LDWA Dorset Group Home Page


This is the website of the Dorset Group of the Long Distance Walkers Association. Any problems, broken links, comments: please e-mail hardy.annual@btinternet.com

The LDWA is an Association of people with the common interest of walking long distances in rural, mountainous or moorland areas. By joining the LDWA, you will meet other like-minded long distance walkers and gain access to information on walking events and long distance walking routes all over the UK. Go to the tab "About the LDWA" for more details.

The Dorset Group of the LDWA was founded in 1993. The group organises regular social walks (see Future Events page) and two challenge walks (see Challenge Walks page) each year, one being the Dorset Doddle, a 32 mile walk along the coastal path from Weymouth to Swanage. In 2018, the challenge events will be the Doddle West and the Dorset Doddle.

Please get in contact with one of the committee, or come along for a social walk if you are interested. You can find out about what happens on a Social Walk by going to the About Social Walks page) in the Group Activities menu.

Doddle West 2018

In 2018, the Group is running a new event, Doddle West, originally scheduled for Sunday March 18th 2018, now postponed to Sunday October 21st 2018. All entries for the Doddle West in March have been transferred to the 21st October.  If you have already entered and wish to take part in the event on the 21st October, you need do nothing further apart from turn up on the day. The route complements the Dorset Doddle and goes from Charmouth along the coast path and then inland to Dorchester. Follow this link for more details.

Dorset Doddle 2018

This event took place on Sunday 19th August 2018. Results are now vailable on the Results page.

Dorset Giant 2019

After a break in 2016 when the Dorset Group were organising the Dorset 100, this event is now back for 2019. It will take place over the weekend Sat 13th - Sun 14th Apr 2019. Follow this link for more details.


The Dorset Group has a no dogs policy on all their challenge walks, and entrants with a dog will be disqualified.