Friday April 19, 2013 – Sunday April 21, 2013
David Donald Field Studies Centre
Organiser – Gary Box
Where – The David Donald Field Studies Base, off Renscombe Rd, Worth Matravers, near Swanage, Dorset BH19 3LL
When – 19th-21st April 2013 (Fri-Sun)
Cost – £61.00 (includes 2 nights accommodation and guided walks)
We will leave London Friday evening for the drive to our accommodation which should take approx 3 hours to reach. The accommodation is a converted 1940 RAF radar station which now has central heating and double glazing. It sleeps 24 people in bunk beds and you will need to bring your own pillow and sleeping bag. There is a well stocked kitchen, community room, drying room and showers and toilets. Outside there is plenty of parking and a designated BBQ / campfire area.
On Saturday our walk will leave the accommodation door. From here we will take the shortest path to the south west coastal path. The Purbeck Hills area is part of the Jurassic Coast which is a World Heritage Site. We follow the coast all the way to Swanage with lots of stunning coastal views on the way. From Swanage you have the choice to catch a train to Corfe Castle or continue to Studland and views of Old Harry Rocks before taking an inland route back to Swanage. We will then catch a steam train from Swanage to Corfe Castle (ticket cost £6.50). Once at Corfe Castle you are free to look around before we walk back to the accommodation heading directly south on footpaths. The total walking distance will be just under 18 miles (28.5 km) but if you don’t do the extension to Studland you can reduce this amount. On Saturday evening we can either eat out at a local pub, self cater using the kitchen or make use of the outside BBQ area.
On Sunday there are a couple of options. The walking option will be a 9.3 mile (15km) route that includes more great coastal views including Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.
For those who want an alternative activity we can organise a half day sea kayaking option from Lulworth Cove which will give you a different and close up view of this spectacular coastline. This additional activity costs £50.00 each but they do a group rate of £45.00 if we have 8+. If you want to do this additional activity contact the organiser at the time of registering so that we can secure a booking. At the end of this walk we can briefly visit the abandoned village of Tyneham before driving back to London.
What to bring
- Hiking Boots and clothes
- Towel, toiletries, sleeping bag and pillow
- Food for your breakfasts and packed lunches
- Rucksack, sun screen, sunglasses
Please note that this trip is limited to 24 spaces!