Wild Writing Walk: Cerne Abbas

Saturday 30th July, 2022 – Day Trip

(8.45AM to 5.15PM Approx, minibus travel time included)

This walk is for everyone of any gender expression: we have 14 spaces available, so please book in advance to ensure your place!

Join writer and embodiment practitioner Alice Flynn, and Lowland Hike Leader Lisa Phaure for a day of walking and nature-based creative writing in and around picturesque Cerne Abbas.

We’ll explore our place in nature and our connection to the ancient lands. Together, we’ll give space to the wild within as we journey by the Cerne Abbas giant, across undulating terrain and through the cool of woodland. Along the way participants can create three pieces of writing as well as stop to enjoy our picnic packed-lunch in the company of creative community.

You’ll leave the day reinvigorated and relaxed, having explored body & earth-based approaches to creative writing.

 

WHO IS THIS FOR?

  • This event is for everyone and is for all gender expressions.
  • We would like to encourage people who have been experiencing a sense of isolation and/or challenge following the pandemic.
  • We would especially like to invite especially those who feel marginalised whether due to ethnicity, sexuality, gender, mental wellbeing, economic background or for any other reason.
  • We wish to increase diversity in Dorset landscapes and would like to encourage people of colour to join us.
  • We’d love to invite people who might not consider themselves ‘walkers’ or ‘writers’, those who might not necessarily see themselves as creative, but are curious to explore! You might have writing experience or you might have none – either is perfect!

WHAT WILL THE DAY BE LIKE?

Our day will both relaxing and rejuvenating. It includes a free, return minibus from Bournemouth to Cerne Abbas, a guided walk around this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The walk will be fairly challenging at times, as we will walk on undulating land including hills, slopes and woodland. We will move at a pace that takes care of everyone and there will be plenty of pause points along the way where we will explore creating poetry and creative writing, take in the views and enjoy our packed-lunch picnic!

HOW DO I BOOK?

To register for your free place, please fill in the form via the link below (this takes 5 mins in total):

  1. Register for the Wild Writing : Cerne Abbas Walk HERE

If you would like help filling in form, please contact Alice via hello@alice-flynn.com or 07398 665212 and she can assist you.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Once you’ve registered via the links above, Alice will be in touch within a few days to confirm your place. You’ll then receive an email detailing the details of the Bournemouth/Littledown pick-up/drop-off points and any last minute reminders.

Please ensure you read the practical details below, so you know what the day will be and what you’ll need.

If you have any questions, please email Alice via hello@alice-flynn.com or call her on: 07398 665212.

THE PRACTICAL DETAILS:

TRAVEL & TIMINGS:

Saturday 30th July: Wild Writing : Cerne Abbas

Free minibus departs Littledown pick-up point at 8.45am. Depart Bournemouth Station at 9am

Arrive at Kettle Bridge Car Park, Cerne Abbas: 10.15 am.

We will then head off on our circular walking route.

Depart: Kettle Bridge Car Park by 4pm

Arrive at Bournemouth and Littledown drop-offs between approximately 5 and 5.30pm.

If you’re travelling from outside of Bournemouth, you are also welcome to join us on site. If travel costs are an issue, please be in touch with Alice so we can support you with that – we want this day to be accessible for all.

 ABOUT THE DAY:

  • The terrain: We’ll be walking 7 miles (about 4- 4.5 hrs) on undulating terrain, including hills, slopes and woodland. We will move at a pace that ensures everyone is able to participate.
  • We will pause at regularly for the writing exercises and also to eat our packed-lunches.
  • We’ll write in response to our place in nature, being moved by our movement and the nature around us and our connection to the earth.
  • There will be public toilets available at start and end of the walk (in the car park). For the rest of the hike, participants will need to ‘wild wee’ along the way if necessary.
  • We advise not booking anything in for that evening, so there is no time pressure to get back. We’ll walk at the pace of the whole group and timings will be guided by this.

WHAT TO BRING ON THE DAY

  • A comfortable rucksack:
  • Water bottle(s). IMPORTANT: the route is exposed to the sun and there’s nowhere to stop for water along the way, it’s vital to carry at least 2 Litres of water. If you are of a larger build, you may need more water. You might also bring a sports drink with you.
  • For this same reason of exposure, please bring suncream, sunglasses, sunhat/cap and lipbalm.
  • Waterproof jacket (perhaps waterproof trousers, too) in case of rain.
  • A packed lunch. There are no shops on the route. Please also pack plenty of snacks that are energy rich eg. dried figs, dates, oatcakes, nutbars or similar.
  • Tissues/antibac gel if you like.
  • If you have any medication you might need, or if you need an Epi pen or asthma inhaler, please ensure you bring it on the day (and let Alice know about this for Health & Safety purposes)
  • Any other personal necessities (wallet/phone etc)
  • A notebook & pen for the creative writing (bring a notebook you can lean on)

WHAT TO WEAR:

  • Wear comfortable clothes with layers for warmth and cool – plan for changeable weather!
  • Think: vest/T-shirt, light fleece layer/long-sleeved top, leggings. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting scruffy/muddy/dusty. Alice likes to pack a spare pair of shorts to swap into if it becomes too hot for leggings! Moisture-wicking sports-style clothes are recommended, as cotton can get wet with sweat.
  • It is advisable to wear/pack long sleeves, long socks or leggings in case we go through scratchy grass or in case ticks are about.
  • Hiking boots with ankle support will be ideal for the hills, with a thick hiking sock.
  • It can get windy on the cliffs, packing a thin scarf/headband/buff is a great idea to protect the ears/neck if the wind picks up.
  • If the weather is dry, you may opt for trail shoes (you can pick up a bargain at Mountain Warehouse or Decathlon, usually). It’s not ideal, but otherwise, sturdy trainers with good grip can be worn with awareness.
  • Again, pack: waterproof jacket (perhaps waterproof trousers, too if the forecast is rainy) in case of rain.

If you have any questions, please email Alice via hello@alice-flynn.com or call her on 07398665212.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Alice and team.

With thanks to our partners:

The project has been funded by not-for-profit writer development agency ArtfulScribe, supporting emerging and continuing writers across the Hampshire, Dorset and Solent region and the Nature Art & Wellbeing Community Fund.

The Nature, Art and Wellbeing Community Fund is a collaborative of: National Lottery Community Fund via Stepping into Nature, National Academy for Social Prescribing Fund via Thriving Communities Nature Buddies and Contain Outbreak Management Fund via Dorset Council.

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