Charity Walk to Benefit Wildlife

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September is a great time to get out and about in Dorset, with perfect conditions for a country or coastal walk. Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Walk for Wildlife on September 19th has 3 different length routes, taking in some of the best scenery in Britain (as seen on this year’s Springwatch) and including part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site, this charity walk is a great day out for all ages.

Fantastic views of the Jurassic Coast

A great day out for the family, including the dog

September is a great time to get out and about in Dorset, with perfect conditions for a country or coastal walk. Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Walk for Wildlife on September 19th has a route for everyone and even a special sponsor form for dogs who want to do their bit for wildlife. With 3 different length routes, taking in some of the best scenery in Britain (as seen on this year’s Springwatch) and including part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site, this charity walk is a great day out for all ages.

Fiona Sansom, Supporter Development Manager at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “Pull on a pair of walking boots and help us to make 2010 the best Walk for Wildlife ever! This year we've organised three routes to suit all levels and ages of walker. They all start and finish at the MGFT Animal Sanctuary at Church Knowle in Purbeck and each one includes stunning views of the Jurassic Coast and Dorset countryside.”

This is the first year that dogs have been especially invited to join the charity walk. Fiona said: “We know that dogs and their owners love the Dorset countryside and we are sure that they will want to help us to protect it and its special wildlife. Dogs and people are all encouraged to raise as much sponsorship as possible, all of which will go straight to our vital work for this beautiful and diverse county.”

The routes:
5.8 mile - a walk up to Swyre Head then along the ridge to the top of Kimmeridge village, before heading inland to Stonehill Down with its stunning views over Poole Harbour then dropping back down into Church Knowle. Wildlife to look out for: stonechat, yellowhammer

10 mile - as for the 5.8 mile route, but dropping down to Rope Lake Head from Swyre Head, then following the beautiful coast path to Kimmeridge. It’s then uphill to join up again with the 5.8 mile route towards Stonehill Down and onwards. Wildlife to look out for: peregrine falcon, brown hare

24 mile - heading east to Corfe Common and then taking the Purbeck Way to the first checkpoint at Worth Matravers. From there it’s a steady walk along the Priests Way to Spyway Barn then dropping down to join the coast path, ¬linking up with the 10 mile route at Rope Lake Head. Wildlife to look out for: dolphins, wheatear.

Whether you live locally or further afield and fancy a fabulous weekend break here, we look forward to welcoming you to our charity walk in beautiful Dorset.

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