other person from outside your household, while keeping two metres apart.
  • You may drive to outdoor open spaces, irrespective of distance, but should follow social distancing guidance whilst you are there.  

In addition, the Ramblers urges all walkers in England to:

  • Be sensitive to rural communities if considering travelling further from home to walk. 
  • Avoid activities that may result in injury or require emergency services support, especially in remote locations. 
  • Be aware that popular locations like National Parks or the coast may be very busy, making social distancing difficult. 
  • Plan ahead, as some sites and facilities may be closed or have restrictions. 
  • Respect the rules in Scotland and Wales and do not travel to different parts of the UK.

In many cases, the best option will be to stay local and explore the local area on foot.

Thank you for supporting us at this difficult time.

Please check the Ramblers Home Page for regular updates.


The North Dorset area covers Evershot in the west of the County to Shaftesbury in the east, and Blandford Forum in the south, but walks take place in any part of Dorset, as well as South Somerset and SW Wiltshire.

The North Dorset Group aims to provide two walks each week, one midweek on Wednesdays, and one on Sundays. The distance for either ranges between 5 and 12 miles, with the occasional longer walk.  We try to provide walks with 'added interest' when possible, and take part in path clearance work as the occasion arises. We encourage car sharing for our walks.

In 2020, a monthly 'shorter walks' programme will be trialled, on Saturday mornings, aiming to  provide walks under 5 miles. These are planned to finish at or near a pub/cafe, with the option of a (self-funded) pub lunch, with the intention of being accessible by public transport.