Jan
20

Dorchester - Thomas Hardy Circular (38292)

Event Overview

Join us for a lovely circular walk from Dorchester taking us through the historic village of Stinsford, where Thomas Hardy's heart is buried. Across to the cottage he was born in, then a leisurely walk through Puddletown forest and back along the River Frome.

The area around Dorchester was settled in prehistoric times. When the Romans arrived in Britain, they established a garrison here after defeating the Durotriges tribe and called the settlement that grew up nearby Durnovaria. The Romans built an aqueduct to supply water and an amphitheatre on an ancient British earthwork. After the departure of the Romans, the town at first l...

Join us for a lovely circular walk from Dorchester taking us through the historic village of Stinsford, where Thomas Hardy's heart is buried. Across to the cottage he was born in, then a leisurely walk through Puddletown forest and back along the River Frome.

The area around Dorchester was settled in prehistoric times. When the Romans arrived in Britain, they established a garrison here after defeating the Durotriges tribe and called the settlement that grew up nearby Durnovaria. The Romans built an aqueduct to supply water and an amphitheatre on an ancient British earthwork. After the departure of the Romans, the town at first lost significance, but later became an important commercial and political centre. It was the site of the "Bloody Assizes" presided over by Judge Jeffreys after the Monmouth Rebellion, and later the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. It was the home of Thomas Hardy and of William Barnes and featured heavily in the Thomas Hardy novels as 'Casterbridge'. It is still a busy market town and the county town of Dorset.

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Food & Drink

Please bring water and a packed lunch.

Meeting & Times

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What to Bring

For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:

Boots:  Hiking boots  that  are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.

Socks:  Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.

Walking Trousers:  (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet.  From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.

Waterproof Over-Trousers:  essential in any significant rainfall.  Breathable ones are best.

Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt,  and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece.

Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather.  You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.

Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke.

Gloves: essential in frosty weather.

Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.

Sunglassses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye

Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.

Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.

Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!

Useful Information

To take a place: Log in and click the 'Book Now' button on this page then put the details in your personal diary.  If you are unsure you can make it, please don't reserve event places as this may prevent other people from registering, and creates logistical problems.

Travel and lifts: Do check your travel arrangements - how will you get there? If you can offer a lift or need one, why not advertise this in the event forum below! NB The anticipated end time shown cannot be guaranteed and if buying pre-timed tickets for return travel you should allow plenty of margin.

Event limits: These are set to satisfy our insurers, and by popular consent. If the event is full when you register, you will appear on the event 'waiting list'. Places often become available and are filled on a first-registered, first-served basis. Your profile messaging settings will enable you to receive a prompt should this happen. Many day walk events have space when the day comes along.

Changes of plan: At least a week beforehand please make sure you are able to go. If circumstances have changed please be courteous and un-register quickly! This will free up a space for someone else.

If you can't make it and it is too late to unregister: There is no need to call the event leader, but it may mean someone else looses out. So an apology left below on this event page would be appreciated, and may avoid a 'failed to attend' note being recorded on your profile.

If you are late: Waiting for latecomers keeps everyone else standing about, upsets the event timing and may cause people to miss trains home etc.  If you are late or lost, call the leader of the walk or someone you know who is on the walk.

During the event:  When you arrive please stay with the Event Leader in case we suddenly set off. It may seem obvious, but please keep with the group. People who go on ahead or lag behind can cause problems for everyone else! Also, if you feel ill or have a problem do tell the leader straight away; if you need to drop out there may be a place you can wait for a lift, or catch a bus back. If you need to stop briefly en route please tell one of the others so we can make sure you are not left behind.

Routes where route plans are included please note these are only a guide. The leader may modify the route on the day to take account of weather, obstacles, progress, fitness and other factors. Please do not try to rendezvous with us, as we cannot guarantee we will be anywhere at a particular place or time.

If it's your first event: Don't worry! Outdoorlads members come from all walks of life and are as varied as our events. You will meet some nice mates and have a great time. The Event Leader will ensure you are made welcome and introduced to others. Do feel free to message the leader and ask to meet beforehand if you wish.

Afterwards: Why not sent the leader your best photo, and he may put it on the event page to share with others. Feel free to leave feedback and constructive comments below.  If you have ideas for other walks, please share them. You can of course also message people you made friends with, using the links on the 'who's going' tab.

Event Difficulty Information

To help you decide if a walk is for you, we now use a national grading system for our walking events that takes account of regional climate, season, distance, max height, height gain, terrain pace and the time of day. The difficulty indicator has 20 possible positions along the scale:

Easy: (Green)
Our entry-level walking event. Suitable for anyone who walks regularly in everyday life, or is reasonably fit. It won’t be very hilly, fast or unduly long. Casual clothing may suffice in good weather.

Moderate: (Yellow)
Requires a little more stamina than an ‘easy walk’ and may take you to some rugged or exposed terrain, and have a faster pace. You’ll need suitable clothes and walking boots.

Hard: (Orange)
Suitable for those used to hiking longer distances and taking you further or higher than average. It will have a better ‘reward factor’ but won’t push you too hard. Correct walking kit is a must.

Very Hard: (Orange-end of scale)
An event for serious outdoor lovers who are very fit. Will involve considerable height gain coupled with distance, remoteness or other factors like rough terrain. Might need specialised kit.  Pushing your boundaries, but with a high ‘reward factor’. Discuss your fitness and kit with the leader.

Media

All photographs courtesy of: www.geograph.org.uk

Photograph © Copyright Maurice D Budden and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Photograph © Copyright Becky Williamson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Photograph © Copyright Chris Talbot and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Photograph © Copyright Nigel Mykura and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Photograph © Copyright Ron Strutt and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

 


Event Reference No:
38292