Exmoor National Park & Dorset Coastal Event

Exmoor National Park and Dorset Coastal weekend Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th June 2022

On Saturday we will walk a classic Dorset coastal walk, starting at a coast village of Kimmeridge and walk along the coast to Lulworth Cove.  Here we will take a long deserved break before we walk to Durdle Door.  At Durdle Door we will enjoy a long break and may even go for a swim at this iconic rock landmark. We will return back to Lulworth Cove for dinner at one of the many restuarants.


On Sunday we will head towards Exmoor National Park to the lovely seaside village LYNTON and start our walk on the South West Coastal path towards Minehead


You can email me via michaelwk16@yahoo.com for details on cost how to secure a place.

Transportation: Transportation is provided if departing from London. I will sort out all of the transportation logistics for the whole group. Organise the departure point, exchange drivers and members contact details in advance and ensure the drivers get to every location during the event on time. All my volunteer drivers are experienced, regular and confident drivers. I will co-ordinate the whole group to meet at Coulsdon South Station (zone 6) for early Saturday morning.

Meals: I will reserve good restaurants at Lulworth cove, many will have a good seafood, vegetarian and vegan choice. Sunday breakfast will be at the Premier Inn hotel

No circular coastal routes: The beaches, sea, high cliffs and undulating coastal paths are the main sights of Dorset so the whole walking distance will be along the South West Coastal Path. Other walking groups will walk a circular route and finish back at the starting point. For this event to maximise the coastal experience we will have cars strategically parked at the finishing point of each walk which maybe up to 10 miles away from the starting point, ready to pick up the group after a long day’s walk. No other groups will do this as the logistics are complicated and time consuming for the drivers.

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Proposed Schedule

Saturday 18th June 2022

08:00              Meeting at Coulsdon South Station (London, Zone 6)

08:00-11:00   Drive from Coulsdon South to Kimmeridge

11:15-15:15   Walk from Kimmeridge to Lulworth Cove (6 miles and 3 hills)

15:20-16:00   Break at Lulworth Cove - ice cream, coffee, beer

16:00-18:30   Final walk up to Durdle Door - you will have time to swim if you wish

19:00-20:30   Pub restuarant dinner at Lulworth Cove

20:45-22:00   Travel to Premier Inn heading towards Somerset (1 hr 15 mins 58 miles)

Sunday 19th June 2022

07:00-08:00    Breakfast at Premier Inn

08:30-09:30    Travel to Lynton

09:30-15:30    Walk from Lynton to Minehead (10 miles and 2 hills)

15:30-16:30    Long break after walk

16:30-19:30    Drive back at Coulsdon South Station

Fitness:  This Exmoor/Dorset event is suitable for members of an average fitness level.  With most coastal walks there will be hills to walk up, this gives this coastal the fantastic scenery.  Each hill would only take an average member 8-10 minutes of strenuous walking, each will reward you a fantastic viewpoint.  You should be able to walk a minimum 2 miles per hour on a varied terrain and able to walk 1.5 hours continuously with a 10 minute break.  There will be many breaks to enjoy the scenery, take photos and to rest.  

Flexibility: My approach and itinerary is flexible.  If bad weather is forecasted, I am happy to change the itinerary.  Weather can we localised in Devon so willing to drive to a different region for a dry walk.  

Securing a place: My events are normally over subscribed.  You can reserve your place on any event, months in advance with a £50 deposit.  I understand that member’s work, family & personal situation can change therefore do not require the balance until 10 days prior to the start of each event.  If you can no longer attend before transferring the balance, deposits can be transferred to any other event within the year's programme.

KIT LIST

Essentials: 

Good waterproof jacket.  Even with no rain forecasted a waterproof jacket can be used to keep your warm during our early morning starts.

Hiking boots (with good grip and ankle support) - don’t forget to bring good quality hiking socks 

1 change of clothing. A few warm items for our early morning starts: base layer, warm fleece, gloves, beanie

Items for hot conditions: broad beam hat, a cap, sun block, sun glasses

 

Other items: 

Wash kit. towels will be provided at the hotel.  A daypack to hold your day kit (water, snacks, jacket)

 

Trainers to wear in the cars/minibus 

Sunday 5th September 2021

07:00-08:00    Breakfast at Premier Inn

08:30-09:30    Travel to Weymouth

09:30-15:30    Walk from Weymouth to Durdle Door

15:30-16:30    Long break at Durdle Door 

16:30-17:30    Final walk from Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove

17:30-19:30    Drive back at Coulsdon South Station