A blustery but dry winters day greeted our band of 10 as we assembled at Sunnyside Nature Reserve. We began by following the old tramway which once carried horse drawn carts full of clay from the Blue Pool to Ridge Wharf. On reaching the intersection with the Swanage Railway we diverted through the hamlet of Furzebrook to enter the wilderness of Creech Heath.
We crossed this wild heathland that covered most of Dorset in the days of Thomas Hardy to enter pleasant woodland and emerge onto Stoborough Heath with its free roaming cattle and horses. A trot through Stoborough Village with its picturesque cottages and along the causeway over the Frome flood plains brought us to Wareham Quay.
Following a picnic on the quayside in the warm winter sunshine, with freeflowing mince pies, stollen and flapjacks we completed our stroll with a walk along the river Frome back to our start point in Ridge.