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Walk! Dorset with Charles Davis 
           

 ISBN 1-904946-20-8    12.99 160 pages, full colour, 40K scale OS mapping, Wire-O spiral binding to lay-flat & fold-back without damage 
 
 
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Walk! Dorset  isbn 9781904946205 12.99
                            160 pages in full colour with 40K scale OS mapping plus Wire-O spiral binding.

Each walking route itinerary includes:-
- walking route summary
- ratings for Effort, Time, Distance, Ascents/Descents, Refreshments and Vertigo risk
- fully detailed walk description, including frequent timings to aid navigation and check your progress
- GPS Waypoints at every key point on every route for pin-point navigational accuracy
- full colour 1:40,000 scale OS map of the route
- short walk and stroll alternatives
There are some easy routes. There are some challenging routes for fit experts. With Charles Davis’ excellent walk descriptions you’ll know which routes are for you - and all of them are a true adventure.
 


Contents

The Author
Introduction: In The Mind: Identifying Dorset. On The Ground: Landscape and History. On The Page: Using The Book.
Map Information Location Maps.
Walking Information: Symbols Rating Guide & Notes. Using GPS in Dorset. Walking Equipment.

THE WALKS
Section One: Trails & Ways:
1 The Brit Valley Way: Beaminster to West Bay: 1 walker, 3 hours 15 mins, 8.7 miles/14km, ascents negligible, descents 50 metres, 4 refreshments (linear)
Celebrating the domestic face of Dorset.
2 The Char Valley Trail: 2 walker, 2 hours 30 mins, 6.8 miles/11km, ascents and descents 120 metres, 3 refreshments (circular)
A bucolic tramp across fields, meadows and pasture.
3 The Purbeck Way (1-3 days)
(a) Wareham to Corfe Castle: 1 walker, 2 hours 35 mins, 6.6 miles/10.6km, ascents and descents 75 metres, 4 refreshments.
(b) Corfe Castle to Swanage: 3 walker, 2 hours 50 mins, 7.9 miles/12.7km, ascents 225 metres, descents 300 metres, 4 refreshments.
(c) Swanage to Corfe Castle: 4 walker, 4 hours 35 mins, 13.4 miles/21.5km, ascents 350 metres, descents 275 metres, 4 refreshments.
The best of Dorset in one medium distance path.
4 The Purbeck Way (West): The Lulworth Loop: 3 walker, 3 hours 35 mins, 9.3 miles/14.9km, ascents and descents 235 metres, 5 refreshments (circular)
An ancient drove and a fine pub.
5 The Wessex Ridgeway:
Day 1: Ashmore to Shillingstone: 3 walker, 3 hours 15 mins, 9.2 miles/14.8km, ascents 220 metres, descents 380 metres, 4 refreshments.
Day 2: Shillingstone to Sydling St. Nicholas: 5 walker, 7 hours 05 mins, 20.1 miles/32.3km, ascents 700 metres, descents 650 metres, 4 refreshments.
Day 3: Sydling St. Nicholas to Beaminster: 4 walker, 5 hours 45 mins, 14.4 miles/23.3km, ascents 425 metres, descents 495 metres, 5 refreshments.
Day 4: Beaminster to Lyme Regis: 5 walker, 7 hours 40 mins, 20.4 miles/32.9km, ascents 840 metres, descents 890 metres.
Crossing the county on a Neolithic trading route.
Section Two: Coastal Walks:
6 Hengistbury Head: 1 walker, 1 hour 50 mins, 5.5 miles/8.8km, ascents and descents 25 metres, 4 refreshments (circular)
Around the ‘jaw’ of Christchurch Harbour.
7 Piddle & Frome: 1 walker, 1 hour 35 mins, 4 miles/6.5km, ascents and descents negligible, 4 refreshments (circular)
Estuary English.
8 Kimmeridge Ledges & Swyre Head: 4 walker, 3 hours 35 mins, 9.4 miles/15.1km, ascents and descents 300 metres, 5 refreshments (circular)
A perfect balance of cliff, ridge, views, and pub.
9 Worbarrow Bay & Tyneham Cap from Kimmeridge: 5 walker, 3 hours 40 mins, 9.4 miles/15.2km, ascents and descents 425 metres, 3 refreshments (circular)
Going ballistic - a coastal spectacle.
10 Lulworth Cove and Bindon Hill: 4 walker, 1 hour 45 mins, 4 miles/6.65km, ascents and descents 255 metres, vertigo risk, 5 refreshments (circular)
Far ranging firing range - a short walk on a large scale.
11 Durdle Door & Ringstead Bay: 4 walker, 2 hours 50 mins, 7 miles/11.5km, ascents and descents 255 metres, 4 refreshments (circular)
