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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. We arrange 2 walks a month of varying distances and in different areas of Dorset.  We usually meet in Buckland Newton Village Hall car park in order to car share to the start of the route.  Walks vary from 4 to 7/8 miles and include either eating lunch at a pub local at the end of the walk or occasionally use a pub part way round on the longer walks.  In the summer we may decide on a picnic. Folly - Lyscombe Chapel Walk.  Approximately 4 Miles.  Click here for a description and route for this walk. Walk the highest cliff in Dorset and visit the best pub on the South coast ! Start Point: National Trust Car Park, Langdon Hill, near Chideock OS grid reference: Explorer 116 SY413 931. Can be a bit steep. The car park for this walk is off the A35 west of Chideock. At the top of the hill past the village is a left hand turn. Follow the left hand turn off of this lane to the National Trust car park. From the car park join the path heading towards the coast. This path goes all the way round the hill, but once you have reached the end closest to the coast take a path left through a gate. In front of you is now the path that climbs up to the top of Golden Cap. The path is easy to follow straight ahead and through 2 gates/ styles and is signposted to the top. The last stage is a steep slope with some steps. The climb is worth it as on a clear day there are stunning views down to Lyme Regis and East Devon, and down to Seatown looking east. In early Autumn you can enjoy hundreds of house martins and swallows swirling around your head waiting to cross the channel on their migration. Next descend back the way you came from the top of the cap but then take a right hand path to descend to Seatown on the cliff path. Some of the lower slopes can be muddy after rain but otherwise the going is good. Stay on this path and you come to Seatown. The An- chor Inn has just won an award from English Tourism so well worth a visit for a pint or lunch. To return to the car park start back on the path you arrived on but as you ascend you will see the path forks. Head right and this will take you back to Langdon Hill more directly than the way you came from the cap. Slowly wind your way back up the hill and to car park. The walk can be adapted to walk west of the cap to the ruined chapel of St Gabriel or if you just want to walk down to the village and just fancy a climb after a pub lunch then miss out the Golden Cap section. Mat Jarvis Photos from the walks can be viewed at www.flickr.com/photos/lyddenwalkers