Swanage Walking Group Programme


 July 2018 to October 2018



Rob’s Ramble


First, I would like to say a big thank you to John Wadey for his 5 years as chairman of Swanage Walking Group and congratulate him on the development of the Group during his tenure.


They are big walking boots to fill!


I am honoured to be the latest Chairman of the SWWG and will do my best to maintain the high standards expected. I do feel slightly guilty however as immediately following the AGM on 30th April I departed for a long-planned 6-week odyssey to Greece (by car and with the only walking involved being to local tavernas) and when I return I’m unsure where I will be living while the work on our house in Worth Matravers is completed.


The winter and spring were particularly cold and wet this year with long term members of the Group telling me they cannot remember such snowy or muddy conditions. I’m always amazed at how many members attend walks in the most atrocious conditions. We must be mad! That said we can however now look forward to another BBQ summer on Purbeck with the usual cloudless skies from June to October.


I would like to thank the walk leaders for putting forward so many and such different walks, and in particular members leading walks for the first time. I hope the experience was less daunting than they expected and that they will lead further walks in the future. We are always grateful for new walk leaders and new walks as we endeavour to pull together a full programme. If you would like to lead a walk and need assistance for the first time please contact me or another committee member, we will gladly give guidance and/or share the duties and responsibilities with you.


I would also echo John Wadey’s earlier pleas for more women to put themselves forward for positions on the committee. If anyone is interested please let me or any other members of the committee know.


With the summer programme coming up and with Purbeck temperatures soaring it behoves me to advise people to ensure that they take the normal measures to protect themselves e.g. hats, sun screen and plenty of fluid to protect themselves against dehydration and if anyone does start feeling unwell on a walk to let the leader know as soon as possible rather than waiting until they are on the point of collapse.


On one additional point of safety I would be grateful if you would heed the walk leaders’ requests on certain issues on their walks in particular when walking down roads and when crossing roads. It can be distressing and worrying when their requests go unheeded.


I do hope you enjoy the programme and sharing the walks with your fellow members who all have an interest in getting out there to enjoy the exercise, the camaraderie, the nature and to keep fit.


Something to make you smile…

I was out walking last weekend and I came to a field that I needed to cross with a bull and a farmer in it.

I shouted across to the farmer. “Is your bull safe?”

“Oh yes” said the farmer. “But I’m not sure about you if you step into his field”.


Keep walking and keep smiling,  Rob Lobley,  Chairman SWWG





Rob Lobley     07766630453


Jill Carter         01202 684135

Vice Chairman


Colin Schnaar  01929 425287


Charles Brettell           01929 289135

Publicity / Social Events

Steve Williams 01929 422795

Walks Programme

Brian Arnold     01929 480224

Welfare Secretary

Shirley Royston           01929 288427


Bryan Stubbs    01202 570670













HF Holidays





Links to Other Local Walking Groups


                Swanage Walking for Health - http://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/swanage


                CAPROW (Canford and Purbeck Rights Of Way) - http://www.caprow.org.uk/






GRID REFs – Show the starting points of the walks

CAR SHARE – To share cars & ensure walkers without cars can get to the walks, we meet at the lay-by in Northbrook Road opposite Day’s Park (SZ 026 799). We suggest passengers make a contribution towards petrol costs, in proportion to the distance travelled.

PUT – Indicates ‘pick-up time’ when cars will leave the lay-by.

BUS TIMES – Are departure times. Unless otherwise stated, all bus information is for Wilts & Dorset Bus Co. services and start from Swanage Bus & Rail Station. Confirm times when latest W & D timetable is printed. OAP bus passes are not valid for use on W & D services before 09:30 Mon-Fri [N.B. valid all day on Saturdays]. Valid on Linkrider buses before 09:30.

MEMBERS TRAVELING BY BUS from the Wareham direction for walks starting from Corfe should contact the walk leader beforehand to let the leader know they could be late arriving for the start.

WALKS DETAILS & POOR WEATHER Walk leaders should be contacted for further details of their walks and for possible late cancellations in inclement weather conditions. Walk leaders have the right to decide whether to start a walk or not and to alter or abandon walks if weather is bad.

WARNING – All sporting & leisure activities have inherent hazards associated with them & walking is no exception. In spite of the safety of members being the paramount concern, accidents can occur. It is important that each member appreciates they are responsible for their own safety and need to identify hazards and take all reasonable steps to eliminate or minimize the potential for an accident to arise. Personal accident insurance is not covered by the SWWG group insurance. It is the responsibility of each individual member to decide whether or not they need to provide their own personal accident cover.

Web-site      http://www.swanagewalkinggroup.co.uk

Subscriptions are £5.00 per person (children & dogs free). See any Committee member for details.




