Dorset Walks

2020 Programme of wildlife walks with Bob Ford



All Monday and Friday walks cost 5.00

Click on the map reference to see a map showing each starting point - no booking required.

Walks will typically cover a distance of 1 - 2 miles, but please note the meanings of the following symbols:

- the walk is likely to be very muddy
- a longer walk, we could be back late!
- the walk features some steep sections
- parking is limited so please share transport if you can.
- click for background information on the walk

Walks are never cancelled due to bad weather, but sometimes this list does have to be changed - so please check the latest version of this web site before you leave!

All walkers must disclose any relevant medical conditions to me by before the walk.


For more information or telephone 07980 967473

For details of the Birdbreak Weekends contact The Heights Hotel, Portland,

this update: February 14th 2020




links:
walks archive ...
birdbreaks archive ...
last year's walks ...
rodwell trail ...


walks to come in 2020:


Monday February 17th
NO WALK

Friday February 21st 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday February 24th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Upton Country Park

Meet in the main car park near the toilets,
map reference SY992929 (click to see map)

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

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday March 2nd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Middlebere Farm

Meet at the start of the track to Middlebere Farm,
map reference SY963853 (click to see map)


Friday March 6th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday March 9th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Abbotsbury - Portesham Railway

Meet in the village car park at Abbotsbury,
map reference SY579853 (see map)

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

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday March 13th - Sunday March 15th
Birdbreak Weekend

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

Monday March 16th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Swyre Head, Kingston

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


Friday March 20th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday March 23rd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Rodden Hive

Meet at the layby just west of Langton Herring on the Rodden road, map reference SY610827 (click to see map)

Friday March 27th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday March 30th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Pirates Lane, Wyke Regis

Meet at the top of Pirates Lane in Westhill Road,
map reference SY660773 (click to see map)

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

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday April 6th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Moreton Gravel Pits

Meet at Redbridge,
map reference SY789884 (see map)


Friday April 10th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday April 13th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Morden Bog, Wareham Forest

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


Friday April 17th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday April 20th 2.30 - 4.00pm
Brownsea Island

Meet outside St Mary's Church on Brownsea Island, map reference SZ028877 (see map)

Friday April 24th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday April 27th
NO WALK

Friday May 1st 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday May 4th 2.30 - 4.00pm (approx.)
Dorsetshire Gap

Meet outside The Fox at Ansty,
map reference ST765033 (see map)

Friday May 8th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday May 8th - Sunday May 10th
Birdbreak Weekend

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

Monday May 11th
NO WALK

Friday May 15th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday May 18th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Cerne Abbas

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


Friday May 22nd 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday May 25th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Martin Down

Meet at the reserve entrance on the A354 between Blandford and Salisbury,
map reference SY594979 (see map)

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

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday June 1st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Powerstock Common

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


Friday June 5th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday June 8th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Culpeppers Dish

Meet at the picnic area,
map reference SY814924 (click to see map)

Friday June 12th
NO WALK

Monday June 15th 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 (click to see map)

Friday June 19th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday June 22nd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Sares Wood

Meet in Affpuddle Car Park a mile north of Waddock Cross, just east of the crossroads on the road leading to Culpepper's Dish
map reference SY804924 (click to see map)


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

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday June 29th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Chamberlayne's Heath, Bere Regis

Meet at the car park near the tank training area approx 2 miles south of Bere,
map reference SY844917 (click to see map)


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

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday July 6th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Moreton Forest

Meet at the Forestry Commission entrance a mile east of Waddock Cross,
map reference SY811912 (see map)


Friday July 10th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday July 10th - Sunday July 12th
Butterflies and Wild Flowers Weekend

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

Monday July 13th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Cole Wood, Wool

Meet outside the Black Bear, Wool,
map reference SY847867 (see map)


Friday July 17th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday July 20th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
River Piddle, Wareham

Meet on the North Walls above North Mill,
map reference SY921876 (click to see map)

Parking is available at the Howards Lane Car Park (click to see map)

Friday July 24th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday July 27th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Bovington Heath

Meet in the Public Viewing Area on the road between Bovington and Clouds Hill,
map reference SY825904 (click to see map)

Friday July 31st 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday August 3rd 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Symondsbury and Colmer's Hill

Meet by the church in Symondsbury,
map reference SY744936 (see map)

Friday August 7th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday August 10th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Throop (near Bere Regis)

Meet in the layby in the village,
map reference SY826932 (click to see map)

Friday August 14th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday August 17th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Two Mile Coppice

Meet at the start of Greenway Road,
map reference SY672817 (click to see map)


Friday August 21st
NO WALK

Monday August 24th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Sutton Poyntz 

Meet by the village pond,
map reference SY706838 (click to see map)


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

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday August 31st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Blacknoll Heath, Winfrith

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


Friday September 4th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday September 7th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Rodden Hive

Meet at the layby just west of Langton Herring on the Rodden road, map reference SY610827 (click to see map)

Friday September 11th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday September 11th - Sunday September 13th
Birdbreak Weekend

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

Monday September 14th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Lorton Meadows

Meet at the Dorset Wildlife Trust car park,
map reference SY826675 (see map)


Friday September 18th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday September 21st 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Galton Heath

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


Friday September 25th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday September 28th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Holton Lee

Meet in the main car park,
map reference SY961912 (click to see map)

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

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday October 5th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Golden Cap  

Meet in the National Trust car park at Langdon Hill,
map reference SY412931 (click to see map)


Friday October 9th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries

After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Friday October 9th - Sunday October 11th
Dorset - Coastal migrants and heathland specialities

A 3-day break based at The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)
Please book with The Travelling Naturalist.

Friday November 6th - Sunday November 8th
Birdbreak Weekend

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

































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walks that have already taken place:

Friday February 14th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday January 27th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Holton Lee
  see trip report
Meet in the main car park,
map reference SY961912 (click to see map)

Friday January 24th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday January 20th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Puddletown Forest
  see trip report
Meet in the second pull-in from the south on the road between Tincleton and Puddletown known as "Rhodedendron Mile",
map reference SY744921 (click to see map)


Friday January 17th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday January 13th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Preston
  see trip report
Meet on Church Road near St Andrews Church, map reference SY706830, (click to see map)

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

Friday January 10th 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)

Monday January 6th 2.30 - 4.00 pm
Chesil Beach, Cogden
  see trip report
Meet in the National Trust car park,
map reference SY503883 (see map)


Friday January 3rd 10.00 - 11.30 am
Portland Cliffs and Quarries
  see trip reports
After the walk enjoy a tea or coffee in the hotel bistro at a 50% discount! Meet outside the main entrance, The Heights Hotel, Portland, map reference SY688729 (click to see map)







For more information or telephone 07980 967473.

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