Michael's Outdoor Events 2023
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Exmoor and Dorset Coastal Event
Exmoor & Dorset Jurassic Coastal weekend Saturday 6th to Monday 8th May 2023 (Coronation Bank holiday)
The beaches, sea, high cliffs and undulating coastal paths are the main sights of this Exmoor & Dorset event so the whole walking distance will be along the South West Coastal Path. On Saturday we will walk a classic Dorset coastal walk, starting from the coast town of Bournemouth and walk along the coast to the famous Old Harry's Rock via a short ferry crossing at Sandland and continue all the way to Swanage. On Sunday and Monday we will be walking along a very contrasting Exmoor National Park, Somerset coastal paths walking through beautiful fishing villages and wonderful coastline. Exmoor National Park is very close to Cornwall so share many of the dramatic and beautiful coastlines. However Exmoor flora and fauna is quite unique and at an abundance.
You can email me via firstname.lastname@example.org 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 at 8am.
Meals: I will reserve good restaurants at Lulworth cove on Saturday evening, many will have a good seafood, vegetarian and vegan choice. Sunday breakfast will be at the Premier Inn hotel and we will have evening meals along the Exmoor coast on Sunday evening.
No circular coastal routes: The beaches, sea, high cliffs and undulating coastal paths are the main sights of Exmoor/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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Saturday 6th May 2023
08:00 Meeting at Coulsdon South Station (London, Zone 6)
08:00-10:30 Drive from Coulsdon South to Bournemouth seafront
10:35-11:35 Walk along the seafront to Sandland ferry station
11:40-11:50 Ferry from Sandland to Studland
12:00-13:30 Walk to Old Harry's Rock
13:30-15:00 Walk from Old Harry's Rock to Swanage (seaside town)
15:00-15:45 Long break at Swanage with the many cafes and shops
15:45-18:00 Walk from Swanage pass Kimmeridge and finish at Tyneham
18:30-19:00 Drive to Lulworth Cove for dinner
19:00-20:30 Dinner at Lulworth Cove
20:35-21:30 Travel to Premier Inn in Exeter
Sunday 7th May 2023
07:00-08:00 Breakfast at Premier Inn
08:30-09:30 Travel to Lynton
09:30-18:30 Walk from Lynton to Combe Martin with many breaks (12 miles)
19:00-21:00 Dinner at Combe Martin
17:30-19:30 Drive to Premier Inn Minehead
Monday 8th (bank Holiday
07:00-08:00 Breakfast at Premier Inn Minehead
08:30-13:30 Walk from Minehead to West Porlock (8 miles)
13:30-14:15 Lunch break
14:30-19:30 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 2.5 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.
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 13 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.
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
2 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
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
After Old Harry's Rock we will walk to Swanage and have a long break. After Swanage we will finally stop at Tyneham. We will drive to Lulworth Cove for dinner at one of the many restaurants. We will be staying at a Premier Inn Hotel at Yeovil.
Break at Lulworth Cove - ice cream, coffee, beer
14:15-15:15 Final walk up to Durdle Door - you will have time to swim if you wish
15:15-18:30 Walk from Durdle Door to Osmington
19:00-20:30 Pub restaurant dinner at Osmington
07:00-08:00 Breakfast at Premier Inn
08:30-09:30 Travel to West Bay
09:30-15:30 Walk from West Bay to Lyme Regis (10 miles and 4 hills)
15:30-16:30 Long break after walk
16:30-19:30 Drive back at Coulsdon South Station