Walking on the trailway

Whether you are out for a short walk with the dog, taking your children for a leisurely stroll, or taking part in some strenuous long distance walking, then you can do no better than use the North Dorset Trailway.

People in the villages and towns along, or with links to the Trailway have numerous access points onto the Trailway, which offers a firm surface, safe crossing points, no stiles, and most importantly is free from motorised traffic.

There are links to the Stour Valley Way, The Wessex Ridgeway, The Jubilee Trail, and Hod and Hambledon Hills. Open Access land and nature reserves and woods such as Piddles Wood and Blandford Forest are within easy walking distance of the Trailway.

There is always something of interest for walkers along the Trailway, the focus changing with the progression of the seasons.

Dorset Area Ramblers

There are five Ramblers groups in the Dorset Area and activities are co-ordinated by the Dorset Area Council that meets four times year in Dorchester.

Members typically join the group for the part of the county they live in i.e. one of the North, East, South or West groups. Many group activities especially walks occur in or near to the group's area however it is not unusual for some walks to be to be in other parts of the county or in adjacent ones.

The Dorset Young Walkers Group, covers the whole county.

If you join The Ramblers you will either be allocated to a group based on your home post code or you can specify a group on your application form.

You will receive the walk programme and details relevant to that group. However you can: -

  • Change to another group for example if you move to another part of the country.
  • Join one group and take part in many of the activities organised by other groups, especially walks and path clearances.One method of finding out about other group activities is by requesting the other group's programme from the group secretary (a donation to cover postal costs may be required). This applies to groups outside Dorset too although some operate an e-mail distribution method. Manygroups including some Dorset ones are now including walks on the Ramblers' Walks Finder database. Group contacts can be found via Ramblers' Local Groups and by selecting a specific local group you can find out if they have entries on the walks finder database and use preset searches for group entries.

    Each Dorset Group produces three programmes of walks and events each year, and the Area Newsletter ("Dorset Footnotes") is timed to link with the distribution of the walk programmes.