Dorset Walks

2014 - 2015 Programme of wildlife walks with Bob Ford



All walks are for 90 minutes over a distance of 1 - 2 miles and, apart from the Birdbreak Weekends, cost £4.00 - no booking required.
Click on the map reference to see a map showing each starting point


These walks are likely to change at short notice - so please check this web site before you leave!
For more information or telephone 01305 750118 or 07980 967473



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walks to come in 2014:

Monday December 1st 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Sares Wood

Meet in the car park just east of the crossroads,
map reference SY804924 (see map)
.
Monday December 8th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Lodmoor RSPB Reserve

Meet at the car park before the Civic Amenity Site, Preston Beach Road,
map reference SY687809 (see map)

Friday December 12th - Sunday December 14th
Birdbreak Weekend
 
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday December 15th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Portland Harbour

Meet in Sandsfoot Castle gardens near the cafe,
map reference SY675774 (see map)

Monday December 22nd 3.30 - 5.00 pm
Radipole RSPB Reserve, Weymouth

A late afternoon visit to see the roosting Little Egrets.
Meet at the reserve car park, near the visitor centre,
map reference SY675796 (see map)

Friday December 26th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday December 29th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Maiden Castle

Meet at the English Heritage car park,
map reference SY669889 (see map)




walks to come in 2015:

Friday January 2nd 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Friday January 2nd - Sunday January 4th
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday January 5th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Portland Harbour

Meet in the car park on Mulberry Avenue, just west of Portland Castle,
map reference SY684744 (see map)

Monday January 12th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Puddletown Forest

Meet in the 2nd pull-in from the south on the road between Tincleton and Puddletown known as "Rhodedendron Mile",
map reference SY744921 (see map)

Monday January 19th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Tadnoll Heath

Meet at the reserve entrance on Redbridge Road between East Knighton and Crossways,
map reference SY791877 (see map)

Friday January 23rd - Sunday January 25th
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday January 26th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Newton's Cove

Meet in the Barrack Road car park opposite the Nothe Tavern,
map reference SY683787 (see map)

Monday February 2nd 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Culpeppers Dish

Meet at the picnic area,
map reference SY814924 (see map)
Monday February 9th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Cogden Beach

Meet in the National Trust car park,
map reference SY503885 (see map)

Friday February 13th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday February 16th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Cold Harbour Heath, Wareham Forest

Meet in the Sika Trail car park on the Wareham - Bere Regis road,
map reference SY906893 (see map)

Monday February 23rd 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Kingston Russell Wood

Meet in the car park on the Roman Road above Kingston Russell,
map reference SY578936 (see map)

Friday February 27th - Sunday March 1st
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday March 2nd 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Penn Weare, Portland

Meet in the Portland Museum car park, opposite Pennsylvania Castle
map reference SY695712 (see map)

Monday March 9th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Great Ovens Hill, Sandford
Meet in the car park on the left side of the road from Sandford to Sherford, about 1 mile north of Sandford,
map reference SY923904 (see map)
Monday March 16th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Blashford Lakes, Ringwood

Meet near the reserve centre at
map reference SU151079 (see map)
Friday March 20th - Sunday March 22nd
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday March 23rd 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Woolsbarrow Hill, Wareham Forest

Meet in car park just north of the national speed limit sign on the east side of the Wareham - Bere Regis road,
map reference SY888917 (see map)


Monday March 30th
NO WALK

Friday April 3rd 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday April 6th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Upton Country Park

Meet in the main car park near the toilets,
map reference SY992929 (see map)
Monday April 13th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Swyre Head, Kingston

Meet at the car park approx 1 mile west of Kingston,
map reference SY943793 (see map)


Monday April 20th
NO WALK


Monday April 27th
NO WALK


Monday May 4th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Portland Bill

Meet in the Bill car park near the lighthouse at
map reference SY677685 (see map)
Monday May 4th - Thursday May 7th
Dorset - Coastal migrants and heathland specialities

