On a hot summers day our group of 10 plus Jasper (our group mascot) assembled in the pretty and friendly village of Shroton for an ascent of two local hillforts. Initially we ambled along the River Iwerne to an old mill and then ascended the rolling farmland to reach a dairy that makes and sells ice cream (unfortunately closed due to lockdown measures!)
We ascended the ancient hillfort of Hambledon Hill to explore the terraces and admire the 360 degree views of north Dorset after first gleaning the first of the seasons sloes. On the crest we were met by a group of white horses looking quite mysterious. The shade of a big ash tree next to a barn on the descent of the hill provided an ideal picnic stop.
After some much needed refreshment our group split into two - one continuing the descent and then ascent of neighbouring Hod Hill whilst the other opting for an early return to the pub in Shroton! We were all later reunited in the garden of the pleasant Cricketers Pub in Shroton for a welcome pint.