Wareham Car Share


Fiona Keeling organises a car share from Wareham. If you are interested please e-mail Fiona at fionaak@hotmail.com and she will send you full details of how it works with times etc.




Emergency/Useful Phone Numbers


The following is a list of emergency and indeed non-emergency phone numbers, which it might be useful for all walk leaders and others to keep in their address books or to preload into their mobile phones. This time I have added the numbers of some local taxi firms. This could prove useful if, as happened on a recent walk, a member is unable to continue on foot and needs a lift back to their car or nearest town.


In an emergency, obviously telephone 999.

For non-emergency calls to the Police telephone 101.

If you venture into French telecom area then try +44 20 7230 1212

National Trust (Purbeck Office) 01929 450002

Coastguard 01305 760439 (Dial 999 in an emergency)

RSPB Arne 01929 553360

Durlston Country Park 01929 424443

Weld/Lulworth Estate 01929 400352

Dorset Countryside Rangers (Rangers, Rights of Way, Coastal Team) 01305 224463

Swanage Associated Taxis 01929 421122 or 01929 425350

Swanage and Purbeck Taxi 07969 927424

Bill’s Taxis (Swanage) 07549 776736

Wareham and Purbeck Taxi Service 01929 480485

A&C Taxis 01929 556758


Please let one of the committee know if there are any other useful numbers that could be added to this list.


Steve Williams




Social Events


EVENING SUPPER/DRINKS at Bankes Arms Studland - Wednesday 18th July


No advance booking necessary


Meet at Bankes Arms Studland for drinks/snack/meal between 19:00 and 19:30 on Wednesday 18th July, hopefully in the outside area, and hopefully in basking evening sunshine with fine views towards Old Harry Rocks. No need to book in advance, just turn up on the night at whatever time suits you and order from the extensive menu, or just stay for a drink.
I will lead a walk from the Mowlem theatre in Swanage starting at 17:00 and picking up at Ballard Stores at 17:25 - along the coast path via Old Harry to reach Studland between the above times.


Walkers will need to make their own way back to Swanage either by bus (departures from Knoll Hotel bus stop at about 20:34 or 21:34) or perhaps arrange a lift with a non-walker. It would be appreciated if any non-walkers who are arriving by car can offer lifts back to Swanage; please let me know if you are able to do this. Alternatively you may wish to plant your car at Studland and get the 50 bus at about 16:25 or 16:55 to Swanage for either the start of the walk or meet at Ballard Stores pick up point (Bear in mind the bus can be unreliable on days when the weather is good and the ferry is busy).



COACH OUTING to LYME REGIS - Saturday 29TH September


Cost = £10:00 per person. Deadline for Bookings is 31st August, but please book with Steve Williams.


Rather than take in another of the historic cities of the South and South West, we are this year staying in Dorset (just) and going to Lyme Regis to explore the town and surrounding countryside. The town is famous for fossils found on its beaches and cliffs, and the Cobb, the town’s harbour wall, made famous in the 1981 film “the French Lieutenant’s Woman” starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons.


Having undertaken an initial recce we have ruled out the famous undercliff walk between Seaton and Lyme Regis as it is unsuitable for a large group of walkers, and would probably take too long. On the recommendation of the local tourist information office we have prepared a circular walk starting and finishing at the Charmouth Road car park to the east of the town centre. We start the walk by descending to the coast path and passing through the recently constructed coastal protection scheme before passing through the heart of the town centre. We follow the River Lim through the old part of town, which is full of interesting historic buildings, through to Uplyme. We will stop there for about an hour for either a picnic lunch or a pub lunch.


The return half of the walk is through fields, footpaths and quiet country lanes passing under the Carrington Viaduct (along which the Lyme Regis to Axminster railway line formerly ran, before closure in 1965) then climbing steeply to the coastal path. This is followed by a very steep decent back to the Cobb and returning to the town centre along the sea front. There should be time at the end of the walk to explore the shops in Lyme Regis or perhaps take in some further refreshments.


Alternatively you can spend the whole day in the town where there are plenty of sightseeing or shopping opportunities, or perhaps undertake a shorter self-guided walk.


We have yet to recce the walk in full but expect it to be in the order of 5 to 6 miles, but we will confirm this nearer the date.


The coach will start from Ballard Stores, Swanage at 08:00, picking up at Gilbert Road at 08:05, the bus stop in Herston Cross at 08:10, Harmans Cross at 08:15, Corfe Castle (East Street bus stop) at 08:20, Wareham Railway station (north side) at 08:35, and in Dorchester Road, Upton (bus stop opposite Marsh Lane) at 08:50.


We will all meet back at the main Charmouth Road car park in Lyme Regis at 16:30 for the return journey.


