Dorset Doddle

The Dorset Doddle - Sunday 20th August 2017

The route description and GPX files are now available for download. Please note that route descriptions will not be provided at the registration, please print a copy for your use on the event.

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Doddle logoThe Dorset Doddle consists simply of the coastal path from Weymouth to Swanage. Anyone expecting a gentle stroll along the cliffs will be in for a shock, but the route has stunning views and is a true classic. The distance is about 32 miles, passing over some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in England, but including some tough climbs on the way.

We lay on coaches from Swanage to Weymouth on the morning of the event - last coach 7:45am - at a cost of £8.00 in addition to the event entry fee. Coach details on the confirmation e-mail. Registration will be in Weymouth from 8:00 am.

The finish will be at the All Saints Church Hall (GR SZ030801), about 200m North of the coach departure point at the junction of Ulwell Road and Redcliffe Road.

Accommodation information is available from Tourist Information, Swanage.

The entry fee is £5 for LDWA members and £12 for non-members.
Coach Transfer: £8.00

Entry limit: 300

We will not accept entries on the day, and entries are limited to 300. When The entry limit has been reached we will be operating a waiting list. Entries are not transferable.

Entries open Sunday 26 February 2017

All enquiries regarding entries to Entries Secretary Chris Pitt

 Event Information

The event starts at 9am from the Jubilee Clock on Weymouth Esplanade (GR SY681795) - registration opens at 8am. The coaches from Swanage to Weymouth leave from the football ground car park at the top of De Moulham Road off Bonfields Avenue (GR SZ029799). To get there you go North out of the town centre along the beach. Bear left away from the beach up Ulwell Road. Take the second left in 200m on Seaward Road, and right into the car park. The first coach will leave after 7:15am when it is full, and the last coach will leave at 7:45am. The finish will be at the All Saints Church Hall (GR SZ030801), about 200m North of the coach departure point at the junction of Ulwell Road and Redcliffe Road.

The map covering the entire route is OL15, but this is not compulsory as it is almost impossible to get seriously lost. All checkpoints will offer drinks, and some will offer light snacks, but you should carry your own food. A meal will be provided at the finish. Entrants should bring their own mug for drinks, and it is strongly recommended to carry a water container and extra drinks if the weather is hot. A certificate will be given to all finishers and a badge will be on sale at the finish.


1   Entrants agree to be bound by the rules; in all circumstances event officials’ decisions are final.

2   Minimum age for entrants is 16. Entrants below 18 must obtain parent’s consent and other conditions may apply.

3   The maximum time limit of 12 hours and checkpoint closing times will be enforced.

4   Entrants must follow the prescribed route (without mechanical assistance) and ensure their arrival at checkpoints is noted by marshals.

5   Dogs are not allowed

6   Entrants should carry waterproofs, spare food and drink, and personal first aid items.

7   Entry fee less a £3 admin fee will be refunded for cancellations prior to midnight on 6th August 2017.

Data Protection
Personal information submitted as part of this entry form will be held by the event organisers for a period of up to three years after the event is held for the purposes of managing this event only. I further understand that photographs are likely to be taken at the event, which may be featured in Strider magazine or on LDWA websites. In addition, Summary Information* may be published immediately and may be held in perpetuity for the purposes of providing a record of the event. You will have the right to request that all your personal summary information be anonymised.

* Summary information is limited to the participant’s name, age, gender, postal town, email address, LDWA membership number, event name and date, distance covered, time recorded.


Can I get back from Swanage to Weymouth at the end of the walk? Yes, but it's not straightforward. There is a regular hourly train service from Wareham to Weymouth. To get from Swanage to Wareham you either need a lift from a friend or another entrant - most people will pass the station anyway on their way home - or take the bus which leaves Swanage bus station every two hours or so and takes 40 minutes.

What happens if I retire? Please retire at a checkpoint. We will provide transport from all checkpoints to the finish, but you may have to wait until the checkpoint closes. If you retire somewhere other than a checkpoint, please let us know so we know that you have retired.

Do you take runners? Yes. The fastest time in 2014 was 4 hours 45 minutes. If you are planning to do it in this time or faster, you may beat the opening times of the checkpoints, so be prepared to carry some water. Apart from the checkpoints, the only places on the route where you can fill a water bottle are Osmington Mills, Lulworth and Kimmeridge.

Please remember THIS IS NOT A RACE.

Will you (Dorset LDWA) transport bags from the start to the finish? No. You have to take them with you on the walk.