A 3-day break based at The Heights Hotel, Portland, (see map)
Please book with The Travelling Naturalist, Dorchester.
Monday May 11th 8.00 - 9.30 pm
Ringstead
Meet at the far end of the National Trust car park, map reference
map reference SY759823 (see map)

Friday May 15th - Sunday May 17th
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday May 18th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Higher Hyde Heath, Bovington

Meet at reserve car park on the N.E. side of the Puddletown Road, between Bovington & Wareham,
map reference SY854899 (see map)
Monday May 25th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Cerne Abbas

Meet at the picnic site car park under Giant Hill,
map reference ST664015 (see map)

Friday May 29th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday June 1st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Powerstock Common

Meet at the reserve car park,
map reference SY547974 (see map)

Monday June 8th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Moreton Gravel Pits

Meet at Redbridge,
map reference SY789884 (see map)

Monday June 15th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Wareham Forest

Meet at the Lockyer's Hill car park, 5 miles north west of Wareham on the Bere Regis Road, map reference SY 873933 (see map)
Friday June 19th - Sunday June 21st
Butterflies & Wild Flowers Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
Monday June 22nd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Kingbarrow Quarry, Portland

Meet at The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday June 29th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Badbury Rings, Wimborne

Park in the National Trust car park,
map reference ST959030 (see map)
Monday July 6th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Stoborough Heath NNR

Meet in the reserve car park at Sunnyside Farm on the road to Arne,
map reference SY938863 (see map)
Friday July 10th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday July 13th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Moreton

Meet in the village near the ford,
map reference SY805895 (see map)
Friday July 17th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Friday July 17th - Sunday July 19th
Butterflies & Wild Flowers Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday July 20th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Chickerell Downs

Meet at the reserve entrance on Putton Lane, just north of Bennett's Water Gardens,
map reference SY651799 (see map)
.
Friday July 24th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday July 27th, 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Maiden Newton Watermeadows

Meet at the public car park,
map reference SY594979 (see map)
Friday July 31st 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday August 3rd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Alner's Gorse

Meet in the Butterfly Conservation car park on the north side of the Hazelbury Bryan road, a mile east of King's Stag,
map reference ST737100 (see map)
Friday August 7th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday August 10th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Lankham Bottom

Meet in the pull-in on the road linking Cattistock to the A37,
map reference ST606003 (see map)

Monday August 17th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Blacknoll Heath, Winfrith

Meet at the pull-in by the reserve entrance,
map reference SY805863 (see map)

Monday August 24th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Arne RSPB Reserve, Poole Harbour

Meet at the reserve car park, Arne
map reference SY972878 (see map)

Friday August 28th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday August 31st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Turnworth Wood - Okeford Hill

Meet in the car park at the top of the hill six miles north of Winterborne Whitechurch,
map reference ST812093 (see map)
Friday September 18th - Sunday September 20th
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Friday October 9th - Sunday October 11th
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday October 19th - Thursday October 22nd
Dorset - Coastal migrants and heathland specialities

A 3-day break based at The Heights Hotel, Portland, (see map)
Please book with The Travelling Naturalist, Dorchester.
Friday November 6th - Sunday November 8th
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Friday December 11th - Sunday December 13th
Birdbreak Weekend

Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)




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walks that have already taken place:

Monday November 24th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Puddletown Forest
  see trip report
Meet in the Forestry Commission pull-in at Beacon Corner,
map reference SY746935 (see map)

Monday November 17th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Thorncombe Woods, Higher Bockhampton
  see trip report
Meet at the car park for Hardy's Cottage,
map reference SY726922 (see map)

Monday November 10th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
East Fleet
  see trip report
Meet on Camp Road,
map reference SY653773 (see map)

Friday November 7th - Sunday November 9th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday October 27th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Littlemoor Pond
  see trip report
Meet on the disused section of road near the entrance to Westfield School,
map reference SY692828 (see map)

