DAY TRIP Swanage Pumpkin Festival, chocolate and walking

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....

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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.

Where?
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...


  • 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:
    Water
    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

How to book
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.



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  • Jenny V.

    It was was a wonderful fun filled packed day including the most delectable chocolate I have tasted in a long time then from the ferry ride across to Swanage, the amazing Globe, the walk along the rugged Jurassic coast line with interesting sights of caves and abseilers. The sounds of the Square and Compass pub band as we approached through the farmer’s fields was a welcoming one and of course the bright coloured display of the most enormous pumpkins I have ever seen. It was great day which I thoroughly enjoyed and will definitely be attending future London Escapes events. The company was wonderful and it was such a lovely group of people to spend the day with. Thanks again Frankie!

    October 6, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great to do something totally different on a Saturday- an invigorating coatal walk with some lovely people, chocolate and a pumpkin festival- couldn't ask for more! Thanks

    October 5, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great day out, very friendly people and a beautiful walk, found a few muscles my legs never knew existed but well worth the effort to see the pumpkins.

    October 5, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    The warming up run to our train, new and some old faces in our group, the ferry, the windshield factor, cliffs, the globe, cows, people of Square & Compass Pub and of course pumpkins made the day unforgettable.

    October 5, 2009

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    A former member

    A great escape from London. It certainly blew away any cobwebs, that's for sure and the pumpkins were very cool.

    October 4, 2009

  • Simon

    I think I must still be high on all the excess oxygen forced into my lungs in the clifftop gale! However I've walked in far windier places and it was all good fun.

    October 4, 2009

  • Simon

    Great day out, great company, well organised and just one of the best Saturdays I can remember for a long while. Thanks to Frankie for the hard work and planning and just the cool idea. Brilliant.

    October 4, 2009

  • Frankie

    Facts:
    The biggest pumpkin weighed 340lbs or 24 stone (154kg) We walked 14km (8.7m) mostly against 10mph Westerly winds which used up about 650 calories!! http://walking.about.com/library/cal/uccalc1.htm

    October 4, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a lovely day - big thanks to everyone involved for that.
    The only drawback was the over-enthusiastic wind blowing in the wrong direction to do us any favours.

    October 4, 2009

  • Frankie

    It was a blast!!! Very windy and we saw a mind blowingly gigantic pumpkin. I can honestly say I've never seen a vegetable that big in my whole life, and may never again. A man saved two pasties from the jaws of the voracious Square and Compass terrier. Drama, friendship and space.

    October 4, 2009

  • Ricky

    Nice walk but a bit windy on the coast

    October 3, 2009

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