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Swanage Walking Group

Swanage Walking Group Despite the forecast of heavy rain six people went on the Swanage Walking Group’s Isle of Wight walk on Saturday 14th August. We had an excellent lunch at the cafe at the end of the railway footpath at Freshwater. From the coastal path were views of the Needles, Hurst Castle and even Swanage.

We enjoyed travelling by bus, train and ferry.
Robin Brasher

Purbeck Model Railway Club

On Friday 16th July we ran four layouts at the Catholic Hall, Swanage.

The younger members ran triple headed 16 coach trains on our 32’ layout while Colin and Rita Caddy ran their scenic Wisbech layout. I ran a 1950s Hornby Dublo 3 rail layout while Martyn Pring ran a tinplate 0 gauge layout.

Kay supplied us with tea, crisps and sausage rolls.

Robin Brasher

First Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival

Purbeck Walking Festival

The first Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival, held after the May Day Bank Holiday, 3rd ~ 7th May 2010 has been voted a resounding success. The Isle of Purbeck in Dorset has some of the most stunning scenery in the South and walks roamed along the coast and over heathland, through nature reserves and through idyllic Dorset villages.

Visiting walkers were treated to spectacular views, abundant wildlife and, luckily, a week of good weather too. With more than forty guided walks the two hundred plus people who took part could choose something to suit every age and capability.

Distances ranged from a mile and a half walk around Swanage, discovering the fascinating history of this Victorian seaside town, up to sixteen miles along the South West Coast Path.

Many walks had a theme, among the most popular being geology - Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is the ultimate geological site, bird watching, wild flowers and a walk which included a trip on Swanage Steam Railway as the return journey. Some walks included a pub lunch, while others involved a packed lunch, sitting in a flower-filled meadow and looking out to sea.

The week ended with a Ceilidh, with live band, bar and barbecue, in a marquee overlooking the beach. Those who still had the energy danced reels and jigs with vigour, and the others enjoyed watching and tapping their tired feet to the music. A great way to cement friendships made throughout the week.

Lyn Fegan, a local hotelier, who led a walk based around the history of the local quarrying industry, commented “those who came on my walk were of varying ages and fitness, but everyone mixed well, chatted and we all enjoyed a day out in the country. All my walkers are planning to return next year, and, hopefully, bring friends.”

Wareham & Purbeck Young Farmers Tractor Pull 2010

Wareham & Purbeck Young Farmers Tractor Pull

Wareham and Purbeck Young Farmers held their annual Tractor Pull with Springfield Gym in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance on Swanage Sea front. They would like to thank everyone for their support and look forward to next year's event.

They are also holding a Summer evening at Worth Matravers on 23 July to raise money for club funds, and another named charity (yet to be decided). The evening will feature Bridge, Frankie Rudd, 'The Wurzels' and Voodoo Chilli. All are local people (apart from the Wurzels of course). For further information on Dorset Young Farmers, please visit