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Dorset Group 21 Apr 22: Mysterious Moonfleet

Our walk today began in the small beautiful village of Langton Herring. Thanks to the gracious staff of the Elm Tree Pub, we were able to use their car park due to the shortage of parking in the village. 15 in all, we set off down the Coastguard Road past beautiful rapeseed fields to the Fleet Lagoon, famed as the practice run for the dam buster bombers.

Then followed the South West Coast path eastwards towards the Moonfleet Manor Hotel, the famed exclusive retreat, with views over the lagoon to Chesil Bank stretching from Portland to Abbotsbury. John Meade Faulkner's 19th century novel 'Moonfleet' about smuggling was based in this area, as was Ian McEwan's more recent novel 'On Chesil Beach'.

We then climbed back inland to take our picnic near West Fleet Farm, and completed our figure of 8 walk back down to the lagoon. Taking the steep hill past Under Cross Plantation, affording spectacular views back over the Fleet Lagoon, Chesil Beach and beyond we reached the village once again to take refreshment at the Elm Tree Inn. 6 miles in total in beautiful weather and stunning scenery.

 

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