The deadline for bookings is 31st August and payments by cheque (payable to Swanage Walking Group) should be made by 15th September, indicating your pick up point. Please give cheque to any committee member or send to Steve (Contact details above).


Steve Williams

All bookings for social events (or further enquiries to be made via Steve Williams on 01929 422795 or email srwilliams75a@gmail.com. Any cheques must be made payable to “Swanage Walking Group”


Steve Williams, 75A Ulwell Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1QU.



No social events have yet been organised for this programme. We normally hold a skittles evening during March at the Ulwell Inn, but that is currently under re-construction and the skittle alley closed, well demolished! It is in any case not available after Easter.


A joint quiz night with Friends of Durlston was being planned but that too has been delayed due to refurbishment of the planned venue (The Conservative Club).


For the rest of the year I will arrange a midsummer’s walk and supper at Studland, a coach trip, and of course the Christmas lunch, possibly at a different venue this year. I shall shortly be starting to plan the annual coach trip. Any suggestions as to where we might go this year would be welcome. One possibility is a National Trust property with extended walks around the grounds. A good example would be Stourhead. Otherwise I am minded to return to either Bath or Exeter, which we haven’t been to for 4/5 years respectively.


This will be my 6th year of organising the annual coach trip and other social events. I am minded to make it my last, since I think the social events programme could do with some new and fresh thinking. If anybody would like to take on this important role for the club then please see me or any committee member on a walk.


Steve Williams




Walks Programme


Thank you to all the walk leaders who have submitted walks to our Spring Programme. Without you this programme would not be possible, so please keep sending them to me, and if you have walks that you would like to include in the next programme (Summer/Autumn 2018), then you can send them to me anytime. I would especially like some walks from new walk leaders, so if you haven’t led a walk before please give it a try.


If you are a member who is not on email, then please note that the request for walks for our next programme will go out on 1st May for walks to be submitted by about 25th May for the July to October Summer/Autumn Programme.


For the Spring Programme I have put together a full calendar of walks, for every Wednesday and Saturday. I look forward to seeing all of you on the walks this Spring.


I produce the walk programme in PDF format for emailing, but if you prefer it in a different format then please just ask.


Brian Arnold    brianarnold666@gmail.com




Membership and Subscriptions


Hello everyone and a welcome to our new members. Thank you for your early subscriptions. We surprisingly have 98 members, quite a few have not renewed, maybe there are some who might do so. Although the deadline is the end of January anyone can rejoin at a later date.


Enjoy your walking.  Membership Secretary Jill Carter



























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Please note: Membership cards will be handed out to you when you come on your first walk of the year. If you live outside of Purbeck area or only come on occasional walks and would like a membership card sent to you, please include an SAE with this form.

















                                           18:30     DOORS OPEN AND DRINKS RECEPTION


                                           19:00     AGM COMMENCES


                                           19:30     SUPPER  [AFTER TREASURER'S REPORT]



Refreshments - Drinks will be provided by the committee but not food.


We will have an American Supper where each member attending is asked to bring a plateful of finger food to be shared by all. This has previously worked well and provides a good varied fare for members to choose from.


Agenda - This will be prepared and sent to members at least two weeks prior to the AGM.



John Wadey, Chairman. 23 Jan 2018







Before the Walk - Check you have the following


1        Mobile Phone.


2        An SWWG First Aid kit.


3        Whistles, for self and back marker. Emergency signal is 6 one-second blasts.


4        A suitable Ordnance Survey map of your area, to allow you to give a grid reference to rescue/ambulance services in an emergency.


5        Hi-Vis tabards or jackets for self and back marker. These are now legally required for leading walks on road and crossing roads. they are very useful for locating back marker when leading large groups.


6        A small notebook and pen or pencil.


7        Bad Weather - If weather forecasts are very dire, consider cancelling the walk. To ensure members get your cancellation message, talk in person to the Programme Arranger, Secretary or Chairman before 12:00 pm the previous day. Only these three hold up to date membership email addresses. Do not leave them any form of message because it may not be acted upon in time and you may not know whether or not members have received your cancellation message.


8        Hot Weather - Consider carrying an extra bottle of water in case someone runs out and becomes dehydrated.


At start of the walk   


1        Introduction - Introduce yourself and ensure any new members or visitors are made welcome.


2        Weather - If weather turns really bad, make decision as to proceed with walk or not. Note down weather conditions at start.


3        New member and Visitors


         a)       Check they have suitable footwear and/or clothing for route and seasonal conditions. If unsuitable advise them of           risks they may face if they insist on participating.

         b)       Ask them to write their forename and surname in your notebook.


4        Describe Walk - Outline route of walk, state distance, any foreseen difficult parts, slippery mud, stiles, planned stops and toilet facilities, if none say so.


5        Back Marker - Appoint a back marker, give them a whistle and Hi-Vis. The back marker must wait for all persons who stop for whatever reason and ensure all opened gates are closed again.