Monday October 20th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Hardy Monument
  see trip report
Meet at the Hardy Monument, or if the car park is closed at the layby 0.25 miles to the east,
map reference SY616877 (see map)
Monday October 13th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Radipole Village
  see trip report
Meet on Radipole Lane near the junction with Dorchester Road,
map reference SY668818 (see map)

Friday October 10th - Sunday October 12th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday October 6th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Abbotsbury
  see trip report
Meet in the village car park
map reference SY578853 (see map)

Monday September 29th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Dewlish
  see trip report
Meet at the layby near the bend at the top of Park Hill,
map reference SY779980 (see map)
.
Monday September 22nd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Rodden Hive
  see trip report
Meet at the layby just west of Langton Herring on the Rodden road,
map reference SY610827 (see map)
Please note that if the layby is full you will need to park in the village and walk down.
Friday September 19th - Sunday September 21st
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday September 15th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Chickerell Downs
  see trip report
Meet at the reserve entrance on Putton Lane, just north of Bennett's Water Gardens,
map reference SY651799 (see map)
.
Monday September 1st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Pilsdon Pen
  see trip report
Meet at the layby below Pilsdon Pen,
map reference ST414009 (see map)
.

Friday August 22nd 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip report
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday August 18th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Tadnoll Heath
  see trip report
Meet at the reserve entrance on Redbridge Road between East Knighton and Crossways,
map reference SY791877 (see map)

Monday August 11th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Challow Hill, Corfe
  see trip report
Meet at the small car park on the hill above the village,
map reference SY964823 (see map)

Monday August 4th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Martin Down
  see trip report
Meet at the reserve entrance on the A354 between Blandford and Salisbury,
map reference SY594979 (see map)
Friday August 1st 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip report
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday August 4th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Alner's Gorse


Meet in the Butterfly Conservation car park on the north side of the Hazelbury Bryan road, a mile east of King's Stag,
map reference ST737100 (see map)
Friday July 25th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip report
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday July 21st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Wareham Water Meadows
  see trip report
Meet in the car park at the end of Streche Road,
map reference SY916875 (see map)

Friday July 18th - Sunday July 20th
Butterflies & Wild Flowers Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Friday July 18th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip report
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday July 14th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Kingcombe Coppice
  see trip report
Meet in the car park off the first bend on Kingcombe Road before Rampisham Down,
map reference ST553006 (see map)

Monday July 7th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Alner's Gorse
  see trip report
Meet in the Butterfly Conservation car park on the north side of the Hazelbury Bryan road, a mile east of King's Stag,
map reference ST737100 (see map)

Monday June 30th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Moreton
  see trip report
Meet in the village near the ford,
map reference SY805895 (see map)
Monday June 23rd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Came Woods
  see trip report
Meet in the layby opposite the woods,
map reference SY697853 (see map)

Friday June 20th - Sunday June 22nd
Butterflies & Wild Flowers Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday June 16th 9.00 - 10.30 pm
Tadnoll Heath
  see trip report
Meet at the reserve entrance on Redbridge Road between East Knighton and Crossways, map reference SY791877 (see map)
Monday June 9th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Brackett's Coppice
  see trip report
Meet in the DWT car park in the field on the north side of the road between Corscombe and Higher Halstock Leigh,
map reference ST515067 (see map)
Sunday June 8th 11.00 - 12.30 am
Tout Quarry, Portland
  see trip report
The second of two free walks with the Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust looking at natural regeneration in a man-made landscape. Meet at the Drill Hall, Easton Lane, map reference SY691724 (see map)
Monday June 2nd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Lankham Bottom
  see trip report
Meet in the pull-in on the road linking Cattistock to the A37,
map reference ST606003 (see map)

Friday May 30th - Sunday June 1st
Jurassic Coast Walking Weekend
  see report
Based at the Hotel Aqua, Castletown, Portland,
map reference SY686744 (see map)

