Chilly grey weather didn't deter 14 members from turning out for our figure-of-eight walk from the True Lovers' Knot in Tarrant Keyneston near Wimborne. It seemed that a relatively unexposed inland walk with a lunch stop at the pub was a judicious bit of programming, since picnicking in the open wouldn't have been a very pleasant experience.
We set off at a brisk pace, partly to get warm but also to ensure that we got back to the pub for our appointed time. Crossing a golf course, we were surprised to see so many aficionados braving the cold. We encountered a few impediments on the way: a handgate jammed shut, a bull with his heifers (quite indifferent to our presence) and a horse-jump to be negotiated (it was either that or over a stile and through brambles and scrub). Otherwise, plain sailing back to the pub, where most attendees opted for the carvery, which was apparently most acceptable.
After lunch, joined by another member who, unlike us, had actually been doing something useful in the morning - countryside preservation - ,we walked up through Tarrant Rushton (Dorset is awash with Tarrants and Winterbournes/Winterbornes!) and admired the pretty little church with its leper squint inside and its memorial to Sir Alan Cobham of aviation fame outside.
A short but fairly steep climb took us up to the nearby wartime airfield, now returned to agricultural use, and those who'd gone for the pork carvery were prompted to reflect on their lunch as we passed a pig farm.
From here it was an easy descent to complete our 7 1/2-milewalk. Goodbyes were said and memories of an enjoyable day taken away.