6        Check the number of walkers - Count and note down the number of walkers.


During the walk


1        Dogs - Ensure all dogs are properly supervised, especially in vicinity of livestock and close to roads.


2        Check about every 20 minutes or so that all walkers are still present.


3        Incidents - If any walker suffers a fall or injury, or some other incident occurs, note down the time and place with a brief note of what happened. If emergency services are called and/or outside help is needed note down their arrival and departure times.


After the walk


1        If any problems were encountered, advise Secretary and programme Arranger.


2        If an incident occurred or someone became ill and needed help, whether deemed serious or not, a copy of the SWWG Incident Report Form must be completed and forwarded to the secretary for permanent inclusion in the SWWG incident file.


                                                                                                                                3rd. Revision January 2018.





SWWG NOTES FOR WALKERS  (Especially those new to walking)


WARNING - All sporting & leisure activities have inherent hazards associated with them & walking is no exception. In spite of the safety of members being the paramount concern, accidents can occur. It is important that each member appreciates they are responsible for their own safety and need to identify hazards and take all reasonable steps to eliminate or minimize the potential for an accident to arise. We would therefore ask you to follow our Guidelines for Walkers that are reproduced below.


INSURANCE - Please be aware our group insurance provides third party cover only,  it does not cover accident, injury or mishap to individual members. It is up to each member to decide whether or not to provide their own personal accident insurance.





Dress - Please ensure that you are suitably clothed and shod for the expected weather conditions. For your own safety the walk leader has the right to refuse to allow you to take part in the walk if he believes you to be unsuitably dressed. If you're not suitably dressed you cannot expect the leader to take responsibility for your welfare.


Wet Weather Clothing - Suitable weatherproof clothing should always be carried dependant upon the season. It is always preferable to be dry and warm rather than wet and/or cold and maybe become a liability to your fellow walkers.

Footwear - For country walking one needs boots, not shoes, to walk in comfort because boots can cope with uneven ground such as ploughed fields and rocky ground, they support the ankles and prevent sprains from sideways stumbles. They also cope with deep puddles and mud which would swamp shoes. As a rule of thumb buy boots one whole size larger than shoe size, e.g. 8.5 shoe, 9.5 boot. If you've never bought walking boots before then seek advice on type, style and fit from an experienced walker or a specialized outdoor shop.

Food & Drink - Always carry more food and drink than you think you will need, especially drink in warm weather because one can become rapidly incapacitated if dehydration occurs, carry an extra bottle of water.  We have a mid-walk “banana” break, so-called because bananas give a quick energy boost. Nut bars and fruit are also popular.


Medication - If you have special needs then you should consider if it is necessary to carry your medication with you. Also make sure someone else knows how to administer it or help you if it becomes necessary.


First Aid - The Walk leader carries a first aid kit to deal with minor cuts, bruises and blisters. You should also consider carrying a basic first aid kit of your own rather than rely on the walk leader, you never know when you may need it.


Ettiquette - Walking in a group requires a few simple rules to be observed, viz:


1        Please do not overtake the leader. If the leader needs to stop, those with the leader should also stop. Leaders do not then have to worry about walkers ahead of them taking the wrong route.

2        If you join the walk after the start or wish to leave before the finish please inform the leader or back marker personally so the leader knows the exact number in his party at any given time. Do not ask someone else to do this for you.

3        Stiles slow the walk, upon reaching a stile, climb over as quickly as you can and walk clear of the stile area. Follow the leader if they have moved on.

4        If the leader says ‘break over in 2 minutes’, be prepared and ready to move off in two minutes. The leader will expect you to be ready to move off as a group when he/she does.

5        Do not deviate from the route set by the leader. The leaders know where they’re going and will have prior knowledge of the route. If you deviate and anything untoward happens to you, then you may not be found by a backtracking search. If you need a comfort stop make sure the back marker knows as it is their job to wait for you.

6        If you become unwell or tired during a walk, please tell someone immediately, don't wait until you can't go any further, you may then be unable to tell anyone what's wrong. Maybe you just need to rest and recuperate for a while, the chances are if you're feeling tired, then others will also be tired. Maybe you need a drink and if you've run out please tell someone, In hot weather the leader usually carries a spare bottle of water just for such occasions.

7        Please feed back any comments, good or bad, to the walk leader or back marker at the end of the walk as this will help us to ensure that we provide good quality walks for you all to enjoy.




We know all the above will be common sense to our experienced walkers, they will be aware of and understand these constraints but newcomers may be unaware of them. Your committee apologizes if this all sounds rather officious, however it’ll make for a happier group if everyone is aware of their responsibilities to others.


                                                                                                                                         3rd. Revision January 2016.