Friday May 30th10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Thursday May 22nd1.30 - 3.00 pm
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Tuesday May 20th 8.00 - 9.30 pm
Ringstead
  see trip report
An evening walk to hear nightingales. Meet at the far end of the National Trust car park,
map reference SY759823 (see map)

Monday May 19th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Cerne Abbas
  see trip report
Meet at the picnic site car park under Giant Hill,
map reference ST664015 (see map)

Friday May 16th - Sunday May 18th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday May 12th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Powerstock Common
  see trip report
Meet at the reserve car park,
map reference SY547974 (see map)

Monday May 5th - Thursday May 8th
Dorset - Coastal migrants and heathland specialities
  see trip report
A 3-day break based at The Heights Hotel, Portland, (see map)
Please book with The Travelling Naturalist, Dorchester.
Monday May 5th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Abbotsbury - Portesham Railway
  see trip report
Meet in the village car park at Abbotsbury,
map reference SY579853 (see map)

Monday April 21st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Durlston Country Park   see trip report
Meet in the reserve car park, near the information centre,
map reference SZ032773 (see map)

Friday April 18th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Friday April 11th - Sunday April 13th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Friday April 11th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday April 7th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Cole Wood, Wool
  see trip report
Meet at Woodstreet Farm,
map reference SY855856 (see map)

Monday March 31st 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Winyards Gap
  see trip report
Meet in the car park next to the pub,
map reference ST491062 (see map)

Monday March 24th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Gore Hill, Hillfield
  see trip report
Meet at the car park overlooking Hillfield,
map reference ST636039 (see map)
Monday March 17th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Wareham Forest
  see trip report
Meet in the Sugar Hill car park on the Wareham - Bere Regis road,
map reference SY872933 (see map)

Friday March 14th - Sunday March 16th
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday March 10th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Puddletown Forest
  see trip report
Meet in the 2nd pull-in from the south on the road between Tincleton and Puddletown known as "Rhodedendron Mile",
map reference SY744921 (see map)

Thursday March 6th - Saturday March 8th
Dorset Spring Reunion
  see trip report
A 2-day break based at The Sandbanks Hotel, Poole
Please book with The Travelling Naturalist, Dorchester.
Monday March 3rd 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Middlebere Farm
  see trip report
Meet at the start of the track to Middlebere Farm,
map reference SY963853 (see map)


Monday February 24th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Binnegar Gravel Pits
  see trip report
Meet at the pull-in on the Puddletown Road, between Bovington & Wareham, a mile or two further towards Wareham than Hyde Heath,
map reference SY885879 (see map)

Friday February 21st - Sunday February 23rd
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Friday February 21st 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday February 17th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Abbotsbury
  see trip report
Meet in the village car park,
map reference SY579853 (see map)
Friday February 7th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday February 3rd 2.00 - 3.30 pm
East Fleet
  see trip report
Meet on Camp Road,
map reference SY653773 (see map)

Friday January 31st - Sunday February 2nd
Birdbreak Weekend
  see trip report
Please book with The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday January 27th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
White Horse Hill
  see trip report
Meet at the start of the track over White Horse Hill,
map reference SY702852 (see map)

Monday January 20th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Hardy Monument
  see trip report
Meet at the Hardy Monument, or if the car park is closed at the layby 0.25 miles to the east,
map reference SY616877 (see map)
Monday January 13th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Ferrybridge
  see trip report
Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre,
map reference SY668755 (see map)
Friday January 3rd 2014 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
This walk includes a free coffee afterwards in the hotel bistro!
Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland,
map reference SY688729 (see map)

Monday January 6th 2.00 - 3.30 pm
Lodmoor RSPB Reserve
  see trip report
Meet at the car park before the Civic Amenity Site, Preston Beach Road,
map reference SY687809 (see map)



For more information or telephone 01305 750118 or 07980 967473.

Details on this site are subject to change - check the latest update before you leave!