G/SC-013 Nine Barrow Down, G/SC-012 Swyre Head, G/SC-008 Win Green

Monday 29 Jun 2015

As a reward for completing the decorating Mrs CFS suggested I might like a day out walking. Now one doesn’t look a gift horse in the mouth does one!  The only question was were should I go.  Because the hills in this area are so small it is not worth travelling any distance to do just one hill, I have several hills to the east that are yet to be done but I already have opportunities to do those later in the year.  So that left Nine Barrow Down/Swyre Head or Win Green/Long Knoll.  I recalled a few weeks ago the English AM, Jimmy, announcing that Swyre Head will be delisted on the 1 Mar 16 due to reassessed height information.  It was therefore decided to go to the Isle of Purbeck and do the two hills either side of Corfe Castle.

Nine Barrow Down G/SC-013

I left home at 0800 and headed off down the M27/A27 for Corfe Castle arriving at the parking place (SZ 00793 81845) at about 0945.  There is a small parking area on the north side of the road with enough room for 1 car, if this is occupied there is a viewing point parking area about 200 metres to the west.  Do not park in the area immediately by the start of the footpath as this is used regularly by the farmer for access to his fields.  The walk up to the top of the ridge is a pleasant gentle stroll on a well formed footpath heading up through Kings Wood (NT property) covering 1.12 miles and 282 ft of ascent.  Time taken to summit 25 minutes.  The Activation Zone is large so there is no problem choosing a suitable to fence to support the aerial mast.

SC-013 Nine Barrow Down

SC-013 kings wood

SC-013 route up

The route up through Kings Wood

SC-013 shack

Setting up on Nine Barrow Down


FT-817 5W, 2Ah SLAB, linked dipole 60m, 40m & 20m and palm paddle keyer.

Once set up I put out a self spot for 7.130 MHz but I realised how bad the bands were, with absolutely no responses to my calls on 40m SSB. So a quick change to CW and a spot via KU6J brought in 10 QSO’s mostly with DL including what I thought was a S2S with DL6WT/P but the summit I copied RP-169 has been de-listed!  I was very reluctant to leave Nine Barrow Down because the views were amazing all along the south coast to Portland and north to Shaftesbury.  But there was another hill to walk so it was back to the car and set off through Corfe Castle and Kingston to my next starting point.

nine barrow down log

Swirl Head G/SC-012 from Nine Barrow Down G/SC-013

Swyre Head G/SC-012 from Nine Barrow Down G/SC-013

Swyre Head G/SC-012

The car park for Swyre Head (SY 94332 79260) was only a 15 minute drive away through the beautifully picturesque village of Corfe Castle.  The access to Swyre Head is via a Bridal Way through the Encombe House Estate and strict adherence to the path is requested.  The walk up is gentle and easy going and the view down to the coast are wonderful.  The high point of the summit is on top of the tumulus and the trig point is some 50 metres away.  Distance walked 0.83 miles total ascent 228 ft time taken 20 minutes.

SC-012 Swyre Head a


FT-817 5W, 2Ah SLAB, linked dipole 60m, 40m & 20m and palm paddle keyer.

Unlike this morning when 40M SSB was non-existent, this afternoon was a different picture altogether.  Checking Sotawatch resulted on S2S contacts with Steve DL/G1INK/P on DM/TH-470, Barry, M0IML/P on G/SE-015 and Ricky MW6GWR/P on MW001.  A self spot on 7.130 MHz resulted in a further 9 QSO’s before a quick check was made on CW to no avail.  The complete opposite of the earlier activation.

swyre head log

Win Green G/SC-008

By the time I go back to the car it was only 1PM so there was time for a third summit.  A quick check of the SOTA POI files on my Tom Tom showed that Win Green G/SC-008 was the next closest hill and it was in the right direction for heading home afterwards.  The drive took just over the hour before arriving in the spacious car park (ST 92347 20485) within 200 metres of the summit.

SC-012 Swyre Head


FT-817 5W, 2Ah SLAB, linked dipole 60m, 40m & 20m and palm paddle keyer.

Having walked up to the observation point and the trig point and taking a gentle stroll around the small wooded area I moved to the SE of the summit enclosure to the fence to set-up the station.  Just like first thing this morning 40m SSB was dead but managed 7 QSO’s on CW again mainly with EU stns plus Victor in GI.

The pace of the whole day had been one of slow gentle serenity, the weather had been fantastic with clear skies and temperatures in the mid/high 20C’s.  This was a very pleasant way to spend a day walking and talking.

win green log

73 Glyn

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