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Lydden Vale

Walking Group

Are there any new or seasoned walkers out

there who would like to join our friendly

and informal walking group?

Buckland Newton Community Website
in the heart of rural Dorset

These boots were made for walking…

On the 13th June the Lydden Vale Walking Group benefitted from superb sunny weather undertaking a very scenic 7 mile walk across the Purbeck Hills followed by an excellent lunch at The Sailors Return, East Chaldon. Many thanks to Antony Parson for organising both walk and lunch. Details of future walks will be advised via email. Any new walkers from Buckland Newton and surrounding villages would be very welcome and should contact Bridget on bridget.hodges@btinternet.com for future inclusion in the group email distribution list. The Hardy Way Challenge Seven intrepid walkers and two dogs were ready to go at 9:45 am on the first leg of the Hardy Way. With 220 miles to go some of the participants thought they might not make the distance even though only 8 miles were planned for that day! It was the 1st November and we could not believe our luck, it was a glorious day, clear and sunny. A real Indian Summer and we could walk in just T shirts. We had promised that it would be dry underfoot. On the whole we were correct, but the 2 dogs enjoyed some large muddy puddles on the last stretch. Our walk was from Hardy’s Cottage to Affpuddle Heath via Puddletown, a distance of just under 8 miles. The fitbits measured the walk as 9 miles but who is counting? The walks are carried out with no previous reconnoitre as we are following the Hardy Way book by Margaret Marande, which is available from Old Chapel Stores, Buckland Newton. It is a good read about the history of Dorset and its landscape and how that relates to the Hardy novels. With seven of us keeping our eyes open we managed to complete the walk with only one minor detour. The views were wonderful and at some points we could see nearly to Buckland Newton one way and the sea the other. In some places it was like walking a pavement! We arrived at the Martyr’s Inn, Tolpuddle by 1:30 where our efforts were nobly rewarded with a superb lunch. The next section is planned for 6 December and will go from Affpuddle Heath to Lower Woodbury, passing Culpepper’s Dish, the south side of Bere Regis and the woods at Bloxworth. Again about 8 miles (followed by lunch of course!). If you would like to join up to the LVW’s circulation list so that you can join us for this challenge on the first Wednesday of every month, please contact Bridget Hodges (01300 345493). Other shorter walks are also arranged. Diana and Brian Wells Folly - Lyscombe Chapel Walk.  Approximately 4 Miles.  Click here for a description and route for this walk. This month’s walk: Pilsdon Pen - a short climb to a lovely West Dorset view Start point: OS explorer 116 ST415 996 The start point for this walk is on the track at the entrance to Pilsdon Manor in Pilsdon, where these is space for one car. The Manor is a private Christian retreat but the church is open to look around. There are 3 services a day which are open to all if this is your sort of thing.  Once you have looked around the church continue back up the lane you will have driven in on from the B3164. As you walk along the lane you will see a bridleway/path that crosses the road. Continue past this and take the next bridleway left through a gate. You will see Pilsdon Pen above you as you ascend. Keep straight up the hill through a field and 2 gates. This can be muddy after rain, and the narrow bridleway continues to the road. Walk right about 100m along the road and then take the righthand track on the left hand side of the road. At the end of the track pass through the gate and style with a Wordsworth quote (‘humble cares and delicate fears’). Climb the ramparts of the Iron Age fort that makes up Pilsdon Pen and then sit a while on the hill by the trig point to take in a 360 panoramic view of West Dorset and Lyme Bay. The wooded hill North East of where you are is Lewesdon Hill which is higher by 2 metres and another hill fort. To return, climb down the front of the hill to the road. Cross the road and walk back down the lane to the village. There is a footpath that cuts across country at Pilsdon Barn but it is easy to miss. The saunter down the lane is easy going through and the hedge bank has wild strawberries to pick as you wander down hill back to your starting point. Mat Jarvis Photos from the walks can be viewed at www.flickr.com/photos/lyddenwalkers