On a dry, cloudy and suprisingly mild January day our diverse group of members from all corners of Dorset and beyond assembled in Wareham Forest for a 6 mile stroll on firm paths without a hint of mud!
Having crossed the heath of Great Ovens Hill we descended into Morden Bog (now a wetland nature reserve with firm banked footpaths from which one must never stray!) We circumvented the Bog passing through the various experimental plantations and extreme swamp training areas of Wareham Forest to emerge in the woods of Morden Park for a quick picnic.... See the full article
A happy band of 19 assembled at the Halfway Inn on a mild but overcast day for some fresh air and exercise between Xmas and New Year. We spotted a sizeable herd of deer as we crossed the woods towards Furzebrook Village and then traversed the picturesque heath into Creech Bottom for a coffee break.
Moving on across a deserted Stoborough Heath through the blooming gorse we startled further deer before emerging into Stoborough village and along the causeway to Wareham Quay for a picnic at the water's edge or snack in the local pubs.... See the full article
A merry band of 15 members from all corners of Dorset plus Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and London gathered at Ginali's Restaurant in Poole for a delicious Xmas Lunch.
The friendly and efficient restaurant team provided us with a choice of freshly prepared starters including prawn & salmon salad and garlic doughballs in addition to the standard seasonal options. Main course options included fresh fish and roast beef as an alternative to roast turkey with all the trimmings.
On a bright and breezy day our happy band of 12 set off from Herston up to the Priests Way to enjoy commanding views of Swanage Bay and a glimpse of Corfe Castle before arriving at the Jurassic Coast. Strolling above the crashing waves we reached the lighthouse and descended to Tilly Whim Caves (now largely collapsed) and on to to Durlston Castle.
After a welcome refreshment break exploring the castle and Great Globe we continued into Durlston Country Park and onto Townsend Nature Reserve (a former quarry) for more extensive views across Swanage Bay.... See the full article