Walking Matters

Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers

Abbotsbury and the Isle of Purbeck

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Planning for our coach walks for next year is in progress. Yesterday five of us drove to Abbotsbury to check the routes of the two walks intended for one day of the group’s three day stay (two nights) in Swanage.

There was a strong wind all day and an overcast sky till about noon. The clouds slowly moved away and there was a clear blue sky for the rest of the day. Views were superb.

Today it is just as windy as yesterday. We are in Swanage having stayed the night there in the hotel booked for the G&HR trip next year.

My brisk early morning walk was not so brisk because, to my surprise, the street lights were off. This, I discovered, was a policy started in 2013. Side street lights in Swanage go off at midnight.

On our walk today (SW Corfe Castle) we passed a stone seat—a memorial to those who died in two plane crashes near the site. (Dorset Echo article, Bournemouth Echo article.)

We set off from Steeple, headed SE to Swyre Wood and the viewpoint, turned NE to Kingston, joined the Purbeck Way and headed south via Renscombe Farm to St Aldhelm’s Head. There is a Norman chapel here and a lookout station. Having paused for a look inside the chapel we continued east on the SW Coast path and branched off it on a footpath that took us to Worth Matravers. Here we stopped in the village tearoom before driving back to Surrey.

The route we followed from near Worth Matravers was similar to this one.

Walks for Softies has more walks from Worth Matravers.

Map: OS X OL15

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Author: gandhr

A local group of the Ramblers

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