The Ramblers


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East Dorset Group is one of seven groups within Dorset Area

Our start point

Purbeck Plod

Our 25 mile challenge walk and run

16 and 12 mile walking routes also available

starting and ending in Swanage

The Purbeck Plod was introduced in 1965 and ran yearly through to 2002. Our Group re-introduced the walk in 2008 adding the options of a 25 mile run and a 16 mile walk and in 2018 a 12 mile route was added for walkers. You can see the route summaries here or can view the full routes for the 25 and 16 mile walks and run and the 12 mile walk. For copyright reasons we cannot display maps but you can download the routes for your gps here.

The challenge isn't just in the distance. There are a lot of climbs along the way. On the 25 mile route these add up to about 4,300 feet and on the 16 mile route, they add up to about 2,700 feet.

Each year we ask East Dorset Group members to provide some assistance. Please contact us if you would like to help.

Purbeck Plod 2024

The 2024 Purbeck Plod will take place on Sunday 23rd June. If you have enjoyed walking this in past years, how about volunteering this time to help on the route?

Following a recent cliff fall the 25 mile walking and running route on the 2024 Plod will have to divert from the coast at Hill Bottom. The checkpoint there will be moved to Kingston and the position of the Kimmeridge checkpoint will be changed. The updated route description is now included in the link in the first paragraph above. Meanwhile, you can find the revised .gpx of the route here.

Here is the event form for you to complete and post to us. The closing date for entries is 9th June 2024

Purbeck Plod 2023

The 2023 Plod took place on 25th June. Walkers and runners found it very hot during the morning but encountered a cooling breeze in some places during the afternoon. There was not a drop of rain. Here are the results. Congratulations to you all.

If you think there are any inaccuracies or you would like your name removed from the list please email us using the contact details below.

Purbeck Plod 2022

The 2022 Purbeck Plod took place on 26th June in good walking weather, although at times very windy on the Coastal Path and in exposed areas. Here are the results. Congratulations to you all.

Page updated 7th June 2024.

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