The trip is now fully booked but please contact John S. if you are interested as there may be cancellations
The trip to the coastal resort of Swanage in Dorset will involve the coach crossing the mouth of Poole Harbour on the chain ferry to Studland Bay, the start point for the optional walk to Swanage. We will follow the first 7.0 miles of the South West Coastal Path as it heads off on its 630 miles to Minehead via Lands End. This superb section starts with several miles along the sandy beach (paddle all the way if you wish), climbs gradually to the cliff tops by the spectacular Old Harry Rocks and eventually descends steeply (on footpath steps) towards Swanage. There are no stiles. On this occasion we will stop for lunch during the walk so please bring food and drink; it would be a very late lunch if we wait until reaching Swanage. The walkers will still get a couple of hours to explore the town. Those not walking will get a short but pretty drive into Swanage through the Isle of Purbeck countryside. The bustling town has many seaside attractions including its splendid sandy beaches and the seafront, plus reminders of a long industrial heritage. The Swanage Heritage Railway starts in the heart of the town and steam-hauled trains make a twelve mile round trip (£13 return) through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle sitting above Corfe village and now in the hands of the National Trust.
The meeting point, as in previous years, will be the Braywick car park in front of Stafferton Lodge (free parking at weekends), with access from Braywick Road (A308), Maidenhead. The departure time is 8.00 am. The trip is shown in the EBR summer walks programme.
Further details can be obtained from the leaders Juliet Witcher 01628 473195 / 07583 694911 or John Sainsbury 01628 635564 / 07887 678575.