On a rare dry and sunny January day our group of 10, including a guest from Wiltshire, assembled around the duck pond in Ashmore, Dorset's highest village. We descended a quiet country lane to reach Washer's Pit and there entered into Ashmore Forest.
Descending the valley into Stubhampton Bottom we negotiated the soft underbelly of the forest floor emerging at Hanging Coppice into a deeply folded topography of downland. At a small hamlet we turned up Ashmore Bottom to enjoy more undulating downs complete with unusual looking sheep to picnic at the Wessex Ridgeway path crossing.
A final trek through woodland and up Halfpenny Lane led us through the pretty village of Ashmore back to the duck pond. We then retreated to the cafe at the nearby Compton Abbas Airfield for tea and plane spotting.