Saturday day trip to Swanage in Dorset on the Jurassic Coast featuring the grand PUMPKIN FESTIVAL at the best country pub in the UK and a visit to the chocolate shop of your (definitely my) dreams.
Typical afternoon at the Square and Compass
"It was the day of the Pumpkin competition as part of the Swanage folk festival and so the Square and Compass was packed to the rafters. Lined up outside the pub were some truly epic pumpkins. In the sunshine a biplane was performing loop-de-loops and people were selling jars of home-made chutneys and pickles from stalls outside. We sat, ate, drank and chatted while idly tossing a twig for a sheepdog. No matter where we threw it, he caught it every single time." Asher McShane Daily Mail review http://www.dailymail....
This trip will be something of a taste experience. We will get the train to Wareham, then a bus to Swanage and have a lovely walk along the cliffs. Then we'll eat some chocolate. Then we'll have a bit more of a walk (not quite so near the edge of the cliffs), drink some home made beer or ginger ale, eat pasties and regard the pumpkins. We might just sit in the pub all afternoon, but we'll probably stretch our legs on the way home maybe picking a few blackberries.
Please allocate the whole day and evening, we won't be back to London until late as Swanage is a couple of hours from London.
Meet me at Waterloo overland Rail Station, just outside ticket office at 08:10 sharp for 08:35 train. I will wear the meetup colours: a red and white striped ribbon diagonally across my top. I look like this http://www.meetup.com...
How to book
- Distance: Around 12 miles / 19 km.
- Route: tbc but it will include Swanage town (and chocolate factory) and cliff top walk to Worth Matravers village with a nice long break at the pub.
- Terrain: Grassy, muddy maybe a tad rocky.
- Price: This time, a completely different way to pay. We'll meet up, buy a cheap group train ticket and split the cost. Same with any bus tickets. You RSVP now, and pay me what you choose as a fee for organising and leading the walk as well as building the great escapists group : ) If you are disappointed, I'll give you a refund. See 'how to pay' below.
- To bring:
Food - in case you suddenly get hungry
Walking shoes (for mud or rough terrain)
Rain proof clothing
Sun protection clothing and / or sun cream
Mobile phone if you have one
To secure your place, RSVP 'yes' and then use the PayPal link to pay whatever you like. You will see £1 but you can change that by typing a new figure in the amount box in the second pop-up screen.
Please remember that you are responsible for your own safety when you come on any meetup event.