May
5

Dorset Double (pt1) (38665)

Event Overview

Part1 of a "Dorset Double" - Two Yomps One Weekend.

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Our day starts at the 11th Century Castle where we will set off along the Western ridge of the Purbeck Hills until we reach Worbarrow Bay.

Stopping for a quick visit at Tyneham (the village where time has stood still since 1943) our route will follow the South West Coast Path Eastward.

We'll keep a look-out for Jurassic Coast fossils along Kimmeridge Bay and Ledges and allow ourselves a few moments to admire the skill of the local surfers.

The path is a bit of a Roller Coaster with a steep...

Part1 of a "Dorset Double" - Two Yomps One Weekend.

Sign up for one or make a weekend of it and do both:

Our day starts at the 11th Century Castle where we will set off along the Western ridge of the Purbeck Hills until we reach Worbarrow Bay.

Stopping for a quick visit at Tyneham (the village where time has stood still since 1943) our route will follow the South West Coast Path Eastward.

We'll keep a look-out for Jurassic Coast fossils along Kimmeridge Bay and Ledges and allow ourselves a few moments to admire the skill of the local surfers.

The path is a bit of a Roller Coaster with a steep climb to the top of Houns-tout Cliff. Here we can admire the views and catch our breath before turning back inland and a return to the Castle at Corfe.  

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What to bring

For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:

Boots:  Hiking boots  that  are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.

Socks:  Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.

Walking Trousers:  (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet.  From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.

Waterproof Over-Trousers:  essential in any significant rainfall.  Breathable ones are best.

Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt,  and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece. 

Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather.  You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.

Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke. 

Gloves: essential in frosty weather.

Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.

Sunglassses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye

Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.

Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.

Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!

Food & Drink

Bring plenty of food, snacks and drink....it'll be a long day with no shops or cafe's on the route.

Meeting & Times

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Make a Weekend

Why not make a weekend of it and sign up for both Saturday & Sunday?

Remember it is a Bank Holiday Weekend and the best accomodation will get booked well in advance....Do book hostel / campsite as early as possible!

There are loads of accomodation options to choose from to suit all budgets and tastes, including:

Campsites:

YHA Hostels:

Other Options

Some of you have been in contact asking what I might recommend in terms of accommodation/location.

On a personal basis if not camping/vanning (I will be), I would recommend Swanage, there is a huge range of accommodation options (hostel->hotel) here and good links to both walks via bus/train.

Why not stay for the full weekend (Fri-Mon), if a few of the group stay in Swanage you then have the option to socialise with the other attendees at any of the many bars/restaurants in the town.

If you get together you could take a private group room at Swanage YHA for as little as £20 per person per night. If you prefer your own privacy/comfort then there are loads of AirBnb or hotel options.

You can use the comments on the page to let others know what your plans are!

Media

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Tyneham Church

Tyneham Church still acts as a place of worship even though the village was evacuated during WWII and has remained uninhabited since then.

© Copyright Paul Ravenscroft and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Phone Box

A few weeks before the evacuation the Post Office installed a grand new telephone kiosk for the villagers, decorated in the then traditional cream concrete style with the familiar ornate cupola roof. It remains as restored "modern" feature in the village.

  © Copyright Jim Champion and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Kimmeridge Bay

Cliff face east of Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset for SY9178

These Jurassic cliffs show some of the layers of mostly shales, clays and limestone in Kimmeridge Clay. Some harder layers of the shale will burn (and have been called Kimmeridge Coal), but the sulphurous fumes given off make it unpopular as a fuel source.

The bituminous layers of shale within the rock are the source rock for oil both locally and to a larger degree under the North Sea.

This is a close-up of the cliff in SY9177 : Cliffs east of Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset

© Copyright Edmund Shaw and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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Other Images free of Copyright taken by Simon Ellicott or Henry Chung

 


Event Reference No:
38665