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Lydden Vale

Walking Group

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there who would like to join our friendly

and informal walking group?

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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. Section 4 of the Hardy Way Challenge What a day we had. Glorious sunshine, although the cold wind made us keep our hats on! It made us glad to be out. 11 people and 4 dogs set out at 10.15 from Wool. We had a bit of a struggle through Cole Wood as the muddy path was rather overgrown with brambles. We were glad to get out from the shade of the trees back into the sunshine, and set out towards Coombe Keynes. We then started to back track toward Lulworth Castle. The picture was taken at the ruined North Lodge. Jessie was full of the joys, not sure what Billy and Tara were doing and Murphy was nowhere to be seen. The views were beautiful, it was such a clear day and we wandered on to Belhuish Farm. Quite a steep climb from here, but the view of the sunlit sea was well worth the effort, and then it was all downhill into West Lulworth. The walk was just 6.5 miles but, I suppose because of the lovely day we took rather longer to complete than we thought, arriving at the Lulworth Cove Inn for lunch at 1:15pm. The next section of the Hardy Way is over the cliffs to Tyneham and on to Kimmeridge. This section cannot be completed on a Wednesday because the path is closed during the week. It was decided that we should do this section on a Saturday in May or June. Date to be advised. Emails with details will be sent a week or so prior to the walk. Please contact Bridget Hodges (01300 345493) if you would like to join us for this challenge or join one of the shorter walks being organised.  Contact Bridget Hodges (01300 345493) if you would like to join us for this challenge or join one of the shorter walks being organised. 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