Dorset Group: Stour Valley Way & Christchurch 01/01/2017
4 Jan 2017 | Dorset Group
Either eternal optimists or still in the thrall of Christmas cheer (or both!), 15 people, including two visitors from Canada, scorned dire forecasts of heavy rain to participate in a half-day figure-of-eight walk in the Christchurch area. Amazingly, earlier rain had petered out and we set off in the dry alongside the River Stour and adjacent salt marshes and returned to our starting point via the old hamlet of Wick. Still dry! We crossed Tuckton Bridge and continued along the north side of the Stour and into Christchurch town. We sauntered round the newish marina to a viewpoint, where one of our members was able to sort out what the rest of us called gulls into their various species. After seeing a somewhat dubious replica of a mediaeval ducking stool, we took in the castle ruins and the notable Priory church. From there we largely retraced our steps to Tuckton Bridge and our lunchtime eaterie. Still dry! Only after we were cosily settled did the rain start to come down heavily. Did we care? Not a jot!