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 2016, the challenge events will be the Dorset 100 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.

Dorset Doddle

This year's Dorset Doddle will be on Sunday 21st August 2016. Entries are now open.

Dorset 100  - Spring Bank Holiday 2016

The Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) organise their ‘flagship’ 100 event each Spring Bank Holiday Weekend. This event entails walking 100 miles in 48 hours. It is held in a different area each year - and in 2016 it is Dorset. There will be about 500 people starting the event on the morning of Saturday 28th May 2016 and they will walk with only short breaks until they finish. The fastest will finish in about 24 hours, and the slowest in 48 hours. There will be runners and walkers spread along the route during the weekend during the day and also at night. They will cause minimal disturbance, but you may be surprised to see them, especially at night.

The route will start and finish in Broadwey, near Weymouth, and will be an anti-clockwise route in broad terms bounded by Milton Abbas to the East, Evershot to the North, and Beaminster to the West.  

There is now a website dedicated to this event. The full details are now available on the website..


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