Only six of us were prepared to make the long journey to the foot of Pilsdon Pen, one of Dorset's highest hills, but I think we made it worth the drive. The initial short sharp shimmy to the summit was accompanied by a short shower, but that didn't spoil the dramatic views down towards the coast.
We then took a slightly unconventional route up the second of Dorset's two highest peaks, Lewesdon Hill, with the weather on the upturn by the time we reached this summit. Then it was a long descent to the delightful village of Stoke Abbott for lunch, followed by a return to our starting point across parched fields and deep little valleys which would be uncomfortably boggy at almost any other time. Plenty of variety on this 8 mile walk.