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East Dorset Group is one of seven groups within Dorset Area


Dorset Area Picnic walks, 17th July

Owing to the very hot weather, the Dorset Area Inter Group Picnic walks have all been cancelled.

It is hoped to rebook the day later in the summer.

Wessex Wanderers

Have a look at the Wessex Wanderers website - these interesting train walks are starting again this summer. Instead of the usual printed programme of the walks for the whole summer, the walks will be listed on the website as a rolling programme.

East Dorset Group Coach Trip 2022

Our last group coach trip was in pre-lockdown times, when we went to Bath. We are delighted to tell you that a coach trip has been organised for you in early July. We will travel to the historic city of Wells in Somerset to arrive by about 11.15 am and will leave in the early evening. This will give you plenty of time to join a walk that we will lay on for you or to explore on your own. Full details are given here.

We are delighted to add that two East Dorset Group leaders have offered a second, shorter walk for the day.

East Dorset Group Winter Meal

Our Winter Meal took place on Saturday 5th February 2022

All restrictions lifted, February 2022

Please keep up the habit of checking on GWEM regarding any walk you want to join. Walks occasionally have to be cancelled at very short notice if the leader is unwell or has to self-isolate.

Annual General Meeting, East Dorset Group

The East Dorset Group Annual General Meeting took place on Monday 22nd November at the Hamworthy Club.

Annual General Meeting, Dorset Area

The Ramblers Dorset Area AGM was held on Saturday 27th November 2021 at 2 pm using Zoom. This was the agenda

At the meeting it was agreed that Area Council would go into abeyance, as a new secretary was not elected but this did NOT mean that Dorset Area would cease functioning, or be ’wound up’, but rather that it will give us some breathing space, and enable us to consider what opportunities this might offer.

Local Access Forum

Do you want to help improve Dorset's great outdoors for future generations? The Local Access Forum is recruiting new members. Please see this poster and submit your application before 7th November.

Area Picnic Walks 2021

Area picnic day was 1st August. East Dorset Group had an enjoyable walk in perfect weather and we met up with walkers from other groups at the Mary Baxter memorial stone on Knowle Hill.

Purbeck Plod 2021

Just a reminder that sadly we have had to take the decision to cancel the 2021 Purbeck Plod.

Wessex Wanderer Walks 2021

After an absence of a year, there will be a short programme of Wessex Wanderer Railway Walks in 2021. The walks are led by experienced members of the Ramblers and walkers can claim free Wessex Wanderers souvenir pens.

These walks start from stations along the Bristol to Weymouth railway line and for full details please refer to: the Wessex Wanderers website or telephone 0117 933 4998.

In case of any Covid restrictions which may be in place booking is essential and numbers on walks will be limited.

Walking from 19th July 2021

The UK government roadmap for lifting lockdown in England is now at Step 4. People can walk together outdoors, and Ramblers group walks and volunteer activities can take place.

The Ramblers is still updating its guidelines. You can see their latest advice here.

The new countryside code

An updated Countryside Code has been issued. Some of it responds to problems that have occurred in the countryside during the last year.

Good news

We have heard from The Ramblers that group walks, path maintenance, site visits and other outdoor volunteer activities can now resume in England from Monday 29 March.

Please look for our walks on GWEM, the Group Walks and Events Manager, here to find out if a walk you want to join will be available even if it is listed in our printed programme. Please note that some walks might still have booking limits for the number of participants.

For data protection purposes we are no longer allowed to keep a list of members' email addresses in order to advise them of changes.

New Lockdown announced on 4th January 2021

Following the latest government announcement, The Ramblers have informed us that all Ramblers walks will be suspended from Tuesday 5 January.

Up to date information can be found here.

Changes to walking rules from 30th December 2020

Here is The Ramblers latest advice. Ramblers group walks in Tier 4 areas are cancelled while group led walks in Tiers 1, 2 and 3 can go ahead in the same way as they were. People walking with friends can go out with 6 people from 6 households except those in Tier 4 who can go out with only one other person.

Please note that BCP and Hampshire are now in Tier 4, which means that some of our walks will not be able to take place.

Jubilee Trail

Here is some news that is not about Covid! A new 2020 edition of the "The Dorset Jubilee Trail" has just been published. See the Dorset Area website for further information and a list of stockists.

End of lockdown, 2nd December 2020

The Ramblers have now commented on the new regulations following the end of the second lockdown. As shown here we are allowed to continue to lead walks in groups of up to 30 on and after 2nd December because Ramblers and Walking for Health group walks are categorised as “organised, outdoor physical activity events”.

In East Dorset Group, we intend to take advantage of this and return to the programme of walks shown in your latest programme from 2nd December.

East Dorset Group 2020 AGM

Due to current Covid-19 regulations, it will not be possible to hold our 2020 AGM in public on 17th November as stated in our programme. Please see our AGM 2020 page to find out how your committee is managing this situation.

East Dorset Group 3rd November 2020

The advice we have received from The Ramblers is that all Ramblers group activities must be cancelled from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December in accordance with the new UK government guidelines.

East Dorset Group and the rule of six

The Ramblers have produced a speedy response to the new rule of six on 10th September. As shown here we are allowed to continue to lead walks in groups of up to 30 on and after 14th September because Ramblers and Walking for Health organised group walks are categorised as “outdoor physical activity events”.

Not all our programmed walks are suitable under current conditions or a walk leader might be unable to lead a walk. Please remember to check on GWEM for last minute cancellations.

East Dorset Group

Now that the Ramblers has relaxed its requirements for group walks, East Dorset Group will be starting to run the walks shown in its programme from Wednesday 5th August.

We anticipate some last minute cancellations if a leader becomes ill or has to self isolate. We apologise for any inconvenience. We will do our best to inform you of any cancellations, which will appear on the Walks page of this website and on the individual walk's listing on the Group Walks and Event Manager. Before joining a walk we strongly advise looking at one of these pages to check as near to the time and date of each walk as you can.

East Dorset Group and Covid 19

All Ramblers group walks have been suspended until at least the end of May 2020. We do not know when we will be able to start walking with each other again. In the hope that it will not be too long, East Dorset Group is currently assembling a July to October programme as usual.

Sadly East Dorset Group has also had to decide to cancel the 2020 Purbeck Plod.

Covid 19 walking news

All the Wessex Wanderers walks this year have now been cancelled.

Group Winter Meal

Our 2020 winter meal was held at the Bridge Hotel at Longham. Sadly the terrible weather and flooding meant that no walk was held before the meal.

Group coach trip to Bath

A full coach took us to Bath. Some walked, some explored but all had a very good day.

Page updated 14th July 2022.

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