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Dorset Group: Cerne Abbas/Minterne Magna 28/05/2017

A generous group of 14 enjoyed a scenic stroll up and down the Cerne valley with a pleasant lunch stop at Minterne Magna gardens. We meandered through Cerne Abbas village and the Abbey grounds to climb Giant Hill bearing the famous prehistoric fertility symbol and on up to the Wessex Ridgeway.


Passing along the ridge we enjoyed commanding views of the beautiful surrounding countryside of the Cerne valley. A gentle descent through sheep strewn meadows brought us to the hamlet of Minterne Magna. We took an extended lunch break here to enjoy the spectacular rhododendron gardens at Minterne House followed by tea on the terrace. We even managed to negotiate a group discount for entry to the gardens!


After lunch we ascended the other side of the valley to the ridge path. A lovely stroll along the ridge through pleasant woodlands was not spoilt by a little drizzle. Finally we descended into the pretty hamlet of Up Cerne to return to Cerne Abbas along a pretty tree lined avenue.

Chris Metz, event leader

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