Dorset’s most famous natural monument and the coast’s biggest dipper.
12 Two short walks from Osmington:
(a) White Horse Hill: 1 walker, 1 hour 35 mins, 4.3 miles/7km, ascents and descents 125 metres, 2 refreshments (circular).
(b) Black Head Ledges: 3 walker, 1 hour 45 mins, 4.2 miles/6.7km, ascents and descents 145 metres, 4 refreshments (circular).
On and off the beaten path around a chalk figure and along the undercliff.
13 Isle of Portland: 3 walker, 3 hours 15 mins, 8.8 miles/14.2km, ascents and descents 170 metres, vertigo risk, 2 refreshments (circular)
Round island walk of constant surprises.
14 The Hardy Monument and Littlebredy from Portesham: 3 walker, 2 hours 55 mins, 7.5 miles/12.1km, ascents and descents 350 metres, 3 refreshments (circular). An England of the mind.
15 Fleet Review: 1 walker, 1 hour 55 mins, 5.3 miles/8.62 km, ascents and descents 70 metres, 4 refreshments (circular)
Europe’s largest lagoon and, in some ways, Dorset’s most exotic corner.
16 Chesil Beach from Abbotsbury: 2 walker, 2 hours 30 mins, 7.4 miles/11.9km, ascents and descents 215 metres, 4 refreshments (circular)
Big beach and airy ridge.
17 Thorncombe Beacon: 4 walker, 1 hour 30 mins, 4.3 miles/7km, ascents and descents 285 metres, 5 refreshments (circular)
Views second to none from Dorset’s second highest cliff.
18 Chideock to Lyme Regis via Golden Cap: 4 walker, 3 hours 15 mins, 6.9 miles/11.2km, ascent 340 metres, descent 380 metres, 3 refreshments (linear)
The highest cliff and the longest history.
Section Three: Weekend Breaks:
Chedington
19 Beech Wood and Beaminster Down: 2 walker, 2 hours 10 mins, 5.1 miles/8.3km, ascents and descents 100 metres, 3 refreshments (circular)
Farmland, fine views and a drove straight out of Hardy.
20 The River Parrett Trail and Chedington Woods: 3 walker, 2 hours 20 mins, 5.6 miles/9km, ascents and descents 100 metres, 3 refreshments (circular)
Varied walking with some surprisingly wild ways through the domestic landscape.
Cranborne
21 Ackling Dyke: 3 walker, 3 hours 25 mins, 10.4 miles/16.7 km, ascents and descents 150 metres, 4 refreshments (circular)
Along the Roman road.
22 Pentridge Down and Bokerley Ditch: 3 walker, 2 hours 45 mins, 8.1 miles/13km, ascents and descents 195 metres, 4 refreshments (circular)
Droves, downs and military ditches - a pedestrian history of Dorset.
Evershot
23 Chetnole to Maiden Newton via Evershot: 3 walker, 2 hours 55 mins, 8.6 miles/13.9km, ascents 235 metres, descents 215 metres, 5 refreshments (linear)
Commuting to leisure.
24 The Macmillan Link and Melbury Park: 2 walker, 2 hours 20 mins, 7.5 miles/12.1km, ascents and descents 145 metres, 4 refreshments (circular)
Fine parkland and magnificent trees.
Milton Abbas
25 Woods and The Winterbornes: 3 walker, 3 hours 35 mins, 9.2 miles/14.9km, ascents and descents 235 metres, 3 refreshments (circular)
Wonderful woodland and a perfectly placed pub.
26 Delcombe Head & Higher Houghton: 3 walker, 3 hours 05 mins, 8 miles/12.9km, ascents and descents 250 metres, 3 refreshments (circular)
A grand little tour of a great little hill.
Powerstock
27 Eggardon Hill & Powerstock Common: 3 walker, 2 hours 50 mins, 7.4 miles/12km, ascents and descents 305 metres, 5 refreshments (circular)
Dorset defined.
28 Let’s Twist Again! 4 walker, 3 hours 45 mins, 9.9 miles/16km, ascents and descents 225 metres, 5 refreshments (figure of eight circular)
Meandering amid brooks and meadows.
Shaftesbury
29 Wincombe Park and Kingsettle Wood: 3 walker, 3 hours, 9.3 miles/14.8km, ascents and descents 350 metres, 5 refreshments (circular)
Obscure corners and fine woods.
30 Melbury Hill: 3 walker, 1 hour 35 mins, 4.2 miles/6.8km, ascents and descents 200 metres, 3 refreshments (circular)
Possibly the best inland viewing point in Dorset.

GPS Waypoints Lists
Appendices: On The Path. On The Road.
Place Names Index.

GPS navigation files, available - see GPX Downloads  

  
 

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