Welcome To ... THE HAMPSHIRE & DORSET WALKING GROUP ... Established As The Hampshire Walking Group In 2014 ... We Were The First Hampshire Meetup Group To Concetrate Purely On Walking ... (And Going To The Pub). The Desire To Explore More Of The Beautiful Dorset Countryside Led To A Name Change In Early Spring Of 2019 ...
WE ARE THE REGIONS PREMIER WALKING GROUP ...
AN AUTHENTIC WALKING GROUP FOR GENUINE WALKERS ...
(Beware Of Substandard Copyists) ...
Dedicated, Fit & Active New Members Are Always Very Welcome ...
The Hampshire & Dorset Walking Group is a vibrant, inclusive and welcoming group of all ages and backgrounds. We walk at a moderately brisk pace. We are a broad church but we do not pander to the populist extremes of stupidly fast or ridiculously slow ... We are firmly in the progressive centre ground of British Walking Groups ...
The Group is dedicated to walking throughout rural Hampshire & Dorset and into surrounding counties,
As we like to support the rural economy the group always has a short pub visit after each walk.
We have a full programme of day walks all year round together with several Trips Away.
During the past four years we have arranged Trips Away to such places as Dartmoor, Exmoor, Snowdonia, The Brecon Beacons, The Wye Valley, The Shropshire Hills, The Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales, The South Pennines, The Peak District, Cornwall And The East Sussex South Downs Etc.
THE TRIPS AWAY PROGRAMME FOR 2019.
An Easter (April) Long Weekend To Lyme Regis & West Dorset.
A Week In The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park In Early June, Based In St Davids.
A Long Weekend In The Cotswolds In Early July, Based In Winchcombe.
A Week In The Lake District Based In Keswick In August.
An Autumn Long Weekend To Dartmoor In October Based In Oakhampton.
To complement the Trips Away, there will also be a smattering of Weekends Away (two days) ... watch the programme for details ...
The Trips Away Programme For 2020 ... so far ...
An Easter Long Weekend To Exmoor & The South West Coast Path In April Based In Porlock.
A Week In The Black Mountains (Wales) In May Based In Crickhowell.
A Long Weekend In The Shropshire Hills In July Based In Church Stretton.
Summer Trip In August To Be Confirmed.
Autumn Trip In October To Be Confirmed.
No other Hampshire or Dorset based walking group offers walks or trips away of such quality or quantity.
We welcome committed walkers of all ages, with a youthful outlook, who have an interest in the countryside and who wish to make a positive contribution to The Group. A sense of humour is certainly an advantage.
The Group welcomes those who are willing to walk in all weathers and at all times of the year. The Group is not a fair weather walking group, please bear this in mind before joining.
The Group is exclusively for responsible adults over eighteen years of age.
Well behaved dogs under appropriate control are welcome on all walks.
There will be a charge of £2.00 per member per day walk. £1.00 for short/evening walks, payable in cash on the day. This is to cover the cost of running The Group. Members also have the option of paying £10 for one year of unlimited walks. This is payable in January of each year.
The Hampshire Walking Group has a policy of never cancelling walks unless severe weather makes it unsafe, or if there is excessive heat in Summer. If in any doubt please contact The Organizer or Walk Leader and check the website for any updates.
Walks will not be cancelled because of a bit of rain or wind.
This is an active walking group. Please only join The Group if you are committed to attending walks. Membership will be cancelled for those who do not attend a walk within three months of joining or those that continually sign on and off for walks.
Most of our walks are approximately ten/twelve miles long and at a moderately brisk pace so please ensure you are up to this standard before joining The Group. The general use of walking poles is not necessary. Unless your name is Karen Baker-Stroud ...
Please provide an identifiable photo of yourself when applying to join. A photo of a child, a pet, a cuddly toy or a tree etc is not acceptable and your application will be rejected. If you require anonymity for any reason this group is not for you.
The Hampshire & Dorset Walking Group has a strict NO SMOKING policy on all walks. This includes before the walk, during lunch break and after the walk at the pub.
Please note: We are most definitely NOT a Nordic Walking Group.
And please only join The Group if you have your own transport. Do not ask for lifts to walks. Car sharing is encouraged when you become a regular attendee but only if you have your own transport. This is mainly because members have been consistently let down when offering lifts in the past.